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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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German 'principle' prevents them from arming the Kurds

Germany will not send arms to the Kurdish fighters battling Islamic State militants in Iraq, because it has a principle of not exporting arms to war zones, a government spokesperson said.

Kurdish Peshmerga troops in northern Iraq. Credit: Reuters

Steffen Seibert told a news conference: "This German government, like its predecessors, has a principle of not exporting arms to any conflict zones or war zones... This is a principle we feel committed to upholding."

A foreign office spokesman added Germany was concentrating on humanitarian aid in its efforts to support Kurds threatened by the advance of Islamic State militants.

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