1. National

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.

View all 381 updates ›
  1. Libby Wiener

Britain pledges help to Iraq - but stops short of arms

The Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond has tonight called Iraq's President Fouad Massoum, urging him to help form an 'inclusive' government.

Foreign Office sources suggest that defeating Islamic militants will only be possible with strong leadership from inside Iraq.

Mr Hammond also spoke to the Kurdish leaders Masoud Barzani pledging British humanitarian support.

Further plane-loads of aid are expected in the coming days.

Requests for arms are, however, likely to be met with a polite 'no '.

More on this story