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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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US official 'supports Iraqi president in government row'

A senior US state department official has said the US fully supports Iraqi President Fouad Massoum after Prime Minister Nour Al-Maliki accused him of violating the constitution, amid violence in the region. Deputy Assistant Secretary of State Brett McGurk said:

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