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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'Bomb explosion' in Iraq's Kurdish capital Arbil

A bomb exploded in the capital of Iraq's Kurdistan region, Arbil, local television network Rudaw reported.

TV footage showed firefighters dousing the charred remains of a car. According to Reuters, a cloud of smoke was spotted in Arbil, but it was not clear whether it was from a blast.

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