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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Hammond dodges air strikes question ahead of Cobra

The Foreign Secretary dodged a question on US air strikes in Iraq as he arrived at Downing Street for a meeting of the Cobra emergency committee.

As a journalist called out, "Do you support the air strikes?" Philip Hammond responded, "Morning".

The Cobra meeting, which is chaired by Mr Hammond, is under way.

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