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US Trial Opens for Egyptian-Born Cleric Extradited From Britain

The trial of radical Muslim cleric Abu Hamza al-Masri has opened in New York, with federal prosecutors describing the fiery 55-year-old imam as using "the cover of religion" to conceal his role in a global campaign of terrorism. During opening statements Thursday, prosecutors told a jury of eight men and four women that Abu Hamza -- born Mustafa Kamel Mustafa -- aided a deadly 1998 hostage-taking in Yemen. He also is accused of sending men to train with al-Qaida in Afghanistan,...

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