IRENE KHAN, secretary general of Amnesty International, whose group issued a report criticizing the U.S. prison camp in Guantánamo Bay
"It would open a period of divisions, of doubts, of uncertainties."
jacques chirac, President of France, on the expected rejection by French voters of the European Union constitution
"There is little doubt that China will be in deep trouble if the [avian flu] pandemic were to strike in the next few years. It has a moral obligation to its own people, and to the world, to rectify the situation as soon as possible."
DR. DAVID HO, U.S. aids researcher, warning in an article in the medical journal Nature that China is dangerously unprepared for an outbreak of the h5n1 virus
"We support efforts by the Uzbekistan government to stabilize their domestic situation and their commitment to the country's peaceful development."
KONG QUAN, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman, after China and Uzbekistan signed a $600 million joint oil venture. Uzbekistan is under fire for last month's crackdown on antigovernment protests in which hundreds are believed to have died
"U.S. war maniacs' rackets reflect their dark intent to find an excuse to launch a pre-emptive nuclear strike against our republic."
KOREAN CENTRAL TELEVISION, North Korea's national TV network, responding to U.S. warnings that the country may be preparing to conduct its first nuclear test
"I'd do a hell of a lot better job than he's done."
WARREN BEATTY, actor and possible future candidate for Governor of California, criticizing incumbent Arnold Schwarzenegger
"Google is still, you know, perfect ... you should buy their stock at any price."
BILL GATES, chairman of Microsoft, sarcastically expressing skepticism over the perceived infallibility—and high share price—of the world's leading search-engine company