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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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Obama: US working to rescue Yazidis from mountain

The United States is working with international partners to bring Yazidi civilians stranded on Sinjar Mountain to safety, President Barack Obama says.

He said the country had stepped up its assistance to Kurds in northern Iraq who are currently battling Islamic State militants.

Mr Obama also said Iraq had taken a "promising step forward" by designating a new Prime Minister, whom he urged to form an inclusive government.

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