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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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Unicef: Rescued Yazidis 'dehydrated and malnourished'

Unicef says it has ramped up its aid efforts to up to 30,000 displaced Yazidis being rescued from Sinjar Mountain in northern Iraq.

Unicef says those rescued from Sinjar are suffering the after-effects. Credit: Reuters

The charity said it "remains extremely concerned" about those trapped on the inhospitable mountain, and warns that many of those who have been brought off "now suffer from acute dehydration, exposure, malnourishment and shock".

Unicef has moved 30 truckloads of relief supplies closer to the displaced Iraqis and says it will deliver nearly 60 tonnes of emergency aid in the next 48 hours.

In addition, the charity is working with Kurdistan's regional government to provide around £3 million cash to thousands of displaced families for basic goods.

Since 2 August, Unicef says it and its partners have distributed aid to more than 70,000 people in the northern Dohuk province alone - including 550,000 bottles of water and 44,000 emergency food rations.

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