KAYLA JEAN MUELLER
Brits accused in beheading of hostages plead not guilty
(AP Photo/Hussein Malla, File)ALEXANDRIA, Va. – Two British men charged with helping the Islamic State group carry out executions and ransom negotiations for Western hostages pleaded not guilty Friday in a federal court. At a brief hearing Friday in the court just outside Washington, D.C., the two men pleaded not guilty and requested a jury trial. No trial date was set after both men waived their right to a speedy trial because of the case's complexity. A status hearing was set for Jan. 15 to set a trial date then. “This involves a long investigation involving multiple countries,” Fitzpatrick said when asked about the volume of evidence that must be weighed.
VP Debate Takeaways: Pandemic looms over a more civil fight
(AP Photo/Morry Gash, Pool)WASHINGTON – In normal times, vice presidential debates don’t matter much. Vice President Mike Pence on Wednesday faced considerable pressure to boost coronavirus-stricken President Donald Trump's flagging reelection hopes as he trails in national and battleground state polls. Here are key early takeaways from the only vice presidential debate ahead of the Nov. 3 Election Day. Pence and Harris repeatedly dodged and sidestepped queries from debate moderator Susan Page, answering questions however they wanted. __THE FLIES HAVE ITWhile the debate was comparatively tame, there were moments that stood out, especially on social media.
Remarks by Assistant Attorney General for National Security John C. Demers on ISIS Militants Charged with Deaths of Americans in Syria
Today, we remember four innocent Americans whose lives were taken by ISIS:James Wright Foley,Steven Joel Sotloff,Peter Edward Kassig, andKayla Jean Mueller. Today’s announcement is the result of many years of hard work in pursuit of justice for these Americans. These men will now be brought before a United States court to face justice for the depraved acts alleged against them in the indictment. You will face American arms on the battlefield, and if you survive, you will face American justice in an American courtroom with the prospect of many years in an American prison. In short, if you have American blood in your veins or American blood on your hands, you will face American justice.justice.gov
US charges British IS members in deaths of American hostages
El Shafee Elsheikh and Alexanda Kotey are two of four men who were dubbed “the Beatles” by the hostages because of the captors' British accents. The charges are a milestone in a yearslong effort by U.S. authorities to bring to justice members of the group known for beheadings and barbaric treatment of aid workers, journalists and other hostages in Syria. “If you have American blood in your veins or American blood on your hands, you will face American justice,” said Demers, the department's top national security official. The indictment charges the men in connection with the deaths of four American hostages — Foley, journalist Steven Sotloff and aid workers Peter Kassig and Kayla Mueller — as well as European and Japanese nationals who were also held captive. In July 2014, according to the indictment, Elsheikh described to a family member his participation in an IS attack on the Syrian Army.
WHAT TO WATCH: Trump's moment, Ivanka and Rudy Giuliani
What to watch on the fourth and final night of the Republican National Convention:TRUMPTrump is scheduled to accept his partys renomination in an address from the White House South Lawn. IVANKAThe president will be introduced by his daughter Ivanka Trump, the fourth of his five children to speak during the convention. RUDYDonald Trumps personal attorney Rudy Giuliani is scheduled to help close out the convention. BIDENThe Democrat has laid low this week but he's scheduled to appear at a virtual fundraiser Thursday. ET (a half-hour earlier than the Democratic convention last week) and runs through 11 p.m.
American taken by ISIS championed human rights
American taken by ISIS championed human rights ISIS claims that Jordanian airstrikes have killed American hostage, Kayla Jean Mueller. If true, she would be the fourth American to die in the hands of the Islamic terrorist group. Holly Williams reports on Mueller's life as a humanitarian aid worker.cbsnews.com