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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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UK pledges funds to support Yazidi refugee camp

The UK has pledged to provide a month's worth of water and medicine for 12,000 Iraqi refugees who have escaped Mount Sinjar and reached a camp across the Syrian border.

British funding will support the International Rescue Committee, which is running the Newroz refugee camp.

Displaced Yazidis have walked miles in scorching temperatures to reach the camp. Credit: Reuters

International Development Secretary Justine Greening said:

These 12,000 Yazidi refugees have escaped a siege, walked 60km in 50 degree heat and found their way across the Syrian border to a refugee camp that used to house just 20 families. They have shown immense courage to make it this far and we are extremely concerned for their wellbeing. By supporting the work of the International Rescue Committee, Britain will provide vital medicine and water to give immediate assistance.

– Justine Greening

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