3 men charged with planning mass killing in Australian city

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Police say three men inspired by the Islamic State group have been charged with planning a mass-casualty attack in Melbourne, the nation’s second-largest city.
  
Victoria Police Chief Commissioner Graham Ashton says the Australian citizens of Turkish descent were arrested Tuesday in their Melbourne homes in police raids before dawn.
  
They had had their passports canceled this year because of security concerns.
  
The men – 21, 26 and 30 – will appear in a Melbourne court later Tuesday, charged with acting in preparation of a terrorist event. They each could face a life prison sentence if convicted.

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