Quotes of the week July 8-1416 july 2012, 17:09
Some of the best quotes of the week from around the world:
NO TOONS FOR KIM
"The Walt Disney company did not license or authorize the use of its characters."
-- Reaction from a spokeswoman for Walt Disney group after versions of Mickey, Minnie, Winnie the Pooh and other well-known faces graced a North Korean stage.
CONGRATULATIONS ON YOUR DIVORCE
"We are thrilled for Katie and her family and are excited to watch as she embarks on the next chapter of her life."
-- Jonathan Wolfe, lawyer for actress Katie Holmes, after she and Hollywood star Tom Cruise reached a "private" settlement less than two weeks after she announced their bombshell divorce.
Katie Holmes. ©REUTERS/Andrew Burton
CASHING IN ON JAWS
"It is very good for business. That is the craze right now, everybody wants to see the great whites."
-- Keith Lincoln, who operates the Monomoy Island Ferry-Rip Ryder, after several large sharks were spotted off Cape Cod, in northeastern United States.
MORE PAIN IN SPAIN
"These are not pleasant measures but they are necessary."
-- Spain's Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy announcing 65 billion euros in drastic spending cuts and a VAT tax rise to rein in debt.
Spain's Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy. ©AFP
ROLL OUT THE CARPET
"I appreciate humour and, above all, British humour. I was not at all offended, I was very happy to be offered a carpet."
-- French President Francois Hollande in London jokes when asked about British Prime Minister David Cameron's comment that he would "roll out the red carpet" for French residents trying to avoid a planned top tax rate.
France's President Francois Hollande. ©AFP
"I blame myself for being distracted. It is as if all the brains and the instruments on board short-circuited."
-- Francesco Schettino, the captain of the Italian cruise ship Costa Concordia which crashed in January, leaving 32 dead, tells his first television interview.
A figure of Costa Concordia cruise ship captain Francesco Schettino is displayed outside a shop on San Gregorio Armeno street in Naples. ©REUTERS
SHOW OF FINGERS
"Hold your fingers high, you are free Libyans!"
-- Chants of crowds in Bengahzi, waving their ink-stained fingers after voting in Libya's historic elections.
AIM THE OTHER WAY
"Turn your cannons and your tanks towards the criminals in the regime who are killing the people."
-- Syria's ambassador to Iraq Nawaf Fares, announcing his defection to the opposition while urging the army to turn its guns on the regime.
Syrian Emassador to Iraq Nawaf Fares. ©AFP
"They died of hunger, of thirst, of exhaustion. We threw their bodies overboard."
-- Abbes Settou, the sole survivor among some 50 migrants who died one by one after they were left stranded without food or water when their inflatable boat ruptured in the Mediterranean.
BLOOD ON HIS HANDS
"People are outraged, and it is clear that the envoy is biased. What has he achieved? Nothing except blood."
-- Bashar al-Haraki, member of the opposition Syria National Council, referring to UN-Arab League peace envoy to Syria Kofi Annan.
United Nations and Arab League envoy for the crisis in Syria Kofi Annan. ©AFP
"Within one hour they decided that she was guilty and sentenced her to death. They shot her in front of villagers."
-- Roshna Khalid, an Afghan government spokeswoman, on a 22-year-old woman who was executed by Taliban militants before a cheering mob of men after she was accused of adultery with a Taliban commander.
An Afghan woman, holding a placard which reads "why just women are victims?" ©AFP
PARIAH NO MORE
"It was only a year ago that we essentially had absolutely no contact with this country, almost no interaction. And now we're working with them on so many different areas."
-- A US State Department official as the first American ambassador to Myanmar in over two decades arrived in the country to take up his post before the United States further eased economic sanctions on the former pariah state.
"We are working with the zoo's management to try and move her to an island... where visitors can't toss her any more cigarettes."
-- Daniek Hendarto, a conservationist, on plans to help an orang-utan who is the star attraction of an Indonesian zoo break her smoking habit.
Photo courtesy of Centre for Orangutan Protection, Borneo, Indonesia
"The penguin came back to the aquarium just as waves ebb and flow."
-- An aquarium in Japan on naming a penguin "Sazanami", or small waves, after the bird was recaptured following its escape from the facility, which gained it a worldwide following.
Rescued penguin after it was recaptured, which had escaped from the park on March 4 in Tokyo. ©AFP PHOTO / TOKYO SEA LIFE PARK