Quotes of the week July 1-709 july 2012, 18:30
Some of the best quotes of the week from around the world:
PAYING THE PRICE
"I do not think Moscow or Beijing believe they are paying any price at all for standing up on behalf of the regime."
-- US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton accuses Russia and China of blocking efforts to bring about political change in Syria.
JOKE IS ON YOU
"Our side thought this was a joke and responded with a joke -- how about you, the Germans, take Mr Assad instead."
-- Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov telling reporters that German Chancellor Angela Merkel had suggested in talks with President Vladimir Putin in June that Moscow offer Syrian President Bashar al-Assad asylum.
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov. ©AFP
MAKES ME SICK
"When I read the emails from those traders, I got physically ill. It's reprehensible behaviour and if you're asking me should those actions be dealt with, absolutely."
-- Former Barclays chief executive Bob Diamond criticises "reprehensible" behaviour over a rate-fixing scandal in a session with British lawmakers.
Former Barclays Bank Chief Executive Bob Diamond. ©AFP
YOUR HUMBLE SERVANT
"My government and I will seriously and humbly listen to the people's demands, no matter through what means or how many people were there."
-- Hong Kong's new leader Leung Chun-ying reaches out after an estimated 400,000 people took to the streets to protest Beijing's interference in local affairs as Chinese President Hu Jintao visited the SAR to mark 15 years since the handover from Britain.
Leung Chun-ying. ©AFP
"Freedom of speech... and the right to speak one's mind freely doesn't insult anyone. This is also about democratic principles and policy. So I assume that I can use whatever I want to use as I believe in democracy."
-- Opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi brushes off orders from Myanmar's government to stop calling the country "Burma", a name widely used by democracy campaigners to defy the former junta.
Myanmar opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi. ©AFP
"Don't even think about closing the strait. We'll clear the mines. Don't even think about sending your fast boats out to harass our vessels or commercial shipping. We'll put them on the bottom of the Gulf."
-- US Defense Department official reacting to an Iranian threat to close the Strait of Hormuz to EU-bound oil tankers in retaliation to EU oil sanctions on Tehran.
Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. ©REUTERS/Nacho Doce
FORBIDDEN IN TIMBUKTU
"God is unique. All of this is haram (or forbidden in Islam). We are all Muslims. UNESCO is what?"
-- Sanda Ould Boumama, spokesman for the Ansar Dine hardine Islamist group currently controlling northern Mali, announcing the destruction of shrines to Muslim saints in the fabled city of Timbuktu, a UNESCO world heritage site.
WORTH WAITING FOR
"It's very nice to be right sometimes... it has certainly been a long wait."
-- British scientist Peter Higgs after scientists at the CERN identified a particle consistent with the elusive Higgs boson which is believed to confer mass. The so-called God particle is named after the 83-year-old Higgs.
British scientist Professor Peter Higgs. ©AFP
TREES DOWN, POWER DOWN
"So many trees are down. So many wires are down. What are you going to do?"
Municipal worker Bob "Digger" Townsend takes stock of sweeping power outages that lasted for days in some neighborhoods in the wake of brutal thunderstorms triggered by a record-setting heat wave.
A man pushes a cart of bottled water down Broadway during warm weather on July 6, 2012 in New York City. ©AFP
NO PAIN IN SPAIN
"More than anything I feel very proud to see your expressions of joy in these difficult times for us -- it is a matter of pride to see you happy."
-- Spanish football star Andres Iniesta addressing a massive crowd of fans in Madrid on winning the Euro-2012 football championship.
Spanish midfielder Andres Iniesta. ©AFP
NO FAN OF SCIENTOLOGY
"Watch Katie Holmes and Scientology story develop. Something creepy, maybe even evil, about these people"
-- Media mogul Rupert Murdoch commenting on the Tom Cruise-Katie Holmes divorce. Speculation about why Holmes wanted out has included suggestions she was concerned that Cruise was forcing their six-year-old daughter Suri deeper into the Church of Scientology.
Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes. ©AFP
ART IMITATING LIFE
"He came across as a really nice guy, a really nice guy. He even went and got me a cup of coffee. We were going to use him."
-- Mark Ingram, second assistant director on the homicide thriller "Mystery Road", describes how Jonathan Stenberg, on the run and wanted over a beheading murder, auditioned for a part in the film -- winning the role of a policeman.
RUSH TO THE RESCUE
"It was a long run, but someone needed my help. I wasn't going to say no."
-- Florida lifeguard Tomas Lopez, 21, after getting fired for dashing to the rescue of a struggling swimmer outside his assigned section of beach.
"As for our Japanese partners' reaction -- I do not care. I care so little about it that I do not even want to spend time answering your question,"
-- Russia's Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev Thursday dismisses Japan's anger at his latest trip to the disputed Kuril Islands.
Russia's Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev. ©AFP
THE BLACK WIDOW
"I like competition, I like sports, this is sports"
-- The unbelievably svelte Sonya Thomas, known in competitive circles as "The Black Widow," retains her world hotdog-eating crown and smashes her previous record, wolfing down a stunning 45 dogs and buns in 10 minutes in the annual showdown at New York's Coney Island.
Sonya “The Black Widow” Thomas. ©AFP