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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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Kosovo police arrest 40 suspected Islamist militants

Police in Kosovo have arrested 40 men on suspicion of having fought with Islamist militants in Iraq and Syria.

Authorities in the small Balkan state said explosives, weapons and ammunition of various types were seized in the major police operation which was part of crackdown aimed at deterring recruitment of volunteer fighters.

The 40 men were being questioned on suspicion of engaging in acts against Kosovo's constitutional order and endangering the safety and security of the state, a police statement said.

Kosovo police spokesman Baki Kelani added: "We are looking to arrest others not found at their homes."

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