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September 11th Ceremonies Span the Globe


Leaders from London to Moscow have joined with the United States to mark the seventh anniversary of the attacks on the United States.

British Prime Minister Gordon Brown spoke Thursday with U.S. President George Bush, and offered the American people his thoughts and prayers.

Italian President Giorgio Napolitano led a moment of silence at the presidential Quirinale Palace in Rome. And Russia hosted a memorial service at Moscow's historic St. Catherine's Russian Orthodox Church.

As they commemorated the September 11 attacks, Mr. Brown and Mr. Napolitano reiterated their resolve to wipe out terrorism. In Moscow, President Dimitri Medvedev also said Russia is ready to coordinate with the United States in the fight on terrorism.

Meanwhile, U.S. troops in Afghanistan marked the anniversary with a ceremony at a military base near Kabul.

U.S. Major General Robert Cone told the troops that more recent terrorism attacks, including those in Madrid and London, were reminders terrorism "is still a danger to the entire world."

Afghan President Hamid Karzai said today his country had seen progress since the September 11 attacks, which led to the U.S. invasion of his country. He also said Afghanistan had suffered lots of pains since then, and that the Afghan people are still affected by terrorism.

Some information for this report was provided by AFP and AP.