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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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MP urges Britain to offer asylum to Iraq refugees

Britain should offer asylum to Iraqi refugees displaced by violence in the country, a Labour MP has said.

Ann Clwyd, a vocal supporter of the 2003 invasion of Iraq, said: "I think the UK government should offer that asylum as the French have offered asylum, but most people want to return to the areas from which they have come - there is no doubt about that."

She also called for special forces to be involved in locating "thousands" of women captured by radical Islamic State militants in recent weeks.

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