'The Shoah fills us Germans with shame. I bow before the victims. I bow before the survivors and before all those who helped them survive.' ANGELA MERKEL, German Chancellor, using the Hebrew word for Holocaust in the third speech ever delivered in German to the Israeli parliament

'I saw smoke and bodies.' MOHAMMED KADHEM, witness to a woman's suicide-bomb attack that killed at least 52 people in the Shi'ite holy city of Karbala, Iraq

'The past week has been an incredibly difficult time for Bear Stearns. This transaction represents the best outcome for all of our constituencies.' ALAN SCHWARTZ, president and...

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