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World Trade Center

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a name licensed by World Trade Centers Association to its members to identify any of a number of iconic buildings worldwide to promote world trade and international business relationships; one such former building complex, at 417m (1368 ft), the tallest in the US, stood in Manhattan, New York, from 1974 until its destruction on September 11, 2001, in which 2,750 people died; reconstruction of the complex began in 2002 ((trademark)) WTC
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A complex of commercial buildings on the western side of lower Manhattan. The twin towers, more than one hundred stories high and a prominent part of the New York skyline, were destroyed when terrorist-hijacked planes crashed into them as part of the September 11 attacks (2001), with a staggering loss of lives. Other buildings in the complex suffered major damage when the towers collapsed.

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