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WASHINGTON (CNN) -- One hundred days after the September 11 attacks, President Bush announced Thursday the targeting of two more organizations believed to be funneling money to terrorists and terrorist groups.

Bush said a former Pakistani atomic energy commission official founded Umma Tameer-e-nau (UTN) to aid Osama bin Laden's al-Qaeda network.

"UTN claims to serve the hungry and needy of Afghanistan, but it was the UTN that provided information about nuclear weapons to al-Qaeda," Bush announced in the White House Rose Garden.

The other group Bush named is Lashkar-e-Tayyiba (LET), a Kashmir-based group that attacked "the legislature of the world's largest democracy" in India last week.

Neither of the two new groups is believed to have offices or assets in the United States, but the president is calling on countries around the world to freeze or block the groups' assets. (Full story)

More than $33 million in assets of terrorist organizations have been frozen in the United States, and other nations have blocked another $33 million, a new White House report said, adding that 142 nations have issued orders freezing terrorist assets.

The White House issued the 25-page report, titled "The Global War On Terrorism: The First 100 Days." It cites military, diplomatic and humanitarian accomplishments abroad and domestic measures dealing with homeland security and aid to families of September 11 victims. (Full story)

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Latest developments

• The original translation of the Osama bin Laden videotape misses the fact that bin Laden identifies nine of the September 11 hijackers, a Saudi dissident says and an independent translator hired by CNN confirmed Thursday. (Full story)

• Local officials reported 100 people wounded -- six seriously -- by an explosion Thursday afternoon at a market in Mazar-e Sharif in northern Afghanistan, The Associated Press reported. One of the wounded said he saw an fragmentation grenade rolling just before the blast. One official called the explosion a terrorist act. (Full story)

• Seventy British Royal Marines have arrived at Bagram Air Base to help set up and lead a multinational peacekeeping force in Afghanistan as an interim government prepares to assume power this weekend. The deployment came as the U.N. Security Council Thursday unanimously approved a resolution authorizing a multinational force. (Full story)

• Two U.S. military sources told CNN that as many as 500 Marines could be ready as soon as this weekend to begin searching caves in the Tora Bora region of eastern Afghanistan, where U.S. officials think Osama bin Laden could be hiding. The sources said Gen. Tommy Franks, chief of U.S. Central Command, had not yet decided to send the Marines in. (Full story)

• Families of victims of the September 11 terrorist attacks should receive at least $500,000, but not more than $3 million, from government and other sources under regulations established by the Justice Department. The interim final rule was announced Thursday. (Full story)

• For the first time since arriving in the region December 15, several aircraft from the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis dropped bombs on eastern Afghanistan on Friday. (Full story)

• In the United States, a national warning and corporate security advisory about possible terrorist attacks have been extended through January 2. A spokesman for Homeland Security Director Tom Ridge said the national warning issued December 3 continues in effect because the threat -- regarded as "credible but non-specific" -- still exists. (Full story)

• Terrorism is expected to be a main focus of a two-day meeting between Russian President Vladimir Putin and British Prime Minister Tony Blair. Putin is scheduled to arrive Friday in London for the talks. (Full story)

• Speaking from his hospital bed shortly after being captured, a wounded and weary John Walker, a U.S. citizen who joined the Taliban, told an interviewer earlier this month that the bloody prison uprising that resulted in the death of a CIA operative was "all a mistake of a handful of people." (Full story)

• A USA Today report on the WTC death toll showed that a variety of circumstances determined who died and who survived after the jets slammed into the twin towers. (Full story)


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