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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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Christianity in Iraq 'on verge of being wiped out'

One of Iraq's most important Christian leaders has warned that the religion is on the brink of being wiped out in the country.

The Archbishop of Mosul, Georges Casmoussa, told ITV News Presenter Mark Austin: "Maybe we are in the last chapter of Christianity in Iraq. I don't believe that by my heart, but by my mind."

The Archbishop called for international action "to give peace and security" for religious minorities being driven out by Islamic State militants.

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