Today's Developments, 10/12

Military Action:

•   U.S. warplanes launched a sixth day of air raids on Kabul. The strikes came as the ruling Taliban said at least 200 people were killed in an airstrike on a remote village east of the city two days ago. The figure could not be independently verified.


• Saudi Arabia is taking steps to freeze the assets of the Al Qaeda terrorism network and is cooperating fully with the United States in countering terrorism, according to the Bush administration.

• A second French journalist was arrested in Afghanistan, then turned over to Pakistani authorities, Le Figaro newspaper reported.

• British officials said they believe Afghanistan's Taliban government has exaggerated the number of civilian casualties in U.S.-led raids.

• The chief investigator in the crash of a Russian airliner said the plane was hit by an anti-aircraft missile, and a Ukrainian official said his nation's forces could have been responsible.


• The Bush administration is preparing to choke off the known funding sources of additional individuals and organizations. The Treasury Department is expected to release a list containing dozens of names, organizations and businesses, government officials said.


• Stocks are seen opening little changed, as Wall Street catches its breath after a rally this week pushed most major benchmark indexes above Sept. 11 levels, when the attack on the United States sent markets plunging.

• Reservations for some popular tourist destinations in the Muslim world are down by 60 to 70 percent in the wake of the suicide hijack attacks on the United States, a pan-Islam industry conference in Malaysia heard.

The Home Front:

•   President Bush held a prime-time news conference Thursday night at the White House, repeating demands that Usama bin Laden be brought to justice dead or alive. The president said the airstrikes in Afghanistan have "them on the run."

• The Senate voted to turn over airline and airport security to the federal government and give police broad authority in fighting terrorists.

• A billionaire Saudi prince gave New York a $10 million relief check after visiting the Trade Center disaster site. But Mayor Rudy Giuliani rejected the donation after the prince said U.S. policies were partly to blame for the attack.

• Americans seem to be losing a fear of flying triggered by last month's attacks. An Associated Press poll finds the number has gone down to just about where it was before September 11.

• Americans are buying more guns in the wake of the terror attacks and not just the gun enthusiasts. Gun shop owners say professionals who have never owned a weapon are now buying.


• Authorities say 4,776 people are missing at the World Trade Center and 384 bodies identified.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.