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Quotes of the week April 14-21

23 april 2012, 13:26
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Some of the best quotes of the week from around the world:

UNREPENTANT BREIVIK

"Yes, I would do it again."

-- Anders Behring Breivik testifies at his trial for the massacre of 77 people in twin attacks in Norway last July.

Anders Behring Breivik. ©REUTERS

Anders Behring Breivik. ©REUTERS

SLEEPLESS NIGHT

"It's difficult to prepare for something like this. I know a lot of people who didn't get much sleep last night."

-- Erik Soenstelie, whose son survived the Norway attack on Utoeya island, on attending the trial of Anders Behring Breivik, accused of killing 77 people in the attacks in July last year.

INSECTICIDE

"We call it an insect ... trying to destroy Sudan, and our main target from today is to eliminate this insect completely."

-- Sudan's President Omar al-Bashir pledges to bring down the government of South Sudan, after escalating tensions led southern troops to seize the north's oil-producing Heglig region, bringing the former enemies closer to all-out war.

Sudanese President Omar Hassan al-Bashir. ©REUTERS/Mohamed Nureldin Abdallah

Sudanese President Omar Hassan al-Bashir. ©REUTERS/Mohamed Nureldin Abdallah

TOUGHEST TASK

"No ceasefire, not even the beginnings of a political process -- this mission will be one of the toughest ever undertaken by the United Nations."

-- Colonel Ahmed Himmiche, the Moroccan officer heading a six-strong UN advance team, speaking before the deployment of a 30-strong observer mission in Syria.

PUPPET SHOW

"The SCAF wants to pull the strings of power from behind the scenes."

-- Khairat al-Shater, the Muslim Brotherhood's presidential hopeful, accuses Egypt's military rulers of seeking to stay in power after the electoral commission confirmed that 10 candidates had been barred from running, including Shater.

Presidential candidate from the Muslim Brotherhood and the Freedom and Justice Party Khairat al-Shater. ©REUTERS/Amr Dalsh

Presidential candidate from the Muslim Brotherhood and the Freedom and Justice Party Khairat al-Shater. ©REUTERS/Amr Dalsh 

FEAR AND HATRED

"People who refuse to see the Iranian threat have learned nothing from the Shoah (Holocaust). They are afraid to speak the truth, which is today, as it was then, that there are people who want to annihilate millions of Jews."

-- Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, speaking at the start of Holocaust Memorial Day, urges the world to wake up to the perceived existential threat facing the Jewish state -- a nuclear Iran.

Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. ©REUTERS

Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. ©REUTERS

WORTH THE RISK

"For the sake of a country that has been crying out for freedom after decades of dictatorship, and that is crying out for a stronger economy after so much grinding poverty, it must be worth taking that risk."

-- British Prime Minister David Cameron in a joint call with Myanmar opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi for the suspension of sanctions against the former pariah state after landmark talks.

Britain's Prime Minister David Cameron. ©REUTERS/Luke MacGregor

Britain's Prime Minister David Cameron. ©REUTERS/Luke MacGregor

FIGHTING TALK

"We must strengthen our military in every possible way ... and accomplish the goal of building a powerful and prosperous socialist state."

-- New North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un making his first public speech to troops and civilians packing Pyongyang's Kim Il-Sung Square.

North Korea leader Kim Jong-un. ©REUTERS/KYODO Kyodo

North Korea leader Kim Jong-un. ©REUTERS/KYODO Kyodo

UP IN THE SKY

"They are in the sky and we are the serfs. What power do we have?"

-- Chinese university student Wang Bao says the scandal that toppled former rising political star Bo Xilai underlines the gulf between rulers and ruled.

ANGER

"If it turns out that some of the allegations that have been made in the press are confirmed, then of course I'll be angry."

-- President Barack Obama reacts to the prostitution scandal embroiling the Secret Service during his trip to Colombia.

U.S. President Barack Obama. ©REUTERS/Jason Reed

U.S. President Barack Obama. ©REUTERS/Jason Reed

IT'S NOT ABOUT WINNING

"This is not just about winning an award because I know I have become a voice for the Afghan people and those who lost their lives in the suicide attacks and for all victims of the war."

-- Agence France-Presse photographer Massoud Hossaini after winning the agency's first Pulitzer Prize, for an image of a girl crying in fear after a suicide attack at a crowded shrine in Kabul.

MERIT BASED

"You know this thing is not really being decided on merit."

-- Nigerian Finance Minister Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, also a former World Bank managing director, telling reporters after a briefing on the country's 2012 budget.

Nigeria's Finance Minister Okonjo-Iweala. ©REUTERS/Yuri Gripas

Nigeria's Finance Minister Okonjo-Iweala. ©REUTERS/Yuri Gripas

DEAD OR IN JAIL

"I'll tell you this right now: if Barack Obama becomes the president in November again, I will either be dead or in jail by this time next year."

-- Aging shock rocker and Mitt Romney supporter Ted Nugent, speaking at a recent gathering of the National Rifle Association.

DOG CAMPAIGN

"This campaign is going to ultimately become about jobs not dogs."

-- US Presidential hopeful Mitt Romney -- frequently criticised for strapping his dog to the roof of his car -- responds to reporters' questions about a suggestion that President Barack Obama ate dog in Indonesia.

A KING'S APOLOGY

"I am very sorry. I made a mistake and it won't happen again. Thank you for your interest."

-- Spanish King Juan Carlos apologising for a hunting trip to Botswana that sparked indignation in recession-hit Spain.

Spain's King Juan Carlos. ©REUTERS

Spain's King Juan Carlos. ©REUTERS

MISUNDERSTOOD BOTSWANA

"It's something the world doesn't understand. We don't know what to do with all of them, they are too many. We've tried giving them to other countries."

-- Botswana government spokesman Jeff Ramsay commenting on the controversy over Spanish King Juan Carlos's hip injury while on an elephant hunting trip in Botswana.

Source: AFP


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