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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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Second aircraft carrier will 'add to UK's global power'

The decision to bring a second UK aircraft carrier into service is a "relief", a campaign group has said.

Director of the UK National Defence Association Andy Smith said: "There has been uncertainty over this for far too long. The Government have realised at last the value that having two carriers will bring to the nation's defence and to our global power projection.

"But we hope this announcement is the first in a series of new commitments from the Government to invest in Britain's military capabilities. SDSR (Strategic Defence and Security Review) 2010 was a massive blow to British defence, bringing cut after cut, but now ministers have an opportunity to take a fresh look at defence provision and to give us a strategic review which is defence-led, and not Treasury-led, as the last SDSR was."

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