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2A - The Michigan Daily - Thursday, September 12, 2002


Events of
Sept. 11
LONDON (AP) - From a dusty
embassy compound in Afghanistan to
London's cathedrals and mosques,
millions around the world gathered
yesterday to remember those who died
in the Sept. 11 attacks and to offer
prayers for peace and tolerance.
At London's St. Paul's Cathedral,
3,000 white rose petals fluttered down
from the dome - one for eAch victim
who died last Sept. 11.
A cellist played a Bach suite and the
congregation of 2,000 remained silent
as the petals fell. Moments earlier,
they joined people around the world in
observing a moment of silence at the
moment the first hijacked jet struck
the World Trade Center last year.
Religious leaders condemned the
"No situation of hurt, no philoso-
phy or religion can ever justify such
a grave offense on human life and
dignity," Pope John Paul II said at
his weekly audience at the Vatican.
But he called on the world to heal
injustices that cause explosive
At London Central Mosque, Mus-
lim leaders offered Quranic prayers for
peace, justice and tolerance.
Security was heightened at U.S.
facilities and other locations around
the world. The United States had
warned the Philippines and other
Southeast Asian nations that al-
Qaida may be planning truck bomb-
ings to mark the anniversary, but the
day passed with no attacks reported
in Asia.
Not all saw the day as a time toI
In Iraq, which the United States
has threatened to attack for allegedly
developing weapons of mass destruc-
tion, the state-owned AI-Iktisadi
newspaper covered its front page yes-
terday with a photograph of a burning
World Trade Center Tower and a two-
word headline in red: "God's punish-
"Events like Sept. 11 are sad but it
is an opportunity for the American
people to feel what bombing could do
to nations," said Ali Ahmed, a 47-year-i
old who owns a Baghdad stationeryi
But around the world, it was a day
of simple, heartfelt gestures. In Syd-
ney, Australia, thousands of motorists
turned on their headlights at 8:46 a.m.
as a mark of respect for those who
Cities around the globe paused for
moments of silence, while candles
were lighted and flowers laid outside
U.S. embassies from Copenhagen to
Moscow to Manila.
In Paris, two powerful beams of
light were projected into the sky Tues-
day to honor the memory of the vic-
tims - a project to be repeated
Yesterday night. In Pisa, Italy, a whitei
banner placed by the Leaning Tower
read: "From the tower to the towers.
Sept. 11, 2002. Memory, solidarity
and peace."I
Beginning with choirs in New
Zealand and Japan, 180 singing
groups in 20 time zones began
a"Rolling Requiem," singing
Mozart's masterpiece. The requiem
rang out at the National Theater in
Belgrade, Yugoslavia, and was played

by the Israeli Chamber Orchestra in
Tel Aviv.
Political leaders around the world
expressed their sorrow and solidarity.
"France knows what it owes
America," French President Jacques
Chirac told a ceremony at the U.S.
ambassador's residence in Paris.
"The French people stand with all
their hearts at the side of the Ameri-
can people."
Russian President Vladimir Putin
phoned President Bush to express his
condolences, telling him: In Russia,
they say that time cures, but we cannot
forget. We must not forget."
In the Middle East, Palestinian and
Israeli leaders condemned the attacks -
but disagreed about their significance.
At a commemoration ceremony
in Jerusalem, Israeli Prime Minister
Ariel Sharon included Yasser
Arafat's Palestinian Authority
among sponsors of terrorism that
'are all inseparable parts of the
same axis of evil that threatens the
peace and stability in every place in
the world."
Palestinian Cabinet Minister Saeb
Erekat1,accused Sharon of "kidnap-
ping" Sept. 11 and using it as a pre-
text for cracking down on the

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RA ALLAH, West Bank
Members of Arafat's cabinet resign
Defiant Palestinian legislators forced the resignation of Yasser Arafat's
21-member Cabinet yesterday, delivering the biggest political blow to the
Palestinian leader since he returned from exile eight years ago and under-
scoring the mounting discontent among ordinary Palestinians.
Lawmakers clapped and shared jubilant smiles as the resignations were
announced moments before parliament appeared set to vote no-confidence
in Arafat's ministers. He now has two weeks to present a new Cabinet to
Earlier in the day, Arafat set Jan. 20 as a date for presidential and parlia-
mentary elections, making the announcement as part of a failed deal to
save his Cabinet. The setting of the specific date is likely to displease the
United States, which had sought a delay in presidential elections to gain
time to find ways of sidelining Arafat.
The parliamentary challenge move did not immediately endanger
Arafat's leadership or appear to be organized by any individual challenger.
However, it was a blow to his prestige and reflected a groundswell of anger
among a Palestinian public tired of years of corruption and mismanage-
ment had stayed on.
Al-Qaida detainees unaware of Sept. 11
For many of the 598 detainees at this U.S. outpost thousands of miles from ground
zero, Sept. 11 was just another day behind bars.
The men from 43 countries - all of whom are accused of links to either Osama
bin Laden's al-Qaida terror network or Afghanistan's fallen Taliban regime - have
no calendars and were not told what day it was.
"We're not making any special announcements to them," said Brig. Gen. Rick Bac-
cus, in charge of the detention mission in Guantanamo.
The 1,600 U.S. military personnel at the U.S. naval base on Cuba's eastern tip hon-
ored those killed in last year's terror attacks in the United States with somber cere-
monies. Dozens of soldiers guarding the detainees stood as taps was played yesterday,
but the tent housing the ceremony near the Camp Delta prison was half-empty on a
day that remained largely business-as-usual.
About 70 soldiers prayed and observed a moment of silence.
"Every day, we remember why we're here. But today is a day of remembrance. It's
a day of mourning," said Army Spc. Blair Winner, a 20-year-old guard from Mentor,



Higher oil prices
expected in future
Higher, more volatile oil prices will
loom this winter if OPEC refuses to
boost crude production as major
importing countries head into the peak
heating oil season, an industry report
warned yesterday.
A decrease last month in crude
exports from Iraq has squeezed sup-
plies and contributed to a dwindling of
U.S. inventories. Global demand, mean-
while, is forecast to rise by a robust 1.6
million barrels a day in the fourth quar-
ter, the International Energy Agency
said in its monthly oil market report.
Markets now face a challenge similar
to that in 1999, when a plunge in oil
inventories paved the way for a spike
in prices and extreme instability, it said.
"Today's situation is every bit as
precarious, given the fragile state of
the global economy and the threat of
military action against Iraq," the
agency said in an unusually pointed
Fighting in Kashmir
prior to elections
Days before crucial state elections,
suspected Islamic militants assassinated
a heavily guarded politician and killed
15 other people yesterday in Kashmir,
in a clear attempt to frighten candidates
and voters away from the polls.
Dozens of people have been killed in
recent weeks in India-controlled Kash-
mir, as separatist militants opposed to
the elections have stepped up their

State Law Minister Mushtaq
Ahmad Lone, 44, who was a candi-
date in the legislative elections that
begin Monday, was killed as he
addressed a campaign rally in a high
school courtyard in the village of Lal-
pora, some 70 miles north of Srina-
gar, the summer capital of the
Himalayan state.
As Lone was speaking, an explo-
sion went off and two gunmen burst
out of a rice paddy firing machine
guns, witnesses said.
Rescue efforts begin
after train derails
Rescue workers used cranes and
blow torches to rip apart the man-
gled wreckage of a luxury train yes-
terday as they continued searching
for survivors two days after the
Rajdhani Express jumped the tracks
at 80 mph and killed at least 105
As investigators tried to determine
why the train derailed at a colonial-
era bridge, the government backed
away from sabotage theories and
furious relatives bitterly criticized
rescue efforts as too slow.
The train - carrying 535 passen-
gers and 70 railway crew from Cal-
cutta to New Delhi - derailed late
Monday at the British-built bridge
near Rafiganj, about 420 miles
southeast of New Delhi.
One car fell into the Dhave River,
two were left dangling from the
bridge and at least three others piled
up in a heap.
- Compiled from Daily wire reports.




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