Quotes of the week July 22-2831 july 2012, 15:25
Some of the best quotes of the week from around the world:
HOW TO WIN FRIENDS
"The stories about the private security firm not having enough people, the supposed strike of the immigration and customs officials -- that obviously is not something which is encouraging."
-- US presidential hopeful Mitt Romney's less than diplomatic assessment of preparations for the London Olympics, voiced on the eve of a trip to Britain.
"We are holding an Olympic Games in one of the busiest, most active, bustling cities anywhere in the world. Of course it's easier if you hold an Olympic Games in the middle of nowhere."
-- British Prime Minister David Cameron responds with an apparent swipe at Romney's past as head of the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City.
British Primce Minister David Cameron. ©AFP
THE PEOPLE TRIUMPHED
"The bomb and bullets were aimed at changing Norway. The Norwegian people responded by embracing our values. The killer failed, the people won."
-- Norwegian Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg, speaking a year on from the attacks by right-wing extremist Anders Behring Breivik which killed 77 people.
Norway's Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg holds a flower on his way to the wreath laying ceremony. ©AFP
"Marshal Kim Jong-Un took part in the opening ceremony of Nungra People's Amusement Park with his wife, Comrade Ri Sol-Ju."
-- North Korean state television confirms that its leader is married, ending weeks of speculation about the identity of a stylish young woman seen accompanying him at official events.
North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un (L), accompanied by his wife Ri Sol-Ju (R). ©AFP PHOTO / KCNA via KNS
"I don't think we were invited to the wedding, nor did we have any advance information"
-- US State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland after North Korean state media confirmed its leader Kim Jong-Un had wed Ri Sol-Ju.
"Worrying about Neil Heywood's threat to her son's personal security, Bogu Kailai along with Zhang Xiaojun, the other defendant, poisoned Neil Heywood to death."
-- Chinese state news agency Xinhua reports that the wife of Bo Xilai, the former political leader whose downfall sent shockwaves through China, has been charged with murdering a British businessman.
Gu Kailai, wife of China's former Chongqing Municipality Communist Party Secretary Bo Xilai. ©REUTERS
"Syria will not use any chemical or other unconventional weapons against its civilians, and will only use them in case of external aggression,"
-- Foreign ministry spokesman Jihad Makdissi admits Syria has chemical weapons, sparking widespread international condemnation.
Syria's Foreign Ministry Spokesman Jihad Makdissi. ©REUTERS
MASK OF FEAR
"Having gas masks at home, it's part of the life of every Israeli."
-- A young Israeli mother as she joined the rush to pick up gas masks for her family as fears grow over Syria's chemical weapons.
A woman receives a gas mask kit at a distribution point in a shopping mall in Mevasseret Zion, near Jerusalem. ©REUTERS/Baz Ratner
"Did you see the movie? How does it end?"
-- James Holmes, accused of killing 12 people at a Colorado screening of "The Dark Knight Rises," wants to know how the film ends, according to stunned jail workers.
James Holmes appears in court at the Arapahoe County Justice Center. ©AFP
"I was sleeping, and my parents lifted me out of bed."They were shouting, 'Get up quickly! Help your younger brothers! There is a car bomb!'"
-- Young Iraqi survivor of a wave of nationwide violence that killed 113 people in Iraq on July 23 -- the deadliest day in two and a half years.
An Iraqi man stands amdist the rubble of destroyed houses following a series of bomb attacks. ©AFP
TO THE RESCUE
"The ECB is ready to do whatever it takes to preserve the euro. And believe me it will be enough"
-- European Central Bank chief Mario Draghi vows unconditional support for the beleaguered euro, triggering a surge on global stock markets.
European Central Bank President Mario Draghi. ©AFP
"Sicily is the Greece of Italy. We've managed to stay afloat only because we're a part of Italy... Because of an explosive mix of despair felt by many families and the stranglehold of organised crime, a civil war could even break out."
-- Mayor of Palermo, Leoluca Orlando, reflects on Sicily's financial woes.
Leoluca Orlando. ©REUTERS/Alessandro Bianchi
"I had these tattoos done when I was young. It was one of the great mistakes of my life and I wish I had never done it."
-- Russian opera singer Yevgeny Nikitin pulls out as the star of this year's Bayreuth Festival just days before the opening production of "The Flying Dutchman" in a row over a Nazi tattoo on his chest.
Russian opera singer Yevgeny Nikitin. ©AFP
"The charges against the former president are as thin as the soup made from boiling the shadow of a chicken that has been starved to death."
-- Ex-Philippine president Gloria Arroyo's spokesman Ferdinand Topacio quotes Abraham Lincoln after Arroyo walked free from eight months in detention following a surprise court ruling granting her bail, saying a vote rigging case against her was weak.
Ferdinand Topacio, spokesperson of former Philippine president Gloria Arroyo. ©AFP
"(Viewers) complain they can't see the face... or the body language. So we say 'when you watch something, it's the content that matters, not what the presenter looks like."
-- Abeer Shaheer, the head presenter of Egyptian satellite channel Maria TV, run and hosted by fully-veiled presenters.
An Egyptian woman wearing a mask and two niqab-clad women attend an editorial meeting on a children's TV show at Egypt's new Maria TV studios. ©AFP
"Maybe one day these scientists will invent a device that points out hypocrisy, though it may experience overload when it comes to Conservatives like Minister (Christian) Paradis"
-- An ironic dig from Canada's opposition after the government praises the work of Canadian scientists on a new NASA telescope after firing 22 of them.