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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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Miliband supports UK assisting refugees in Iraq

Labour leader Ed Miliband said he supports the Government's actions in assisting in the relief effort in northern Iraq.

I welcome the Prime Minister's statement on further action to bring to safety those on Mount Sinjar. It is right to recognise the terrible crisis affecting refugees stranded there. Britain must act to help the refugees in their hour of need.

ISIL bears the responsibility for these dreadful events. It is a brutal organisation which is terrorising and killing innocent people.

The Iraqi government has asked for help, and the UN has urged the world to take action.

So the Government has our full support in fulfilling the immediate priority of stepping up the UK’s humanitarian response to this unfolding tragedy.

We must play our part in bringing help and relief to those thousands of refugees, and the UK must do all that it can to assist the vital international effort to bring them to safety.

– Ed Miliband

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