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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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US 'supports Iraqi president as constitution guarantor'

The US fully supports President Fouad Massoum as guarantor of the Iraqi constitution, a state department spokesperson has said.

According to Reuters, the state department said in a statement that it rejected any coercion or manipulation of the Iraqi constitution after Prime Minister Nour Al-Maliki accused him of violating it.

It added that the US was closely monitoring the situation in Iraq, and is in touch with the country's leaders, amid violence in the region.

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