9/11 Museum Open to Public
A museum memorializing the September 11, 2001 attacks in New York has opened to the public.
The opening ceremony for the new museum was capped off by the unfurling of the 9/11 Flag, which was hanging from a building near the World Trade Center on the fateful day. Dennis Deters of the New York Says Thank You Foundation says it was found a couple of days later.
Deters said, "It belongs here in New York. It's part of the terrible day that happened but yet it's part of the rebuilding of America and I think that's what the museum is trying to show."
The museum features prominent videos of the twin towers collapsing, photos of people falling from them, portraits of nearly 3-thousand victims and voicemail messages from people in hijacked planes.
Ambient sounds of emergency radio transmissions and victims calling home are interspersed with the calmer tones of survivors recounting the day.
Todd Fine, a visitor from Washington D.C., says it evokes a powerful and emotional response. Fine said, "The museum is emotionally overwhelming. I mean its explosions, people jumping out of buildings, it's raw. It is part of our lives. I don't know if I am even prepared to deal with it. I mean, you're going to be crying in the museum. I cried on several occasions."
More than 42-thousand 9/11 victims' relatives, survivors, rescuers and recovery workers have already visited the museum, which opened to them last week.
Thai Military Takes Control of Country
Thailand's army chief says the military has taken over control of the country to help restore order and push through political reform.
General Prayuth Chan-Ocha made the announcement in a televised statement late Thursday.
The statement followed a second day of crisis talks Thursday with rival political parties.
General Prayuth declared martial law Tuesday, saying it was necessary to prevent violence and end a months-old political deadlock.
The talks apparently failed to achieve a compromise between the opposition and supporters of ex-Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra.
The army had denied the martial law amounted to a coup, even though the move appeared to have severely limited the power of the interim government.
Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra and several cabinet members were ousted by the Supreme Court this month for abuse of power.
A caretaker prime minister loyal to Mr. Thaksin has been named, but opposition protesters are demanding the entire government step aside.
Nearly 30 people have been killed during six months of anti-government protests.