'Don't be afraid of the foreigners. If they try to harm you, I will stand in front of them.' HAMID KARZAI, Afghan President, saying he would personally protect Taliban and other militant leaders from U.S. and NATO troops if they agreed to participate in peace talks

'I've been hearing about his Senate speeches since I was in, like, the second grade.' SARAH PALIN, Republican vice-presidential candidate, on Democratic rival Joe Biden

'Such shame does not exist elsewhere in the world.' BUGUN, Turkish newspaper, after 13 babies died of infection within 24 hours in one of Turkey's most modern maternity hospitals


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