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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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Islamists killed Yazidis 'because of their creed'

Iraq's former foreign minister has said he believes the 80 Yazidis reportedly killed in northern Iraq were murdered "because of their creed".

"Convert or be killed," Hoshyar Zebari added.

A Yazidi lawmaker and another senior Kurdish official also confirmed the killings had taken place and that the women of the village were kidnapped.

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