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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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Sunnis pull out of Iraq talks after mosque attack

Two of Iraq's most influential Sunni politicians have pulled out of talks to form a new government after Shi'ite militia forces opened fire on a Sunni mosque killing 68 people.

Deputy Prime Minister Saleh Mutlaq and Parliament Speaker Salim al-Jibouri have pulled out of talks with the main Shi'ite alliance.

I confirm we have suspended negotiations with the National Alliance because of this crime, until the results of the investigations are announced.

– Raad al-Dahlaki, lawmaker with Jibouri's bloc

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