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An American writer released this week from two years in the captivity of insurgents in Syria is doing well and is excited to be free, his mother said on Tuesday. Peter Theo Curtis, 45, went missing in 2012 and was held by Nusra Front, al Qaeda's official wing in Syria, whose rivals, the militant group Islamic State, last week killed journalist James Foley. "He was so excited," his mother, Nancy Curtis, told ABC News in an interview taped on Monday. Last week, Islamic State released a video showing his beheading and threatening to kill another American journalist being held hostage, Steven Sotloff.
MOSCOW (Reuters) - McDonald's said on Wednesday it would appeal a Moscow courts' rulings ordering the temporary closure of three restaurants in the Russian capital due to sanitary violations. "We do not agree with the courts' decisions and will appeal them according to established procedures," a spokeswoman for McDonald's in Russia said. (Reporting by Maria Kiselyova; Editing by Thomas Grove)