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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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Maliki allies attack 'illegitimate' new Iraqi PM

Nuri al-Maliki's political allies have attacked the appointment of Haider al-Abadi as his replacement in the role of Iraq's prime minister, cranking up political tensions further as a Sunni insurgency threatens the country.

In a statement on state television, Khalaf Abdul-Samad, a member of Maliki's Dawa Party, said incoming PM has no legitimacy and "only represents himself", while a grim-faced Maliki stood next to him.

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