Developments related to the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.
-- U.S. military members injured or killed in the Sept. 11 attacks will receive Purple Heart medals, Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld said Thursday.
Civilian Defense Department workers killed or injured in the attacks will get a new kind of medal: The Secretary of Defense Medal for the Defense of Freedom, Rumsfeld said.
-- Officials of the ruling Taliban have advised Osama bin Laden of the Afghan clerics' decision that he should leave Afghanistan voluntarily, the Taliban ambassador in Pakistan said Thursday.
The Taliban had initially asserted they could not find bin Laden to inform him of the recommendation, made Sept. 20 by a council of clerics, or the Ulema. U.S. officials had dismissed the claims he was missing.
-- Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi's contention that Western civilization is superior to Islamic culture compounded fears Thursday in the Middle East that America's war on terrorism will be a war on Islam.
European leaders distanced themselves from Berlusconi's comments, which came as the United States tries to build a coalition with Islamic countries against terrorism after the Sept. 11 suicide attacks.
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