Major Developments: 9/24/2001

International: 

• President Bush moved to cut off Usama bin Laden's cash flow, signing an executive order naming terrorist organizations and freezing their U.S. assets.

• Bin Laden called on Pakistan's Muslims to fight "the American crusade ... I announce to you, our beloved brothers, that we are steadfast on the path of jihad [holy war] with the heroic, faithful Afghan people, under the leadership of Mullah Mohammed Omar," said a statement provided to Qatar's Al-Jazeera satellite channel Monday. The statement was signed by bin Laden and dated Sunday.

• The White House said the evidence against bin Laden won't be spelled out in public any time soon. A spokesman said doing so would give terrorists important information about U.S. intelligence sources. Secretary of State Colin Powell had promised Sunday to put the evidence "before the world."

• Pakistan has pulled its diplomatic staff out of Afghanistan. Pakistan is one of only two countries that still recognize the Taliban as Afghanistan's legitimate government. 

• Taliban leader Mullah Mohammed Omar warns the United States that the threat of more terrorist attacks will remain unless its forces are removed from the Persian Gulf. Omar also says the U.S. must start supporting the Palestinians in their conflict with Israel. 

• The Taliban have taken over U.N. aid offices in the southern Afghan city of Kandahar. U.N. spokeswoman Stephanie Bunker says the Taliban have also locked up all U.N. communications equipment in Kabul. 

• The U.N. General Assembly today will listen to Secretary-General Kofi Annan outline the role he envisions for the United Nations following the attacks. 

• Nursultan Nazarbayev, president of the Central Asian former Soviet republic of Kazakstan, offers the U.S. use of his nation's airspace and military bases. 

• Asked whether the U.S. would expand its campaign to include military action against Iraq, Colin Powell says President Bush's "singular focus for the moment" is bin Laden's network. 

• A Saudi official says the U.S. will not be allowed to launch retaliatory strikes from a command and control center in Saudi Arabia. The Saudis are reportedly worried that fellow Arab nations might be attacked. 

• Russia is stepping up its support of the opposition in Afghanistan. President Vladimir Putin said he's prepared to supply anti-Taliban fighters with weapons and military equipment.

The Investigation: 

• Attorney General John Ashcroft announced at a hearing Monday that 352 people have been detained by the INS or the FBI since the Sept. 11 attacks. Justice Department officials say that only 98 of those people fall into the category of arrests by the INS for suspected immigration violations. The remaining 254 or so were either arrested on material witness warrants or on other criminal charges not directly related to the terrorist acts in Washington and New York, such as possession of false identification or ID fraud. Officials won't say how many are being held as material witnesses because federal courts have sealed that information.

• Ashcroft told the House Judiciary Committee that the government needs more tools in the fight against terrorism. He cited improved wiretap capabilities as one example. Otherwise he said the U.S. remains vulnerable to more attacks.

• Procecutors said Monday that one man was charged with helping some of the hijackers in the terrorist attacks fraudulently obtain Virginia identification cards. Herbert Villalobos and another man — his identify not revealed because he was a witness — signed identity papers in Arlington, Va., in August for the hijackers who commandeered and crashed American Airlines flight 77 into the Pentagon a little more than a month later, said an affidavit filed in federal court in northern Virginia. The second man was not charged.

• The FBI has questioned and released two Pakistani men today after they were removed from an Austin to Dallas-Fort Worth, flight last night. 

The Washington Post and Miami Herald report that three Middle Eastern men inquired about crop-duster planes during visits to a small airport in Florida. One has since been identified as Mohammed Atta, believed to be one of the suicide hijackers in the attacks. The Post also reports government investigators found a crop-duster manual among the possessions of Zacarias Moussaoui, a French citizen of Moroccan extraction in federal custody. 

• Federal investigators have recovered a 10-foot section of fuselage of one of the planes that hit the World Trade Center.

• Agents in a Dallas suburb arrested a Palestinian whose name turned up in the address book of a former secretary to bin Laden. 

The Victims: 

• The updated toll at the World Trade Center: 6,453 missing; 276 bodies recovered, 206 of them identified.

• At least 63 countries count their citizens among the World Trade Center missing, including:
— Britain: 250 missing
— Germany: 120-150 missing, four confirmed dead
— India: 91 missing
— Canada: 35-50 missing
— Japan: 24 missing
— Australia: 20 missing, three dead
— Colombia: 20 missing, one dead
— Philippines: 19 missing. 

Markets/Economy: 

• Wall Street rebounded after one of its worst weeks ever, the Dow closing up 367.84, or 4.5 percent, at 8,603.65 after dropping 1,369.70 last week. The Nasdaq Composite Index rose 75.92, or 5.3 percent, to 1,499.11, while the broader Standard & Poor's 500 index advanced 37.60, or 4 percent, to 1,003.40 — back above the psychologically important 1,000-point level.

Crain's New York Business estimates the economic costs from the World Trade Center disaster will be more than $40 billion, including $15 billion for medical coverage, lost wages and lower business income, $14 billion for the loss of buildings, equipment and rental income at surviving buildings, $8.5 billion less in city and state government tax receipts and local spending, and the $3.2 billion value of the World Trade Center itself. 

• The $15 billion airline bail-out Congress approved last week is just the first installment. Lawmakers this week take up legislation on airport security, and compensation for airline and aviation workers losing their jobs. 

• Stocks rallyied on the European markets today, after a mixed performance overnight in Asia.

• Attacks on the U.S., together with fears of a dramatic slowdown in the global economy, create a backdrop of uncommon urgency for OPEC oil ministers meeting this week to review production quotas. OPEC supplies almost 40 percent of the world's oil. 

• Gasoline prices have fallen about two cents during the past two weeks. Analyst Trilby Lundberg says, "People are not just canceling air travel, but travel, period." 

• Tourism is gradually starting to rebuild on the Las Vegas strip. 

The Home Front:

• New York Mayor Rudolph Giuliani says he has not ruled out trying to extend his stay in office but he hasn't had time to decide because his energies have been focused elsewhere. "It's a very important decision," he said Monday. "I need time to talk to people about it." Term limits would have to be changed to allow Giuliani to run again if he decides to pursue that course of action. The city's mayoral primary, which was postponed from its original date of Sept. 11 because of the attacks, is now set for Tuesday Sept. 25.

• Republican Sen. Fred Thompson of Tennessee said the terrorist attacks have convinced him that this is not the time for him to change jobs. Thompson announced Monday he'll seek re-election next year. He said that before the Sept. 11 attacks, he'd been leaning toward leaving.

• Out of "an abundance of caution," the government grounded all crop-duster aircraft yesterday. Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld says that countries sponsoring terrorism have "very active chemical and biological warfare programs." 

• President Bush's overall job approval rating has soared to 90 percent, according to a CNN/USA Today-Gallup poll, the highest rating Gallup has measured for any president. Four of five said they support U.S. military action in Afghanistan. Two-thirds said they thought it was at least somewhat likely there would be more terrorist attacks in the U.S. 

• The NFL resumed play yesterday after a one-week break out of respect to the victims of the attacks. Both New York teams were victorious on the road. The Giants defeated the Chiefs in Kansas City, and the Jets topped the New England Patriots, in Foxoboro, Massachusetts. Kansas City Chiefs fans cheered the Giants before their game.  

• New York theater-goers are heading back to Broadway. Ticket sales are inching up, and industry professionals plan a major marketing campaign to get people, particularly New Yorkers, back into the theater. Sales were off about 50 to 60 percent last week, compared to a disastrous 80 percent the week of the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center.

• An opinion piece by a professor at the University of Texas about the terrorist attacks has sparked controversy. Professor Robert Jensen wrote in the Houston Chronicle that what happened at the World Trade Center and the Pentagon was "no more despicable than the massive acts of terrorism" by the United States. The president of the university, Larry Faulkner, published a letter in the Chronicle personally denouncing Jensen. But some students at the University of Texas say they're worried about intolerance of minority opinions.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.