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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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Australian PM slams image of boy holding severed head

A shocking picture of an Australian boy holding the severed head of a Syrian soldier that was reportedly posted by the child's father on Twitter, has been condemned by the country's prime minister.

Australian PM Tony Abbott has condemned the image. Credit: Reuters

Tony Abbott denounced the image of the young boy of primary school age, which appeared on the account of ex-terror convict Khaled Sharrouf.

He told Australian radio that it showed how barbaric the Islamic State, previously known as Isis, had become.

Sharrouf's account has since been suspended but her reportedly wrote: "That's my boy," underneath the graphic image, according to The Australian newspaper.

Sharrouf was banned from leaving Australia after he was jailed for being part of a cell planning attacks in Sydney and Melbourne but he used his brother's passport to travel to Syria with his family, according to The Australian.

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