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The World Pauses To Remember Terror Attack Victims - 2001-09-15

There are strong indications now that people elsewhere feel the heartbreak in the United States and that the attacks in New York and Washington were not just against the U.S., but also against the world.

Across Europe, three minutes of silence were observed. At city hall in Belfast, in Paris, at the Eiffel tower, in Rome, a Spanish flag flew at half-staff in front of the Spanish steps as schoolchildren, priests, and others paused and reflected.

In London at St. Paul's Cathedral, Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Charles were among the audience that heard archbishop of Canterbury George Carey say he is "hopeful for the people of America, hopeful that, as ruins are re-built, so also a shaken people will be restored."

In America, there was a national day of prayer and remembrance for the victims. In Washington’s National Cathedral many members of Congress, and four former U.S. presidents, Bill Clinton, George Bush Sr., Jimmy Carter and Gerald Ford gathered to hear the current occupant of the oval office, U.S. President George W. Bush. "Our unity is a kinship of grief and a steadfast resolve to prevail against our enemies, and this unity against terror is now extending across the world,” he said.

Also heard--Imam Muzammil Siddiqi, Rabbi Joshua Haberman and the reverend Dr. Billy Graham. “Today we say to those who masterminded this cruel plot and to those who carried it out, that the spirit of this nation will not be defeated by their twisted and diabolical scheme," Mr. Graham said.

In Iraq at Friday prayers, Muslims in Baghdad denounced the devastating terror attacks.

In Beirut, worshippers at a mosque called the attacks a human tragedy.

In Nairobi, Kenya, UN workers sang hymns and laid flowers at a memorial garden for earlier victims of the U.S. embassy bombings. And in Kosovo, a candlelight vigil was held for the victims of the attacks. The head of the independent students' union at the University of Pristina, Afrim Hoti, says the vigil was organized to support and share in the tragedy with the United States. "Because the people of Kosovo in general, and the students at the University of Pristina especially, we know better than all people over the world what is terrorism. So in those moments we want to be with the American people,” he said.

The students say they are grateful for everything America has done for them in the past.