Global Review – 12th September

Emotional tributes paid to lives lost in 9/11 attacks

Relatives of those who died on 9/11 read out victims’ names as the US marked 20 years since the deadliest terror attacks on its soil. Many struggled to hold back tears at the ceremony held at Ground Zero, the site of the Twin Towers destroyed in the attacks by al-Qaeda militants. A minute’s silence was held at the exact time each hijacked plane crashed: five more moments of silence over the next few hours, marking the time when the second plane crashed into the South Tower, when a third jet struck the Pentagon just outside Washington DC, when the fourth plane crashed in Pennsylvania, and finally when each tower collapsed. Tributes continued into the night, when two beams of light shone 6.4 km into the sky where the towers stood.

Past and present US Presidents come together

At the memorial in New York, President Joe Biden and First Lady Jill Biden were joined by former Presidents Bill Clinton and Barack Obama, as well as former First Ladies Hillary Clinton and Michelle Obama. Mr Biden travelled to all three attack sites on Saturday – New York, Pennsylvania and Virginia. In a video released on the eve of the anniversary, he paid tribute to the victims. Vice-President Kamala Harris spoke in Shanksville, Pennsylvania, after George W Bush. On Saturday morning, former President Donald Trump released a video statement praising first responders and adding it was a “sad time for the way our war on those that did such harm to our country ended last week” – referring to the US withdrawal from Afghanistan. He did not attend the ceremony in New York; however he did visit a Manhattan police station near Trump Tower.

Israel captures four of six Palestinian escaped inmates

Four of the six Palestinian inmates who escaped from a high-security prison earlier this week have been captured. Two were found at a car park in the early hours of Saturday, one of whom was Zakaria Zubeidi – a former commander of the Al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigades, military wing of Fatah – and the other Mohammed Aradeh (39), younger brother of Mahmoud captured on Friday. Zubeidi was a protagonist of the Second Intifada. A manhunt was launched on Monday after the six inmates had tunnelled out of Gilboa prison in northern Israel, in the first Palestinian prison break on this scale in 20 years.

Tension high between the no-green pass and Paris police

Scuffles continued between protestrers and the police in Paris in four demonstrations, which, for the ninth consecutive Saturday were organised to protest against the green pass. After the first clashes over the police intervention that banned groups of yellow vests from reaching the forbidden area of ​​the Champs-Elysées, violence spread to other neighbourhoods. Scuffles continued after the agents arrested one of the organisers for resistance to a public official. Firecrackers and smoke bombs were launched by the protesters while some demonstrators damaged shelters, garbage cans and barriers, throwing them at the police, who responded with tear gas.

Peru’s Shining Path guerrilla leader dies at 86

The leader and founder of Peru’s Shining Path rebel group, Abimael Guzmán, has died at the age of 86. A former philosophy professor, he had been serving a life sentence for terrorism and treason since 1992. In July he suffered health problems and was transferred from a maximum security prison to a hospital. Almost 70,000 people died or disappeared in more than a decade of conflict between the Maoist guerrilla group and the Peruvian state.

Tennis: Emma Raducanu makes history with US Open win

Emma Raducanu has won the women’s US Open final after a sensational performance against Canada’s Leylah Fernandez. Raducanu, who didn’t drop a single set over the entire tournament, becomes the first British woman to win the US Open since 1968 with her 6-4, 6-3 victory. The men’s US Open tennis final will be played today between Novak Djokovic, who eliminated Alexander Zverev after five sets, and Daniil Medvedev. Victory over Medvedev would move Djokovic clear of the 20 majors won by Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal. History-chasing Djokovic would also become the first man to win all four majors in the same year since Rod Laver in 1969.

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