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9/11 Front Pages: World Newspapers Coverage Of The Attack

History happened instantly before our eyes 20 years ago on September 11, 2001 — and the global press was there to offer a first view on a day that continues to live in infamy. Here are 31 newspaper front pages and magazine covers.

9/11 Front Pages: World Newspapers Coverage Of The Attack

9/11 front pages exhibit at the Newseum in Washington

By the time United Airlines Flight 175 sliced into the second tower, news reporters and editors around the world knew they were facing the most monumental story of their lifetime. The Sep. 11 attacks forever changed the world, and put the powers of modern journalism, from real-time video coverage to deep news analysis (on deadline), to the test like never before.

With events unfolding on that Tuesday morning in New York and Washington, newspapers around the world could go to print that evening with special editions for Sep. 12 that offered the proverbial "first draft of history" on their respective front pages. News magazines followed suit with tragically iconic covers. TIME magazine's lead writer Nancy Gibbs recently recalled the unique pressure of producing a special issue in 24 hours.

TIME front cover from September 14, 2001 - ©TIME

"It was a test of speed as much as anything else," Gibbs recalled. "It was a complete all-hands. Normally we would have a formal system whereby people sent files into a central information management system; everyone just emailed me. I probably had a thousand emails. It was the writing equivalent of putting a jigsaw puzzle together. Everyone had a different piece of the puzzle."

In France, Le Monde's top editor Jean-Marie Colombani penned a front-page editorial echoing JFK at the Berlin Wall, which declared that in the face of such a heinous attack: Nous sommes tous américains. ("We are all Americans.")

Le Monde front page from September 13, 2001 - ©Le Monde

For a left-leaning, U.S.-skeptic French daily, it captured the spirit connecting the whole world that fateful day. Here below are images of front pages and magazine covers around the world that carries us back to that collective moment of horror turned to grief, newfound wells of courage mixed with a deep and sudden vulnerability:

U.S. - The New York Times

The New York Times - 12/09/2001

The Washington Post

The Washington Post - 12/09/2001

USA Today

USA Today - 09/12/2011

The San Francisco Examiner

San Francisco The Examiner - 09/12/2001

The Post-Crescent

The Post-Crescent - 09/12/2001

TIME Magazine

TIME - 09/14/2001

The New Yorker

The New Yorker - 09/24/2001

France - Le Monde

"America struck, the world terrified" Le Monde - 09/13/2001

Le Parisien

Le Parisien - 09/12/2001

Libération

Libération - 09/12/2001

Charlie Hebdo

09/19/2001

Canada - The Globe and Mail

The Globe and Mail - 09/12/2001

United Kingdom - The Guardian

The Guardian - 09/12/2001

The Daily Telegraph

The Daily Telegraph - 09/12/2001

Spain - El País

El País - 09/12/2001

El Mundo

El Mundo - 09/12/2001

Italy - Il Mattino

Il Mattino - 09/12/2001

Sweden - Aftonbladet

Aftonbladet - 09/12/2001

Finland - Tucun Sanomat

Tucun Sanomat - 09/12/2001

Israel - Maariv

Maariv 9/12/2001

Turkey - Hürriyet

Hürriyet - 09/12/2001

UK, Pan-Arab - Al Hayat

Al Hayat - 09/12/2001

Lebanon - An Nahar

An Nahar - 09/12/2001

Japan - Asahi Shimbun

Asahi Shimbun - 09/12/2001

Korea - Chosun Ilbo

Chosun Ilbo - 09/12/2001

Argentina - Clarín

Clarín (special edition) - 09/11/2001

Germany - Die Welt

Die Welt - 09/12/2001

Germany - Der Spiegel

Der Spiegel - 09/15/2001

Bulgaria - 24 Chasa

24 Chasa - 09/12/2001

Brazil - Folha de São Paulo

Folha de São Paulo - 09/12/2001

Australia - The Sydney Morning Herald

The Sydney Morning Herald - 09/12/2001

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DRC, Where Armed Groups Are Targeting Pregnant Women

In just three months, armed groups in the northeast of the Democratic Republic of Congo killed nearly 500 civilians. The statistics fail to capture the full scale of the suffering, as limited health care access also claims the lives of pregnant women and infants.

A young woman, pregnant, laying on the ground

Esther Wabiwa, pregnant again after losing her newborn child — delivered while fleeing violence in her home village of Fataki in May 2021

Noella Nyrabihogo, GPJ Democratic Republic of Congo

ITURI — On a typical day, this village would wind down by 7 p.m.: the animals back in their stables, the men at a local pub huddled over a battery-powered radio, the women at home preparing dinner. But those predictable rhythms came to a halt one night in May 2021, as armed men descended on the village, setting fire to mud houses and murdering the people who lived in them.

Esther Wabiwa fled the region of Fataki, in the Democratic Republic of Congo, that night, along with her husband and two young children. They stumbled through the bush for three days, spending their nights sleeping fitfully on wet leaves. Wabiwa, pregnant with her third child at the time, was gripped by contractions. The farther they walked, the stronger they grew.

“This isn’t the time,” her husband said, anxious and overwhelmed. “Can’t he wait a bit longer?”

He couldn’t. “His head was already between my thighs,” says Wabiwa, 29. The baby was born in the middle of the night, delivered on bare, wet ground. “I cut the umbilical cord with my own teeth,” she says. “I didn’t have anything else on me.” Then, fearing that rest would cost them their lives, the family walked for another three days.

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