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U.S. Passenger Jet Crashes in NYC
Just as Americans began to regain faith in their airlines and the country's resilience to terrorist attacks, a further airline-related tragedy has befallen New York City, with an Airbus 300 crashing into suburban Queens at approximately 9:30AM ET this morning. More than 250 civilians are believed to have perished in the incident, the cause of which is unknown at this stage. Read on...

American Military Response Measures Begin
Approximately one hour ago, the Pentagon confirmed that the United States has launched the first military strikes against Afghanistan in response to the terrorist attacks of September 11th. Both President Bush and Prime Minister Tony Blair have addressed the people of their nations in order to highlight the necessity of these strikes, given the Taliban's continued resistance to the demands made by the United States just over two weeks ago. Read on...

American Confidence in Bush Remains High Post Attacks
This article reveals figures from an Harris Interactive poll conducted for CNN/Time that confirm that American support for Bush's leadership continues to strengthen, while also questioning which countries Americans feel will remain trustworthy allies, and exactly how much power the American people are willing to grant Bush and the Government? Read on...

Government Offers Tax Deductions to Bolster Relief Effort
Assistant Treasurer to the Australian Government, Senator Rod Kemp, today confirmed the Government's decision to allow tax deductibility status for donations over $2 made to assist people affected by the 11th September disasters in New York, Washington and Pittsburgh. Read on...

Commentary: Osama bin Laden Outranks Britney Spears in Online Interest
The overwhelming series of events spawned from the September 11th terrorist attacks made against the USA have fundamentally changed the way many of us operate. Within this commentary, search engine optimization specialist Mike Valentine notes just how dramatically the world's online interests and priorities have shifted since the event. Read on...

President Bush Addresses a Joint Session of Congress
The President of the United States, George W Bush today addressed a joint session of congress, and the world, from the Capital Building in his most formal declaration of resilience against terror thus far. Read on...

Commentary: Travesty in America
This emotive article presents an American's view of what has become a global tragedy, while suggesting that there are many important wake-up calls that have been triggered by the incidents of the past nine days. Read on...

Column: How Will You Fill the Space?
Given the turmultuous events of the past week, both in terms of terrorist action and the threat of substantial job losses here in Australia, contributor Michael Pollock looks at ways by which people may fill the voids in their lives in order to progress through challenging times. Read on...

Preparing for the New War
With dizzying efficiency, the US has not only lured Pakistan into supporting each of its demands, but has stimulated the issuing of a hard-line ultimatum to Afghanistan's ruling Taliban regime stating that unless the Taliban turn over suspected terrorist coordinator Osama bin Laden within 3 days, the US will launch a massive military response against Afghanistan. War seems imminent. Read on...

Terrorist Attack: Effects on Worldwide Financial Markets
Traditionally, the world's financial markets have taken a bumpy ride in the wake of dramatic incidents of horror, terrorism or acts of war. This week has been no exception, with the initial shock selling seen as a reflection of the unbelievable fact that the world's last great superpower was the surprise victim of such a large-scale coordinated act of war. Read on...

The Importance of Unity in the Face of Chaos
In times of desperation, fear, anger and confusion, it can be an element of human nature to search for blame. As members of a free and multicultural society, though, we must make a conscious effort not to assert responsibility or hate against people of any particular race or creed. Read on...

America Under Attack: The World Mourns
Whether in formal gatherings or sole vigils, people from all manner of nations and faiths have been mourning the needless loss of innocent life in America this week. Our Prime Minister, the Honorable John Howard has called for Australians to regard tomorrow (Sunday the 16th) as a National Day of Mourning. Read on...

America Under Attack: More to Come?
Evidence has recently arisen suggesting that the White House and Air Force One may both have been key targets of the initial assault against America, and the discovery of eight men holding false documents and connections to the previos hijackers at John F Kennedy airport earlier today brings credence to the possibility of further action by the coordinating group. Read on...

Commentary: Support Your Child's Spirit During Times of Crisis
One of the major challenges facing families around the world in the wake of the American tragedy that has filled our media with horrific imagery this week is explaining the incident to children. Here, contributor Mimi Doe presents a guide to providing care, support and knowledge to children while minimising panic or fear. Read on...

Commentary: Hijacked!
Laura Quarantiello, author of Air-Ways: The Insider's Guide to Air Travel here presents several tips that can increase one's chances of survival in the unfortunate situation of a terrorist hijacking. Read on...

Commentary: Are We To Crumble In The Presence Of Terrorism?
Though utterly devastating, the effects of the terrorist acts made against our allies in the States may be minimised by returning to 'business as usual' as soon as possible. The author of this commentary suggests that doing so does not disrespect those who have perished needlessly in the savage assaults, but will indicate to those responsible that our freedom and resolve cannot be threatened. Read on...

Tracking Osama bin Laden
Reports have recently surfaced suggesting that the prime suspect in the coordination of the US suicide bombings has been placed under house arrest by the Taliban forces that have supported Osama bin Laden's campaigns over the years. Read on...

President Bush Tours the Pentagon
Paying his respects to the hundreds of public servants who are believed to have lost their lives in the Pentagon smash on Tuesday (Australian time), and indicating that America is open for business, President Bush has visited Pentagon, which is once more a hive of intelligence activity. A transcript of the statement that he made on the site may be found here. Read on...

President Bush: Good Will Prevail
In an impassioned address to the world, President Bush has outlined in general terms America's understanding of the scope of this attack, and its resolve to respond with equal measure against those responsible for the atrocity. Read on...

Ian Thorpe's Narrow Escape
Narrowly averting disaster, a vacationing Ian Thorpe was set to climb to the Observation Deck on one of the twin towers minutes before the building became a deathtrap. Read on...

More Turmoil Within New York
As the building on One Liberty Place and the Millennium Building threaten to collapse upon an already-devastated city landscape, rescue efforts have been slowed. In addition, minutes ago calls were issued to evacuate the Empire State Building and Penn Station, though the reason for this is unclear as yet. Read on...

Commentary: The Great Divide Amongst God's People
This personal commentary by Oklahoma-based Bill Platt notes the necessity in this time of despair to unite, rather than divide, the people of the world. He argues that the perpetrators of this dispicable act are not representative of the majority of those from their nation or faith, and that anger and retaliation should not be directed against Arabic or Islam innocents within our own streets. Read on...

America Under Fire - Points of Contact
Several hotlines and online information resources have been established in an attempt to both uncover further information about the events surrounding the terrorist attacks on the United States and to provide further information to families and friends of those directly affected by the disaster. This article highlights several US and Australian-based hotlines. Read on...

America Under Fire - Death Toll Grows
Almost 24 hours since the beginning of the unbelievable series of events that have rocked the democratic world to its foundations, some specific figures regarding the sheer number of casualties are beginning to be released. Read on...

America Under Fire - Aftermath
As a new day unfolds in Australia, one of the most horrific and devastating days in American history is drawing near a close. This day has been described as the moment at which America's luck ran out. This article clarifies many of the facts and figures released until this point, while noting America's plans to respond. Read on...

President Bush Addresses the Nation
Less than 12 hours following the beginning of America's loss of innocence, President George W Bush made a formal address to the nation in order to outline the incomprehensible series of violent events that had struck the US on domestic soil, and to express how his nation will react to the devastation. A full transcript of his speech may be found here. Read on...

America Under Attack - President Bush Responds
Just hours after the downing of the four hijacked passenger jets, President Bush has made an appearance to comfort the people of his nation and to highlight that action is underway not only to heal the wounds caused by the bloody offensive that rocked the foundations of America's celebrated liberty, but to reassure his people that those responsibe for this cowardly act will be brought to justice swiftly and resolutely. Read on...

White House Response: Statement by the Press Secretary
The Office of the Press Secretary responds to the disaster that has befallen Washington and New York, while outlining a plan to evaluate the damage and provide funding to those affected. Read on...

America Under Fire - Part 2
This article features several new leads, in addition to corrections or revisions made to the story thus far as terror continues to spread throughout the United States. Read on...

America Under Fire
As the disaster continues to unfold, we can report that a large portion of one of the World Trade Center's towers has collapsed onto the streets of New York. In addition, attacks have been made to the Pentagon, the mall at Washington and possibly Capitol Hill. A Palestinian liberation group did claim responsibility for the wave of terrorism, but later withdrew that statement. Read on...

World Trade Center Disaster
Minutes ago, New York's World Trade Center was struck by two commercial aircraft. There is no doubt that the incident was a deliberate terrorist attack, and both towers of the crucial, and heavily populated, building are presently engulfed in flame. Read on...

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