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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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Around 15,000 Yazidis take refuge in Syrian camp

An estimated 15,000 Yazidi refugees have fled Iraq to the Newroz refugee camp in neighbouring Syria.

Since Tuesday, the UNHCR has been driving refugees the 37 miles (60km) from the border, which many have had to walk for days to reach.

May showing the route taken by thousands of Yazidis to the refugee campMap showing the route taken by thousands of Yazidis to the refugee camp Credit: ITV News

The refugees arrive exhausted and deeply traumatized, their feet covered in blisters, having spent days on Mt Sinjar in searing temperatures without food, water or shelter after fleeing for their lives, then walking many hours – in some cases days – to find safety.

– UNHCR statement

UNHCR, with other UN agencies, has provided tents, plastic sheets, blankets, hygiene kits and other household items. An airlift of 2,000 tents and 5,000 mattresses is expected in the coming days.

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