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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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Islamic State fighters accused of massacre in Iraq

Islamic State fighters have been accused of killing at least 500 member of Iraq's minority Yazidi community and burying them in mass graves by the country's human rights minister.

Mohammed Shia al-Sudani told Reuters the country has evidence that women and children was also buried alive by members of the group previously known as Isis.

Some 300 women were kidnapped as slaves, he added.

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