Agence France-Presse in New York

British Islamist preacher Abu Hamza told his US terror trial on Thursday that he loved Osama bin Laden but refused when invited to join al-Qaeda at its inception.

US stocks tumbled on Monday after a top European finance official suggested that the Cyprus bailout framework could serve as a template for other European bank crises.

US stock markets reopened Wednesday after a historic two-day closure forced by superstorm Sandy, which completely shut down the global financial centre of New York.

A US man has been charged with smuggling dinosaur fossils into America from China and Mongolia, including an almost complete Tyrannosaurus skeleton, prosecutors said.

British radical Islamic preacher Abu Hamza pleaded not guilty in a US court to 11 terrorism charges, including conspiring to set up an al-Qaeda-style training camp on American soil. The one-eyed, handless 54-year-old appeared in Manhattan federal court without his trademark prosthetic hook that he wears on one arm and which was removed by US authorities after he was extradited from Britain last week.

History-making Andy Murray ended Britain’s 76-year wait for a men’s Grand Slam champion when he beat defending champion Novak Djokovic in an epic US Open final.