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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Hammond: EU resolution to target 'individual terrorists'

Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond has said that the UK is taking a lead in preparing an EU resolution that will condemn ISIL, seek to freeze asset flows and take steps against individual terrorist and their facilitators.

He said EU member states were committed to "pushing back against the threat from ISIL - a threat to civilization, a threat to the region and a threat to us here in Europe."

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