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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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Greening: UK aid effort shifting to refugee camps

UK aid work in Iraq is shifting from the air to the ground as thousands of displaced people leave Mount Sinjar to seek refuge at a camp near the Syrian border, said the International Development Secretary Justine Greening.

Justine Greening said the UK would be helping displaced people moving to camps. Credit: ITV News

Around 10,000 people have come off the mountain and managed to get just over the border to a camp that the International Rescue Committee has set up and the UK is helping them now increase that camp.

The work is now turning to not only dropping supplies to people still stranded on that mountain, but also making sure that when they come off we're providing them with the medical support, the food and the shelter that they need.

– Justine Greening

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