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US charges three with conspiring to join Islamic State jihadists

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Three men were charged on Wednesday with conspiring to support Islamic State, U.S. authorities announced.

One of the men, Akhror Saidakhmetov, 19, of Kazakhstan was arrested early on Wednesday at John F. Kennedy International Airport, where authorities said he was attempting to board a flight to Turkey on his way to Syria.

Saidakhmetov and Abdurasul Hasanovich Juraboev, 24, of Uzbekistan and were accused of planning to travel to Syria to fight for Islamic State, also known as ISIS, Brooklyn U.S. Attorney Loretta Lynch said. The two men also had expressed a willingness to carry out attacks on U.S. soil on behalf of Islamic State, according to the criminal complaint.

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Abror Habibov, 30, of Uzbekistan, was accused of helping to fund Saidakhmetov’s efforts to join Islamic State, prosecutors said.

All three men live in Brooklyn.

Juraboev had purchased a plane ticket to Istanbul and was scheduled to fly next month, prosecutors said.

Saidakhmetov and Juraboev are expected to make initial appearances in Brooklyn federal court later on Wednesday and Habibov was to appear in federal court in Jacksonville, Florida.

Defense lawyers for the three men could not immediately be identified.

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(Reporting by Joseph Ax; Editing by Bill Trott)


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Roger Stone’s health in question as prosecutors have him ‘dead to rights’: NBC reporter

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Jurors deciding the fate of longtime Donald Trump political advisor Roger Stone did not reach a verdict during their deliberations on Thursday and will reconvene on Friday morning.

But there were fascinating details from the courtroom revealed by NBC News correspondent Ken Dilanian.

"What about Roger Stone, does he look like he’s about to burn here?" MSNBC anchor Chris Matthews asked. "Does he look like he’s going down?"

"He does," Dilanian replied.

"And also, physically, he doesn't look well at this trial. He’s walking around the courthouse kind of unaccompanied, shambling around," he continued. "He doesn't look like a happy warrior, which is usually his persona."

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On Thursday's edition of MSNBC's "All In," Rep. Tom Reed (R-NY) tried to argue that impeachment is only intended for when presidents commit capital crimes — and was immediately corrected by anchor Chris Hayes.

"I saw an earlier interview you gave to Chuck Todd where you didn’t think this was, so far, from what you’ve heard of, the level of impeachable behavior," said Hayes. "I’m curious what you view the standard as the Constitution sets out for you as being high crimes and treason and misdemeanor."

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WATCH LIVE: Trump holds campaign rally to shore up GOP support in Louisiana

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One day after the first televised impeachment hearing, President Donald Trump traveled to Louisiana for a campaign rally.

The rally is being held at the CenturyLink Center in Bossier City, which has a 14,000 seat capacity.

On Saturday, November 16th, voters will travel to the pools to choose between Governor John Bel Edwards (D-LA) and Trump's pick, Republican businessman Eddie Rispone.

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