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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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Around 150,000 'expected to cross Iraq border'

Tens of thousands of Yazidi refugees fleeing the Sinjar mountain chain in northwest Iraq are expected to arrive at a refugee camp after militants from the Islamic State group took over their nearby villages.

"We are talking about probably a hundred and fifty thousand people might be crossing. So we are trying to mobilize resources as much as we can to respond to the needs of those families and their children," explained Eltayeb Adam, the Head of the UNICEF (United Nations Children's Fund) office in Qamishli.

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