The so-called "Islamic State" has murdered a second American reporter, releasing another propaganda video Tuesday showing a masked militant with a British accent cutting the throat of a US captive. In the latest footage, 31-year-old reporter Steven Sotloff addresses the camera to say he is a victim of President Barack Obama's decision to press on with air strikes against the jihadists. A US spokeswoman said Washington was trying to authenticate the "sickening" footage, and British Prime Minister David Cameron said it depicted an "absolutely disgusting, despicable act." The footage was almost identical to a video the Islamic State released last month in response to Obama's ordering US air strikes, and showing the murder of 40-year-old reporter James Foley.
Oscar-winning film editor Thelma Schoonmaker, who has worked hand-in-hand with director Martin Scorsese for over 40 years, was awarded the Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement in Venice on Tuesday. The 74-year-old American has edited some of the biggest selling and critically acclaimed movies of the past 30 years, from "Goodfellas" to "Gangs of New York" and "The Wolf of Wall Street", and only works with Scorsese. After winning Oscars for "Raging Bull", "The Aviator" and "The Departed", Schoonmaker said she was honoured to be awarded the top Venice accolade -- and to be the first film editing artist to receive it in the festival's history. "I had started a six-week course at NYU (New York University) in editing when I first met Marty, and it changed my life," Schoonmaker told journalists at the world's oldest film festival ahead of the ceremony on Lido island in Italy's floating city.