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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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Germany to go to limits of what is 'legally possible' in Iraq

Germany's foreign minister has said he would go to the limits of what is "legally and politically possible" in terms of arming Iraqi Kurdish fighters.

He said he would ask what the Iraqi government expects of Europe on an upcoming trip to the country, and then decide how to proceed.

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