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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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Four charities to get £3 million for Iraq relief effort

The Government has announced the four charities that will share £3 million to provide humanitarian aid in northern Iraq.

International Development Secretary Justine Greening announced the charities are: Mercy Corps, Save the Children, the International Rescue Committee and Action Against Hunger.

The funding is being provided through her department's Rapid Response Facility, which fast-tracks money to charities in the event of a humanitarian crisis.

It is part of the £8 million Iraq aid package released by the Government on Thursday.

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