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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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Ousted Maliki 'will fix mistake' of new PM appointment

Ousted Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki has said the nomination of Haider al-Abadi in his place is a "dangerous violation" of the constitution.

He said he and his allies would fix the "mistake" after the country's president formally asked Abadi to form a government today.

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