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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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US officials head to Middle East to lead anti-IS effort

A group of top US officials including Secretary of State John Kerry and the Secretary of Defence, Chuck Hagel, will travel to the MIddle East to co-ordinate efforts against Islamic State.

John Kerry will be part of the team heading to the Middle East. Credit: Olivier Douliery/ABACA USA/Empics Entertainment

The White House said the trip was aimed at building "a stronger rgional partnership against Islamic State".

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