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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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Ban: The world must do more to help displaced Iraqis

The world must do more to stop the "harrowing" suffering of Iraqi civilians who have fled Islamist militants, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said.

Tens of thousands have been driven from their homes by the threat of Islamist militants. Credit: Reuters

"The plight of Yazidis and others on Mount Sinjar is especially harrowing," Ban told journalists.

He described the situation on the Sinjar mountains - where thousands of Yazidis are stranded - as "dire".

"I urge the international community to do even more to provide the protection they need."

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