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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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UNHCR: Situation at Iraqi refugee camp 'primitive'

A large number of exhausted minority Yazidis fleeing the Sinjar mountain chain in northwest Iraq after militants from the Islamic State group took over their nearby villages, have reached the Newroz camp in the Syrian Kurdish town of Malikiya.

"The situation in the camp is still kind of primitive," said Maha Sidky, the head of Field Office for UNHCR in Qamishli.

"But we're doing our best to upgrade the standard of the camp so that it is at least gaining their dignity," she said, adding that the estimated number of people in the camp stands at 12,000.

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