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Memorial service held for IS victim Steven Sotloff

Nearly 1,000 mourners including relatives, friends and politicians, have attended a memorial service in Florida for US journalist Steven Sotloff, who was killed by IS militants.

The Islamic State released a video on Tuesday showing the murder of Mr Sotloff.

He is the second American journalist to be beheaded in two weeks over the group's confrontation with the US over air strikes in Iraq and its foreign policy.

Footage of James Foley being beheaded on August 19 shocked the world.

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Steven Sotloff's family 'aware of new IS video'

Relatives of freelance journalist Steven Sotloff are aware of a new video purporting to show his beheading by Islamic State militants.

In a two-sentence statement today, family spokesman Barak Barfi said Mr Sotloff's family "knows of this horrific tragedy and is grieving privately".

The family has not been told whether the video is authentic, and Mr Barfi said the family does not plan to make any additional comments now.

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