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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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Maliki: Appointment of new PM 'a violation'

Iraq's Nuri al-Maliki says the appointment of Haider al-Abadi to replace him as prime minister was a "violation" of the constitution and "had no value".

In a televised speech, Maliki said everyone should accept a federal court ruling on an objection he filed against Abadi's appointment.

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