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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Plight of Iraqis who fled their homes shown in new film

Member of Iraq's minority communities have told of their sorrow at being forced to flee their homes, in a new film released by the United Nations refugee agency.

The UNHCR said that minorities who had lived in the region for centuries "are particularly vulnerable," adding that for many it was not the first time they'd been forced to run away.

One told the agency: "We don't want to die. We want to live. We don't want them to take our land either."

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