*** "WHAT'S WRONG? Have you never seen a
politician kissing a child before?"
(Captioned comment in a cartoon published by British
newspaper The Independent depicting Israeli prime minister Ariel Sharon
butchering and chewing the head of a Palestinian child. UK press panel,
Britain's Press Complaints Commission rejected the complaint submitted
by Israel's embassy)
*** "THE NEW world order must be multi-polar. It
must respect the interests of all and be built on a clear understanding
of international rights."
(Russian President Vladimir Putin calling for the
creation of a multi-polar world taking a swipe at the US decision to
sidestep the UN to launch the Iraq war. He made the comments following
talks with Chinese President Hu Jintao in Kremlin)
*** "WE BELIEVE that secret hearings are
inconsistent with our constitutional system and that there must be
scrutiny of the proceedings by the press and public."
(Lee Gelernt, the main attorney of the appeal filed
by American Civil Liberties Union's Immigrants' Rights project,
commenting on the rejection of the appeal by the US Supreme Court)
*** "IF THESE findings are true, then this is a
(Spokesman of Manila-based World Health Organisation
cautiously welcoming the findings of research conducted by Hong Kong
University which traces dreaded SARS to civet cat, a wild animal
considered a delicacy in southern China)
*** "I CAN'T SAY whether it's a year, two years.
I don't know. Anybody who says they know, they don't know."
(US Secretary of State Colin Powell saying that the
US may withdraw from Iraq in a year or two adding that nobody really
knows when it will leave)
*** "AT FIRST, we didn't know what kind of
powder it was and we didn't waste time in having it analysed in safe
location... The postal stamps showed the letter came from an Asian
(Palestinian President Yasser Arafat's national
security advisor, Hani Al Hassan, revealing that Arafat escaped an
anthrax assassination attempt in early May)
*** "THE AMERICAN people deserve to know the
full and objective truth as best it can be determined. They and we still
have not received that."
(Democratic Senator Joe Lieberman criticizing the
White House for being 'far too stingy' in sharing information with the
public about September 11 terror attacks)
*** "I AM SORRY your honours but I don't
recognize the jurisdiction of this court over my cases... I am still the
president of the Philippines, and therefore I am immune from any
*** "THE UNITED STATES is imposing its national
policies on others and the implementation of sanctions is entirely
(Chinese foreign ministry criticizing the sanctions
slapped on a major local company by the US accusing it of selling
ballistic missile products to Iran)
*** "IMPOSSIBLE. I would
absolutely continue in my role until the end of the legislature (in
(Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi saying that
he will not resign even if he is convicted at a trail where he is
charged with corruption)
*** "THE PLANNING for peace was much less
developed than the planning for war."
(Chairman of the US Senate Foreign Relations
Committee, Richard Lugar, expressing criticizing US post-war management
in Iraq as inadequate)
*** "WAS I too young? For a newspaper reporter's
job at a great newspaper, maybe not. Was I too young for a snake pit
like that? Maybe. Anyone who tells you that my race didn't play a role
in my career at The New York Times is lying to you."
(Former reporter of The New York Times Jayson Blair
accusing the newspaper of racial discrimination against blacks for
sacking him over fabricated top stories)
*** "A WAR that lacks legitimacy does not
acquire legitimacy just because it has been won... The US has had to put
a lot of water in its wine over the last 15 days at the UN."
(French President Jacques Chirac reiterating his
stance against the US-led war in Iraq ahead of hosting the summit of the
group of Eight world powers on June 1-3. US President George W. Bush
will visit France for the first time since the Iraq conflict)