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"It's going from bad to worse."
ERIK SOLHEIM, Norwegian Minister of International Development, on threats facing an Oslo-brokered 2002 cease-fire in Sri Lanka. Escalating violence has claimed the lives of more than 40 government soldiers and a legislator in the past month

"We will continue to do whatever is good for Hong Kong's prosperity and stability."
WEN JIABAO, Chinese Premier, speaking to Hong Kong Chief Executive Donald Tsang during Tsang's first visit to the capital after his controversial, Beijing-backed proposals for political reform were blocked by democratic legislators last...

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