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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 warns of 'possible massacre' in besieged Iraqi town

Nikolay Mladenov, the head of the UN assistance mission in Iraq, has warned of a "possible massacre" in an area of Iraq under siege by Islamic State (IS) militants.

Maldenov said in a statement:

The town is besieged by ISIL and reports confirm that people are surviving in desperate conditions.

I urge the Iraqi Government to do all it can to relieve the siege and to ensure that the residents receive lifesaving humanitarian assistance or are evacuated in a dignified manner.

Iraq’s allies and the international community should work with the authorities to prevent a human rights tragedy.

– Nikolay Mladenov

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