Verbatim: Jan. 17, 2005

"I've been in war, and I've been through a number of hurricanes, tornadoes and other relief operations, but I have never seen anything like this."

COLIN POWELL, Secretary of State, after traveling to Indonesia to survey the tsunami damage in Banda Aceh

"We are praying for the souls of the martyrs who were killed today by the shells of the Zionist enemy."

MAHMOUD ABBAS, front runner in the race for Palestinian President, dropping his usually civil language after Israeli tank fire killed seven Palestinian youths in Gaza

"Mighty long time."

FANNIE CHANEY, mother of civil rights worker James Chaney, when asked...

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