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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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Archbishop blesses children trapped in Erbil church

Archbishop Emeritus of Mosul has blessed Iraqi children trapped in a church in Erbil, northern Iraq.

Georges Casmoussa earlier told ITV News it could be the "last chapter of Christianity in Iraq" because of the threat of Islamist fighters.

Credit: ITV News/James Jordan

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