• The Taliban government rejected a plea by a high-level Pakistani religious and government delegation to turn over Usama bin Laden and release a group of Americans being held captive, sources told Fox News.

• Saudi Arabia will allow the United States to launch military action from a U.S. base on its territory against Islamic militant bin Laden and his protectors in Afghanistan, a source familiar with Saudi foreign policy said.

• Protesters surged through Peshawar, Pakistan shouting "Fight, fight USA" and "We love Usama" in the biggest anti-American demonstration since Washington threatened to punish Afghanistan.

• Up to 4,000 protesters march in the capital of predominantly Muslim Indonesia condemning the United States, some threatening to round up Americans and take them to the airport to be expelled.

• A lawyer for eight detained foreign aid workers accused of spreading Christianity in Afghanistan left Pakistan for Kabul to attend the next session of their trial set for Saturday, a German diplomat said.

• French Prime Minister Lionel Jospin said the Afghan people should take their destiny into their own hands and free themselves from the "oppressive Taliban regime."

• Egypt's state-owned carrier EgyptAir said it planned to adopt some of the new safety procedures drawn for U.S. airlines following the suicide attacks on the United States.

• The commander of the U.S. Pacific Fleet held talks with defense officials in Singapore and said support from Southeast Asia was strong for the U.S.-led anti-terrorism campaign.

The Investigation:

• President Bush said the United States is "in hot pursuit" of terrorists behind the Sept. 11 attacks. A top Bush administration official said U.S. forces have conducted scouting missions in Afghanistan, where suspected terrorists are hiding.

• Around the country, trucks loaded with hazardous materials are being stopped by police while security officers at loading docks use long-handled mirrors to look under big rigs for bombs.

• Two Air Force jet fighters escorted an Air Canada flight back to the Los Angeles airport after a passenger allegedly uttered an anti-American threat during a confrontation with flight attendants.

• Terrorists involved in the attacks left behind a terrorist handbook with step-by-step instructions for suicide missions that contains a mission checklist and instructions on how to prepare mentally and spiritually for death, a law enforcement official said.

• British prosecutors said an Algerian pilot arrested in London instructed four of the suspects in the U.S. terror attacks. The 27-year-old man appeared in a London court on a U.S. warrant seeking his extradition.

• Crews working in the smoldering ruins of the World Trade Center have begun assembling giant cranes capable of lifting hundreds of tons of debris at a time.

• U.S. officials said a global manhunt has thwarted two terrorist attacks since Sept. 11 and that evidence suggests collaborators were in various stages of planning several other plots to harm U.S. interests.

The Victims:

• There have been more than 560 applications for death certificates in New York City, and the mayor says the process has "just begun." The family center lists 4,620 people missing, while police 5,960. Giuliani says the actual number is probably somewhere in between. 

• Number of missing at World Trade Center drops to 5,960 from 6,347 as confirmed dead rises to 305, including 238 identified. Death toll at Pentagon remains 189; Pennsylvania crash, 44.


• Wall Street has ended one of its roughest quarters in years on a high note. The major averages all showed strong gains, though investors continue to show concern about the economy and more fallout from the terrorist attacks. The Dow gained 166 points today. The Nasdaq composite rose 38, and the S-and-P 500 gained 22 points.

• United Parcel Service has lowered its earnings estimate for the second time this quarter, blaming the terrorist attacks on New York and Washington.

• Small businesses within blocks of the World Trade Center clean-up site say they are feeling the impact of lost business following the terrorist attacks.

The Home Front:

• Some Americans who rushed to donate blood for victims of the terrorist attacks are receiving sobering letters and phone calls that their blood was rejected because tests detected HIV, hepatitis or other infectious agents.

• New York City Mayor Rudolph Giuliani says cleaning up after the terrorist attack could take up to a year as workers have to remove debris and structures that have been driven into the ground.

• Transportation Secretary Norman Mineta said Reagan National Airport will reopen when proper security measures are put in place, and an announcement could come next week.

• The largest police union in Los Angeles has joined the ranks of people suggesting that off-duty officers be allowed to carry guns on airplanes.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.