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US journalist released from Syria 'overwhelmed with emotion'

A US journalist released earlier this week after almost two years of imprisonment in Syria said he was "overwhelmed with emotion" because of the attention he has received upon returning home.

Peter Theo Curtis, 45, was captured in 2012 by Nusra Front and was only released on Sunday.

He said: "I suddenly remember how good the American people are, and what kindness they have in their hearts."

Meanwhile, Douglas McAuthur McCain, 33, who is suspected of fighting with Islamic State militants operating in Iraq and Syria, has been killed in the Middle East, a US security official has said.

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Iraq: Hammond hopes for more support in aid efforts

Philip Hammond says he would welcome the support of more nations in the battle against Islamist militants in Iraq.

The Foreign Secretary said wider support for efforts currently carried about the US, France and Britain would show the world is "horrified" by what is going in the country.

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