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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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UN Security Council to vote on Iraq resolution

United Nations headquarters in New York Credit: REUTERS/Lucas Jackson

Members of the UN Security Council will meet shortly to vote on a possible resolution to stem the flow of finance to Islamist militants operating in Iraq and elsewhere.

A Downing Street spokesperson said the UK-drafted proposal "would disrupt the terrorists’ financing flows and sanction those who are seeking to recruit jihadists to ISIL".

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