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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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Europe 'could do more' to help with Iraq crisis

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The EU "could do more" to provide humanitarian aid to Iraq, Prime Minister David Cameron and French President Francois Hollande have said.

The statement came as Britain prepares to take part in a potential rescue mission to help Yazidi refugees fleeing Islamic extremists in northern Iraq.

The PM and the French president agreed that the need to boost aid should be addressed when EU foreign ministers meet tomorrow to discuss the crisis in Iraq, according to Downing Street.

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