'Not that violence has ended, but we are able to move to provincial Iraqi control, and that's thanks to everything you have achieved.'
GORDON BROWN, British Prime Minister, informing U.K. soldiers in Basra on Dec. 9 that the last Iraqi area under British control would be handed over to local troops within two weeks

'When a truck driver is not eating rice, he's eating diesel.'
ZHANG YANCHAO, Chinese truck driver, on inhaling exhaust fumes while waiting in long lines to fill up amid chronic fuel...

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