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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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Britain moves a step closer to arming Iraq's Kurds

The Government is under mounting pressure to increase its support to Kurdish fighters battling Islamic State militants in Iraq.

With other nations already pledging military equipment, the UK has edged closer by saying it will consider "favourably" any such request by the Kurds.

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