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'Where in the world has one ever seen a nation that erects memorials to immortalize its own shame?' AVI PRIMOR, former Israeli ambassador to Germany, praising Germany for taking responsibility for its history. The country will begin construction of two new memorials: one commemorating murdered Gypsies and a second for gays and lesbians killed in the Holocaust

'If I had the chance, I would have spit in his face.' TOMMASO BARBATO, Italian Senator, about colleague Stefano Cusumano, who supported Prime Minister Romano Prodi in a confidence vote. Prodi lost the vote and resigned, ending Italy's 61st government since World War II

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