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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Emergency EU meeting over Iraq and Ukraine conflicts

The European Union's foreign ministers are to hold an emergency meeting on Friday to discuss the conflicts in Iraq and Ukraine, officials have confirmed. EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton "has decided to convene an extraordinary Foreign Affairs Council this Friday, August 15 in Brussels on the EU's response to major ongoing crises, focusing on Iraq and Ukraine," a spokesman for Ashton said.

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