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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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Kerry: Iraq needs to show resolve to regain trust

Iraq's leaders need to regain the confidence of its citizens by taking steps to demonstrate its resolve, US Secretary of State John Kerry has said.

Kerry's comments in Sydney follow a statement from President Obama that Iraq had taken "a promising step forward" in designating Haider al-Abadi as its new prime minister.

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