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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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EU foreign policy chief 'pleased' after Iraq PM appointed

Baroness Catherine Ashton says she is "pleased" to see the ascension of Haider al-Abadi to Prime Minister in Iraq.

The EU foreign policy chief said the ongoing fighting in the country will be top of the agenda during today's meeting of Foreign Ministers in Brussels.

"We do hope that we will see greater political stability now in Iraq as they face the challenges from Isis [which is] sweeping across parts of northern and western Iraq," she said.

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