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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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US airlines told not to fly in 'hazardous' airspace over Iraq

US flight operators have been told not to fly in the airspace over Iraq due to the "potentially hazardous situation created by the armed conflict" in the area.

A statement from the Federal Aviation Administration said fighting between Islamist militants and the Iraqi army had made the airspace too dangerous for commercial airlines.

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