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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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Obama breaks holiday over Iraq and Ferguson crises

President Obama has interrupted his holiday to return to Washington for meetings with vice president Joe Biden and other advisers on the US military campaign in Iraq and the protests in Ferguson, Missouri.

The White House announced Mr Obama's plans to return to Washington before the US air strikes in Iraq began and before the shooting of an unarmed black teenager in Ferguson that sparked violent protests.

I think it's fair to say there are, of course, ongoing complicated situations in the world, and that's why you've seen the president stay engaged.

– White House spokesman Eric Schultz

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