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U.S. President George W. Bush has characterized Osama bin Laden as the "prime suspect" in Tuesday's attacks.  

(CNN) -- Pakistan's government was preparing to demand that Afghanistan's ruling Taliban hand over suspected terrorist Osama bin Laden within three days.

CNN learned Sunday that Pakistan will threaten massive military action led by the United States unless Kabul complies. U.S. President George W. Bush has characterized bin Laden as the "prime suspect" in Tuesday's attacks.

The head of Pakistan's intelligence is likely to travel to Afghanistan in the next 24 hours carrying this message to the Taliban supreme leader, Mullah Mohammed Omar. (Full story)

In the United States, worship services Sunday were expected to center on the tragedy that left thousands dead or missing, damaged the nation's military headquarters and toppled the massive twin towers of New York's World Trade Center.

Several blocks from there, a passport authorities said belonged to one of the hijackers was discovered Saturday. That has prompted the FBI and police to widen the search area beyond the immediate crash site. A second person whom authorities were seeking as a material witness in the attacks was arrested Saturday and held in FBI custody in New York, a Justice Department official said. (Full story)

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Latest developments

• British Prime Minister Tony Blair has told CNN that the international community gives its full backing to the fight "between the civilized world and fanaticism." (Full story)

• Russian troops of the 201st division deployed in Tajikistan have been placed on higher alert, according to Interfax news agency. The Russian foreign minister could not confirm the report, which quotes Defense Minister Sergei Ivanov. The order was given, according to the report, "taking into account the developing situation in the region".

• In a suspected racially motivated act of violence, a man was questioned by police in Mesa, Arizona, Sunday morning in connection with the Saturday shooting death of an Indian immigrant. (Full story)

• The Washington Post reports the Federal Aviation Administration alerted the national military air defense command that a hijacked jet was hurtling toward the Pentagon 12 minutes before the plane hit, but apparently no one relayed that message to Pentagon security so they didn't evacuate building.

• The computer and telecommunications systems of the New York Stock Exchange passed a test-run Saturday, clearing way for the resumption of U.S. stock trading on both the NYSE and NASDAQ Monday for the first time since Tuesday's terrorist attack. (Full story)

• A motel owner in Deerfield Beach, Florida, said Saturday he found Boeing aircraft manuals, aeronautical maps and martial arts books in a Dumpster after a man who is believed to have helped hijack one of the planes involved in the attacks checked out of the motel.

• Sources told CNN on Saturday that two of the hijackers on the American Airlines jetliner that slammed into the Pentagon had been under surveillance by U.S. intelligence, because one was connected to last October's attack on the USS Cole.

• During his weekly radio address, U.S. President George W. Bush told the nation that "those who make war against the United States have chosen their own destruction" and that the nation's response to the attacks would "be sweeping, sustained and effective." (Transcript)

• The Pentagon on Saturday dubbed the U.S. military's increased role in homeland defense and support for civil authorities "Operation Noble Eagle." The operation includes Navy ships protecting both coasts; fighter overflights protecting airspace over the Northeast Corridor; and the call-up of 35,000 reserve troops to aid with those missions and assisting in recovery efforts in New York and Washington.

• Officials in New York raised the number of people unaccounted for after Tuesday's destruction of the World Trade Center to 4,972, about 200 higher than previous estimates. New York firefighters -- who suffered heavy casualties in the attacks -- held services for three of their slain comrades, including Fire Chief Peter Ganci. (Full story)

• In Washington, the Pentagon lowered the estimate of those unaccounted for in that attack to 187, including 64 aboard the American Airlines jet that crashed into the building. Authorities also, for the first time, released the name of one of those killed -- Aerographer's Mate First Class Edward Thomas Earhart, 26, of Salt Lick, Kentucky. Buses brought several family members of the Pentagon victims to the scene Saturday, where they laid flowers and balloons at the site.

• The foreign ministry of Afghanistan's ruling Taliban said it would consider forming an invasion force to attack any neighboring country that aided the United States in the use of military force against Afghanistan. Afghanistan is considered a possible target for any retaliation because terrorist suspect bin Laden reportedly operates from the Afghan mountains. (Full story)

• President Bush worked the phones Saturday in an effort to build an international coalition against terrorism, reaching out to President Vicente Fox of Mexico and Prime Minister Jose Maria Aznar of Spain. A senior administration official said Bush will continue to make the case "over and over" that his campaign against terrorism would not end quickly. "This is not going to be an overnight solution," the official said. (Full story)


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