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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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Muslim leaders to urge release of hostages in prayers

Muslim leaders in Britain will use sermons today to call for the release of all hostages held by the Islamic State (IS).

The top of Glasgow Central Mosque where sermons will take place today. Credit: PA

Imams will use Friday prayers to reiterate their opposition to extremism and urge young people not to join fundamentalist fighters.

In a joint statement, the Muslim Council of Scotland, Islamic Society of Britain and Glasgow Central Mosque said the Muslim community "unequivocally condemns the barbaric actions of IS (formerly known as ISIS).

It added: "We send our heartfelt sympathies to the families of those who have been killed at the murderous hands of IS - regardless of where they are from or what their religion.

"The actions of IS are against the teachings of Islam and therefore supporting or joining such an organisation is unacceptable.

"We call for the immediate release of all hostages held by IS and pray for all of those killed, injured or harmed by extremism the world over."

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