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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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Ally of Iraq's Al-Maliki says they will 'not stay silent'

A member of two time Iraqi prime minister Nouri Al-Maliki's political bloc has said they "will not stay silent" over President Fouad Massoum's decision to replace him.

Nouri Al-Maliki. Credit: Reuters

Hussein al-Maliki, Maliki's son-in-law said: "The nomination is illegal and a breach of the constitution. We will go to the federal court to object to the nomination."

Maliki has indicated rejecting calls by Sunnis, Kurds, fellow Shi'ites to stand down and President Fouad Massoum has nominated Haider Al-Abadi to form a new government.

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