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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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Hammond rules out recalling Parliament over Iraq crisis

Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond has again ruled out recalling Parliament over the ongoing crisis in Iraq.

Philip Hammond chaired a Cobra meeting on the crisis this morning. Credit: PA Wire

There are growing calls for MPs to return to the Commons to debate whether further intervention is needed in the country to combat the advance of Islamist militants who have forced thousands of people from their homes.

Asked whether MPs should be recalled as he arrived for a Cobra meeting today, Mr Hammond replied: "Not at the moment, no."

British forces have dropped a second round of aid to thousands of refugees trapped on a mountain.

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