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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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Iraq refugees 'in terrible condition' after rescue

Refugees rescued from a harsh mountain in Iraq are in terrible condition having walked for miles without water, an aid worker in the region has told ITV News.

"Temperatures here are extremely high and you can imagine in what conditions they are arriving," said Suzanna Tkalec from the International Rescue Committee.

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