"It's completely extraordinary that these appointments were kept secret by the Morrison government from the Australian people."
- Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese, in comments in which he said former PM Scott Morrison had "undermined our democracy" after relevations Morrison had secretly appointed himself minister for home affairs and treasury during the COVID-19 pandemic, in addition to the health, finance and resources portfolios previously revealed; Morrison has said he regretted that his actions had caused concern but he had "acted in good faith in a crisis" (as quoted on Reuters).


"One year after the Taliban took over control of Afghanistan, the humanitarian situation has worsened, and wide-spread human rights violations are rising, in particular against women, girls and minorities...I call on those de facto holding power in Kabul to reverse these unacceptable decisions and behaviours..."
- EU foreign policy chief Josep Borrell, speaking on Twitter.


"I have been a firefighter for 40 years and I had never seen such a fire. We are waiting for rain, for snow, for winter, for God."
- Jean-Pierre Le Cunff, tactical fire chief for the Haute-Garonne region in France, speaking with regard to a fire in the Gironde region, which 1,000 firefighters are now battling (as quoted on the BBC).


"Faithful adherence to the rule of law is the bedrock principle of the Justice Department and of our democracy. Upholding the rule of law means applying the law evenly without fear or favour. Under my watch, that is precisely what the Justice Department is doing."
- US Attorney-General Merrick Garland in a statement to reporters in relation to the search warrant executed on former President Donald Trump's home at Mar-a-Lago earlier this week which he said he personally authorised; he added the Justice Department had now filed a motion to make the warrant public (as quoted on CNN).


"What we saw with China is that they were trying to establish sort of a new normal. And we just can't let that happen."
- US House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi speaking to reporters with four other Democratic House members who accompanied her on the trip to Asia last week in comments in which she said the US could not allow China to normalise the new level of pressure it asserted on Taiwan with days of military drills following her visit to the Chinese-claimed island (as quoted on Reuters).


“[T]here are ample indications that since the military takeover in February 2021, crimes have been committed in Myanmar on a scale and in a manner that constitutes a widespread and systematic attack against a civilian population."
- From a report by the Independent Investigative Mechanism for Myanmar which indicated that sexual and gender-based crimes, including rape and other forms of sexual violence, and crimes against children have been perpetrated by members of the security forces and armed groups in Myanmar.


"My dearest Olivia, you made all of our lives so much better. I love you so much. We will see you down the road and we will all be together again. Yours from the first moment I saw you and forever! your Danny, your John!"
- US actor John Travolta in a tribute on Instagram to his Grease co-star Olivia Newton-John who died on Monday at age 73 at her home in Southern California.


"Time is against us."
- Mexico's President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador speaking to families outside a mine in the northern border state of Coahuila on Saturday where 10 miners became trapped on Wednesday afternoon when their excavation work caused a tunnel wall to collapse, triggering flooding in three wells (as quoted on Reuters).


"[I]t is immoral for oil and gas companies to be making record profits from this energy crisis on the backs of the poorest people and communities and at a massive cost to the climate. The combined profits of the largest energy companies in the first quarter of this year are close to $US100 billion."
- UN Secretary-General António Guterres in a speech on 3rd August in which he said skyrocketing energy prices are compounding an existential cost-of-living crisis for hundreds of millions of people.


"It is simply disgusting when former leaders of major states with European values work for Russia, which is at war against these values."
- Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy, speaking in response to comments from ex-German chancellor Gerhard Schroeder, a friend of Russian President Vladimir Putin, that Russia wanted a "negotiated solution" to the war; Schroeder meet the Kremlin leader last week (as quoted on Reuters).


"Following al-Zawahiri’s death, supporters of al-Qa’ida, or its affiliated terrorist organizations, may seek to attack US facilities, personnel, or citizens. The Department of State believes there is a higher potential for anti-American violence given the death of Ayman al-Zawahiri on July 31, 2022."
- The US State Department in a Worldwide Caution Update issued following the killing of al-Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri in a US drone strike while in Kabul, Afghanistan (as quoted on Reuters).


"Today, humanity is just one misunderstanding, one miscalculation away from nuclear annihilation."
- UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, speaking at the opening of the Tenth Review Conference of the Parties to the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons.


"I don't believe it's the time for him to return. I have no indication of him returning soon."
- Sri Lanka's new President Ranil Wickremesinghe  in comments made to The Wall Street Journal that it was not the right time for former President Gotabaya Rajapaksa to return to the country as it could inflame political tensions.


"[W]hoever plays with fire will get burnt".
-  Chinese President Xi Jinping in a comment made in a conversation with US President Joe Biden in which he warned Biden to abide by the one-China principle with regard to Taiwan in a marathon two hour phone call, according to reports.


"Nowhere is safe in Nigeria, even Abuja. Urgent steps need to be taken...we have given the President six weeks to resolve the issue or we impeach him."
-  Senator Philip Aduda, of the opposition People's Democratic Party, who was among those who tried to introduce a motion in the Senate giving President Muhammadu Buhari six-weeks to improve the country's security or face impeachment; the motion was blocked by the Senate President prompting a walkout by opposition Senators, according to Aduda (as quoted on Reuters).


"We should now be at the height of democracy, with different political projects vying to convince voters which is the best direction for the country to take in the next few years. Instead, we are facing a moment of immense danger for our democratic institutions and insinuations of contempt for the result of the elections."
- Part of the text of a letter released on Tuesday, signed by some 3,000 leading Brazilian figures including business people, former officials, six former justices of Brazil's Supreme Court and popular singer Chico Buarque; the letter came after Brazil's electronic voting system was attacked by far-right President Jair Bolsonaro (as quoted on Reuters).


"With shame and unambiguously, I humbly beg forgiveness for the evil committed by so many Christians against the Indigenous peoples."
- Pope Francis in an historic apology to Canada's First Nations, Metis and Inuit people at Maskwacis in Alberta (as quoted on Reuters)


"Be in no doubt, I am the underdog."
- Former British finance minister Rishi Sunak, describing himself on Saturday as the underdog in the contest with foreign secretary Liz Truss to become Britain's next Prime Minister following Boris Johnson's resignation (as quoted on Reuters).


"I think they're about to run out of steam."
- Richard Moore, chief of the Secret Intelligence Service known as MI6 in comments made to the Aspen Security Forum in Colorado, US, in which he said the Russian military would increasingly find it difficult to supply manpower and materiel over the next few weeks and would have to "pause in some way, and that will give the Ukrainians opportunities to strike back" (as quoted on Reuters).


"We've helped, I've helped, get this country through a pandemic and help save another country from barbarism. And frankly, that's enough to be going on with. Mission largely accomplished...I want to thank everybody here and hasta la vista, baby."
- Outgoing British Prime Minister Boris Johnson in his final "Prime Minister's Questions" in the UK House of Commons, borrowing a line from Arnold Schwarzenegger in the 1991 movie Terminator 2: Judgment Day which is translated as "see you later" (as quoted on Reuters).


“Children – and childhood – are under attack."
- Catherine Russell, head of UNICEF, speaking after the UN Special Representative for Children and Armed Conflict, Virginia Gamba, presented a report to the UN Security Council showing last year the UN verified 23,982 grave violations  against children in conflicts ranging from South Sudan to Afghanistan.


"We are witnessing a global assault on democracy and freedom - the cause of Mandela's life."
-  Britain's Prince Harry speaking on Monday at the United Nations in New York in a speech marking Nelson Mandela International Day; he talked about the need to seek insight from the late Nelson Mandela during a time of global uncertainty and urged countries to take action on climate change (as quoted on Reuters).


“Without urgent action from the government of South Africa to curb the scapegoating of migrants and refugees, and the widespread violence and intimidation against these groups, we are deeply concerned that the country is on the precipice of explosive violence."
- A group of independent UN human rights experts in a statement in which they condemned reports of escalating violence targeting foreign nationals in South Africa, and called for accountability against rising xenophobia, racism and hate speech aimed at migrants, refugees, asylum seekers.


"What is this, if not an open act of terrorism?"
- Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy in a message on the Telegram messaging app after Russian missiles struck the Ukrainian city of Vinnytsia on Thursday in an attack which Ukrainian officials said had killed at least 23 people, including three children (as quoted on Reuters).


"If that was the last resort, yes."
- US President Joe Biden in answer to a question as to whether he would use force as a last resort to prevent Iran from getting a nuclear weapon; the comments were made as he began a trip to the Middle East (as quoted on Reuters).


"No child wants to be in that situation. I had the choice made for me, and so young. I'm just grateful for every chance I've got in Britain to embrace my country, and I'm proud to represent my country the way I did."
- Four time UK Olympic champion runner Sir Mo Farah, speaking to the BBC after the UK Home Office said it would not take action against him after he revealed he was trafficked into the UK as a child (as quoted on the BBC).


"The application of this [security] law has been broad, crude and chilling...True patriotism is earned by winning the allegiance of free people, rather than futile efforts to legislate 'patriotism' and loyalty from above."
- Outgoing US Consul General Hanscom Smith in farewell remarks to the American Chamber of Commerce in Hong Kong, China (as quoted on Reuters).


"The root cause of the difficulties in Chinese and Australian relations in recent years lies in the insistence of previous Australian governments to treat China as an 'opponent' and even a 'threat'."
- Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi, speaking on the sidelines of the G20 Foreign Ministers Meeting in Bali on Friday, in comments in which he urged his Australian counterpart Penny Wong to treat China as a partner, not an opponent, and to accumulate "postive energy" to improve ties between the two countries (as quoted on Reuters).


"I know that there will be many people who are relieved and perhaps quite a few who will also be disappointed. And I want you to know how sad I am to be giving up the best job in the world. But them's the breaks."
- British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, announcing his decision to quit as British Prime Minister on Thursday (as quoted on Reuters).


"I am not going to step down and the last thing this country needs, frankly, is an election."
- British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, speaking to a parliamentary committee the government faces mounting resignations and open revolt among many Conservative lawmakers over his ability to lead (as quoted on Reuters).


"Tonight we meet to commemorate. Tonight we feel the grief. Tonight we feel the love."
- Lord Mayor of Copenhagen Sophie Haestorp Andersen, speaking at a vigil for three people who were shot dead in an attack, not believed to be an act of terrorism, on a Copenhagen shopping mall; a Danish man has been charged and is being held in a closed psychiatric ward (as quoted on Reuters).


"We must be very concerned that China is landing on the moon and saying: 'It's ours now and you stay out'."
- NASA Administrator Bill Nelson speaking to German newspaper Bild in an interview published on Saturday; China has rejected the statement as an irreponsible smear (as quoted on Reuters).


"Our beautiful and usually so safe capital was changed in a split second. I want to encourage the Danes to stand together and support each other in this difficult time."
- Denmark's Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen, speaking after three people were killed and others injured in a mass shooting at a shopping centre in Copenhagen.


"I am here not to talk about the past. I am here to tell you about our future. No looking back in anger or nostalgia."
- New Philippines President Ferdinand Marcos Jr - the son of overthrown former Philippines ruler Ferdinand Marcos - speaking in an inauguration speech on Thursday (as quoted on Reuters).


"Against inhumanity, it's our democracy's strength to respond with justice to the attacks that plunged our city and our country in mourning. Paris remembers and will always stand by the victims and their families."
- Paris mayor Anne Hidalgo, speaking after a French court on Wednesday handed a life sentence to the lone survivor of the Islamist squad that killed 130 people in a night of carnage across Paris in November, 2015 (as quoted on Reuters).


"It's a warning to everybody that you do not want to be prisoners of petrostate dictators who are willing to weaponise energy."
- US climate envoy John Kerry in comments on Tuesday referring to Russia's invasion of Ukraine (as quoted on Reuters).


“We cannot have a healthy planet without a healthy ocean."
- UN Secretary-General António Guterres speaking at the opening of the UN ocean conference in Lisbon, Portugal.


"Putin has been counting on it from the beginning that somehow the NATO and the G7 would splinter. But we haven't and we're not going to."
- US President Joe Biden, speaking as G7 leaders met in Germany on 26th June (as quoted on Reuters).


"This is a victory. We can defeat the enemy, rebuild Ukraine, join the EU, and then we can rest."
- Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy in a video posted to Instagram following the EU's move to accept Ukraine as a candidate for accession (as quoted on Reuters).


"I cannot ignore the fractures, the deep divisions that run through our country and are reflected in the composition of the new [National] Assembly. We will have to clarify in the course of the next few days how much responsibility and cooperation the different formations in the National Assembly are prepared to accept."
- French President Emmanuel Macron in a televised address on 22nd June, his first comments since his centrist camp lost its absolute majority in an election on Sunday (as quoted on Reuters).


"The United States is sending an unmistakable message. There is no place to hide. We will, we and our partners will pursue every avenue available to make sure that those who are responsible for these atrocities are held accountable."
- US Attorney General Merrick Garland in comments to reporters in which he affirmed the United States' commitment to identify, arrest and prosecute those involved in war crimes and atrocities committed during Russia's invasion of Ukraine in a visit to that country on Tuesday (as quoted on Reuters).


“Hate speech is a danger to everyone and fighting it, is a job for everyone."
- UN Secretary-General António Guterres in a message delivered for the first International Day to Counter Hate Speech.


"We have to protect the rights of our athletes to compete, but we also have to protect competitive fairness at our events, especially the women's category at FINA competitions."
-  Husain Al-Musallam, president of world swimming governing body FINA, announcing the body had voted to restrict the participation of transgender athletes in elite women's competitions and would work to establish an "open" category for them in some events (as quoted on the ABC).


“Almost two years after that fateful day...Donald Trump and his allies and supporters are a clear and present danger to American democracy.”
-  Retired US federal judge J Michael Luttig, an advisor to former US Vice President Mike Pence, in testimony to the 6th January committee hearings in the US on 16th June (as quoted on The Guardian)


"Russia is not interested only in our [cities of] Mariupol, Sievierodonetsk, Kharkiv and Kyiv. No, its ambitions are directed on a vast area from Warsaw to Sofia."
-  Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy in a speech to the Czech parliament via a video link in which he also called for more EU sanctions against Russia over its invasion of Ukraine on 24th February (as quoted on Reuters)


"South Sudan is facing its hungriest year since independence. We are already in a crisis, but we are trying to avert the situation from becoming more explosive."
- Adeyinka Badejo-Sanogo, the World Food Programme's acting country director in South Sudan, speaking to reporters in Geneva, Switzerland, as the organisation announced it had suspended some food aid in South Sudan due to a funding shortage - heightening the risk of starvation for 1.7 million people - on Tuesday, 14th June, 2022.


"On Rwanda, I think we’ve been so clear over the last few weeks that we believe that this is all wrong, for so many different reasons."
- UN High Commissioner for Refugees, Filippo Grandi, in comments on Monday, 13th June, 2022, in which he dismissed the British Government’s proposal to process United Kingdom-bound asylum seekers in Rwanda, describing the offshore deal between the two countries announced in April, as running "contrary to any notion of responsibility and international responsibility-sharing”.


"Jan 6 was the culmination of an attempted coup, a brazen attempt, as one writer put it shortly after Jan 6, to overthrow the government. The violence was no accident. It was Trump's last stand."
-Democratic US Representative Bennie Thompson, chairman of the House of Representatives select committee looking into the 6th January, 2021, attack on the US Capitol, said in his opening statement as public hearings got underway. 


"When I went to the backpacks, he shot my friend that was next to me, and I thought he was going to come back to the room, so I grabbed a little blood and put it all over me. I got my teacher's phone and called 911...I told her that we need help, and to send the police in our classroom."
- Miah Cerrillo, a fourth grader at Robb Elementary School who was in the school when a mass shooting took place last month, appeared in a prerecorded video before the US House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform on Wednesday morning (as quoted on CBS News).


"As long as they go down this path, there's no room for normalisation and even less for less for recognition of the Taliban as the legitimate rulers of the country, at the same time we will not... abandon the people of Afghanistan."
- German Foreign Minister, Annalena Baerbock, speaking at a news conference in the Islamabad, capital of Pakistan, in comments in which she also called for a united international call on the Taliban for change (as quoted on Reuters).


"There are credible reports, as we saw in one of our leading newspapers today, that Russia is pilfering Ukraine’s grain exports...to sell for its own profit."
- US Secretary of State Antony Blinken, speaking during a virtual roundtable with philanthropies, non-governmental organizations and private sector entities (as quoted on Reuters).


"[I] have been humbled and deeply touched that so many people have taken to the streets to celebrate my Platinum Jubilee. While I may not have attended every event in person, my heart has been with you all; and I remain committed to serving you to the best of my ability, supported by my family."
- Queen Elizabeth II in a statement released on Sunday after four days of celebrations focused on her Platinum Jubilee marking 70 years on the throne.


“Having the North Korean regime of Kim Jong-un preside over global nuclear weapons disarmament will be like putting a serial rapist in charge of a women’s shelter...North Korea is the world’s foremost weapons proliferator. The regime builds its own nuclear weapons in contravention of its treaty commitments. Pyongyang sells missile and atomic know-how to other rogue regimes in blatant violation of UN sanctions."
- Hillel Neuer, executive director of UN Watch, a Geneva-based non-governmental organisation that monitors the United Nations, in statement released as North Korea took over as head of the UN Conference on Disarmament because the presidency rotates alphabetically among its 65 members.


"I want to use today's game as an opportunity to make a request: Stop this invasion. There is absolutely no justification for this continued violence. This conflict is wicked, unjustifiable and brings nothing but pain, fear, terror and anguish."
- Brazilian soccer legend Pele in a public plea published on Instagram on Wednesday to Russian President Vladimir Putin to end his invasion of Ukraine, which was posted minutes before Ukraine's national team played in a World Cup qualifying game against Scotland (Ukraine won).


"I feel a little nervous. It's hard to believe it's actually happening."
-  Joseph Mak, a resident of Shanghai, China, speaking as Shanghai authorities on Tuesday began dismantling fences around housing compounds and ripping police tape off public squares and buildings before the lifting of a two-month lockdown in China's largest city at midnight (as quoted on Reuters).


"We were asked to stay silent in order not to make things worse...But one mustn't think that the story of Azovstal heroes is over. They need support, they need to be brought back home."
- Tetyana Horko, sister of Ukrainian marine commander Serhiy Horko - among those Ukrainian soldiers evacuated from the Azovstal steel plant to Russian, speaking at a news conference (as quoted on Reuters).


"We were asked to stay silent in order not to make things worse...But one mustn't think that the story of Azovstal heroes is over. They need support, they need to be brought back home."
- Tetyana Horko, sister of Ukrainian marine commander Serhiy Horko - among those Ukrainian soldiers evacuated from the Azovstal steel plant to Russian, speaking at a news conference (as quoted on Reuters).


"For as long as Tayyip Erdogan is the head of the Republic of Turkey, we definitely cannot say 'yes' to countries which support terrorism entering NATO."
- Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan in comments reported by state broadcaster TRT Haber in which he said talks with Finland and Sweden about their joining NATO were not at the "expected level" and that Ankara cannot say yes to "terrorism-supporting" countries (as quoted on Reuters).


"I met him at the G20 and he went by as if I did not exist, but that was how he treated everyone. It might be the age, I don't know."
- Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro, complaining that US President Joe Biden ignored him at a G20 summit last year; Bolsonaro has said he will attend the Summit of the Americas hosted by Biden next month in Los Angeles (as quoted on Reuters).


"The public have a right to expect the very highest standards of behaviour in such places and clearly what happened fell well short."
- UK senior government official Sue Gray in a report detailing a series of illegal lockdown parties at the British PM Boris Johnson's Downing Street office.


"To lose a child is like having a piece of your soul ripped away."
- US President Joe Biden, speaking after a mass shooting in which at leats 14 schoolchildren were killed in Uvalde, Texas.


"From an Australian point of view, we understand the complexity of the relationship...but China is seeking to shape the world around it in ways we have not seen before...All of that I think is going to make it a pretty challenging pathway forward."
- Australia's Deputy Prime Minister Richard Marles, speaking to Australia's ABC amid reports the Chinese premier had congratulated the new Labor government on its weekend election victory (as quoted on Reuters).


- The message US President Joe Biden said he would give North Korean leader Kim Jong-un when asked by reporters during the last day of his visit to South Korea on Sunday; Biden said he was "not concerned" about recent North Korean nuclear tests (as quoted on Reuters).


"The Russian Government seems to think that using food as a weapon will help accomplish what its invasion has not - to break the spirit of the Ukrainian people...The food supply for millions of Ukrainians and millions more around the world has quite literally been held hostage."
- US Secretary of State Antony Blinken in comments made on Thursday; Russia has rejected the allegations (as quoted on Reuters).


"It threatens to tip tens of millions of people over the edge into food insecurity, followed by malnutrition, mass hunger and famine, in a crisis that could last for years."
- UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, speaking of the impact Russia's war in Ukraine could have thanks to the disruption of food supply chains (as quoted on Reuters).


"Being from a desert community in California, I know the sound of gun shots. I knew that death was coming."
- Jesse Hughes, frontman of US rock band Eagles of Death Metal, speaking at the Paris trial of Salah Abdeslam, the only suspected surviving member of the squad that killed 130 people at several locations in the city on 13th November, 2015 (as quoted on Reuters).


"There is only one way out of this for Russia and that is reaching an agreement with Ukraine. And that doesn't mean a diktat peace, taking a bit of territory and then saying 'sign here'."
- German Chancellor Olaf Scholz, speaking to RTL television (as quoted on Reuters).


"I would like to congratulate Ukraine for winning the Eurovision contest. And this is not something I'm making in a light way. Because we have seen yesterday the immense public support all over Europe and Australia for the bravery… Of course the song was beautiful, it is beautiful."
- NATO Deputy Secretary General Mircea Geoana responding to Ukraine's Kalush Orchestra's win in the Eurovision Song Contest with their song Stefania (as quoted on Reuters).


"With these measures, the Taliban are further isolating themselves from the international community."
- A statement from G7 foreign ministers and European Union policy chief referring to Taliban's increasing restrictions on women including ordering women to cover their faces in public on Saturday (as quoted on Reuters).


"I have to say that I am deeply concerned, namely with the risks of hunger becoming widespread in different parts of the world because of the dramatic food security situation we are facing because of the war in Ukraine."
- UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, speaking to reporters on Wednesday (as quoted on Reuters).


"If North Korea genuinely embarks on a process to complete denuclearisation, we are prepared to work with the international community to present an audacious plan that will vastly strengthen North Korea's economy and improve the quality of life for its people."
- South Korea's new president, Yoon Suk-yeol in his inauguration speech after being sworn in at a ceremony in Seoul (as quoted on Reuters).


"I believe in honour, in integrity and the principle that those who made the rules must follow them...I am absolutely clear that no laws were broken, they were followed at all times. I simply had something to eat while working late in the evening. But if the police decide to issue me with a fixed penalty notice, I would of course do the right thing and step down."
- UK Opposition Leader Keir Starmer, speaking after British police said on Friday they would investigate Starmer over a potential breach of the lockdown rules in 2021; footage from April, 2021, shows him drinking a bottle of beer with colleagues indoors, when such gatherings were banned if not essential for work (as quoted on Reuters).


"What Putin needs to understand is that the West is absolutely determined and resolved to stand against what he is doing. His illegal war, his escalations, his crossing of red lines by choosing to further invade Ukraine means that we will do as a world everything we can to make sure that he loses."
- Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in an interview with Reuters during an unannounced visit to Ukraine for talks with President Volodymyr Zelenskiy.


"This amounts to a complete lack of medication for cancer patients. It means extreme difficulties or a complete lack of insulin for diabetes. It is impossible to carry out surgery. It even means, quite simply, a lack of antibiotics."
- Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy, speaking in a video address to a medical charity group about access to medical care for Ukrainians living in areas occupied by Russian forces (as quoted on Reuters).


"The outlook moving forward is not good. If more is not done to support rural communities, the scale of the devastation in terms of hunger and lost livelihoods will be appalling. Urgent humanitarian action is needed on a massive scale to prevent that from happening."
- Global Network Against Food Crises in its annual report in which it said conflict, extreme weather and economic shocks increased the number of people facing food crises by a fifth to 193 million last year (as quoted on Reuters)


"The outlook moving forward is not good. If more is not done to support rural communities, the scale of the devastation in terms of hunger and lost livelihoods will be appalling. Urgent humanitarian action is needed on a massive scale to prevent that from happening."
- Global Network Against Food Crises in its annual report in which it said conflict, extreme weather and economic shocks increased the number of people facing food crises by a fifth to 193 million last year (as quoted on Reuters)


"From global health to the climate crisis, corruption, and human rights abuses, [journalists] face increased politicisation of their work and attempts to silence them from many sides..."
-  UN Secretary-General António Guterres in a speech marking World Press Freedom Day.


"Such lies are intended to accuse the Jews themselves of the most horrific crimes in history that were committed against them...The use of the Holocaust of the Jewish people for political purposes must stop immediately."
- Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett in a statement after Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov claimed Adolf Hitler had Jewish origins when answering a question on Italian TV about why Russia said it needed to "denazify" Ukraine if the country's own president, Volodymyr Zelenskiy, was himself Jewish (as quoted on Reuters).


"So many people are suffering from the cost of fuel and food. There are queues for everything...Gotabaya is a failed president."
- Sunil Shantha, a 58-year-old university lecturer in Sri Lanka who said he voted for Rajapaksa at the last presidential elections in 2019; he was among thousands of supporters of pposition parties who rallied in Colombo on Sunday as a weeks-long political and economic crisis showed no sign of abating (as quoted on Reuters).


"Segregation has been allowed to go so far that we have parallel societies in Sweden. We live in the same country but in completely different realities."
- Sweden's Prime Minister Magdalena Andersson in comments made as she launched a series of initiatives to combat organised crime; it comes after violent riots - sparked after a Swedish-Danish politician burned the Quran at a rally and sought to hold more in several immigrant-dominated neighborhoods - earlier this month left more than 100 police injured (as quoted on Reuters).


"Segregation has been allowed to go so far that we have parallel societies in Sweden. We live in the same country but in completely different realities."
- Sweden's Prime Minister Magdalena Andersson in comments made as she launched a series of initiatives to combat organised crime; it comes after violent riots - sparked after a Swedish-Danish politician burned the Quran at a rally and sought to hold more in several immigrant-dominated neighborhoods - earlier this month left more than 100 police injured (as quoted on Reuters).


"This is a time when we need to mobilise the law and send it into battle. Not on the side of Ukraine against the Russian Federation, or on the side of the Russian Federation against Ukraine, but on the side of humanity."
- International Criminal Court Prosecutor Karim Khan, who has opened an investigation into war crimes in Ukraine, in comments to an informal UN Security Council meeting (as quoted on Reuters).


"As many countries reduce testing, WHO is receiving less and less information about transmission and sequencing. This makes us increasingly blind to pattern of transmission and evolution. But this virus wouldn’t go away just because countries stop looking for it. It’s still spreading, it’s still changing and it’s still killing.”
- World Health Organization Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyseus, speaking at a news conference in Geneva, Switzerland in comments referring to the coronavirus pandemic (as quoted on Reuters).


“This is the worst drought in 40 years."
- Mustafe Mohammed Omer, president of Ethiopia's eastern Somali Region, speaking about the drought that is worsening a deteriorating humanitarian situation for about 3.5 million people (as quoted by the UN).


"Kim Jong Un appreciated the pains and effort taken by Moon Jae-in for the great cause of the nation until the last days of his term of office."
- North Korean state media KCNA in a report which stated North Korean leader Kim Jong-un had exchanged letters with outgoing South Korean President Moon Jae-in and thanked him for trying to improve relations (as quoted on Reuters).


"There are no words...to explain what I feel. These are atrocities, these are war crimes. It must be punished. It will be punished."
- European Council President Charles Michel speaking during a news conference held with President Volodymyr Zelenskiy as he visited Kyiv (as quoted on Reuters).


“I am aware that it is not in your power and authority to stop the war or to influence those who have such powers of decisions. But the faithful are waiting for a comforting word from Your Holiness. They think that if you come out with a public statement and request, as the spiritual father of so many millions of Orthodox in both Russia and Ukraine, that might have an impact.”
- From a letter written by World Council of Churches Acting General Secretary Rev Prof Dr Ioan Sauca to Russian Orthodox Patriarch Kirill in which he urged the Patriarch to ask for a ceasefire in Ukraine during the Orthodox Church's Easter period.


"Today, people are under an immense pressure due to this economic crisis. I deeply regret...this situation...The pain, discomfort and anger displayed by the people for having to spend time in queues to get essential items at a high price...is justified."
- Sri Lankan President Gotabaya Rajapaksa, who, along with his elder brother, Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa, has said he will stay in power on despite demands from protesters and the opposition for them to quit amid an economic crisis in the nation (as quoted on Reuters).


"At the present moment a global ceasefire in Ukraine doesn't seem possible."
- United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres in comments on Wednesday in which he also said the UN had made proposals to Russia to "bring the parties together and to manage" humanitarian access, local ceasefires and the evacuation of civilians and was now waiting on a response from Russia (as quoted on Reuters).


“Yes, I called it genocide because it has become clearer and clearer that Putin is just trying to wipe out the idea of being able to be Ukrainian and the evidence is mounting...We'll let the lawyers decide internationally whether or not it qualifies, but it sure seems that way to me."
- US President Joe Biden, speaking to reporters on 12th April (as quoted on Reuters).


"We have many priests, journalists, activists, mayors, and in general civilians who are in prisons, not, for example, even on the territory of Ukraine, but in [the][ Kursk, Bryansk, Rostov [regions of Russia]...They are forcibly held"
- Ukraine's Deputy Prime Minister Iryna Vereshchuk in comments on Monday accusing Russia of holding civilians, including journalists, activists and elected officials, in prisons on Russian territory (as quoted on Reuters).


"This will be a new symphony and I am the conductor."
- John Lee, Hong Kong's outgoing deputy leader who will run in a leadership election in May following Carrie Lam's announcement she will not seek a second term as chief executive, in comments on Saturday in which he said he plans a new chapter for the city following challenges posed by anti-government protests and COVID-19 (as quoted on Reuters).


"The remaining more than 100,000 people are praying for rescue - a full-scale evacuation is needed."
- Vadym Boichenko, mayor of the Ukrainian city of Mariupol which is being besieged by Russian forces, in a statement on national television (as quoted on Reuters).


"I hope that this ruling, it means in the future baseless claims like this can be avoided. This really does have to end."
- Singer Ed Sheeran, in a video posted on Instagram, made after he won a court battle with the writers of a song they claimed he had plagiarised with his song Shape of You.


"We are dealing with a state that turns its veto at the UN Security Council into the right to [cause] death...Russia wants to turn Ukraine into silent slaves."
- Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy, speaking in a live video address from Ukraine's capital Kyiv to the UN Security Council; he told the council that "accountability must be inevitable" for Russia as he accused invading Russian troops of committing "the most terrible war crimes" since World War II (as quoted on Reuters).


"I think it's fairly obvious, not just to us but to the world, that Russian forces are responsible for the atrocities in Bucha."
- Pentagon spokesman John Kirby in comments to reporters on Monday in response to news Russian forces had killed civilians in the Ukrainian town of Bucha (as quoted on Reuters)


"Bucha massacre was deliberate."
- Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba in comments made on Twitter as Ukraine accused Russian forces of carrying out a "massacre" in the town of Bucha; Western nations reacted to images of dead bodies there with calls for new sanctions against Moscow (as quoted on Reuters)


"We're in the Mariana Trench as far as diplomatic relations go."
- John Sullivan, US envoy to Moscow, in comments reflecting the relationship between Russia and the US following Russia's invasion of Ukraine on 24th February (as quoted on Reuters).


"Homes and administrative buildings, hospitals and schools, water stations and electricity systems have not been spared. Indiscriminate attacks are prohibited under international humanitarian law and may amount to war crimes."
-  Michelle Bachelet, United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, in comments referring to the Russian invasion of Ukraine made to the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva, Switzerland (as quoted on Reuters).


"In the international community and amongst those who are the key funders of the humanitarian response...[this] has created great consternation and I would say in many incomprehension."
- Achim Steiner, administrator of the United Nations Development Programme, speaking in reference to the Taliban's U-turn last week which banned girls from attending high school (as quote don Reuters).


“A cessation of hostilities will allow essential humanitarian aid to be delivered and enable civilians to move around safely. It will save lives, prevent suffering, and protect civilians...I hope a ceasefire will also help to address the global consequences of this war, which risk compounding the deep hunger crisis in many developing countries that already lack fiscal space to invest in their recovery from the pandemic, and now face soaring food and energy costs."
- UN Secretary-General António Guterres, speaking to reporters outside the UN Security Council on Monday night.


"I would like to say Tatmadaw will no longer take into account negotiation with the terrorist group and their supporters for killing innocent people...and will annihilate them into an end."
- Myanmar's military junta leader Min Aung Hlaing in a speech on Sunday - Armed Forces Day; anti-coup protesters came out on streets in Myanmar on Sunday morning carrying signs saying "uproot the fascist military" (as quoted on Reuters).


"[W]e are confronted with a very complex frontline at the present moment in Ukraine which sees a lot of people trapped and people caught people in between frontlines...It's not possible to think about access or evacuation, either in Mariupol or another place, if we don't have a solid...and detailed agreement between the militaries on the ground."
- Red Cross chief Peter Maurer speaking at a news conference after talks with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov in Moscow concerning the conflict in Ukraine (as quoted on Reuters).


"I have never seen such cruelty before. Chernihiv is fully destroyed, they are approaching Kyiv. Even Poland."
- Kateryna Mytkevich, 38, who endured four weeks living with the fear of planes, rockets and missiles raining on her native city of Chernihiv in northern Ukraine, before deciding to flee to Poland with her child (as quoted on Reuters).


"Continuing the war in Ukraine is morally unacceptable, politically indefensible and militarily non-sensical...Even if Mariupol falls, Ukraine cannot be conquered city by city, street by street, house by house. This war is unwinnable. Sooner or later, it will have to move from the battlefield to the peace table...It is time to end this absurd war."
- UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres urging an end to the "absurd war" started by Russia's invasion of Ukraine one month ago, warning that the conflict is "going nowhere, fast" and that the Ukrainian people are "enduring a living hell" (as quoted on Reuters).


"Continuing the war in Ukraine is morally unacceptable, politically indefensible and militarily non-sensical...Even if Mariupol falls, Ukraine cannot be conquered city by city, street by street, house by house. This war is unwinnable. Sooner or later, it will have to move from the battlefield to the peace table...It is time to end this absurd war."
- UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres urging an end to the "absurd war" started by Russia's invasion of Ukraine one month ago, warning that the conflict is "going nowhere, fast" and that the Ukrainian people are "enduring a living hell" (as quoted on Reuters).


"I faced accusations, threats and pressure...Today I have decided to resign from my post because I do not have sufficient guarantees of protection for my life and my integrity, nor the possibility of defending myself with due process."
- One of Guatemala's top judges, Judge Erika Aifan, a key figure in the fight against corruption, announcing her resignations amid threats and pressure related to her work (as quoted on Reuters).


"I can give you a couple of famous recent examples. When the British people voted for Brexit, in such large, large numbers, I don't believe it was because they were remotely hostile to foreigners. It's because they wanted to be free to do things differently and for this country to be able to run itself."
- UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson in comments to a Conservative Party conference in which he said Brexit showed British people loved freedom in the same way as Ukrainians fighting Russia's invasion; the controversial comments were branded tasteless by opposition lawmakers and commentators (as quoted on Reuters).


"Ukraine did not start this war, neither did nationalists or Nazis...This is not the Russian people's war."
-  Former California Governor and Hollywood star Arnold Schwarzenegger speaking in a nine-minute video posted on Twitter in which he said the Kremlin was intentionally lying to Russians (as quoted on Reuters).


"We remain united in our support of Ukraine. We support their ability to defend themselves and will continue to support them."
- US Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin said at an emergency meeting of NATO defence ministers in Brussels, Belgium (as quoted on Reuters).


"I think that it is necessary to have a peace mission - NATO, possibly some wider international structure - but a mission that will be able to defend itself, which will operate on Ukrainian territory...It will be a mission that will strive for peace, to give humanitarian aid, but at the same time it will also be protected by appropriate forces, armed forces."
- Jaroslaw Kaczynski, leader of Poland's ruling party, speaking on Tuesday after meeting Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy along with the Prime Ministers of the Czech Republic, Poland and Slovenia in Kyiv.


"[W]e are on a countdown to catastrophe in Yemen and we are almost out of time to avoid it...Unless we receive substantial new funding immediately, mass starvation and famine will follow. But if we act now, there is still a chance to avert imminent disaster and save millions.”
- World Food Programme Executive Director David Beasley in comments which came as the WFP published figures showing famine like-levels of hunger will increase five-fold from 31,000 to 161,000 by the end of the year of left unchecked.


"[W]e are on a countdown to catastrophe in Yemen and we are almost out of time to avoid it...Unless we receive substantial new funding immediately, mass starvation and famine will follow. But if we act now, there is still a chance to avert imminent disaster and save millions.”
- World Food Programme Executive Director David Beasley in comments which came as the WFP published figures showing famine like-levels of hunger will increase five-fold from 31,000 to 161,000 by the end of the year of left unchecked.


"People have been in a difficult situation for 12 days. There is no electricity, water or heating in the city. There is almost no mobile communication. The last reserves of food and water are running out."
- The city council in the Ukrainian city of Mariupol in a statement published online on Sunday in which it also said Russian forces blockading the city continued to shell non-military targets (as quoted on Reuters).


"It's a kind of coup. It's no longer the traditional military coup, it's a soft coup with the power of the media that generally controls public opinion."
- Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, addressing criticism he has faced over a string of journalist killings which he says is part of a campaign to undermine his administration; at least six journalists have been killed in Mexico so far this year (as quoted on Reuters).


"I would pay attention to people's livelihoods, provide warm welfare services to the needy, and make utmost efforts so that our country serves as a proud, responsible member of the international community and the free world."
- Conservative Yoon Suk-yeol, speaking after winning South Korea's presidential election on Wednesday (as quoted on Reuters).


"We will not give up and we will not lose. We will fight to the end on the sea, in the air, we will continue fighting for our land, whatever the cost. We will fight in the forests, in the fields, on the shores, in the streets."
- Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy in remarks echoing those of Prime Minister Winston Churchill during World War II, made by video link to the UK's Parliament (as quoted on Reuters).


"We will not give up and we will not lose. We will fight to the end on the sea, in the air, we will continue fighting for our land, whatever the cost. We will fight in the forests, in the fields, on the shores, in the streets."
- Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy in remarks echoing those of Prime Minister Winston Churchill during World War II, made by video link to the UK's Parliament (as quoted on Reuters).


"While the DPRK escalates its destabilising actions, the Security Council continues to remain silent...Each ballistic missile launch that results in inaction by the council erodes the credibility of the UN Security Council itself in addressing the DPRK and undermines the global non-proliferation regime."
- US ambassador to the United Nations, Linda-Thomas Greenfield, reading a statement from 11 nations - Albania, Australia, Brazil, France, Ireland, Japan, New Zealand, Norway, the Republic of Korea, the UK and US - that has bemoaned the failure of the United Nations Security Council to condemn repeated missile launches this year by North Korea (as quoted on Reuters).


"We've seen very credible reports of deliberate attacks on civilians which would constitute a war crime. We've seen very credible reports about the use of certain weapons."
- US Secretary of State Antiny Blinken speaking to CNN's State of the Union show, speaking in reference to the war in Ukraine (as quoted on Reuters).


"I am running to defend our values that the world's disorders are threatening."
- French President Emmanuel Macron, speaking as he launched his bid to win a second term in office; the election's first round will be held on 10th April with opinion polls projecting a Macron victory (as quoted on Reuters).


"There will be no use of force, neither by us nor the existing government."
- Fathi Bashagha, who will be sworn in as Prime Minister in Libya by the country's parliament on Thursday; his comments come as the head of the current interim government, Abdulhamid al-Dbeibah, has refused to cede control, raising the prospect of fighting (as quoted on Reuters).


"Prove that you are with us."
- Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy speaking to the European Union on Tuesday, speaking through an interpreter who spoke through tears; Zelenskiy said Ukraine was "fighting to be equal members of Europe" (as quoted on Reuters).


"We, the Presidents of the EU member states: the Republic of Bulgaria, the Czech Republic, the Republic of Estonia, the Republic of Latvia, the Republic of Lithuania, the Republic of Poland, the Slovak Republic, and the Republic of Slovenia strongly believe that Ukraine deserves receiving an immediate EU accession perspective."
- The presidents of eight central and eastern European nations in an open letter published on Monday calling on European Union member states to immediately grant Ukraine a EU candidate country status and open membership talks (as quoted on Reuters)


"This is not a time to stand on the sidelines. This is a time to be vocal and condemn the actions of President Putin and Russia invading a sovereign country."
- White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki in comments to MSNBC in the administration's most urgent public appeal yet to China to issue a formal condemnation of Russia's invasion (as quoted on Reuters).


"This is not a time to stand on the sidelines. This is a time to be vocal and condemn the actions of President Putin and Russia invading a sovereign country."
- White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki in comments to MSNBC in the administration's most urgent public appeal yet to China to issue a formal condemnation of Russia's invasion (as quoted on Reuters).


“I must change my address and say: In the name of humanity bring your troops back to Russia. In the name of humanity to not start what may be the most devastating war since the start of the century.”
- UN Secretary-General António Guterres, speaking after news that Russia had attacked Ukraine even as the Security Council was in session in the early hours of Thursday morning; Guterres was referring to a statement he had made at the start of session in which he had said “President Putin, stop your troops from attacking Ukraine, give peace a chance."


"Today I initiated a telephone conversation with the President of the Russian Federation. The result was silence."
- Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy, as tensions continue over the possibility of a Russian invasion of neighbouring Ukraine (as quoted on Reuters).


"It should be incontrovertible that weapons used to kill civilians should no longer be transferred to Myanmar."
- Thomas Andrews, United Nations human rights expert on Myanmar, in comments in which he said Russia and China were providing the junta with fighter jets being used against civilians and urged the UN Security Council to halt the flow of weapons enabling atrocities (as quoted on Reuters).


“At sea, people report being left adrift in life rafts or sometimes even forced directly into the water, showing a callous lack of regard for human life."
- UN High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi in a statement in which he said violence, ill-treatment, and pushbacks continue to be regularly reported at multiple entry points at land and sea borders.  


"Until the tanks are actually rolling, and the planes are flying, we will use every opportunity and every minute we have to see if diplomacy can still dissuade President (Vladimir) Putin from carrying this forward."
- US Secretary of State Antony Blinken, speaking to CNN amid heightened fears Russia intends to invade Ukraine (as quoted on Reuters).


"I think the steps taken in Pakistan during 2022 will probably set us up to finish polio eradication."
- Microsoft Corp co-founder turned philanthropist Bill Gates, speaking during a visit to Pakistan in which he met with Prime Minister Imran Khan; Pakistan and Afghanistan are the last two countries in the world where polio is endemic (as quoted on Reuters)


"Yesterday, on February 15, the largest DDoS ​​attack in the history of Ukraine was carried out on government websites, on the banking sector. This attack is unprecedented, it was prepared in advance. And the key goal of this attack is destabilisation, it is to sow panic, to do everything so that a certain chaos appears in our country."
- Ukraine's Deputy Prime Minister Mykhailo Fedorov, speaking in a joint briefing with senior officials on Wednesday (as quoted on Reuters).


“To the citizens of Russia: you are not our enemy, and I don’t believe you want a bloody, destructive war against Ukraine."
- US President Joe Biden, in a nationally televised speech addressing the ongoing tensions between Western powers and Russia over Ukraine (as quoted on Reuters).


“In short, my appeal is this: Do not fail the cause of peace."
-  UN Secretary-General António Guterres in a statement on 14th February, referring to ongoing tensions over Ukraine between Russia and Western countries.


"The humiliation of being asked to leave my classroom for wearing a head scarf by college officials has shaken my core belief...My religion has been questioned and insulted by a place which I had considered as a temple of education."
-  Ayesha Imthiaz, an Indian Muslim, speaking after the college she attended in India's southern state of Karnataka banned Muslim girls and women wearing the hijab; the issue of hijab bans in educational institutions has sparked mass protests in the state (as quoted on Reuters).


"What is at stake at the moment is nothing less than preventing a war in Europe. We want peace."
- German Chancellor Olaf Scholz in comments to reporters at a meeting with Baltic state leaders in Berlin on Thursday in which he warned Russia of "serious" economic and political consequences should it ramp up military aggression toward Ukraine, adding that Germany and its allies were ready for dialogue with Moscow and wanted peace (as quoted on Reuters).


"What is at stake at the moment is nothing less than preventing a war in Europe. We want peace."
- German Chancellor Olaf Scholz in comments to reporters at a meeting with Baltic state leaders in Berlin on Thursday in which he warned Russia of "serious" economic and political consequences should it ramp up military aggression toward Ukraine, adding that Germany and its allies were ready for dialogue with Moscow and wanted peace (as quoted on Reuters).


“Vaccine inequity is the biggest moral failure of our times – and people are paying the price."
- UN Secretary-General António Guterres, among world leaders calling for $US23 billion to support the ACT-Accelerator, the landmark collaboration that makes these goods accessible to everyone globally. 


"In today's world where many countries waste time dealing with the United States with submission and blind obedience, there’s only our country on this planet that can shake the world by firing a missile with the US mainland in its range."
- A statement from North Korea's Foreign Ministry in which it said said a series of missile tests since New Year represented "remarkable achievements" that strengthened North Korea's "war deterrence"; the US State Department repeated that it harboured no hostile intent towards North Korea and urging a return to dialogue, calling North Korea a threat to international peace and security and global nonproliferation efforts (as quoted on Reuters).


"I would like to know: why such concern?...I never said anyone sexually assaulted me."
- Chinese tennis star Peng Shuai in a tightly controlled interview with France's L'Equipe newspaper in which she said she never alleged she suffered a sexual assault, a statement which contradicts the now-removed post she published on platform Weibo last November where she accused former Chinese Vice-Premier Zhang Gaoli of forcing her to have sex with him (as quoted on the BBC).


"I am anguished beyond words. She leaves a void in our nation that cannot be filled."
- India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi, writing on Twitter, following news of the death of Lata Mangeshkar, known as the 'Nightingale' and one of India's best known cultural icons and a singer who defined music for generations of her countrymen, at the age of 92 (as quoted on Reuters).


"There is no question of sending in the army."
- Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, speaking as truckers continue their nearly week-long protest of coronavirus vaccine mandates in a blockade that has brought traffic in central Ottawa, the country's capital, to a halt (as quoted on Reuters).


"While Whoopi has apologised, I've asked her to take time to reflect and learn about the impact of her comments. The entire ABC News organization stands in solidarity with our Jewish colleagues, friends, family and communities."
- US ABC News president Kim Godwin in comments made as ABC News suspended The View host Whoopi Goldberg for two weeks on Tuesday night, hours after she apologised for having falsely declared on the daytime program that the Holocaust was "not about race" (as quoted on CNN)


“Accusations and recriminations among the various actors involved in the ongoing discussions have created uncertainty and apprehension for many that a military confrontation is impending."
- Rosemary A DiCarlo, UN Under-Secretary-General for Political and Peacebuilding Affairs, in comments to the UN Security Council this week in comments referring to ongoing international tensions over Ukraine amid a build-up of Russian forces on the border.


"We are not intimated by those who hurl abuse at small business workers and steal food from the homeless. We won't cave to those who engage in vandalism...There is no place in our country for threats, violence, or hatred."
- Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, speaking at a news conference after thousands of people attended anti-vaccine mandate and anti-mask protests in Ottawa which have also seen dozens of trucks and other vehicles jamming up the city centre since Friday; Trudeau announced earlier that he had contracted COVID-19 but felt fine and would work remotely (as quoted on Reuters).


"It is time for an urgent, renewed effort to restore human rights and democracy in Myanmar and ensure that perpetrators of systemic human rights violations and abuses are held to account."
- UN human rights chief Michelle Bachelet in an appeal on Friday for the international community to intensify pressure on Myanmar’s military to stop its campaign of violence against citizens, and to insist on the prompt return to civilian rule, almost one year after seizing power in a coup. 


"Incredulous, I had to watch at the age of 100 years how symbols of our exclusion by the Nazis, such as the so-called 'Judenstern', are shamelessly used on the open street by the new enemies of democracy, to present themselves - whilst living in the middle of a democracy - as victims."
- Centenarian Holocaust survivor Margot Friedlaender speaking to EU lawmakers in Brussels on Thursday (International Holocaust Remembrance Day and the 77th anniversary of the liberation of the Auschwitz concentration camp in Poland) in which she denounced the use by some anti-COVID vaccination protesters of the yellow star Jews were forced to wear as well as urging young people to always remember the Nazi genocide (as quoted on Reuters).


"Putting things in writing is...a good way to make sure we're as precise as possible, and the Russians understand our positions, our ideas, as clearly as possible. Right now, the document is with them and the ball is in their court."
- US Secretary of State Antony Blinken in comments to reporters in which he said US written responses to Russia's sweeping security demands have been delivered to Moscow; Washington has already made it clear that Russian demands for NATO to pull back troops and weapons from eastern Europe and bar Ukraine from ever joining are non-starters, but says it is ready to discuss other topics such as arms control and confidence-building measures (as quoted on Reuters).


"Now I am very sombre, I am very solemn, because I am very worried. People need to understand and feel my feelings. I'm not going to smile to you or look very relaxed or casual. This is a very solemn occasion."
- Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam, speaking on Tuesday to media and defending herself against criticism for not wearing a mask at news conferences (as quoted on Reuters).


"We face a five-alarm global fire that requires the full mobilization of all countries."
- UN Secretary-General António Guterres, speaking to the UN General Assembly last Friday, 21st January, in comments referring to the COVID-19 pandemic, a morally bankrupt global financial system, the climate crisis, lawlessness in cyberspace, and diminished peace and security (as quoted on UN News)


"There'll be very serious consequences if Russia takes this move to try and invade but also install a puppet regime."
- British Deputy Prime Minister Dominic Raab speaking to Sky News about concerns the Kremlin might invade Ukraine and install a pro-Russian leader there (as quoted on Reuters).


"I wouldn't do it again. There's been amazing moments, but then there's been moments where I had fear for my life."
- Nineteen-year-old British-Belgian pilot Zara Rutherford who has become the youngest woman ever to fly solo around the globe after a journey that last five months including some extensive delays due to weather (as quoted on Reuters).


"Russia will be held accountable if it invades - and it depends on what it does. It's one thing if it's a minor incursion and we end up having to fight about what to do and what to not do, et cetera. But if they actually do what they're capable of doing...it is going to be a disaster for Russia if they further invade Ukraine."
- US President Joe Biden, speaking to the press in an event to mark his first year in office, addressing questions about what will happen if Russia sends troops into Ukraine (as quoted on Reuters).


"We are now at a stage where Russia could at any point launch an attack on Ukraine."
- White House press secretary Jen Psaki, speaking as Secretary of State Antony Blinken meets with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy and Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba in Kyiv on Wednesday after which will meet EU officials and the Russian foreign minister.


“The last two years have demonstrated a simple but brutal truth - if we leave anyone behind, we leave everyone behind."
- UN Secretary-General António Guterres in comments addressing a virtual meeting of the World Economic Forum in which he also said failures to address vaccine inequity and other inequalities and a lack of action on climate change have, at their core, "a global inability to support developing countries in their hour of need and also a problem of governance or international different systems".


"I am disappointed...I think it demonstrated how the rule of law is functioning, or better to say not functioning, in some other countries. In any case, I can hardly wait to see Novak Djokovic in our own country, in Serbia."
- Serbia's Prime Minister Ana Brnabic in comments in which he described Australia's deportation of tennis star Novak Djokovic for not being vaccinated against COVID-19 as "scandalous" (as quoted on Reuters). Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison welcomed the court's decision to uphold Immigration Minister Alex Hawke's decision to cancel Djokovic's visa, saying in a statement that it was "now time to get on with the Australian Open and get back to enjoying tennis over the summer".


"[Brazilian] President Bolsonaro tried to weaken the pillars of democracy, attacking the judiciary and repeating baseless allegations of electoral fraud."
- Maria Laura Canineu, Human Rights Watch director in Brazil, speaking as the group released an annual report on human rights abuses around the world in which it urged Brazil's Supreme Court, Congress and other democratic institutions to remain vigilant and resist any attempt by Bolsonaro to undermine the October elections (as quoted on Reuters).


"I know the rage they feel with me over the government I lead when they think that in Downing Street itself the rules are not being properly followed by the people who make the rules. I offer my heartfelt apologies."
- UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson in comments to the UK Parliament in which he apologised for attending a "bring your own booze" gathering at his official residence during Britain's first coronavirus lockdown; the apology came as a senior figure in his party and opponents said he should resign (as quoted on the Reuters).


"Today the Omicron variant represents a new west-to-east tidal wave, sweeping across the region on top of the Delta surge that all countries were managing until late 2021."
- Dr Hans Kluge, European head for the World Health Organization, speaking at a press conference in which he cited forecasting that said more than 50 per cent of the population in the region will be infected with Omicron in the next six to eight weeks (as quoted on the BBC).


"Armed militants who were waiting in the wings joined the protests. The main goal was obvious: the undermining of the constitutional order, the destruction of government institutions and the seizure of power. It was an attempted coup d'etat."
- Kazakhstan's President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev in comments concerning violence in the nation last week which saw Russia and other countries send in troops to restore order and which left dozens dead (as quoted on the BBC).


"I was happy for me, but I was also happy for the 'folks.' We Black people had done it. We were capable. We forget sometimes, having to persevere against unspeakable odds, that we are capable of infinitely more than the culture is yet willing to credit to our account."
- Trailblazing actor Sidney Poitier in comments made after he became the first Black actor to win an Oscar in 1964; Poitier died on Thursday at the age of 94 (as quoted on the ABC).


"Those who stormed this Capitol and those who instigated and incited and those who called on them to do so held a dagger at the throat of America, at American democracy. They didn't come here out of patriotism or principle. They came here in rage. Not in service of America but rather in service of one man."
- US President Joe Biden in a speech made at Statuary Hall in the US Congress marking a year since the US Capitol was stormed on 6th January, 2021 (as quoted on NPR)


"A president cannot say such things."
- Christian Jacob, chair of the French conservative Les Republicans party, referring to controversial comments made by President Emmanuel Macron to a newspaper in which he said he wanted to "p*** off" unvaccinated people by making their lives so complicated they would end up getting jabbed (as quoted on Reuters).


"I will never, never apologise for the deaths. Kill me, jail me, I will never apologise."
- Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte in his weekly national address, referring to his government's war on drugs in which government statistics show more than 6,200 drug suspects have died in anti-narcotics sting operations between when he took office in June, 2016, and November last year (as quoted on Reuters).


"We will not yield...It's our democracy that is at stake."
- French lawmaker Yael Braun-Pivet, of the ruling La Republique en Marche (LREM) party, in comments to parliament referring to death threats which she said politicians of all stripes had received over a bill that will require people to show proof of vaccination to go to a restaurant or cinema or take the train (as quoted on Reuters).


"I am disgusted and appalled by behaviour that would see Australians come and set fire to such a symbol of democracy in this country."
- Prime Minister Scott Morrison speaking after Australia's former parliament building in the capital Canberra was briefly set alight on Thursday by protesters during a demonstration for Aboriginal sovereignty, police said; the Aboriginal Tent Embassy has condemned the actions of protesters that led to the fire.


"Delta and Omicron are now twin threats driving up cases to record numbers, leading to spikes in hospitalisation and deaths. I am highly concerned that Omicron, being highly transmissible and spreading at the same time as Delta, is leading to a tsunami of cases."
- WHO director-general Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus speaking at a news briefing this week.


“The escalation in recent weeks is among the worst we have seen in Yemen for years and the threat to civilian lives is increasing. Airstrikes on Sana’a have resulted in loss of civilian lives, and damaged civilian infrastructure and residential areas."
-  Special Envoy of the Secretary-General for Yemen, Hans Grundberg, speaking on Tuesday in a statement in which he also said any targeting of civilians and civilian objects as well as indiscriminate attacks by any actor is a flagrant violation of international humanitarian law and must stop immediately.


“The escalation in recent weeks is among the worst we have seen in Yemen for years and the threat to civilian lives is increasing. Airstrikes on Sana’a have resulted in loss of civilian lives, and damaged civilian infrastructure and residential areas."
-  Special Envoy of the Secretary-General for Yemen, Hans Grundberg, speaking on Tuesday in a statement in which he also said any targeting of civilians and civilian objects as well as indiscriminate attacks by any actor is a flagrant violation of international humanitarian law and must stop immediately.


"They just deceived us blatantly. Five waves of NATO expansion. And there you go - they're now in Romania and Poland, with weapons systems...I feel like we are on different planets sometimes."
- Russian President Vladimir Putin in his annual press conference in which he demanded "guarantees" that NATO would not admit Ukraine as a member; it comes amid concerns over a build-up of Russian troops on the Ukrainian border in recent months (as quoted on CNN).


"There is no doubt that Europe once again is the epicentre of the global pandemic. The top 10 countries who have the highest mortality are in Europe and Central Asia. Last week, we had 27,000 extra COVID-19 deaths, 2.6 million new infections last week, which is 40 per cent higher than the same period last year and now we have Omicron taking over. The good news is, because it is important to give people the hope, there is optimism, we know what to do."
- The World Health Organisation's Director for Europe Hans Kluge in an interview with Reuters in Brussels, Belgium.


"I don't deny [the weaknesses] and will improve in the future."
- Malaysian Prime Minister Ismail Sabri Yaakob in which he admitted to weaknesses in the government's response to flooding that has led to more than a dozen deaths and the displacement of over 60,000 people (as quoted on Reuters).


“Bangladesh saved untold numbers of lives when it opened its arms and hearts to Rohingya people who survived these most unspeakable of horrors inflicted on them by the Myanmar military...All who value human rights owe Bangladesh a debt of gratitude."
- Tom Andrews, Special Rapporteur on the human rights situation in Myanmar, speaking at the end of his first official visit to the Bangladesh during which he met with refugees in Cox's Bazar as well as those who were relocated to Bhasan Char Island.


"I want real change. I want equality, for us not to be as they call us the 'broken ones', more fairness in education, health and salaries."
- Lucrecia Cornejo, 72, a seamstress, speaking as Chileans headed to the polls on Sunday to vote in the Andean nation's most divisive presidential election in decades, with two candidates - Gabriel Boric and Jose Antonio Kast - offering starkly different visions for the future from pensions and privatisation to human rights (as quoted on Reuters).


"During this outbreak, the Democratic Republic of Congo was able to limit widespread infections and save lives. Crucial lessons are being learned and applied with every outbreak experience."
- Matshidiso Moeti, WHO's Africa director, speaking as authorities in Democratic Republic of Congo on Thursday declared the end of an Ebola outbreak that emerged in early October in North Kivu province and infected 11 people, killing six of them (as quoted on Reuters).


"Khangashvili had given up the fight against the Russian Federation years before. He had not held a weapon in his hands since 2008. This was not an act of self-defence by Russia. This was and is nothing other than state terrorism."
- German Judge Olaf Arnoldi, sentencing Vadim Krasikov to life imprisonment for killing Georgian citizen Tornike Khangoshvili with three shots from a Glock pistol in August, 2019, in retaliation for his role fighting alongside Chechen separatists against Moscow in the 2000s; German Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock said two Russian embassy staff would be expelled as a result (as quoted on Reuters).


"This battle is the second battle in bringing down the [former autocrat Omar al-Bashir's] regime. Bashir's fall was one stop, but after that it is about instituting a democratic system."
- Siddig Tawer, a former member of the transitional ruling council dissolved by the coup, who was among tens of thousands who were protesting in towns across Sudan on Monday in a bid to sustain pressure on military leaders who staged a coup in October but later reinstated Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok following mass protests (as quoted on Reuters).


"Corruption undermines development, security, and the rights of everyone. It erodes public trust in systems and institutions. The world loses trillions of dollars every year to corruption, at a time when every dollar is needed to increase public investment."
- Ghada Waly, director-general of the UN Office on Drugs and Crime, in a speech to the Conference of States Parties to the UN Convention against Corruption (CoSP9) in Sharm El-Sheikh, Egypt.


"A tidal wave of Omicron is coming. And I'm afraid it is now clear that two doses of vaccine are simply not enough to give the level of protection we all need."
- UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson in a televised address on Sunday night, speaking hours after UK government scientists lifted the COVID alert level to four on a five-point scale; Johnson said everyone eligible aged over 18 in England will have the chance to get a booster before the New Year (as quoted on Reuters).


"To be clear: You either have a complete boycott, and don't send athletes, or you try to change things with useful actions."
- French President Emmanuel Macron announcing that France would not be joining a diplomatic boycott of the Winter Olympics in Beijing, China, after the US, Australia, Canada and the UK announced such a move (as quoted on the BBC).


"[T]he idea the United States is going to unilaterally use force to confront Russia invading Ukraine is not...in the cards right now."
-  US President Joe Biden when asked if US troops would be used to stop a Russian invasion of Ukraine in comments made to reporters (as quoted on Reuters).


"It's hard to expect any sudden breakthroughs, but the presidents demonstrated their willingness to continue practical work and begin discussing sensitive issues that seriously concern Moscow."
- Kremlin aide Yuri Ushakov said after the two-hour talks between US President Joe Biden and Russian President Vladimir Putin on Tuesday (as quoted on Reuters).


"The legal process against Aung San Suu Kyi appears to have low credibility."
-  Berit Reiss-Andersen, chair of Norway's prize awards committee, in a statement after a Myanmar court on Monday found the deposed Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi guilty of charges of incitement and breaching coronavirus restrictions, and state TV said she will serve two years in detention at an undisclosed location (as quoted on Reuters).


"Please, let us stop this shipwreck of civilisation!"
- Pope Francis, speaking during a visit on Sunday to the Greek island of Lesbos, in comments referring to the global indifference to the plight of migrants (as quoted on Reuters).


"Without clear norms for the responsible use of space we stand the real risk of threats to our national and global security."
- US Vice President Kamala Harris in comments on Wednesday in which she criticised an "irresponsible" Russian test that endangered the International Space Station with debris as the US laid out a new strategy for responsible use of space (as quoted on Reuters).


"We have the instruments to have safe travel. Let's use those instruments to avoid this kind, of allow me to say, travel apartheid, which I think is unacceptable."
- UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres in comments to reporters referring to travel restrictions imposed over concerns about the COVID-19 Omicron variant (as quoted on Reuters).


"A nuclear Iran will thrust the entire Middle East into a nuclear arms race; we will find ourselves in a new Cold War. But this time the bomb will be in the hands of religious fanatics who are engaged in terrorism as a way of life. The world must prevent this and it can prevent this: tighter sanctions, tighter supervision, conduct any talks from a position of strength."
- Israeli Foreign Minister Yair Lapid, speaking in London alongside his British counterpart Liz Truss as negotiations with Iran to salvage a 2015 nuclear deal with Iran were set to resume in Vienna on Monday (as quoted on Reuters).


"We know that we are in a race against time...And the scientists and manufacturers need two to three weeks to have a full picture about the quality of the mutations of this Omicron variant."
- European Commission president Ursula Von der Leyen, speaking during a visit to Latvia (as quoted on Reuters).


"Schools – and any other place where children congregate – should at all times be safe for children."
- Mohamed Malick Fall, regional director for Eastern and Southern Africa for UN children's fund UNICEF, speaking after an Islamist suicide bombing outside a school in Somalia's capital killed eight people and wounded 17 including 13 children (as quoted on Reuters).


"The peace process in Colombia today inspires me to make an urgent call to the protagonists of the conflict in Ethiopia for an unconditional and immediate ceasefire."
- United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres in comments in which he called for an end to fighting in Ethiopia while in Colombia's capital Bogota on Wednesday, urging Ethiopian leaders to follow the Andean country's example of peace (as quoted on Reuters).


"It is the EU as a whole that is being challenged. This is not a migration crisis. This is the attempt of an authoritarian regime to try to destabilise its democratic neighbours."
- European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen in an address to the European Parliament in which she said the 27-nation bloc was standing in solidarity with Poland, Lithuania and Latvia, who are bearing the brunt of what the EU says is President Alexander Lukashenko's ploy to engineer a migration crisis (as quoted on Reuters).


"This video does not change our call for a full, fair and transparent investigation, without censorship, into her allegation of sexual assault, which is the issue that gave rise to our initial concern."
- The Women's Tennis Association in a statement released after the International Olympic Committee said its President Thomas Bach had held a video call with Chinese Olympic tennis player Peng Shuai who had disappeared from the public eye for almost three weeks after she made sexual assault allegations against a senior Chinese minister (as quoted on the BBC).


"One cannot for several months, even years, mobilise the secret services, including the military, to rescue this woman from her hostage situation, bring her back and have her return to Mali."
- Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian, speaking about French aid worker Sophie Petronin who was freed a year ago after four years in the hands of jihadist militants in northern Mali and has since returned to Mali sparking criticism from the French Government; Petronin has rejected the criticism, affirming being "at home" in Mali (as quoted on Reuters).


"China has no law enforcement rights in and around these areas. They must take heed and back off."
- Philippines Foreign Secretary Teodoro Locsin, speaking after an incident in which the Philippine Government says three Chinese coast guard vessels blocked and fired water cannons at two supply boats headed towards a Philippine-occupied atoll in the South China Sea this week (as quoted on the ABC).


"If enough people get vaccinated that is the way out of the pandemic."
- German Chancellor Angela Merkel in comments to federal and regional leaders in which she spoke of the "dramatic" coronavirus situation in Germany which reported a new daily record of 52,826 new infections on Wednesday and 294 deaths, bringing the total to 98,274 (as quoted on Reuters).


"We did indeed successfully test a promising system. It hit the old satellite with razor-sharp precision. The fragments that formed pose no threat to space activity."
- Russian Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu, quoted by the RIA news agency, comments which came after US officials said Monday's Russian missile test - which targeted an old Russian satellite - had generated a debris field in low-Earth orbit that endangered the International Space Station and would pose a hazard to space activities for years (as quoted on Reuters).


"The people made themselves heard. Now we hope for some change."
- Beatriz Arguello, a housewife in her seventies in Argentina's capital city, Buenos Aires, speaking after the ruling Frente de Todos party was hammered in mid-term elections; center-left President Alberto Fernandez has pledged to listen to the people in the wake of the vote (as quoted on Reuters).


"Peoples lives must be protected and humanitarian agencies allowed access. The current situation is unacceptable and must stop. People should not be used as weapons."
- European Union foreign policy chief Josep Borrell in a statement on Twitter, in comments referring to growing tensions of over the crisis on the Belarusian-Polish border (as quoted on Reuters).


"Peoples lives must be protected and humanitarian agencies allowed access. The current situation is unacceptable and must stop. People should not be used as weapons."
- European Union foreign policy chief Josep Borrell in a statement on Twitter, in comments referring to growing tensions of over the crisis on the Belarusian-Polish border (as quoted on Reuters).


"We have to make it clear that I have the right to get vaccinated, and that is a great fortune, a huge achievement of science and technology. But I also have a certain obligation to contribute to protecting society."
- German Chancellor Angela Merkel, in comments referring to COVID-19 vaccinations made at an Asia-Pacific business summit; Germany is currently facing a fourth wave of the coronavirus pandemic (as quoted on Reuters).


"The Asia-Pacific region cannot and should not relapse into the confrontation and division of the Cold War era."
- Chinese President Xi Jinping, speaking in a recorded video message to a CEO forum on the sidelines of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit hosted by New Zealand (as quoted on Reuters).


"Particular attention should be paid to the environment in which Mikheil Saakashvili is placed, which grossly violates human rights."
- Nino Lomjaria, Georgia's rights ombudsman, in a statement in which she said the prison hospital in which former president Mikheil Saakashvili is being held lacks proper medical equipment and that fellow inmates there have threatened and abused him; Saakashvili, who was arrested on 1st October, faces six years in prison after being convicted in absentia in 2018 of abusing his office during his 2004-2013 presidency, charges he rejects as politically motivated (as quoted on Reuters).


"It was particularly discouraging to see the leaders of two of the world's largest emitters, China and Russia, declined to even attend the proceedings."
- Former US President Barack Obama in a speech at COP26 in which he called for action in helping nations adapt to the devastating effects of climate change (as quoted on Reuters).


"We are watching farms collapse and livelihoods lost due to floods, droughts and swarms of locusts...The climate crisis means hunger and death for many people in my country and across Africa."
- Climate justice campaigner Vanessa Nakate of Uganda speaking on a panel at COP26 in Glasgow, UK (as quoted on Reuters).


"Today every single country in Europe and Central Asia is facing a real threat of COVID-19 resurgence or already fighting it."
- Hans Kluge, the World Health Organization's Europe head, in comments in which he said current transmission rates in 53 European countries are of "grave concern" with new cases nearing record levels (as quoted on Reuters).


"We face a crisis in the values on which the United Nations was founded 76 years ago: trust, solidarity, truth."
- UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres in a speech given as he received a degree from the University of Cambridge on Wednesday (as quoted on Reuters).


"This is the outcome we all hoped and prayed for."
- Western Australian Police Force Deputy Commissioner Col Blanch, speaking in a video statement posted on Facebook after the discovery of four-year-old Cleo Smith, who had been missing for more than two weeks after disappearing from a campsite in Western Australia. Cleo, whose disappearance made headlines around the world, was found in a house in nearby Carnarvon; a man is in custody.


"This is the outcome we all hoped and prayed for."
- Western Australian Police Force Deputy Commissioner Col Blanch, speaking in a video statement posted on Facebook after the discovery of four-year-old Cleo Smith, who had been missing for more than two weeks after disappearing from a campsite in Western Australia. Cleo, whose disappearance made headlines around the world, was found in a house in nearby Carnarvon; a man is in custody.


“We are digging our own graves."
- UN chief António Guterres speaking at COP26 in Glasgow, Scotland, in reference to the cost of inaction on climate change.


"I don't think, I know."
- French President Emmanuel Macron, responding to a question from Australian reporters as to whether he thought Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison lied to him over the cancellation of a submarine building contract in September; he also indicated more was needed to be done to rebuild trust between the two allies. Morrison subsequently denied the accusation (as quoted on Reuters).


"The request is for $US23.4 billion. That's a fair amount of money, but if you compare with the damage also done to global economy by the pandemic it is not really that much."
-  Carl Bildt, WHO Special Envoy to the ACT-Accelerator, speaking to reporters as the WHO and other aid groups on Thursday appealled to leaders of the world's 20 biggest economies to fund a $US23.4 billion plan to bring COVID-19 vaccines, tests and drugs to poorer countries in the next 12 months (as quoted on Reuters).


"We are deeply concerned by China's coercive...actions."
- US President Joe Biden speaking via an online connection to a summit of East Asian leaders on Wednesday in he also said China's actions "threaten regional peace and stability" and that the US is "committed to Taiwan" (as quoted on Reuters).


"Every day that goes by in which we don't do something about it is a day wasted. If we don't act now, it'll be too late."
- British naturalist David Attenborough in comments urging richer nations to act on climate change, in comments to the BBC ahead of this weekend's COP26 summit (as quoted on Reuters).


“Otoniel was the most feared drug trafficker in the entire world."
- Colombia’s President, Iván Duque, speaking after the capture of drug lord Dairo Antonio Usuga, known as Otoniel, in an operation in a rural area of Antioquia province on Saturday afternoon (as quoted on The Guardian).


"If there is any person who is going to prison, it would be me...I assume full responsibility."
- Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte in comments referring to the country's bloody war on drugs that has killed thousands of people; Duterte maintained, however, that he will never be tried by an international court (as quoted on Reuters).


"The state of democracy in Nicaragua is not just a problem for Nicaraguans, it's a problem for everyone."
- Organization of American States Secretary General Luis Almagro, speaking as he announced the adoption of a OAS permanent council urging fair elections and the release of presidential candidates and political prisoners, many of whom have been jailed by Ortega's government in recent month (as quoted on Reuters).


“When thousands of Cubans took to the streets in July, the Cuban government responded with a brutal strategy of repression designed to instill fear and suppress dissent."
- Human Rights Watch researcher Juan Pappier, speaking as the organisation said it had documented at least 130 cases in which security forces violated due process, beat, sexually abused or forced into solitary confinement citizens participating in rallies it described as "overwhelmingly peaceful anti-government protests" (as quoted on Reuters).


"There are no signs that an end of the eruption is imminent even though this is the greatest desire of everyone."
- President Angel Víctor Torres of the Canary Islands, speaking about the continuing eruption of a volcano on La Palma which has destroyed almost 2,000 buildings since it started erupting on 19th September (as quoted on Reuters).


"We ask people to set aside their differences and show kindness and love to all. Please let some good come from this tragedy. We are absolutely broken, but we will survive and carry on for the sake of a wonderful and inspiring man."
- From a statement released by the family of UK Conservative MP Sir David Amess who was stabbed to death on Friday while meeting constituents at an Essex church; a suspect was apprehended (as quoted on the BBC).


"Telecommunication in the north-west was shut down out of necessity. We have achieved successes within this period. So the shutdown will remain as long as it's necessary. The shutdown is more of a blessing than anything else."
- Lucky Irabor, Nigeria's chief of defence staff, referring to a telecoms blackout in large swathes of north-west Nigeria (as quoted on Reuters).


"Without this investment, if the United States does not support Central America, it's very hard to think that the migration flows that are happening will diminish."
- Mexico's Foreign Minister Marcelo Ebrard in comments on Wednesday addressing the migration crisis which has seen record numbers of migrants passing through Mexico this year toward the US (as quoted on Reuters).


"It is very hard to see how you can help people in Afghanistan without involving the Taliban...but that does not mean recognising them."
- Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi, speaking after hosting an emergency summit of G20 nations on the humanitarian situation in Afghanistan in which participants agreed unanimously about the need to alleviate the crisis.


"In which country did people not die? Tell me! Look, I didn't come here to be bored."
-  Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro, speaking after he was asked by a journalist about the country's 600,000 coronavirus death toll (as quoted on Reuters).


"[T]he history of the Shoah [Holocaust] is a singular event for which we continue to bear responsibility in every phase of history, including in the future".
- Outgoing German Chancellor Angela Merkel, in comments to Prime Minister Naftali Bennett's cabinet during her eighth and final visit to Israel as Chancellor; she also visited Yad Vashem, Israel's memorial to the six million Jews killed by the Nazis during World War II, where she rekindled an eternal flame in its Hall of Remembrance (as quoted on Reuters).


"Deportation in the short term is not going to make Haiti more stable. In fact, it's going to make it worse."
-  Daniel Foote, former US special envoy to Haiti, in comments made to the US House of Representatives Foreign Affairs Committee (as quoted on Reuters).


"Our colleagues on the ground are sharing increasingly alarming eye-witness testimony of the suffering - including growing accounts of hunger-related deaths...In locations where screening has been possible, we are seeing acute malnutrition rates that remind us of the onset of the 2011 Somalia famine."
-  UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres during an exchange with Ethiopia's UN ambassador, Taye Atske Selassie Amde, at the end of a UN Security Council meeting on Wednesday after the Ethiopian Government expelled seven UN staff; Selassie accused the staff of making up data, falsely claiming hunger was used as a weapon of war, that people had died from hunger, and of supporting the Tigrayan People's Liberation Front (as quoted on Reuters).


"[T]hey should remember that if Taiwan were to fall, the consequences would be catastrophic for regional peace and the democratic alliance system. It would signal that in today's global contest of values, authoritarianism has the upper hand over democracy."
- Taiwan's President Tsai Ing-wen, writing in Foreign Affairs, in comments in which she said that as countries increasingly recognise the threat China's Communist Party poses, they should understand the value of working with the island (as quoted on Reuters).


"Certainly it's a dilemma. Because if you want to contribute to avoid the collapse of an economy, in a certain way, you can consider supporting the government...Depending on their behaviour. And their behaviour until now is not very encouraging."
- Josep Borrell, European Union foreign policy chief, speaking at a news conference in comments addressing the issue of providing development assistance to Afghanistan following the takeover by the Taliban (as quoted on Reuters).


"The UN urges the Bangladeshi authorities to undertake an investigation and to hold those responsible to account."
- UN spokesperson Stephanie Tremblay, speaking at a press conference in New York on Thursday after news Rohingya refugee leader Mohib Ullah was killed by unknown gunmen in a camp in Cox's Bazar on Wednesday night; the killing was also condemned by the US (as quoted on Reuters).


"We invite Russia to make even more ambitious commitments to achieve zero net carbon emissions by 2050, joining us and many other countries that have already stated similar goals."
- The EU, UK and Italy's ambassadors to Russia in a joint article, published in the Kommersant newspaper (as quoted on Reuters).


"The fact that the Afghan army we and our partners trained simply melted away – in many cases without firing a shot – took us all by surprise. It would be dishonest to claim otherwise."
- US Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin,  a former four-star general who served in Afghanistan, in comments to the Senate Armed Services Committee (as quoted on Reuters).


"Nuclear testing not only created geopolitical instability and supported the development of more powerful and deadly nuclear weapons, it also caused untold human suffering and environmental damage. Because of the [Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty], we have left this world far behind."
- Robert Floyd, executive secretary of the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty Organization, in comments marking the 25th anniversary of the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty.


"Let me say, our eyes are wide open. We have been saying that for some time. There was no path to a relationship with China as long as the two Michaels were being detained."
- Canadian Foreign Minister Marc Garneau, speaking on Sunday after Huawei Technologies Co Ltd Chief Financial Officer Meng Wanzhou flew back to China from Canada - where she had been held on house arrest for almost three years - after reaching an agreement with US prosecutors to end a bank fraud case, and, two Canadians detained by Chinese authorities - Michael Kovrig and Michael Spavor - were released by Beijing soon after (as quoted on Reuters).


"Nothing will change as long as the political circumstances around the DPRK remains unchanged and the US hostile policy is not shifted, although the termination of the war is declared hundreds of times."
- Vice Foreign Minister Ri Thae Song in comments reported by North Korean state media KCNA in response to South Korea's call to declare a formal end to the Korean War, describing the move as "premature" (as quoted on Reuters).


"I just think it's time for some of our dearest friends around the world to 'prenez un grip' about all this, 'donnez-moi un break', because this is fundamentally a great step forward for global security."
- UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson, translating the English phrases 'get a grip' and 'give me a break' literally into French, in comments relating to the new defence partnership between UK, US and Australia which will give Canberra access to nuclear powered submarine technology; the pact has been sharply criticised by France and China (as quoted on Reuters).


"Those found to have acted beyond bounds during operations shall be made accountable before our laws."
- Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte in comments made on Tuesday in which he said anyone found to have "acted beyond bounds" in his campaign against illegal drugs would be held accountable under national laws, while appearing to reject an International Criminal Court probe (as quoted on Reuters).


"Dictator of El Salvador."
- From the Twitter profile of El Salvador's President Nayib Bukele after he changed it in an apparent joke that has done little to dispel concerns about his increasing concentration of power (as quoted on Reuters).


"I am a fighter, and I will always be a fighter inside and outside the ring. I am accepting your nomination as candidate for president of the Republic of the Philippines."
- Boxing star and Philippines Senator Manny Pacquiao, announcing on Sunday that he will run for president of the Philippines next year, after railing against corruption in government and what he calls President Rodrigo Duterte's cozy relationship with China (as quoted on Reuters).


"The Mission has reasonable grounds to believe that judges and prosecutors in the cases examined have denied, as opposed to guaranteed, some rights to real or perceived government opponents, in response to interference from political actors or from within the judicial or prosecutorial hierarchy."
- From a report by a group of UN investigators which found Venezuela's judicial system has perpetuated human rights violations as part of a state policy to quash opposition to the government of President Nicolas Maduro (as quoted on Reuters).


"To think - given that they have failed with all these resources to fix the problems of Afghanistan - that we can now, without those forces and money, solve the problems they couldn't solve for decades is a fantasy."
- United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres speaking in an interview with Reuters a month after the Taliban seized control of the country.


"I've a pretty thick skin, and I am able to take all sorts of different abuse. But he went after my family. He said hateful, misogynistic things about my wife...everyone has limits."
- Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, speaking to reporters after an incident in which, when a man yelled derogatory and profane remarks about his wife Sophie Gregoire, at an event during the current election campaign, he shouted back: "Isn't there a hospital you should be going to bother right now?" (as quoted on Reuters).


"Our position has not changed when it comes to North Korea, we remain prepared to engage."
- Karine Jean-Pierre, White House principal deputy press secretary, speaking after Pyongyang's announcement that it had tested a new long-range cruise missile over the weekend (as quoted on Reuters).


"It's now a race against time and the snow to deliver life-saving assistance to the Afghan people who need it most. We are quite literally begging and borrowing to avoid food stocks running out."
- Anthea Webb, World Food Programme deputy regional director, speaking as the UN convenes an aid conference in Geneva on Monday in an effort to raise more than $US600 million for Afghanistan.


"Five colleagues were kept in a detention centre for more than four hours, and during these four hours two of our colleagues were beaten and tortured brutally."
- Zaki Daryabi, founder and editor-in-chief of the Etilaat Roz newspaper, speaking to Reuters about the treatment of two Afghan journalists who were beaten in police custody after covering a protest by women in Kabul where they were detained by the Taliban.


"All athletes who participated at the Olympic and Paralympic Games at Tokyo, 2020, are outside the country. Two winter sport athletes are also outside of the country and continue training, hoping to qualify for Beijing [Winter Olympics]."
- International Olympic Committee president Thomas Bach who said on Wednesday that the organisation had helped around 100 members of the "Olympic community" in Afghanistan to leave the country on humanitarian visas in efforts which began after the Tokyo Games and before the Taliban took control of Afghanistan last month and are continuing (as quoted on Reuters).


“Obviously we appreciate the spotlight in those moments. But then, you know, you have today and I’m going to have nine million death threats and whatnot. It’s very much polarising, one extreme to the other very quickly.”
- US tennis player Shelby Rogers, speaking after losing to Emma Raducanu at the US Open on Monday (as quoted on ESPN)


"A consultation will be carried out to define the major framework of the transition, then a government of national unity will be put in place to lead the transition. At the end of this transitional phase, we'll set the tone for a new era for governance and economic development."
- Mamady Doumbouya, a military officer in Guinea who this week led a coup ousting President Alpha Conde, speaking at a meeting of Conde's ministers and senior government officials (as quoted on Reuters).


"We are in a new 'arms' race - to get vaccines into people as quickly as possible - but this is an arms race where the West have a stranglehold on the vaccine supplies."
- Former UK Prime Minister Gordon Brown, now a UN special envoy, in comments in which he accused rich countries of committing a "moral outrage" by stockpiling COVID-19 doses while poor countries are struggling to get supplies (as quoted on Reuters).


"Today, we as Poland, being responsible for our own borders, but also for the borders of the European Union, must take measures to ensure the security of Poland and the [EU]."
- Polish presidential spokesman Blazej Spychalski, speaking as Poland declared a state of emergency in two regions bordering Belarus on Thursday following a surge of illegal migration that Warsaw has blamed on its neighbour (as quoted on Reuters).


"There is no doubt among [EU] member states and in the G7 context: we need to engage with the Taliban, we need to communicate with the Taliban, we need to influence the Taliban, we need to make use of the leverages which we have. But we will not rush into recognising this new formation, nor into establishing official relations."
- Gunnar Wiegand, the European Commission's managing director for Asia and the Pacific (as quoted on Reuters).


"I feel that the process is...stalling a little. The people that did this are still out there, and I don't know if their name will ever be out. Every country that can help, please help."
- Martine Moise, the widow of Haiti's slain President Jovenel Moise, in comments made to Reuters.


"There's a lot of heartbreak associated with this departure. We did not get everybody out that we wanted to get out."
- US General Frank McKenzie, the commander of US Central Command, announcing the US operation to withdraw from Afghanistan has been completed with the last C-17 lifting off from Hamid Karzai International Airport at 3.29pm on 30th August (as quoted on CNN).


"We have received assurances from the Taliban that all foreign nationals and any Afghan citizen with travel authorization from our countries will be allowed to proceed in a safe and orderly manner to points of departure and travel outside the country."
-  A joint statement issued by Britain, the United States and other countries including Australia, Japan, France, Spain and many others (as quoted by Reuters).


"We will not forgive. We will not forget. We will hunt you down and make you pay."
- US President Joe Biden in a speech following an attack on the Kabul airport in which 13 US troops and scores of Afghan civilians were killed (as quoted on Reuters).


"Every day we're on the ground is another day we know that ISIS-K is seeking to target the airport and attack both US and allied forces and innocent civilians."
- US President Joe Biden in a speech on Tuesday in which he acknowledged the threat the group, an enemy of the Taliban, poses to the evacuation operations (as quoted on CNN).


"Many doubted this day would happen. Many thought it impossible. But thanks to the efforts of many, the most transformative sport event on earth is about to begin."
- Andrew Parsons, president of the International Paralympic Committee, speaking as the Paralympic Games opened in Tokyo, Japan (as quoted on the BBC).


"We need to make sure that more funds are provided urgently for humanitarian aid. I believe the G7 countries should live up to their responsibilities and find a response to mitigate the acute humanitarian hardship that's already prevalent in the region and that will increase over the coming weeks."
- German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas speaking on Monday in reference to the crisis in Afghanistan (as quoted on Reuters).


"Vital facilities such as hospitals and health centres have been without access to safe water due to electricity shortages, putting lives at risk."
- UNICEF Executive Director Henrietta Fore in a statement warning that more than four million people in Lebanon could face a critical shortage of water or be cut off completely in the coming days due to a severe fuel crisis in the country.


"Let me speak clearly and bluntly, this is a catastrophe. It is a catastrophe for the Afghan people, for the Western values and credibility, and for the developing of international relations."
- Josep Borrell, European Union's foreign policy chief, addressing the European Parliament on Thursday in comments in which he said there had been a failure of intelligence to anticipate the Taliban's rapid return to power (as quoted on Reuters).


"If I had stayed, I would be witnessing bloodshed in Kabul."
- Afghan President Ashraf Ghani, speaking from exile in the United Arab Emirates, in comments in which he said he had left Kabul to prevent bloodshed and denied reports he took large sums of money with him as he departed the presidential palace (as quoted on Reuters).


"Times have changed. The Taliban are aware they can't silence us, and if they shut down the internet the world will know in less than five minutes. They will have to accept who we are and what we have become."
-  Khadija, a woman who runs a religious school for girls in Afghanistan, speaking amid fears that the Taliban will roll back freedoms won by women over the past 20 years in Afghanistan (as quoted on Reuters).


"We need to make sure that the many people who have big worries and concerns, even though they have not worked with German institutions, have a secure stay in countries neighbouring Afghanistan."
- German Chancellor Angela Merkel in comments on 16th August warning that Afghans fleeing from the Taliban to neighbouring countries could make their way to Europe in a repeat of the 2015 migrant crisis if they don't get sufficient humanitarian assistance (as quoted on Reuters).


"There continue to be reports of serious human rights abuses and violations in the communities most affected by the fighting...All abuses must stop. He calls on the Taliban and all other parties to ensure...the rights and freedoms of all people are respected and protected."
- Stephane Dujarric, spokesperson for United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, who added that the Secretary-General "is particularly concerned about the future of women and girls, whose hard-won rights must be protected" (as quoted on Reuters).


"WHO reiterates that the search for the origins of SARS-CoV-2 is not and should not be an exercise in attributing blame, finger-pointing or political point-scoring."
- The World Health Organization in a statement calling for all governments to cooperate to accelerate studies into the origins of the COVID-19 pandemic and "to depoliticize the situation" (as quoted on Reuters).


"[T]he EU is not ready and does not have the capacity to handle another major migration crisis."
- Greek Migration Minister Notis Mitarachi in comments related to the growing crisis in Afghanistan and fears of a repeat of the European migration crisis of 2015; Mitarachi last week co-signed a letter with ministers from five other EU countries saying deportations of failed asylum-seekers should continue despite the fighting (as quoted on Reuters).


"Doses that are available that could be used for boosting or for childhood programs are much better deployed for people who will die over the next six months rather than that very unlikely scenario of a sudden collapse in the programmes in countries that are highly vaccinated."
- Oxford vaccine chief Andrew Pollard in comments made on Tuesday (as quoted on Reuters).


"For the first time since the pandemic began, the entire world came together. Sport returned to centre stage. Billions of people around the globe were united by emotion, sharing moments of joy and inspiration. This gives us hope. This gives us faith in the future. The Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 are the Olympic Games of hope, solidarity and peace."
- International Olympic Committee president Thomas Bach speaking at the Tokyo Games closing ceremony.


"It may sound cruel because of all the terrible things that happened in Belarus last summer but I was trying to keep away from it, but all I have wanted is to go to the Olympics and do my best."
- Olympic sprinter Krystsina Tsimanouskaya, of Belarus, in an interview with Reuters which she explained that she decided not to return to Belarus from the Olympics after receiving a phone call from her grandmother on the way to the airport warning her not to return; she is now in Poland.


"The US is watching with greater alarm as a conflict that began in Tigray now is now beginning to spread."
- Samantha Power, head of the US Agency for International Development (USAID), speaking on Wednesday during a visit to Ethiopia in which she also raised her concerns about "dehumanising rhetoric" amid war in the country's northern Tigray region (as quoted on Reuters).


“Eradicating torture will be one of the most effective tools to start to build public trust in the State’s ability to deliver justice and uphold the principle of fairness. However, when the authorities themselves break the law, it has the opposite effect”. 
- UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet in comments made after the release of a report which said Iraq's legal framework to prevent ill-treatment needs to be translated into effective measures to tackle torture in detention centres and prevent further violations.


"The current situation is due to a sudden decision on the withdrawal of the international troops."
- Afghan President Ashraf Ghani in comments made to the Afghan Parliament as the country faces worsening violence with the Taliban launching attacks on a number of major cities; it comes as the US and its allies end their two decade long troop deployment in the country (as quoted on the ABC).


"We will accomplish the provisions of the state of emergency by August 2023. I guarantee the establishment of a union based on democracy and federalism."
- Myanmar's military ruler Min Aung Hlaing, who has taken on the role of Pime Minister in a newly formed caretaker government, in a speech made on Sunday, 1st August.  Min Aung Hlaing has chaired the State Administration Council that was formed after a military coup in February which the new government will now replace (as quoted on Reuters).


“Instead of being identified as victims of a serious human rights violation, victims are being arrested, detained, denied assistance and protection and even forcibly returned to countries of origin because of racial profiling and discrimination at border crossings and in criminal justice systems.”
- Siobhán Mullally, UN-appointed expert on human trafficking, in comments in which she also said “racism, xenophobia and gender-based discrimination are putting the human rights of trafficking victims at risk and enabling those who carry out the illegal trade to continue with impunity"; the statement comes as the UN marks the World Day Against Trafficking in Persons.


“The nation owes a debt to French Polynesia. This debt is from having conducted these tests, in particular those between 1966 and 1974.”
- French President Emmanuel Macron in a speech to Polynesian officials during an official visit to the territory in which he also said there should be better compensation for victims (as quoted on France 24).


"I was at risk of being stripped of and killed with my own firearm as I heard chants of 'kill him with his own gun'. I can still hear those words in my head today."
- Michael Fanone, a DC Metropolitan Police officer, in testimony given to the US House of Representatives Select Committee that's investigating all of the circumstances surrounding the 6th January attack at the US Capitol, including the role played by former President Donald Trump (as quoted on CNN).


"I have never denied, and the ICC [International Criminal Court] can record it: those who destroy my country, I will kill you. And those who destroy the young people of our country, I will kill you. I will really finish you, because I love my country."
-  Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte in a three hour State of the Nation address in which he said the country's controversial battle against the proliferation of drugs is "far from over". Last month, the prosecutor of the International Criminal Court sought the go-ahead to launch a formal investigation into the drugs war killings in the country, saying crimes against humanity could have been committed (as quoted in Reuters).


"I was expressing gratitude that the vaccines help us fight back as a society, but it was a poor choice of word and I sincerely apologise. Like many, I have lost loved ones to this awful virus and would never minimise its impact."
- British health minister Sajid Javid apologising after a tweet he issued on Saturday in which he talked about his recovery from coronavirus, saying: "Please - if you haven't yet - get your jab, as we learn to live with, rather than cower from, this virus" (as quoted in Reuters).


"We will not accept such an origins-tracing plan as it, in some aspects, disregards common sense and defies science."
- Zeng Yixin, vice minister of China's National Health Commission, in comments to reporters; the statement came after the World Health Organization proposed a second phase of studies into the origins of the coronavirus in China, including audits of laboratories and markets in the city of Wuhan, and called for transparency from authorities (as quoted in Reuters).


"We face a pandemic of the unvaccinated, and the only way to stop it is to expand vaccination. Vaccines are critical, even if no vaccine is 100 per cent effective."
- Pan American Health Organization director Carissa Etienne, speaking at a weekly briefing in which she said just 15 per cent of people in Latin America and the Caribbean have been fully vaccinated (as quoted in Reuters).


"Everything is fine, there is no problem. It's part of being a leader. There are always people who are unhappy. There are people who will try to destabilise."
- Interim Mali President Assimi Goita, a special forces colonel who orchestrated two coups in the last year, speaking on state television after he escaped unharmed when an assailant tried to stab him during prayers at a mosque in the capital Bamako on Tuesday (as quoted in Reuters).


"Freedom of media, free press is one of the core values of the EU. It is completely unacceptable if this [hacking] were to be the case."
- European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen , speaking during a visit to Prague in comments addressing reports that Israeli software had been used to hack the smartphones of journalists, government officials and rights activists worldwide (as quoted on Reuters).


"Please, please, please, be cautious..."
- UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson, speaking in a video filmed on Sunday ahead of what has been dubbed 'Freedom Day' on Monday in which more than a year of lockdown restrictions will end in England (as quoted on Reuters).


“I grieve for those who have lost their lives in this disaster. We still don’t know the number. But it will be many.”
- German Chancellor Angela Merkel, speaking about the flood crisis affecting her country and others in Europe during a visit to Washington, DC, in the US (as quoted on The Guardian).


"It's a little bit of a dangerous trend here. It will be a chaotic situation in countries if citizens start deciding when and who will be taking a second, a third and a fourth dose."
- Soumya Swaminathan, the World Health Organization's chief scientist, speaking this week in comments in which she advised individuals against mixing and matching COVID-19 vaccines from different manufacturers, adding in a tweet later that "Individuals should not decide for themselves, public health agencies can, based on available data" (as quoted on Reuters).


"In America, if you lose, you accept the results. You follow the Constitution, you try again. You don't call facts 'fake' and then try to bring down the American experiment just because you're unhappy. That's not statesmanship. That's selfishness."
- US President Joe Biden, in a speech in Philadelphia, speaking of those - including his predecessor Donald Trump and other Republicans - who have refused to accept the results of the 2020 presidential election. He also called efforts to limit voting rights the gravest challenge to American democracy since the Civil War (as quoted on CNN).


"What we thought would be possible, turned out not to be possible in practice. We had poor judgement, which we regret and for which we apologise."
- Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte in comments on Monday in which he conceded, with infections now soaring to their highest levels this year, that coronavirus restrictions had been lifted too soon in the Netherlands (as quoted on Reuters).


"To all you kids out there — I was once a child with a dream, looking up to the stars. Now I'm an adult in a spaceship...If we can do this, just imagine what you can do."
- Billionaire Richard Branson speaking in a message taped while on board a Virgin Galactic supersonic space plane in a journey with three of the company's employees early on Sunday; he is the first person to ride into space aboard a rocket he helped fund. The flight to the edge of space was the plane's fourth test flight (as quoted on CNN).


"Just one more year of fighting in Afghanistan is not a solution but a recipe for fighting there indefinitely."
- US President Joe Biden, in a speech defending his decision to withdraw US troops from Afghanistan in which he also denied that a Taliban takeover is "inevitable" (as quoted on the BBC).


"The perpetrators of this crime must be brought to justice. The United Nations will continue to stand with the Government and the people of Haiti."
- Stephane Dujarric, a spokesman for UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres, speaking after news of the assassination of Haitian President Jovenel Moise (as quoted on Reuters).


“The pandemic has halted, or reversed, years, or even decades of development progress. Global extreme poverty rose for the first time since 1998."
- UN Under-Secretary-General Liu Zhenmin, speaking at the launch of the Sustainable Development Goals Report 2021 looking at progress being made towards the 17 Sustainable Development Goals.


"If we don't go ahead now when we've clearly done so much with the vaccination program to break the link...when would we go ahead?"
- UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson, announcing that most rules introduced to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 will be removed in England on 19th July (as quoted on the BBC)


"This year, the Fourth of July is a day of special celebration for we are emerging from the darkness of...a year of pandemic and isolation, a year of pain, fear and heartbreaking loss...We never again want to be where we were a year ago today."
- US President Joe Biden in a speech made at a White House party for around 1,000 people, including military families and workers involved in the COVID-19 response.


"If we're serious about ending trafficking in persons, we must also work to combat systemic racism, sexism and other forms of discrimination."
- US Secretary of State Antony Blinken in comments in the US' annual Trafficking in Persons report which for the first time drew a link between systemic racism and human trafficking.


“It is clear that a terrorist safe haven anywhere is a threat everywhere."
- Vladimir Voronkov, head of the UN  Office of  Counter-Terrorism in comments at the conclusion of the Second High-level Conference  of Heads of  Counter-Terrorism.


"We're here to stay. We call on all the countries of the region to recognise that and to come to talk to us."
- Yair Lapid, Israel's foreign minister, speaking as he inaugurated its embassy in the United Arab Emirates during a two day visit (as quoted on Reuters).


“What I can say to you is that Iran will never get a nuclear weapon on my watch."
- US President Joe Biden speaking in a meeting on Monday with Israeli President Reuven Rivlin in Washington DC in comments in which he also said his commitment to Israel was "iron-clad" (as quoted on Reuters).


"Our world is failing, as the global community we are failing."
- World Health Organization Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus in comments in which he chastised unnamed countries for reluctance to share doses with low-income countries and compared it to the HIV/AIDS crisis, when some argued that African nations were unable to use complicated treatments (as quoted on Reuters).


"We can appeal to common sense, demand respect for international law, and if that doesn't work, we can bomb."
- Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov speaking to Russian news agencies in comments which come after it claimed British warship HMS Defender this week breached what Russia claims as its territorial waters but which UK and most of the world say belong to Ukraine (as quoted on Reuters).


"Overall the election and election day processes were conducted in an orderly, peaceful and credible manner."
- Former Nigerian President Olusegun Obasanjo, the head of the mission of 100 observers at Ethiopia's recent election, speaking at a news conference in Addis Ababa as authorities continued counting ballots (as quoted on Reuters).


"All of the major trends - politics, security, the peace process, the economy, the humanitarian emergency, and of course COVID - all of these trends are negative or stagnate. The possible slide toward dire scenarios is undeniable."
- UN Special Envoy Deborah Lyons in comments concerning the situation in Afghanistan made to the UN Security Council on 22nd June. Her statement comes as the US wiithdraws its remaining 2,500 troops from the country and 7,000 non-US personnel from mainly NATO countries - along with Australia, New Zealand and Georgia - are also withdrawn (as quoted on Reuters).


"I'm here to show my solidarity to the Bukinabe people who continue to welcome the displaced brothers and sisters despite terrible attacks and challenges, sharing what little they have at a time when other countries with far more have closed their borders and their minds to the refugees."
- Hollywood actress Angelina Jolie while visiting a refugee camp in Burkina Faso housing refugees fleeing jihadist violence in Mali on Sunday - World Refugee Day - in comments in which she praised the country for welcoming the displaced despite its limited resources and battling its own insurgency (as quoted on Reuters).


"I am motivated by support for equality, social justice and internationalism. That is the Labour brand. The conclusion I have reached is that this government needs to be replaced."
- John Bercow, the former Speaker of Britain's lower house of parliament, in comments to the Observer newspaper that he had joined the opposition Labour Party after spending most of his political career as a Conservative legislator (as quoted on Reuters).


"I am happy to return to Ivory Coast and Africa. I am from Ivory Coast but I learned in prison that I am from Africa. All of Africa supported me."
- Ivory Coast's former President Laurent Gbagbo, ousted during a civil war in 2011 and subsequently acquitted of war crimes in The Hague, speaking to supporters as he returned to his homeland after a decade in exile (as quoted on Reuters).


"The whole world is saying we will fight but we will show them differently. The forces that saved Ethiopia from collapsing will turn the Horn of Africa into Africa's power hub."
- Ethiopia's Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed speaking to a crowd of tens of thousands of supporters at a re-election rally ahead of an election next week, which he has previously described as "the nation's first attempt at free and fair elections"; it comes amid growing concerns internationally over violence and famine in the northern Tigray region (as quoted on Reuters).


"The deterioration of the security situation is mainly linked to fragmentation between components of the revolution, which left a vacuum exploited by its enemies and elements of the former regime...These fragmentations can lead us to a situation of chaos and control by gangs and criminal groups, just as it can lead to the spread of conflict among all civilian groups and might lead to civil war."
- Sudan's Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok speaking in a televised address days after young men carrying clubs and sticks blocked roads in the capital Khartoum following the removal of fuel subsidies (as quoted on Reuters).


"China's stated ambitions and assertive behaviour present systemic challenges to the rules-based international order and to areas relevant to alliance security."
- NATO leaders, in a communique issued after the first meeting involving US President Joe Biden; it came a day after the G7 rich nations issued a statement on human rights in China and Taiwan that Beijing said slandered its reputation (as quoted on Reuters).


"Are you supposed to be looking as if you're enjoying yourselves?"
- Queen Elizabeth II, at a photo shoot of G7 summit leaders, to which UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson answered "Yes. We have been enjoying ourselves in spite of appearances." Meanwhile US President Joe Biden told reporters after meeting with the Queen: "I don't think she’d be insulted but she reminded me of my mother, the look of her and just the generosity" (as quoted on Reuters).


"It’s a big breath of fresh air."
- UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson, speaking after a meeting with US President Joe Biden in Cornwall ahead of a summit of G7 nations.


"We're not seeking conflict with Russia. We want a stable and predictable relationship...but I've been clear: The United States will respond in a robust and meaningful way if the Russian government engages in harmful activities."
- US President Joe Biden, speaking at a UK air base as he started an eight day visit to Europe which will include meetings with G7 and NATO leaders and a summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Switzerland (as quoted on Reuters).


“This was a terrorist attack, motivated by hatred, in the heart of one of our communities. If anyone thinks racism and hatred don’t exist in this country, I want to say this: How do we explain such violence to a child in a hospital? How can we look families in the eye and say 'Islamophobia isn’t real'?"
- Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau speaking to Parliament after four members of one immigrant family were killed when a truck driver ran them down on Sunday; a nine-year-old boy was the sole survivor of the attack.


"Do not come, do not come."
- US Vice President Kamala Harris, speaking during a visit to Guatemala in which she warned people considering attempting to enter the US not to make the journey, instead proposing that the UN and Guatemala work together to find solutions for the nation's long-standing economic and social problems (as quoted on SBS).


"We are here because we are against this passage but also against a model of tourism that is destroying the city, pushing out residents, destroying the planet, the cities, and polluting."
- Marta Sottoriva, a 29-year old teacher and Venice resident, among hundreds of residents in the Italian city who protested over the passage of giant liners as the first cruise ship to leave Venice since coronavirus restrictions were eased set sail on Saturday (as quoted on Reuters).


"It is...clear that Sweden was not sufficiently prepared before [the pandemic] and we can learn from many of the underlying failures that have been identified."
- Hans Ekstrom, deputy chairman of the Swedish Parliament's consititutional committee, in comments made as the committee found the government was slow to put in place a testing and tracing system following the COVID-19 outbreak, failed to protect of the elderly and had a lack of clear lines of responsibility between national and local authorities. The government never ordered a COVID-19 lockdown and relied instead mostly on voluntary curbs (as quoted on Reuters).


"It is astounding how little we know about Venus, but the combined results of these missions will tell us about the planet from the clouds in its sky through the volcanoes on its surface all the way down to its very core. It will be as if we have rediscovered the planet.”
- Tom Wagner, a scientist with NASA’s Discovery Program, speaking as the space agency announced two new missions to Venus to be launched between 2028 and 2030.


"An agreement will only be possible if we are willing to talk and listen to each other and abandon the politics of the trenches so that history remembers [the convention] as those who forged powerful agreements and a better future for Chile."
- Chile's President Sebastian Pinera in comments appealing to the 155 men and women elected last month to draft the country's new constitution made during his annual State of the Nation address (as quoted on Reuters).


"I think now the best thing for the tournament, the other players and my well-being is that I withdraw so that everyone can get back to focusing on the tennis going on in Paris."
- Japanese tennis player Naomi Osaka, in statement after she withdrew from the French Open following her refusal to speak to the media at the grand slam (as quoted on CNN)


“It is essential that all those who are reportedly involved in causing injury or death, including state officials, are subject to prompt, effective, independent, impartial, and transparent investigations and that those responsible are held accountable."
- UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet in comments calling for an end to all forms of violence in Colombia and for dialogue to resolve the demands of different groups involved in the current national strike.


"I know that my shop will be looted, but I have to protect myself and my family."
- Alfred Bulangalire, 42, who was fleeing Goma in the Democratic Republic of Congo with his wife and four children after officials warned on Thursday that a volcanic eruption could happen any time; it comes after 31 people were killed on Saturday evening when Mount Nyiragongo, erupted and sent a lava flow toward the city, destroying 17 villages on the way.


"When the public needed us most, the government failed. Tens of thousands of people died who didn't need to die."
- Dominic Cummings, former chief advisor to UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson, in comments to a parliamentary committee during seven hours of testimony; Johnson later responded that nobody could credibly accuse him or his government of complacency.


"We are doing all we can to deploy the police and the military in a way that we can efficiently combat this plague. We know this is a rough terrain with many ravines that the narco-terrorists know very well."
- President Francisco Sagasti, speaking after 16 Peruvians were massacred in a jungle region known for narco-trafficking; he said there will be "no impunity" for those behind the killings and warned against allowing this "national tragedy" to influence the country's 6th June presidential election.


“Access to water is a means of survival that must never be used as a tactic of war. Attacks on water and sanitation infrastructure are attacks on children.”
- Manuel Fontaine, UNICEF's director of emergency programmes, speaking as a study is released showing that in fragile countries, children under the age of five are 20 times more likely to die due to diarrhoeal diseases than to violence.


"If the Commission were to proceed with this proposal, it would show yet again the junta's blatant disregard for the will of Myanmar's people and for due legal process."
- The European Union's executive commission in a statement denouncing a proposal by Myanmar's junta-appointed election commission to dissolve deposed leader Aung San Suu Kyi's party, the National League for Democracy, which overwhelmingly won the general election in November (as quoted in Reuters).


"The interview was a major contribution to making my parents' relationship worse and has since hurt countless others. It brings indescribable sadness to know that the BBC's failures contributed significantly to her fear, paranoia and isolation that I remember from those final years with her."
- Britain's Prince William in part of a statement he made after an inquiry found BBC journalist Martin Bashir deceitfully obtained an interview with her in 1995 in which Diana shocked the nation by admitting to an affair and sharing details of her marriage to Prince Charles (as quoted in Reuters).


"We seek a predictable, stable relationship with Russia. We think that's good for our people, good for the Russian people and indeed good for the world."
- US Secretary of State Antony Blinken, speaking as he met with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov on Wednesday in the first high-level encounter between the US and Russia since President Joe Biden took office (as quoted on CNN).


"For heads of state to go to China in light of a genocide that is ongoing - while you're sitting there in your seat - really begs the question, what moral authority do you have to speak again about human rights any place in the world?" 
- US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, in comments in which she proposed a "diplomatic boycott" of the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics, referring to reports of human rights abuses against Uighurs and other minorities. Chinese Embassy spokesman Liu Pengyu said US attempts to interfere in China's domestic affairs over the Olympics were doomed to fail (as quoted on Reuters).


"When you talk about overwhelming responsibility...that means a lot. This is a big step forward. Maybe not forget [the past] but forgive it and be able to move forward."
- Rwandan President Paul Kagame, in comments to France 24, referring to France's acceptance in a report this year that it bore a responsibility for the 1994 genocide in Rwanda (as quoted on Reuters).


“The scale of violence is massive. Children are bearing the brunt of this escalation. All sides need to step back and end the violence. All sides have an obligation to protect civilians – especially children – and facilitate humanitarian access. The underlying triggers for this violence will not be resolved through further violence."
- Ted Chaiban, UNICEF regional rirector for the Middle East and North Africa, in comments addressing the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, speaking on 15th May.


"This is just to alert people on all sides not to escalate, to be careful to avoid taking actions that will result in the commission of [war] crimes."
- Fatou Bensouda, top prosecutor at the International Criminal Court, in comments to Reuters concerning the current Israeli-Palestinian conflict. In March her office said it was opening a formal investigation into suspected war crimes in the conflict after nearly five years of preliminary inquiries, saying it had reasonable basis to believe offences had been committed by both the Israeli military and Palestinian armed groups in the Gaza Strip and in the Israeli-occupied West Bank.


"If a ceasefire had been declared some days ago, perhaps these schoolgirls would have been alive and celebrating Eid with their families. It is a good and appropriate action, but not only on the three days of Eid...we want a permanent ceasefire."
-  Shah Wali, a Kabul shopkeeper, speaking to Reuters after the Taliban announced they would cease fire for three days for the Muslim holiday of Eid al-Fitr in comments in which he referred to Saturday's bomb attack on a girls school mainly attended by Shi'ite Muslim members of the Hazara ethnic minority.


"We classify it as a variant of concern at a global level. There is some available information to suggest increased transmissibility."
- Maria Van Kerkhove, WHO technical lead on COVID-19, speaking at a briefing in which she said a variant of the coronavirus circulating in India is of global concern (as quoted on Voice of America).


"We are announcing the single biggest step on our road map, and it will allow us to do many of the things that we've yearned to do for a long time."
- UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson in a speech on Monday giving the green light to the next phase of coronavirus lockdown easing in England under which, from 17th May, cautious hugging and the serving of pints inside pubs are permitted; Johnson also confirmed the improving situation could see England continue to the next stage of his four-step plan to bring the country out of lockdown by the summer.


"The kind of torture, and all the insults, I will never forget in my life."
-  Fatima Ibrahim, 33, among 39 students kidnapped from a forestry college in north-west Nigeria at gunpoint on 11th March, speaking after she was among the last 27 students were released and reunited with their families. Ibrahim, who was two months pregnant when they were taken, lost her baby during the captivity (as quoted on Reuters).


“The fact that we have received complaints from institutions in almost a dozen countries in the region is striking testimony to the expanding trend and magnitude of the problem."
- UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet in comments in which she expressed her concern over the rising number of threats, attacks and attempts to undermine and delegitimise independent national human rights institutions in Latin America and the Caribbean by governments and others in positions of authority.


"The life of Napoleon is an ode to political will. The path of a child from Ajaccio who became the master of Europe shows clearly that a man can change the course of history."
- French President Emmanuel Macron in a speech made commemorating the bicentenary of the death of Napoleon on Wednesday when he laid a wreath at the emperor's tomb in Paris (as quoted on Reuters).


“I wish to stress that Myanmar is not just witnessing another major setback to democracy, but also the crisis is threatening the regional peace and security."
- Kyaw Moe Tu, Myanmar's ambassador to the United Nations, in remarks made to US Congress on Wednesday in which he said Washington should target the state-run Myanmar oil and gas company and a state-owned bank with sanctions; the ambassador dramatically broke with the military junta in February, but has retained the country's seat at the United Nations (as quoted on Reuters).


"The persecution by this government is unacceptable and absurd! They will not shut us up."
- Sonia Guajajara, head of Brazil's largest Indigenous umbrella organisation APIB, in a statement on Twitter after she was subpoenaed to explain her criticism of the right-wing government of President Jair Bolsonaro and the impact its handling of the COVID-19 crisis has had on native people (as quoted on Reuters).


"The objective is to swiftly end the insecurity which is killing our fellow citizens in that part of the country on a daily basis."
-  Democratic Republic of Congo government spokesman Patrick Muyaya speaking after President Felix Tshisekedi declared a state of siege in North Kivu and Ituri provinces on Friday after ongoihg violence in the provinces (as quoted on Reuters).


"America won't back away from our commitments to human rights and fundamental freedoms and our alliances."
- US President Joe Biden in a speech to a joint session of Congress to mark his first 100 days which was largely focused on domestic issues but in which he referred several times to China and the role of the US in the world.


"With estimated losses of $US30 billion over the last year for newspapers alone, some fear that the pandemic could become a 'media extinction event'. We cannot afford to let this happen. Maintaining independent, fact-based reporting is an essential global public good, critical to building a safer, healthier and greener future."
- UN Secretary-General António Guterres in comments at a UN-backed event to boost support for the media sector on Wednesday.


“The world does have a robust legal framework governing parties’ behaviour in war. We have a growing body of good practice to put it into motion.  What we need now is the political will from member states and all parties to armed conflict to respect the rules and do the right thing."
- Mark Lowcock, UN humanitarian affairs chief, in comments to the UN Security Council.


"The military’s illegitimate and brutal effort to impose its will after a decade of greater freedoms will clearly never be accepted by the people and should not be accepted by the wider world...Myanmar’s neighbors should recognize that a murderous regime rejected by the people will only bring greater instability, humanitarian crisis, and the risk of a failed state."
- Former US President Barack Obama in a statement posted on Twitter.


"We were confident, our spirits were up after successfully tackling the first wave, but this storm has shaken the nation."
- Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi in a radio address concerning the country's spiralling COVID crisis.


"The simple fact, and uncomfortable fact, is that if we are to live up to our promises and commitments in Paris, we have to end fossil fuel subsidies...now...The fact that we are still having this discussion, and even more that we are still subsidising fossil fuels, directly or indirectly, using taxpayer money is a disgrace."
- Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg, 18, speaking virtually to US lawmakers on Thursday, in comments referencing the 2016 Paris Climate Change Agreement (as quoted on Reuters).


"We have been deeply touched, and continue to be reminded that Philip had such an extraordinary impact on countless people throughout his life."
- Queen Elizabeth II in her first public comments since the funeral of her husband, Prince Philip, who died on 9th April at the age of 99.


"We have a chance to begin to change the trajectory in this country. It is my hope and prayer that we live up to the legacy."
-  US President Joe Biden, speaking after former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin was found guilty of all murder and manslaughter charges over the killing of African American George Floyd.


“We are on the verge of the abyss."
-  UN Secretary-General António Guterres, speaking at the launch of the  World Meteorological Organization’s flagship State of the Global Climate report which showed the global average temperature in 2020 was about 1.2-degree Celsius above pre-industrial level.


"It is the first time in 400 days that people can travel quarantine-free and we are adding 16 return flights a day to New Zealand, and they are full."
- Qantas Chief Executive Alan Joyce speaking to the Australian Broadcasting Corp on Monday as Australia and New Zealand opened a 'travel bubble', allowing Australian residents to fly to New Zealand for the first time in over a year without having to quarantine for two weeks.


"If it seems impossible [to host the Olympics] any more, then we have to stop it, decisively."
- Toshihiro Nikai, secretary general of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party, speaking to broadcaster TBS in which he said cancellation of the games remained an "option". The Tokyo Olympics Organising Committee responded with a statement saying all those involved in preparing for the Games remained fully focused on hosting them in the summer (as quoted on Reuters).


"President Biden has said that no one is safe until everyone is safe, and now with the G7 ahead there is an unparalleled opportunity to provide the leadership that only the US can provide."
- Former British Prime Minister Gordon Brown who was among 60 former heads of state and more than 100 Nobel Prize winners who have called on US President Joe Biden to back a waiver of intellectual property rules for COVID-19 vaccines to speed up the response to the pandemic in poorer countries (as quoted on Reuters).


"Part of me feels like I need to go around to every single Indian person in this country and personally apologise."
- Hank Azaria, who until last year had been the voice of The Simpson's character Apu (along with numerous other characters), in comments made on Dax Shepherd's Armchair Expert podcast. The character has been criticised for years for reinforcing racial stereotypes (as quoted on the BBC).


"If you are saying that I have a sickness that would prevent me from exercising the powers of the presidency, there's none."
- Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte, speaking after reappearing in public on Monday after an absence of nearly two weeks which had fuelled concerns about his health (as quoted on Reuters).


"[I]t comes as no surprise that Russia and China are blocking the attempts of the UN Security Council, for example to impose an arms embargo...Geopolitical competition in Myanmar will make it very difficult to find common ground...But we have a duty to try."
- EU foreign policy chief Josep Borrell speaking in a blog post with regard to the international community's response to the ongoing crisis in Myanmar following a military coup on 1st February.


"Gun violence in this country is an epidemic, and it's an international embarrassment."
- US President Joe Biden announcing new gun control measures contained in an executive order - meaning he won't need approval from Congress - which include a crackdown on 'ghost guns'.


"It's a nuclear reactor that has set off a chain reaction and is out of control. It's a biological Fukushima."
- Miguel Nicolelis, a Brazilian doctor and professor at Duke University, who is closely tracking the virus in his home country of Brazil (as quoted on Reuters). Almost 337,000 have died of COVID-19 in Brazil ith fatalities climbing for the first time above 4,000 in a day this week.


"It's a travesty that in some countries health workers and those at-risk groups remain completely unvaccinated."
- World Health Organization Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, speaking at a news conference on 6th April, 2021 (as quoted by Reuters) in which he said scaling up production and equitable distribution remained the "major barrier to ending the acute stage of the COVID-19 pandemic".


“Within countries, illness and death from COVID-19 has been higher among people and communities that contend with poverty, unfavourable living and working conditions, discrimination and social exclusion."
- UN Secretary General António Guterres, in a message marking World Health Day on 5th April, 2021.


"The legal marriage took place on that Saturday. I would have committed a crime if I had signed something that was not true."
- Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby in comments made to Die Welt which appear to contradict British royal Meghan's claim that she married Britain's Prince Harry several days before the official lavish ceremony at Windsor Castle in 2018 (via Reuters)


"When I look at George Floyd I look at my dad, I look at my brother, my cousins, my uncles - because they are all black. And I look at how that could have been one of them...I stay up apologising to George Floyd for not doing more."
- Teenager Darnella, one of the witnesses appearing on the second day of the trial of former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin who is accused of killing Black man George Floyd. Darnella, who film the incident, was one of four witnesses who were under 18 at the time of the death of Floyd and who were only identified by their first names (as quoted on the BBC).


"I'm going to reflect on the reoccurring feeling I have of impending doom...[W]e have so much reason for hope, but right now I'm scared."
- Dr Rochelle Walensky, director of the US public health agency, the Centres for Disease Control and Prevention, speaking at a White House briefing on the coronavirus pandemic after first saying she was going to go "off script".


“The shameful, cowardly, brutal actions of the military and police – who have been filmed shooting at protesters as they flee, and who have not even spared young children – must be halted immediately. The international community has a responsibility to protect the people of Myanmar from atrocity crimes."
- Alice Wairimu Nderitu, UN special adviser on the prevention of genocide, and Michelle Bachelet, High Commissioner for Human Rights, in a joint statement strongly condemning the shooting of more than 100 people by security forces in Myanmar on Saturday, the bloodiest day since protests against a military junta coup on 1st February began.


"My plan is to run for reelection. That's my expectation."
- US President Joe Biden, saying he intended to run for re-election in 2024 in comments made at the first press conference of his presidency (as quoted on WABC-TV)


"Attacks on children and families must stop, once and for all. Enough is enough."
- Marie-Pierre Poirier, UNICEF's regional director for West and Central Africa, speaking after at least 137 civilians - including 22 children aged between five and 17 years - were killed in attacks on a series of villages in Niger on 21st March. 


“The magnitude of suffering is alarming. It is incumbent upon all of us to act now and to act fast to save lives, safeguard livelihoods and prevent the worst situation."
- Qu Dongyu, director-general of the Food & Agriculture Organization, speaking as the FAO and World Food Programme released a report identifying 20 nations - including Yemen, South Sudan and Nigeria, where millions of families are on the "doorstep" of famine with many already experiencing starvation.


"We are in one of those tragic moments in history when millions of people pay a high price for having an unprepared and psychopathic leader in charge of a nation."
- Joao Doria, governor of Brazil's Sao Paulo state, criticising President Jair Bolsonaro's response to the COVID-19 pandemic in an interview with CNN.


“Regrettably, parts of the mid North Coast are experiencing a one in 100-year event, and while we don't think things will worsen on the mid North Coast, definitely conditions will continue."
- Gladys Berejiklian, Premier of the Australian state of New South Wales, as floods impact large areas of the state following record rainfalls (as quoted on Sky News).


"It takes one to know one."
- Russian President Vladimir Putin, speaking on Russian TV after US President Joe Biden acknowledged in an interview he believed Putin was a "killer" and that he would "pay a price" if he was found to have meddled in the US election. In his appearance, Putin challenged Biden to a live on-air debate (as quoted on VoA).


"He will pay a price."
- US President Joe Biden, speaking with regard to Russian President Vladimir Putin and what will happen if he is found to have meddled in the 2020 election (as quoted on CNN).


"When it all started, I was at home with my four children. We tried to escape to the woods but they took my eldest son and beheaded him. We couldn't do anything because we would be killed too."
- A mother living in Mozambique's Cabo Delgado province, describing what happened when militants attacked her community and killed her 12-year-old son close to where she was hiding with her other children. She was among those quoted in a new Save the Children report on violence against children in the region (as quoted on the BBC).


“[T]he Holocaust did not start with the gas chambers, it started with hate speech against a minority."
- Fernand de Varennes, the UN Special Rapporteur on minority issues, in comments in which he also said "dehumanising language, even reducing minorities to pests, normalises violence against [minority groups] and makes their persecution and eventual elimination acceptable”.


"I think people who've been vaccinated should be able to travel without restriction. Those who have not been vaccinated should be able to travel with a negative test result."
- Sean Doyle, chief executive of British Airways, in comments in which he called on the UK to work with other governments to allow vaccines and health apps to open up travel (as quoted on ABC).


"Shoot me instead."
- Sister Ann Rose Nu Tawng, a Catholic nun in Myanmar, who was photographed kneeling before armed police and begging them not to shoot children but to take her life instead in the northern city of Myitkyina. The image has gone viral around the world.


“After a decade of conflict, in the middle of a global pandemic, and faced with a steady stream of new crises, Syria has fallen off the front page. And yet the situation remains a living nightmare.” 
- UN Secretary-General António Gutrerres speaking on 10th March about the ongoing conflict in Syria which has seen hundreds of thousands killed, millions displaced, and many more illegally detained, disappeared or living in uncertainty. 


"The whole family is saddened to learn the full extent of how challenging the last few years have been for Harry and Meghan. The issues raised, particularly that of race, are concerning. Whilst some recollections may vary, they are taken very seriously and will be addressed by the family privately. Harry, Meghan and Archie will always be much loved family members."
- A statement issued on behalf of Queen Elizabeth II following revelations from her grandson Prince Harry and his wife Meghan that an unnamed member of the royal family had raised concerns about how dark their son Archie's skin might be and that the family had ignored Meghan's pleas for help as she considered suicide.


"Maybe we needed to shout louder, but maybe some people need hearing aids."
- Mike Ryan, the WHO's top emergency expert, in comments in which he said some countries should have listened more carefully when the World Health Organisation declared a global health emergency with regard to the spread of coronavirus in January, 2020 (as quoted on Reuters).


"The testing times experienced by so many have led to a deeper appreciation of the mutual support and spiritual sustenance we enjoy by being connected to others."
- Queen Elizabeth II in a recorded speech to mark Commonwealth Day (as quoted on the ABC).


“Eritrean Defence Forces must leave Ethiopia, and they must not be enabled or permitted to continue their campaign of destruction before they do so."
- Mark Lowcock, UN Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator, speaking to the UN Security Council in a close briefing, according to comments seen by Reuters.


"Under [Prime Minister Narendra] Modi, India appears to have abandoned its potential to serve as a global democratic leader, elevating narrow Hindu nationalist interests at the expense of its founding values of inclusion and equal rights for all."
- From Democracy under Siege, a report by US-based Freedom House, looking at global political rights.


"We have not seen evidence of that, at this stage, certainly."
- FBI Director Chris Wray, speaking to the US Senate Judiciary Committee in response to questions on whether the FBI has seen any evidence that individuals involved in the 6th January attack were "fake Trump supporters". Wray also made clear that Antifa and other left-wing groups were not part of the violence which he called "domestic terrorism" (as quoted on CNN).


“Arbitrary detention and imprisonment have been deliberately instrumentalized to instil fear and suppress dissent among the civilian population or, less frequently, for financial gain. Armed groups have also targeted religious and ethnic minority groups.” 
- A report from the Commission of Inquiry on the Syrian Arab Republic which is to be presented to the UN Human Rights Council which highlights that the fate of tens of thousands of civilians being held in Syria’s “notorious” prisons or detention centres remains unclear.


"The use of lethal force against peaceful protestors and arbitrary arrests are unacceptable."
- Comments attributed to UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres in a statement released by the UN after at least 18 people were killed in Myanmar during a police crackdown on protestors opposed to last month's military coup.


“Those who have run out of options are simply going hungry."
- Mark Lowcock, under-secretary-general for humanitarian affairs speaking as the World Food Programme released data showing that 60 per cent of the population in Syria don't have regular access to enough safe and nutritious food.


“With the first shipment of doses, we can make good on the promise of the COVAX Facility to ensure people from less wealthy countries are not left behind in the race for life-saving vaccines.”
- Henrietta Fore, executive director of UNICEF, speaking as Ghana became the first nation to receive free COVID-19 vaccines from the UN-backed COVAX initiative; the Ivory Coast is also expected to receive vaccines this week.


“In situations of high military tension, the most effective means to prevent attacks on civil aviation is to close the airspace. Had Iran, knowing full well that hostilities with the US could readily escalate, closed its airspace for civilian traffic that evening, 176 human beings would not have been killed.” 
- Agnes Callamard, UN special rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions, in a letter to the Iranian Government in which she said Iran committed multiple human rights violations in shooting down Ukraine International Airlines flight PS752 on 8th January, 2020, killing all 176 people aboard. Iran has said Iran Revolutionary Guard Corps which fired the two missiles mistook the civilian aircraft for a US missile. 


"Today I ask all Americans to remember. Remember those we lost and remember those we left behind."
- US President Joe Biden, speaking as the nation records more than 500,000 deaths from the COVID-19 pandemic.


"From our side, we have a sense of urgency, we're willing to make the hard decisions, and there are going to be hard decisions required. Forty years of violence in this country is enough."
- Afghanistan President Ashraf Ghani speaking about the peace process involving his government and the Taliban in an interview with the BBC.


"We will not be intimidated by BigTech seeking to pressure our Parliament as it votes on our important News Media Bargaining Code."
- Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison in comments published on his official Facebook page after Facebook cut the feed of Australian-based news organisations (and a range of other non-news organisations) on 18th February in response to the government's introduction of a law which would force some tech media giants to pay some news organisations for content.


"[P]rogress on vaccinations has been wildly uneven and unfair. Just 10 countries have administered 75 per cent of all COVID-19 vaccines.  Meanwhile, more than 130 countries have not received a single dose. Those affected by conflict and insecurity are at particular risk of being left behind”. 
- UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, addressing a virtual meeting of the UN Security Council called to discuss rollout of COVID-19 vaccines.


"Mitch is a dour, sullen, and unsmiling political hack and if Republican Senators are going to stay with him, they will not win again."
- Former US President Donald Trump, in a statement made after Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell said Trump was "morally responsible" for the 6th January invasion of the US Capitol having earlier voted for his acquittal in the US Senate trial (as quoted on BBC).


“There is real concern and a challenge to maintain and reinforce Guinea’s health systems but also there is a lot of reinforcement taking place and regional cooperation. On the ground, there are dozens of respondents already mobilised.”
- Georges Ki-Zerbo, the head of the WHO mission in Guinea, as the death toll from a new Ebola outbreak in the West African nation has risen to at least four (as quoted on The Guardian).


"There is no question that President Trump is practically and morally responsible for provoking the events of the day."
- Senator Mitch McConnell, referring to the events of 6th January when the US Capitol was stormed, in comments made after he voted against impeaching Donald Trump following a Senate trial; Trump was acquitted with only seven Republicans voting for impeachment.


"Is there any political leader in this room who believes that if he is ever allowed by the Senate to get back into the Oval Office, Donald Trump would stop inciting violence to get his way? Would you bet the lives of more police officers on that? Would you bet the safety of your family on that? Would you bet the future of your democracy on that?"
-  Democrat Jamie Raskin, speaking in the impeachment trial of Donald Trump in the US Senate, as the Democrats finished putting their case (as quoted on NBC).


“Obviously very troubling to see the great violence that our Capitol Police and others are subjected to. It tears you you're at your heart and brings tears to your heart eyes, that was overwhelmingly distressing and emotional."
-  Republican Senator Mitt Romey, speaking after videos of the riot at the US Capitol were aired in former US President Donald Truymp's impeachment trial including one showing  Officer Eugene Goodman directing rioters away from where he was at the time (as quoted on CNN).


"It's not about ties, it's about cultural identity, mate."
-  New Zealand Maori leader Rawiri Waititi as he was ejected from the New Zealand Parliament this week for refusing to wear a necktie in the chamber (as quoted on Reuters).


"If this was a secret vote, he'd be convicted, no doubt about it."
- Elaine Kamarck, director of the Center for Effective Public Management in the US, speaking as the US Senate is set to begin a trial of former US President Donald Trump following his impeachment - for the second time - in the House of Representatives. With senators largely expected to vote along party lines, there is little expectation Mr Trump will be convicted (as quoted on the ABC).


“Today is about Myanmar’s democracy. Our hero Aung San Suu Kyi and our President U Win Myint must be freed...There may be soldiers tomorrow, but I am not afraid."
- Myint Oo, 23, among protestors who turned out in Yangon, Myanmar, over the weekend to voice their opposition to the military coup which took place in the nation last week (as quoted on the The Guardian).


"The war in Yemen must end."
- US President Joe Biden, in his first major foreign policy speech, in which he said the US would end its support for offensive operations by a Saudi-led coalition against Houthi rebels in Yemen (as quoted on the BBC).


"We'll do everything we can to mobilise all the key actors of the international community to put enough pressure on Myanmar to make sure that this coup fails."
- UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres in a statement following the military coup in Myanmar and imprisonment of Aung San Suu Kyi and other ruling party leaders. 


"This is how it works: they send one to jail to intimidate millions."
- Russian Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny, addressing a Russian court before he was jailed for three-and-a-half years for violating the conditions of a suspended sentence (a year he has already served under house arrest will be deducted); hundreds of his supporters were arrested as they took to the streets in protest on Tuesday night (as quoted on the BBC).


“The coup abruptly ends Myanmar’s faulty and fragile push towards democracy over the last decade."
- Lee Morgenbesser, an expert on authoritarian politics in South-East Asia at the school of government and international relations at Australia’s Griffith University (as quoted on TIME).


“Everything we value – freedom of speech, fair elections, liberties – has been eroded. It’s no longer the Hong Kong we knew, it’s no longer somewhere we can call home.”
- "Cindy", an anonymous Hong Konger who has moved her family to London from Hong Kong; her move and thousands of others have come after Beijing imposed a new national security law on the territory last year and the UK opened a special pathway for up to five million Hong Kongers to come to Britain (as quoted on The Sydney Morning Herald).


"Due to the small number of study participants in the age group ≥65 years, no conclusion can be made regarding efficacy and safety in the elderly. This vaccine is therefore currently recommended by STIKO only for persons aged 18-64 years."
- A draft recommendation concerning AstraZeneca's coronavirus vaccine from Germany's vaccine committee - the Standing Committee on Vaccination (STIKO) at Germany's Robert Koch Institute, released by the German health ministry (as quoted on CNN).


"We are not speculating whether the Games are taking place, we are working how the Games will take place."
- International Olympic President Thomas Bach in comments in which he said all stakeholders were "fully united and committed" to going ahead with the Tokyo Games but added that he couldn't say whether spectators would be permitted (as quoted on the BBC).


"I am here to offer my sincerest apologies on behalf of the department. The department failed to meet its own high standards as well as yours."
- Yolanda Pittman, the acting chief of Capitol Police, according to a prepared statement for the US House of Representatives' Appropriations Committee, in which she apologised for failings when the US Capitol was stormed on 6th January (as quoted on ABC).


"A divided world cannot tackle the common challenges facing humanity, and confrontation will lead humanity to a dead end."
- Chinese President Xi Jinping in a statement to the World Economic Forum in which he called for an "open world economy" and urged nations to remove trade barriers (as quoted on the ABC).


"Hypocrites continue to inflate the fake #Navalny case to interfere into internal affairs of our country. This is a professionally prepared provocation, encouraged by embassies of Western countries, including US Embassy in Moscow."
- A statement made on the Twitter feed of the Russian Embassy in London.


"Let me be clear - things will continue to get worse before they get better."
- US President Joe Biden as he unveiled his "wartime" action plan to take the coronavirus pandemic in the US where more than 400,000 lives have been lost to COVID-19.


"We've seen a force that would shatter our nation rather than share it, would destroy our country if it meant delaying democracy. And this effort very nearly succeeded. But while democracy can be periodically delayed, it can never be permanently defeated."
- Amanda Gorman, 22, in her poem, The Hill We Climb, which was delivered as part of Inauguration Day in the US on 20th January.


"We did what we came to do - and so much more."
- US President Donald Trump in an almost 20 minute farewell address posted on YouTube.

                                                          "Don't tell me things can't change. They can, and they do. That's America, that's Delaware, a place of hope and light and limitless possibilities. I'm truly honoured to be your next president and I'll always be a proud son of the state of Delaware."
- US President-elect Joe Biden in a speech before leaving the state of Delaware for his inauguration in Washington, DC.


"There are 11 others - one is injured, and the status of the remaining 10 is unclear."
- From a note confirming 12 miners remain alive trapped underground after an explosion in a Chinese gold mine in eastern Shandong a week ago. The note also urged rescuers not to "stop trying to reach us". The fate of 10 others still missing after the explosion is unclear (as quoted on the BBC).


"Nobody is allowed to leave or come into our house. Also, all journalists - local and international - have been blocked from accessing me here at home."
- Uganda's main opposition presidential candidate Bobi Wine, speaking to the BBC, in comments in which he also said his life was being threatened following last week's election which saw Yoweri Museveni win a sixth elected term. The singer-turned-politician has alleged voting irregularities which Museveni has denied.


"My daughter is not running. I have told Inday not to run because I pity [her] knowing she will have to go through what I am going through. This is not for women. You know, the emotional set-up of a woman and a man is totally different. You will become a fool here."
- Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte, speaking about why his daughter Sara Duterte-Carpio, whom he referred to by a nickname, will not run for president next year. The Philippines has had two female presidents, Gloria Macapagal Arroyo (2001 to 2010) and Corazon Aquino (1986 to 1992) (as quoted on the ABC).


"No true supporter of mine could ever endorse political violence. No true supporter of mine could ever disrespect law enforcement or our great American flag."
- US President Donald Trump in an address to the US nation released after the US House of Representatives voted to impeach him for the second time (but which didn't mention the impeachment).


"We witnessed actions inside the Capitol building that were inconsistent with the rule of law. The rights of freedom of speech and assembly do not give anyone the right to resort to violence, sedition and insurrection."
- The US Joint Chiefs of Staff in a statement issued on Tuesday (as quoted on CNN).


"Relevant countries should face up to the reality that Hong Kong has returned to China, abide by international law and the basic norms of international relations, abandon double standards, earnestly respect China's sovereignty, respect Hong Kong's legal system, and immediately stop interfering in Hong Kong affairs and China's internal affairs in any form."
- Part of a statement by China's Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian made on Monday which came after the foreign ministers of Australia, the US, the UK and Canada issued a joint statement on Sunday expressing "serious concern" about the arrest of the 55 people in Hong Kong last week (as quoted on the ABC).


"The interruption of COVID-19 surveillance and control activities for over a month in the region, coupled with mass displacements and overcrowded conditions in displacement settings, is feared to have facilitated massive community transmission of the pandemic."
- UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs report.


"If the Vice-President [Mike Pence] and the Cabinet do not act, the Congress may be prepared to move forward with impeachment. That is the overwhelming sentiment of my caucus."
- US House of Representatives Speaker, Nancy Pelosi, in comments in which she said President Donald Trump had "committed an unspeakable assault on our nation and our people" in relation to Wednesday's riots in Washington, DC, which she described as a "seditious act".


"The five-year strategy for national economic development ended last year, but it fell incredibly short of the goals set out in almost all sectors."
- North Korean leader Kim Jong-un in a speech at the start of the 8th Party Congress of the ruling Worker's Party in which he also said the "worst of the worst unprecedented difficulties that we are going through have been a major obstacle to the progress of our revolution" and urged party members to "take decisive measures so that such a breakdown will not be repeated again" (as quoted on UPI).


“Such wanton violence and disregard for the lives of children and families must be condemned in the strongest possible terms."
- Henrietta Fore, UNICEF executive director, speaking after more than 100 people, including at least 17 children, were killed in an attack involving gunmen on motorcycles in Tchomo-Bangou and Zaroumadareye villages in south-western Niger last weekend. The attack has been blamed on Islamist extremists (as quoted on VOA).


"As I speak to you tonight, our hospitals are under more pressure from COVID than any time since the start of the pandemic. With most of the country already under extreme measures, it's clear that we need to do more together to bring this new variant under control. We must therefore go into a national lockdown, which is tough enough to contain this variant."
- UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson in a televised address announcing a new national lockdown in England to contain a surge in COVID-19 cases (as quoted on Reuters).


“So look. All I want to do is this. I just want to find 11,780 votes, which is one more than we have. Because we won the state.”
- US President Donald Trump in a recording of a phone conversation with Brad Raffensperger, Republican Secretary of State of the US state of Georgia, on 2nd January, 2021, in which the US President urged him to “find” enough votes to overturn his defeat in the state which Joe Biden won by 11,779 votes (as quoted on The Washington Post).


“So look. All I want to do is this. I just want to find 11,780 votes, which is one more than we have. Because we won the state.”
- US President Donald Trump in a recording of a phone conversation with Brad Raffensperger, Republican Secretary of State of the US state of Georgia, on 2nd January, 2021, in which the US President urged him to “find” enough votes to overturn his defeat in the state which Joe Biden won by 11,779 votes (as quoted on The Washington Post).


"This is like Hiroshima. Half of the city no longer exists."
- Darinko Dumbovic, mayor of the Croation town of Petrinja, speaking after an earthquake destroyed buildings and left some seven people dead and more than 20 injured (as quoted on Australia's ABC).


"The next pandemic may be more severe...Let’s honour those we’ve lost by getting better at what we do".
- Dr Mike Ryan, executive-director of the emergencies programme at the World Health Organization.


"Many of the agencies that are critical to our security have incurred enormous damage."
- US President-elect Joe Biden in a speech in which he said his team was not getting the information it needed from the outgoing administration in "key national security areas" (as quoted on BBC).


"We are deeply alarmed by reports of escalating violence stoked by political grievances and hate speech, resulting in the forced displacement of civilians, including to neighbouring countries."
- Liz Throssell, Geneva-based spokesperson for the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, in a statement on Wednesday concerning incidents in the lead-up to the Central African Republic's elections on 27th December. 


"I want this to be a symbol for the people in the United States to encourage them about the safety and the efficacy of this vaccine, and to get them to be enthusiastic when their time comes to get vaccinated."
- Anthony Fauci, director of the US National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, speaking as he received a first dose of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine.


“We have to find a balance. It’s very important to have transparency, it’s very important to tell the public the way it is, but it’s also important to get across that this is a normal part of virus evolution. Being able to track a virus this closely, this carefully, this scientifically in real time is a real positive development for global public health, and the countries doing this type of surveillance should be commended.”
- WHO emergencies chief Mike Ryan speaking after news of a new strain of the coronavirus detected in the UK led to many countries to close their borders (as quoted on Reuters).


"We're in a crisis. Just like we need to be a unified nation to respond to COVID-19, we need a unified national response to climate change."
- US President-elect Joe Biden in comments in which he vowed to make climate change a top priority as his incoming administration looks to reverse many Trump administration policies (as quoted on the BBC).


"I think we have failed. We have a large number who have died and that is terrible. It is something we all suffer with."
- Sweden's King Carl XVI Gustaf in comments in which he said he believed the country had failed to protect the elderly in aged care homes from the effects of the coronavirus pandemic (as quoted on Australia's ABC).


"Communities across the European Region are weighing whether or not to host religious processions, holiday markets and church celebrations. In countries experiencing widespread community transmission of the virus, postponing or reducing such gatherings should be seriously considered."
- A statement from the World Health Organization's European office concerning how to mitigate the risks from COVID-19 over the Christmas period.


“Today I want to congratulate President-elect Joe Biden."
- Republican US Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell in comments made after the US Electoral College formalised the US election result. He noted he had hoped for a "different result" and added that all Americans could take pride in the fact "that our nation has a female Vice President-elect for the very first time" (as quoted on SBS).


"I feel like healing is coming."
- New York nurse Sandra Lindsay - among the first health workers to receive the COVID-19 vaccine in the US. The US, where COVID deaths have now topped 300,000, is aiming to vaccinate 100 million people by April (as quoted on the BBC)


"We repeat the joint UN call for all parties to allow freedom of movement to affected civilians seeking assistance, safety, and security within the Tigray region or outside the affected areas. This includes respecting and upholding the right to cross international borders to seek asylum."
UNHCR spokesperson Babar Baloch in a statement issued on Friday with regard to the situation in Ethiopia's Tigray region. The UNHCR said nearly 50,000 Ethiopian refugees who have crossed into eastern Sudan had been registered with some reporting having to evade armed groups to reach safety - reports it has been unable to verify.


"There's a strong possibility that we will have a solution much more like Australian relationship with the EU than a Canadian relationship with the EU."
- British Prime Minister Boris Johnson in comments in which he said there was a "strong possibility" the UK will fail to strike a post-Brexit trade deal with the EU and that the country needed to prepare for an Australian-style option (Australia is negotiating a free trade deal with the EU but currently does not have one and largely does business with the EU on World Trade Organization rules) (as quoted on the BBC)


"Fuel header tank pressure was low during landing burn, causing touchdown velocity to be high & RUD, but we got all the data we needed! Congrats SpaceX team hell yeah!!"
- Elon Musk in a tweet made after SpaceX's latest launch, the latest prototype of Starship, exploded in flames as, after a successful launch, it attempted to land back on Earth.


“Over the last 25 years, farmers have suffered and the government has not bothered about us, even when so many are committing suicide. They have not provided cold storage for our crops to keep them fresh, so sometimes we have to sell our vegetables for one rupee. They have not give us enough water for our crops.”
- Kuldip Malana, 41, a farmer from Bant district in Haryana, among farmers who supported a nationwide strike on Tuesday as farmers escalated protests against new agricultural laws which they say will leave them in poverty (as quoted on The Guardian).


"[I] think there's every chance we will look back on tomorrow as marking a decisive turning point in the battle against coronavirus."
- Sir Simon Stevens, head of the National Health Service in England, speaking as people in the UK will start receiving the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine from Tuesday.


“After considering the information available to it and a set of possible mechanisms, the committee felt that many of the distinctive and acute signs, symptoms, and observations reported by state department employees are consistent with the effects of directed, pulsed radio frequency energy."
- A report by the US National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine, commissioned by the US State Department, which suggests illness which affected US diplomats in Cuba may have been caused by radio frequency energy.


"Our process is one that takes more time than it takes in the UK. And that's just the reality. I did not mean to imply any sloppiness even though it came out that way."
- US infectious diseases expert Anthony Fauci, speaking to the BBC, walking back comments he made to US media on Wednesday following the UK's announcement it had approved a coronavirus vaccine for use. Fauci had told US media outlets that the UK did not review the vaccine "as carefully" as US health regulators and that the UK had "rushed" the approval.


“I saw many dead people being eaten by dogs...I saw many people dying on the road. Many difficult things, difficult to express, difficult to imagine.”
- Gush Tela, a 54-year-old man who was forced to flee with his family after the town of Humera, located in Ethiopia's Tigray region, was shelled by the Ethiopian Army. He was describing the scene he encountered as he returned to the town several days later; he and his family are now in a refugee camp in Sudan (as quoted on The Guardian)


"To date, we have not seen fraud on a scale that could have affected a different outcome in the election."
- US Attorney-General William Barr in a statement in which he said federal authorities have found no evidence to support President Donald Trump's claims of fraud in last month's presidential election.


"The incident is the most violent direct attack against innocent civilians this year. I call for the perpetrators of this heinous and senseless act to be brought to justice."
- UN humanitarian coordinator in Nigeria Edward Kallon in a statement after at least 110 civilians were killed - including at least 30 men who were beheaded - and many others wounded in an attack on the village of Garin Kwashebe in Borno state, Nigeria, on Saturday morning which is believed to have been carried out by suspected Islamic militants.


“The problem is it’s hard to get it to the Supreme Court."
- US President Donald Trump, in his first interview since the US election on 3rd November, in which he spoke of the difficulty of getting a case involving his unproven allegations of widespread election fraud before the US Supreme Court. Trump, did, however, in the interview with Fox News vow to continue the legal fight to overturn the election result (as quoted on Reuters).


"We're really alarmed by the dangerous situation particularly because of the civilians trapped in Mekelle."
- UN human rights chief Michele Bachelet speaking with regard to the Ethiopian Government forces planned move on the regional capital of the northern Tigray region. Bachelet told the BBC that the city's inhabitants were in "deep peril" and added that there was "potential for serious violations of international humanitarian human rights law".


“A fundamental element of the international legal order is the principle of non-intervention in the internal affairs of sovereign states...We respectfully urge the international community to refrain from any unwelcome and unlawful acts of interference."
- Abiy Ahmed, the Prime Minister of Ethiopia and Nobel Peace prize winner, in a statement made hours before a deadline for the surrender of the leadership of Tigray region expires after which federal troops have been ordered to attack its capital, Mekelle (as quoted on The Guardian)


“It’s a team that reflects the fact that America is back. Ready to lead the world, not retreat from it. Once again sit at the head of the table, ready to confront our adversaries and not reject our allies. Ready to stand up for our values."
- US President-elect Joe Biden unveiling his cabinet nominations on Tuesday in Wilmington, Delaware. Those nominated include Antony Blinken as Secretary of State, former Secretary of State John Kerry as a special climate envoy, Jake Sullivan as national security adviser, Linda Thomas-Greenfield as ambassador to the United Nations and Avril Haines as director of national intelligence (as quoted on The Guardian)


"Our actions are wrongly seen and interpreted by some only through the lens of the strategic competition between China and the United States. It's as if Australia does not have its own unique interests or views as an independent sovereign state. This is false and needlessly deteriorates relationships."
- Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison, addressing recent tensions between China and Australia.


"Our plan is to be able to ship vaccines to the immunization sites within 24 hours from the approval, so I would expect maybe on day two after approval, on the 11th or on the 12th of December, hopefully, the first people will be immunised across the United States, across all states, in all the areas where the State Departments of Health will have told us where to deliver the vaccine."
- Moncef Slaoui, the head of the US government's effort to develop a COVID-19 vaccine, speaking on State of the Union on Sunday (as quoted on CNN).


"No matter how many eyes they have, five or ten or whatever, should anyone dare to undermine China's sovereignty, security and development interests, they should be careful they don't get their eyes poked blind."
- Zhao Lijian, spokesman for China's foreign ministry in comments made after the 'Five Eyes' intelligence partners - the US, UK, Australia, New Zealand and Canada — issued a statement condemning the disqualification of pro-democracy politicians in Hong Kong (as quoted on Australia's ABC).


“The kids were screaming with fear. It was horrible...The ground shook just like an earthquake. We thought we were all going to die.”
- Fatima Thomas Pérez, speaking to the La Prensa newspaper about the moment a tree came crashing to the ground in her garden as Hurricane Iota struck Nicaragua (as quoted on The Guardian). At least nine people have been killed.


"UNHCR is warning that a full-scale humanitarian crisis is unfolding as thousands of refugees flee ongoing fighting in Ethiopia's Tigray region each day to seek safety in eastern Sudan."
- Babar Baloch, spokesman of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) as fighting continues between the Ethiopian Government and the regional government in Tigray (as quoted on Australia's ABC).


"More people may die if we don't coordinate."
- US President-elect Joe Biden, in comments on Monday in which he urged outgoing President Donald Trump to stop blocking a US transition of power as the coronavirus pandemic worsens and urged Congress to pass new relief legislation (as quoted on Reuters).


"Trump will have the distinction of doing more than any person in the history of this country in undermining American democracy. The idea that he continues to tell his supporters that the only reason he may have lost this election was because of fraud is an absolutely disgraceful, un-American thing to do."
- US Senator (and former Democratic presidential candidate) Bernie Sanders, speaking on CNN's State of the Union on Sunday. US President Donald Trump, meanwhile, has again tweeted unsubstantiated allegations of a "rigged" election and refused to concede (as quoted on Reuters).


"We just had a divisive and hard-fought presidential election. But instead of working to pull the country back together so that we can fight our common enemy COVID-19, Republicans in Congress are spreading conspiracy theories, denying reality and poisoning the well of our democracy."
- US Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer speaking to reporters on Thursday in regard to the refusal of some Republicans, including Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to refuse to concede the election (as quoted on SBS).


"The embassies that were involved in the commemoration ceremony condemn this cowardly attack, which is completely unjustified."
- A statement from the French Foreign Ministry, made after four people were wounded when a bomb went off at a World War I remembrance ceremony, involving representatives of foreign embassies, in the Saudi Arabian city of Jeddah (as quoted on ABC).


"We're going to be going, moving along, in a consistent manner, putting together our administration, the White House, and reviewing who we're going to pick for the Cabinet positions, and nothing's going to stop that." 
- US President-elect Joe Biden in comments in which he said it was an "embarrassment" that President Donald Trump had not conceded the election (as quoted on Reuters). The comments come as US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said there will be a "smooth transition to a second Trump administration" in comments which left it unclear whether he was joking (as quoted on The Guardian).


"I implore you, wear a mask...A mask is not a political statement but it is a good way to start pulling the country together."
- US President-elect Joe Biden in a TV address to Americans on Monday as the country passed 10 million cases with more than 237,000 deaths (as quoted on BBC).


“Kamala Harris is the daughter of our village. From children to senior citizens, each one of us is awaiting the day she will take the oath as the Vice President of the US.”
- Aulmozhi Sudhakar, a village councillor in Thulasendrapuram, Kamala Harris' Indian grandfather's hometown, speaking as the village celebrated news of her election as US Vice President (as quoted by AP).


"I ask everyone to stay calm - all people to stay calm. The process is working. The count is being completed. And we'll know very soon. So thank you all for your patience but we've got to count the votes."
- Democratic US presidential election candidate Joe Biden speaking on 5th November as counting in the US election continues.


"I'm not here to declare that we've won. But I am here to report that when the count is finished we believe will be the winners."
- Democratic presidential election candidate Joe Biden speaking on 4th November after claiming the states of Wisconsin and Michigan.

"This is a major fraud on our nation. We want the law to be used in a proper manner. So we'll be going to the US Supreme Court. We want all voting to stop."
- President Donald Trump, speaking at the White House on 4th November (both as quoted by Reuters).


“Countries are acting in their own interests, which makes senses. The problem it leads to is a pattern of behaviour globally where we are limited in the number of doses we can produce in the first year or two...And so many are getting taken off the market and snatched up and reserved for high-income countries, leaving potentially very little for low- and middle-income countries.”
- Andrea Taylor, an assistant director at Duke University’s global health innovation centre, speaking after a study shows governments in predominantly wealthy countries are negotiating to buy almost 8.8 billion doses of prospective COVID-19 vaccines which could mean many poor countries not get access to immunisation until at least 2024 (as quoted on The Guardian).


"We are not going back to the full-scale lockdown of March and April and there are ways these measures are less prohibitive."
- UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson addressing UK Parliament on Monday as he announced a new month long lock-down due to the coronavirus pandemic, saying there was "no alternative" as the UK faces a "medical and moral disaster" unless action is taken to address the crisis.


“Only through responsibility, unity and sacrifice will we be able to beat this pandemic that is ravaging every country. The violent and irrational behaviour of minority groups is intolerable. This isn’t the way.”
- Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez in a tweet on Saturday night after protests against coronavirus restrictions in several cities turned violent (as quoted on The Guardian)


"If we have been attacked once again, it is because of our values, our taste for freedom; the freedom to believe freely and not give in to any terror. We will give in to nothing."
- French President Emmanuel Macron, speaking in the wake of a terrorist attack at a church in the city of Nice in which three people were killed (as quoted on The Guardian)


“Mass graves are places of evidence crucial to effective pursuit of formal justice. They hold the remains of those denied identity in death. They are spaces of intimate sorrow for loved ones. And, they are places of public record - proof that heinous events took place which must never be forgotten.” 
- Agnes Callamard, UN Special Rapporteur on summary executions, in comments made to the UN General Assembly as she presented her annual report, calling for greater action to protect mass graves around the world.


"COVID-19 has brought this issue of open information into sharp focus. The suppression or denial of scientific evidence in some circles and reluctance to adapt evidence-based policies have magnified the devastating harms the pandemic has generated."
-  Michelle Bachelet, UN human rights chief, speaking as she, along with Audrey Azoulay, the director-general of UNESCO, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, director-general of the WHO, issued a call for the benefits of science could be shared by all.


“It’s tough and the fatigue is real. But we cannot give up."
- World Health Organization head Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus in comments in which he said abandoning efforts to curb the spread of the coronavirus pandemic is "dangerous".


"We will know whether a vaccine is safe and effective by the end of November, the beginning of December. The question is: once you have a safe and effective vaccine, or more than one, how can you get it to the people who need it as quickly as possible?"
- US infectious diseases expert Anthony Fauci in comments made to the BBC.


"There are a lot of casualties from both sides, more than 2,000 from each side."
- Russian President Vladimir Putin, speaking about the conflict between Armenia and Azerbaijan over the disputed Nagorno-Karabakh region. He suggested the number killed was "nearing 5,000", a figure which is far higher than previous estimated with the official death toll sitting at around 1,000 (as quoted on BBC).


"Samuel Paty on Friday became the face of the Republic, of our desire to break the will of the terrorists...and to live as a community of free citizens in our country."
- French President Emmanuel Macron, paying tribute on Wednesday to French history teacher Samuel Paty, who was beheaded by an Islamist radical on Friday, in a nationally televised memorial service (as quoted on Reuters).


“If there’s killing there, I’m saying I’m the one...you can hold me responsible for anything, any death that has occurred in the execution of the drug war...If that’s what I’m saying, bring me to court to be imprisoned. Fine, I have no problem. If I serve my country by going to jail, gladly.”
- Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte in televised remarks made on 19th October, 2020, in which he refers to his government's 'war on drugs' which seen almost 6,000 drug suspects killed (as quoted on The Guardian).


“People are tired of hearing Fauci and all these idiots, all these idiots who got it wrong."
- US President Donald Trump, speaking on Monday with regard to top US infectious diseases expert Anthony Fauci; the President's disparaging comments came after an interview with Fauci on 60 Minutes on Sunday in which he said he wasn’t surprised that the President had contracted COVID-19 (as quoted on Bloomberg).


“The situation is critical. The government is there but everyone must do their part."
- Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte, announcing new measures - including granting mayors the power to close public squares at 9pm - to curb the spread of coronavirus as the country faces a record wave with a record 11,705 new cases announced on Sunday (as quoted on Reuters).


“It is never too late [to tighten measures] but of course, definitely, we are concerned. In general, this is the time to step up the restrictive measures ... with lockdowns as a very, very last resort. We know much better than in March what can, and needs, to be done.”
- Dr Hans Kluge, WHO’s regional director for Europe, speaking as daily coronavirus cases soar in many European nations (as quoted on CNBC).


"We're not asking them to be toppled, forgotten, or not to be respected. We're just asking them to change with us. Our country needs to adapt to many things, and the monarchy is one of the issues that needs to be adapted as well."
- Dear Thatcha, a pro-democracy protester in Thailand. The country's government has announced an emergency decree to combat protests in Bangkok which includes banning gatherings of more than four people (as quoted on BBC).


“Judges can’t just wake up one day and say I have an agenda - I like guns, I hate guns, I like abortion, I hate abortion - and walk in like a royal queen and impose their will on the world...It’s not the law of Amy. It’s the law of the American people.”
- Amy Coney Barrett, US Supreme Court nominee, speaking to the US Senate Judiciary Committee during its second day of hearings.


“Allowing a dangerous virus that we don’t fully understand to run free is simply unethical. It’s not an option.”
- Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesu, head of the World Health Organization, speaking with regard to the concept of 'herd immunity' as a tactic to address the coronavirus pandemic (as quoted on The Guardian).


"In my nearly five decades of public service, I have never publicly endorsed any political candidate. The comments attributed to me without my permission in the GOP campaign ad were taken out of context from a broad statement I made months ago about the efforts of federal public health officials."
- Dr Anthony Fauci, US infectious diseases expert, after the Trump campaign ran a new advertisement touting the President's handling of the coronavirus pandemic (as quoted on CNN).


"There is no military, nothing strategic here, how can you target a church? It is a very important cathedral for Armenians. God will be the judge."
- Simeon, a resident of the city of Shusha in the disputed Nagorno-Karabakh region, speaking after the Holy Saviour Cathedral was shelled; Armenia has accused Azerbaijan of the attack in the ongoing conflict between the two nations (as quoted on the BBC)


"I think this was a blessing from God that I caught it. This was a blessing in disguise."
- US President Donald Trump, speaking about his recent contraction of coronavirus in comments in which he said his use of the medication from Regeneron Pharmaceuticals Inc had allowed him to experience first-hand how effective it could be.


"The main goal of the protesters was not to annul the election results but to remove me from power...To solve this issue, I am ready to give the responsibility to strong leaders, no matter which group they belong to. I am even ready to help them."
- President Sooronbai Jeenbekov of Kygyzstan, speaking to the BBC, as the country's opposition reportedly seized power - with formerly imprisoned Sadyr Japarov appointed acting Prime Minister - after violent protests against what it says was a rigged parliamentary election on Sunday.


“We are deeply concerned by the escalation of hostilities. All sides should immediately cease fighting and find a way forward towards a peaceful resolution.”
- NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg, calling for a ceasefire at a press conference with Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu with regard to fighting between Armenian and Azerbaijani forces over the disputed region of Nagorno-Karabakh (as quoted in The Washington Times).


"Every single person in the vehicle during that completely unnecessary Presidential 'drive-by' just now has to be quarantined for 14 days. They might get sick. They may die. For political theater. Commanded by Trump to put their lives at risk for theater. This is insanity."
- Dr James Phillips, an attending physician at the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in a tweet sent after US President Donald Trump, who has been diagnosed with COVID-19, left the hospital briefly to do a drive-by past supporters in an SUV with his security detail. All were wearing masks.


"I had baked this beautiful, delicious cake and then frankly the President put his foot in it."
- US election debate moderator Chris Wallace, speaking on Fox News in the wake of this week's contentious debate between US President Donald Trump and Democratic candidate Joe Biden (as quoted on CNN).


"I don't know who Proud Boys are. You'll have to give me a definition because I really don't know who they are. I can only say they have to stand down and let law enforcement do their work."
- US President Donald Trump, speaking to reporters in the aftermath of the first 2020 election debate between himself and Democratic candidate Joe Biden in which he refused to issue a blanket condemnation of white supremacist groups and when asked specifically by Biden to denounce the Proud Boys group, said "Proud boys: Stand back and stand by" (as quoted on US News and World Report).


"Absent additional government relief measures and a reopening of borders, hundreds of thousands of airline jobs will disappear."
- Alexandre de Juniac, chief executive of International Air Transport Association, as it published figures showing air traffic in 2020 to be 66 per cent lower than in 2019 (as quoted on BBC).


“This amounts to a full-fledged denial of justice for the low income people living along the railway tracks."
- Balakrishnan Rajagopal, UN Special Rapporteur on adequate housing, speaking in a statement on Monday with regard to an Indian Supreme Court order to evict up to 250,000 people living in shacks along railway tracks in the capital, Delhi.


"The sense of gain, happiness, and security among the people of all ethnic groups [in Xinjiang] has continued to increase."
- China's President Xi Jinping in comments made to a Communist Party conference on Xinjiang according to a report from state news organ Xinhua; the comments come after a new report from the Australian Strategic Policy Institute found China's network of detention facilities - where Uighurs and members of other minority groups are being held - appears to be expanding in Xinjiang (as quoted on ABC).


"The winner of the November 3rd election will be inaugurated on January 20th. There will be an orderly transition just as there has been every four years since 1792."
- Republican US Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell in a tweet on 24th September.


“In north-west Syria, cases are increasing dramatically. We fear that this is only the tip of the iceberg in terms of the true scale of the problem. Testing capacity is insufficient, and [fewer] than 9,000 tests have been administered to date. But lack of testing is just one of the many challenges people in north-west Syria are facing.”
- Misty Buswell, Middle East policy and advocacy director for the International Rescue Committee, speaking about the situation with regard to COVID-19 infections in war-torn Syria (as quoted on The Guardian).


"Well, I think it’s a shame. I think if we didn't do it properly, and do it right, you'd have two-and-a-half million deaths..."
-  US President Donald Trump, speaking to reporters as the country's death toll from the coronavirus pandemic passes 200,000.


"What's happening tonight is not important. It's not going to stop COVID. It's not going to put out the fires, but it's fun. And right now we need fun...This has been a miserable year. It's been a year of division, injustice [and] disease."
-  Emmy's host Jimmy Kimmel speaking during the show, conducted this year virtually, from Los Angeles. Media family saga Succession, dystopian drama Watchmen and feel-good comedy Schitt's Creek dominated the awards on Sunday (as quoted on the Reuters).


"The United States constitution allows Americans the chance to be heard - and their voice should be heard...they should make it clear, they will not stand for this abuse of power."
-  US Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden, in comments made on Sunday referring to US President's Donald Trump's planned move to replace the late Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg before the presidential election (as quoted on the BBC).


“Once the term of office for the incumbent authoritarian leader Alexander Lukashenko expires on 5 November, parliament will no longer recognize him as the president of the country."
-  The European Parliament in a statement referring to President Alexander Lukashenko of Belarus after it voted to reject the official results of a 9th August presidential election in Belarus, the results of which has led to widespread protests and a crackdown by security forces under Lukashenko's regime (as quoted on Reuters).


"We see clear evidence of a planned and organised type of violence, a policy of cruelty, you could call it."
-  World Organization against Torture Secretary-General Gerald Staberock, speaking with regard to the situation in Belarus following the disputed re-election of President Alexander Lukashenko on 9th August which sparked mass protests. OMCT and Belarus-based human rights group Spring have said some 7,000 protestors have been detained since the election and more than 500 people have provided testimony of torture (as quoted on the ABC).


"All morning journalists have been writing to me and asking, is it true that Alexei plans to return to Russia? Again I can confirm to everyone: no other options were ever considered."
- Kira Yarmysh, spokeswoman for poisoned Russian opposition figure Alexei Navalny, in a post on Twitter; her comments come as Navalny himself, who is in hospital in Germany, posted a message on Instagram saying he managed to breathe on his own for an entire day. His supporters allege his poisoning - with a Novichok nerve agent - was carried out on the orders of Russian President President Vladimir Putin, a claim the Kremlin denies (as quoted on the BBC).


“It will start getting cooler. Just you watch."
- US President Donald Trump, in an exchange with California Natural Resources Secretary Wade Crowfoot during a visit to California for a briefing on the wildfires which have devastated huge tracts of land and killed at least 33 in America's west coast states. Crowfoot replied: “I wish science agreed with you", to which Trump replied: “I don’t think science knows." The comments came as the US President downplayed climate change and called on the need for better forest management to deter wildfires (as quoted on the San Francisco Chronicle).


“It is my hope that progress toward peace can lead to the return of millions of Afghans displaced internally and across borders, to their homes in a safe, dignified and orderly manner.”
- UN Secretary General António Guterres in a statement made as peace talks kick off in Qatar between Afghan Government representatives and the Taliban.


"Europe must move from words of solidarity to a policy of acts of solidarity."
- Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis urging European nations to take a greater share of respoonsibility in addressing the issue of irregular migration in Europe; his comments came as Greece struggles to find shelter for some 13,000 people left homeless after a fire at a migrant camp on the Greek island of Lesbos (as quoted on the BBC).


"I wanted to always play it down. I still like playing it down, because I don't want to create a panic."
- US President Donald Trump, explaining his approach to the coronavirus pandemic in comments made to veteran US investigative reporter Bob Woodward on 19th March despite having declared a national emergency over the virus a few days earlier; the interview was one of a series between the two in preparation for Woodward's new book, Rage (as quoted on CNN).


"This is something I will live with the rest of my life. I felt so powerless, felt so guilty."
- Charlie Hebdo cartoonist Corinne Rey, speaking at the trial of 14 people accused of helping two militant Islamists who shot dead 12 people in and around Charlie Hebdo's Paris office in January, 2015. Five more were killed by a third gunman in related attacks (as quoted on the BBC).


"People have relaxed too much, now is the time for us to re-engage, and to realise that this a continuing threat to us."
- Prof Jonathan Van Tam, England's deputy chief medical officer, in a warning over the country's surging coronavirus infection numbers. The UK announced on Sunday there had been 2,988 new cases in the previous 24 hours, the highest figure since 22nd May (as quoted on the BBC).


"Please, I'm telling you, change our lives out there. We can stick together, make some money, make everything easier for our people out there, man, because there's so much time that's been wasted."
- Jacob Blake, a young Black man shot in the back multiple times by a white police officer in Wisconsin on 23rd August, in a video message filmed at his hospital bed in which he also spoke of the pain of his injuries and warned that life can be taken from people "like that".


“Let us tackle both and leave future generations with the hope that this moment is a true turning point for people and planet."
- UN Secretary-General António Guterres addressing the world's governments in Thursday in a statement in which he urged them to incorporate “meaningful” climate action in all aspects of recovery from the global pandemic.


"It is shocking information about the attempted murder by poison of one of Russia's leading opposition members...It was an attempt to silence him. I condemn this in the strongest possible terms on behalf of the entire German government."
- German Chancellor Angela Merkel, speaking at a press conference after earlier announcing tests conducted on Russian opposition figure Alexei Navalny showed he had been attacked with nerve agent Novichok (as quoted on euronews).


“If your political class fails, then we will not come to Lebanon’s aid."
- French President Emmanuel Macron, speaking during a visit to Beirut, Lebanon, in comments in which he pressed for action to address to country's ongoing financial crisis (as quoted on Reuters).


“The crime of enforced disappearance is rife across the world. We see new cases almost daily, including the disappearance of defenders of the environment, who are often Indigenous peoples”.
- UN Secretary General António Guterres, in a message given on Sunday to mark the International Day of the Victims of Enforced Disappearance.


"It's you who have created the hate and the division. It's you who have not found a way to say the names of Black people killed by police officers even as people in law enforcement have. And it's you who claimed that White supremacists are good people. Your campaign of fear is as anti-democratic as anything you've done to create hate and vitriol in our beautiful country."
- The US city of Portland's Democratic Mayor Ted Wheeler in comments made addressing US President Donald Trump after news a person was shot dead when pro-Trump protestors clashed with Black Lives Matter protestors in the city on Saturday (as quoted on CNN).


“There’s devastation everywhere. This is the worst I’ve ever seen, and I came up remembering [1957 Hurricane] Audrey."
- Classie Ballou, a resident of a retirement home in the Lousiana community of Lake Charles in the US which bore the full impact of category 4 Hurricane Laura, in comments referring to the 1957 hurricane in which 416 people were killed. At least four people died, buildings were destroyed and vehicles tossed about in the latest storm (as quoted on The Guardian).


"Unsurvivable storm surge with large and destructive waves will cause catastrophic damage...This surge could penetrate up to 30 miles inland from the immediate coastline."
- The US National Hurricane Center in a warning issued in relation to the impact of category 4 Hurricane Laura which is expected to make landfall near the Texas-Louisiana border (as quoted on ABCnews).


“It’s going to take a miracle for Jacob Blake, Jr, to walk again."
- Civil rights attorney Ben Crump who is serving as lawyer for the family of Jacob Blake, a Black man who was shot by police in the US city of Kenosha, Wisconsin. Crump, who said Blake had been paralysed by the shooting, was speaking at a press conference at which Julia Jackson, Blake’s mother, appealed for healing after outbreaks of violence in the town in the wake of the shooting (as quoted on The Guardian).


"The exact substance is not yet known. Widespread analysis has begun. The effect of the poison - ie the inhibition of cholinesterase in the organism - has been proven several times and in independent laboratories."
- The Berlin Charité hospital treating seriously ill Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny, in a statement in which they said clinical evidence suggested he had been poisoned (as quoted on the BBC).


"[T]he risk of contracting COVID-19 in school is very small and it is far more damaging for a child’s development and their health and well-being to be away from school any longer. This is why it’s vitally important that we get our children back into the classroom to learn and to be with their friends. Nothing will have a greater effect on the life chances of our children than returning to school.”
- UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson in a statement urging parents to send their children back to school in September as summer holidays end.


"We are obviously ready to provide all the necessary assistance to Alexei Navalny and his family, in terms of health, asylum and protection."
- French President Emmanuel Macron, speaking during a joint appearance with German Chancellor Angela Merkel, in reference to news the Russian opposition leader was in a coma in a Siberian hospital after falling ill on a plane and as yet unsubstantiated claims that he had been poisoned (as quoted on CNN).


“The European Union stands in solidarity with the people of Belarus...We don’t recognise the results presented by the Belarus authorities.”
- Charles Michel, the European council president, speaking after a meeting of the EU's 27 leaders, on the situation in Belarus where protests and strikes have been held daily since an election - which officials said reinstalled President Alexander Lukashenko - was held earlier this month (as quoted on The Guardian).


"I forcefully condemn the arrest of President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita, Prime Minister and other members of the Malian government, and call for their immediate release."
- A statement from Moussa Faki Mahamat, chairman of the African Union Commission, after news that soldiers had detained Mali's President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita, Prime Minister Boubou Cissé and other officials in an apparent coup attempt (as quoted on France24).


"The lessons weren't learnt soon enough and again I apologise unreservedly on behalf all of those individuals and agencies who made those mistakes."
- Gladys Berejiklian, Premier of the Australian state of New South Wales, apologising for failing to stop people carrying COVID-19 from disembarking from a cruise ship, Ruby Princess, in Sydney in March, triggering what was at the time Australia's worst outbreak (as quoted on Reuters).


“This oil spill occurred in one of, if not the most, sensitive areas in Mauritius. We are talking of decades to recover from this damage, and some of it may never recover.”
- Oceanographer and environmental engineer Vassen Kauppaymuthoo, speaking after a Japanese-owned ship, the MV Wakashio, struck a reef in the marine park on 25th July, leaking oil into the water; the ship has since begun to break up (as quoted on Reuters).


"Now that the ice has been broken, I expect more Arab and Muslim countries will follow the United Arab Emirates."
- US President Donald Trump, speaking as he announced an "historic" deal between Israel and the United Arab Emirates, brokered by the US, which would normalise diplomatic relations between the nations and under which Israel will suspend annexation of the West Bank. 


"We have to be more careful and creative in [our] resistance...we can't be as radical as before - especially young people - because the more radical [we are] the shorter lifespan we have in our fighting...We have to really use our brain and patience, because this is a long fight."
- Hong Kong media tycoon Jimmy Lai, publisher of the widely read Apple Dailyspeaking to the BBC after he was released on bail following his arrest on charges under the new national security on Monday. He was one of 10 arrested on Monday.


“I have the great honor to announce that I’ve picked @KamalaHarris – a fearless fighter for the little guy, and one of the country’s finest public servants – as my running mate."
- US Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden in a Twitter post announcing his pick for vice president is Kamala Harris.


"The salvage team has observed several cracks in the ship hull, which means that we are facing a very serious situation. We should prepare for a worst-case scenario. It is clear that at some point the ship will fall apart."
- Mauritius' Prime Minister Pravind Jugnauth, speaking with regard to a Japanese ship, MV Wakashio, that ran aground on a reef off the island nation two weeks ago. While it has now stopped leaking oil into the Indian Ocean, there are fears the ship could break up (as quoted on Reuters).


"We should be living in despair, because this is a tragedy like a world war. But Brazil is under collective anaesthesia."
- Dr José Davi Urbaez, a senior member of the Infectious Diseases Society in Brazil, commenting as the country's COVID-19 death toll passed 100,000 (as quoted on the BBC).


"If reforms are not carried out, Lebanon will continue to sink. What is also needed here is political change. This explosion should be the start of a new era."
- French President Emmanuel Macron, speaking during a visit to the nation after the massive blast in the port earlier this week which killed at least 145, injured 5,000 and left up to 250,000 homeless.


“In memory of the victims of Hiroshima and Nagasaki...let us work together to create the future we want: a future which is free from the existential threat of nuclear weapons."
- Tijjani Muhammad-Bande President of the UN General Assembly, speaking at a ceremony commemorating the 75th anniversary of the dropping of the atomic bomb on the Japanese city of Hiroshima.


"Now we face a generational catastrophe that could waste untold human potential, undermine decades of progress, and exacerbate entrenched inequalities."
- UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, speaking on 4th August, 2020 as he launched a new "Save our Future" campaign to get children back in schools.


"A number of vaccines are now in phase three clinical trials, and we all hope to have a number of effective vaccines that can help prevent people from infection. However, there is no silver bullet at the moment, and there might never be. For now, stopping outbreaks comes down to the basics of public health and disease control: testing, isolating and treating patients, and tracing and quarantining their contacts."
- World Health Organisation head Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, speaking at a press conference on 3rd August, 2020, with regard to the coronavirus (COVID-19) (as quoted on the BBC).


"I invite you & Space X to explore the writings about how the pyramids were built and also to check out the tombs of the pyramid builders."
- Part of a tweet sent by Egypt's Minister of International Co-operation Rania al-Mashat in response to a tweet billionaire and SpaceX head Elon Musk sent on Friday saying, "Aliens built the pyramids obv"; Musk's comments also drew a video response from Egyptian archaeologist Zahi Hawass in which he described his comments as a "complete hallucination". Musk later tweeted a link to a BBC article which "provides a sensible summary for how it was done" (as quoted on the BBC).


"Never in the history of this country, through wars, depressions and the Civil War, have we ever not had a federally scheduled election on time. We will find a way to do that again this November 3rd."
- US Senate Majority Leader, Republican Mitch McConnell, speaking after US President Donald Trump suggested the upcoming presidential election could be delayed over alleged fraud concerns surrounding increased postal voting. Trump, who later said he did not want to delay the election, does not have the authority to do so (as quoted on the BBC).


“The evidence seems very clear to me that as Google became the gateway to the internet, it began to abuse its power."
- US Congressman David Cicilline, a Democrat from Rhode Island, speaking as Jeff Bezos of Amazon, Tim Cook of Apple, Mark Zuckerberg of Facebook and Sundar Pichai of Google’s parent Alphabet faced questions from the House judiciary’s antitrust subcommittee (as quoted on The Guardian)


"I will really kill you, that is a commitment."
- Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte in a state of the nation address in which he called for a return of the death penalty and said he was committed to killing drug offenders (as quoted on Australia's ABC)


"This is the sixth time a global health emergency has been declared under the International Health Regulations, but it is easily the most severe."
- WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, speaking to reporters on 27th July.


"Congressman John Lewis was my uncle and my hero. And it's up to us to keep his legacy alive."
- Seven-year-old Jaxson Lewis Brewster, great-nephew of late US congressman and civil rights figure John Lewis, speaking a memorial to Lewis Saturday ahead of his funeral this week (as quoted on CNN).


"Actions like this threaten the peaceful use of space and risk causing debris that could pose a threat to satellites and the space systems on which the world depends."
- Air Vice Marshal Harvey Smyth, head of the UK's space directorate, in comments made after the UK accused Russia of test-firing a projectile-like weapon in space (as quoted on the BBC).


"Australia is experiencing a health and economic crisis like nothing we have seen in the last 100 years. Our economy has taken a big hit and there are many challenges we confront. We can see the mountain ahead and Australia begins to climb. We must remain strong."
- Australian Treasurer John Frydenberg, speaking as he revealed the Australian budget will be in the red by $A85.8 billion in 2019-20 and $A184.5 billion in 2020-21 thanks to spending increases aimed at mitigating damage from the COVID-19 pandemic (as quoted on  The Age).


"It will probably unfortunately get worse before it gets better."
- US President Donald Trump referring to the situation with regard to COVID-19 in the US in comments made on 21st July, 2020, in the first White House coronavirus briefing for months.


“Let’s not fool ourselves. The legacy of colonialism still reverberates. We see this in economic and social injustice, the rise of hate crimes and xenophobia; the persistence of institutionalised racism and white supremacy. We see this in the global trade system. Economies that were colonised are at greater risk of getting locked into the production of raw materials and low-tech goods – a new form of colonialism. And we see this in global power relations.”
- UN Secretary General António Guterres, speaking on 18th July (as quoted on The Guardian).


"Whatever the legal label, it is clear that gross, egregious human rights abuses are going on."
- UK Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab in comments in which he accused China of human rights abuses against its Uighur population; China's UK Ambassador Liu Xiaoming responded by saying talks of concentration camps was "fake" (as quoted on BBC).


"We condemn these despicable attacks against those doing vital work to combat the coronavirus pandemic."
- Paul Chichester, director of operations at the US National Cyber Security Centre, speaking as the UK, US and Canada accuse Russian-backed hackers of trying to steal COVID-19 vaccine and treatment research from academic and pharmaceutical institutions around the world (as quoted on ABC).


"Well, that is a bit bizarre. And I have to tell you, I think if I sit here and just shrug my shoulders and say, 'Well, you know, that’s life in the fast lane'...”
- US infectious disease expert Anthony Fauci in comments made to The Atlantic referring to White House efforts to undermine him - which have included the recent distribution of a list of statements Dr Fauci made early in the pandemic that turned out to be wrong as understanding of the disease developed and recent comments by President Donald Trump that he valued Dr Fauci's input but did not always agree with him.


"Hong Kong will now be treated the same as mainland China. No special privileges, no special economic treatment and no export of sensitive technology."
- US President Donald Trump, speaking after he signed an order ending preferential treatment for Hong Kong, part of a range of measures the US is taking in what is being seen as an increasing tough stance on China.


“Let me be blunt, too many countries are headed in the wrong direction, the virus remains public enemy number one. If basics are not followed, the only way this pandemic is going to go, it is going to get worse and worse and worse. But it does not have to be this way."
- World Health Organization head Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus speaking in a virtual briefing as the WHO report a sharp rise in infections.


"There are a number of people who have taken to organising parties, who have drinking sprees, and some who walk around crowded spaces without wearing masks."
- South African President Cyril Ramaphosa announcing the reintroduction of a ban on the sale of alcohol as part of measures to counter the spread of coronavirus; it comes as infections in the nation top 250,000 (as quoted on the BBC).


"The president trusts the experts and approved the main outlines of the project presented by the chief architect which plans to reconstruct the spire identically."
- A statement from the office of French President Emmanuel Macron concerning the rebuilding of Notre Dame after it was gutted in a fire last year (as quoted on the BBC).


“Amid acute shortages of testing kits, the true scale of the pandemic in Libya is likely to be much higher."
- UN Secretary General António Guterres in an address to the UN Security Council in which he said there has only been 1,046 confirmed cases of coronavirus in Syria with 32 deaths (as quoted on UN website).


"We've now reached a point where the FBI is now opening a new China-related counterintelligence case every 10 hours. Of the nearly 5,000 active counterintelligence cases currently underway across the country, almost half are related to China."
- FBI Director Christopher Wray in an address to the Hudson Institute in which he said acts of espionage and theft by China's government pose the "greatest long-term threat" to the future of the US (as quoted on BBC).


"The world is at a critical time, and possible tipping point, when it comes to the use of drones...The [UN] Security Council is missing in action; the international community, willingly or not, stands largely silent."
- Agnes Callamard, UN special rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions, in comments made in a report in which she has concluded the US killing of Iraqi Major General Soleimani in Iraq in a 3rd January drone strike "was unlawful".


"We must now realize the promise of America by trusting God, unifying our vision and building our future. I am running for president of the United States! #2020VISION."
- US celebrity Kanye West announcing again in a tweet on Saturday that he will be a candidate in the US presidential election this year. 


“We have a President that is not willing to stand up and do what is necessary in order to lead this country during time of major crisis. I have never experienced a president who has avoided that responsibility.”
- Leon Panetta, a former defence secretary and CIA director, speaking to CNN about President Donald Trump's response to the coronavirus pandemic (as quoted on The Guardian).


"It violates Hong Kong’s high degree of autonomy and is in direct conflict with Hong Kong’s basic law. The law also threatens the freedoms and rights protected by the joint declaration.”
- British Prime Minister Boris Johnson in comments telling MPs that China's enactment and imposition of the law was “a clear and serious breach of the Sino-British Joint Declaration”. The British Government has announced plans to introduce a new route to citizenship for more than 2.5 million people in Hong Kong (as quoted on The Financial Times).


"Clearly we are not in control right now."
- Dr Anthony Fauci, a top disease researcher in the US, in comments to the US Senate in which he also said he would "not be surprised" if new virus cases in the country reach 100,000 per day. Cases have been rising by as many as 40,000 a day during the past week (as quoted on the BBC).


“As a reporter, I have no interest in becoming the story, but over recent weeks many of us have been left with no choice...I’ve been shocked to see how many journalists have been attacked, beaten and detained, just for doing their jobs."
- Amelia Brace, a correspondent for Australia's Seven Network, speaking to a US congressional committee about how she and cameraman Tim Myers were  shot with non-lethal rounds (and Myers punched and struck with a police shield) as they covered protests in Washington DC’s Lafayette Square on 1st June (as quoted on The Guardian).


"The scene we were confronted with is something I will never forget. As the first responders on scene, myself and my colleague did what all police officers are trained for to save lives."
- PC David Whyte, who was one of six people stabbed in an incident at the Park Inn Hotel in the UK city of Glasgow on Friday; police shot dead suspect Badreddin Abadlla Adam (as quoted on BBC).


"For weeks, I have spoken about the risk of resurgence as countries adjust measures. In several countries across Europe, this risk has now become a reality - 30 countries have seen increases in new cumulative cases over the past two weeks."
- Dr Hans Henri Kluge, Europe director for the World Health Organization, speaking at a virtual news conference on 25th June (as quoted on BBC).


“The President of the republic must take all necessary measures to avoid the transmission of COVID-19 – be that in order to protect his own health or that of those around him."
- Brazilian Federal Judge Renato Borelli Coelho Borelli ordering the country's President Jair Bolsonaro to wear a mask while circulating in the capital Brasília or face a fine of up to 2,000 reais (as quoted on The Independent).


"I am so deeply sorry our tournament has caused harm...We were wrong and it was too soon."
- Tennis player Novak Djokovic apologising after several players including himself became infected with COVID-19 at a tennis tournament he organised in Belgrade, Serbia. Further matches in other locations have been cancelled (as quoted on the BBC).


"We originally predicted that the second wave would emerge in fall or winter. Our forecast turned out to be wrong. As long as people have close contact with others, we believe that infections will continue."
- Jeong Eun-kyeong, director of the Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, speaking as South Korea confirms it is in the midst of a so-called "second wave" of the coronavirus (as quoted on the ABC).


"I'm appalled and sickened that people should lose their lives in this way."
- UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson, speaking after three men were killed in a stabbing rampage in a park in the UK town of Reading on Saturday evening. Police have deemed the incident as terrorism. A suspect is in custody.


"We know it is a sophisticated state-based cyber actor because of the scale and nature of the targeting and the tradecraft used."
- Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison, at a press conference in which he said Australian organisations, including governments and businesses, were currently being targeted by a sophisticated foreign "state-based" hacker. He did not name the state, sparking speculation among commentators that it may have been China (as quoted on the ABC).


“The pattern looked like obstruction of justice as a way of life, which we couldn’t accept."
- John Bolton, US President Donald Trump's former national security advisor, in an excerpt from a new book by Bolton in which he asserts Trump was willing to halt criminal investigations to “give personal favors to dictators he liked” and claimed Trump routinely attempted to leverage US power on other countries to his own personal ends (as quoted on The Guardian).


“There is a crisis, we sympathise with bereaved families, but it is managed."
- Walter Braga Netto, the head of the office of Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro's chief of staff, speaking with regard to the coronavirus as the country reported a record 34,918 new cases on Tuesday, the highest single day total (as quoted on Reuters).


“We’re tired and we are frustrated. Most importantly we’re heartbroken, so we need justice for Rayshard Brooks...The trust that we have in the police force is broken. The only way to heal some of these wounds is through a conviction and a drastic change in the police department."
- Tiara Brooks, cousin of black man Rayshard Brooks, 27, whose death at the hands of police in Atlanta has been ruled a homicide by a coroner, speaking at a family news conference (as quoted on SBS).


"If we start purging the record and removing the images of all but those whose attitudes conform to our own, we are engaged in a great lie, a distortion of our history."
- UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson, responding to the ongoing row over the removal of statues of historic figures in an article published by The Telegraph (as quoted on Reuters).


"My single greatest concern: This President's going to try and steal this election."
- Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden, speaking on Comedy Central's The Daily Show on Wednesday night before going on to suggest the military could intervene to ensure a peaceful transition of power (as quoted on The Sydney Morning Herald).


"They lynched my brother. That was a modern-day lynching in broad daylight...His life mattered. All our lives matter. Black lives matter."
- Philonise Floyd, 42, of Missouri City, Texas, near Houston, speaking to the House of Representatives Judiciary Committee in the first congressional hearing to examine racial injustice and police brutality following George Floyd's death on 25th May (as quoted on Reuters).


“Under the pervasive discrimination in the public distribution system, ordinary citizens, including farmers, do not receive rations. Lack of food had a devastating impact in DPRK [North Korea] in the 1990s, and prospects of a further deepening of food shortages and widespread food insecurity is alarming."
- Tomás Ojea Quintana, UN Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea [North Korea] in a statement urging the North Korean Government to take "swift action" to address the situation.


"The martyrdom of George Floyd gave the American experience a moment of national anguish as we grieve for the black Americans killed by police brutality today. This moment of national anguish is being transformed into a movement of national action as Americans from across the country peacefully protest to demand an end to injustice."
- US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, speaking as the Democrats introduced a police reform bill which would reportedly ban chokeholds, including the type used by a then-Minneapolis police officer in the death of George Floyd last month as well as no-knock warrants in drug cases (as quoted on NBC News).


"[T]he report has documented deep-seated impunity for serious human rights violations, and victims have been deprived of justice for the killings of their loved ones. Their testimonies are heartbreaking.”
- Michelle Bachelet, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, speaking in response to a report which reveals actions to tackle security threats and illegal drugs in the Philippines has resulted in serious human rights violations including killings and arbitrary detentions, as well as the vilification of dissent.


"If China proceeds to justify their fears, then Britain could not in good conscience shrug our shoulders and walk away; instead we will honour our obligations and provide an alternative."
- UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson, writing in The Times, in an article in which he says Britain will not walk away from the people of Hong Kong if China enacts a national security law that would interfere with the city's promised autonomy (as quoted on the ABC).


“This virus is exposing endemic inequalities that have too long been ignored. In the United States, protests triggered by the killing of George Floyd are highlighting not only police violence against people of colour, but also inequalities in health, education, employment and endemic racial discrimination."
- UN human rights chief Michelle Bachelet, in comments made on 2nd June, 2020 (as quoted onReuters).


“Russia was excluded from the G7 after it invaded Crimea a number of years ago, and its continued disrespect and flaunting of international rules and norms is why it remains outside of the G7, and it will continue to remain out."
- Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, speaking on 1st June in response to US proposals to have Russia rejoin the Group of Seven nations (as quoted on Reuters).


“I’m postponing it because I don’t feel that as a G7 it properly represents what’s going on in the world."
- US President Donald Trump speaking on why he's postponing the G7 summit which he described as a “very outdated group of countries” in its current format (as quoted on Reuters).


“My fellow Americans, there are moments in our history so grim, so heart-rending, that they are forever fixed in each of our hearts as shared grief. Today is one of those moments.”
- Presumptive US Democratic presidential candidate and former Vice-President, Joe Biden, in a speech made as the US coronavirus death toll passed 100,000 (as quoted on The Guardian).


"Where armed conflict continues, COVID-19 makes the protection of civilians more challenging than ever – and our support more important than ever. It is only through respect for human rights and international humanitarian and refugee law that we can protect civilians, including health and humanitarian workers and infrastructure, and relieve pressure on health systems. But the prospects are bleak."
- UN Secretary General António Guterres, in a statement made to the UN Security Council on 27th May, 2020, to open debate on the protection of citizens in armed conflict.


"There is no need for us to worry."
- Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam, in comments in which she said Beijing's proposed national security laws will not curtail the city's rights and freedoms and called on its citizens to "see the legislation in front of us and to understand why at this point in time Hong Kong needs this piece of legislation" (as quoted on Australia's ABC).


"I don't regret what I did."
- Dominic Cummings, a key advisor to the UK Government during the coronavirus pandemic, speaking to reporters after he was heavily criticised for driving his family from London to Durham after his wife developed coronavirus symptoms during the coronavirus lockdown. Cummings said he acted reasonably and within the law (as quoted on the BBC). 


"In every respect, he has acted responsibly, legally and with integrity...I think he followed the instincts of every father and every parent, and I do not mark him down for that."
- UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson, defending key advisor Dominic Cummings after Cummings travelled with his wife, who was suffering from coronavirus symptoms, and son from London to his parent's farm in Durham during the coronavirus lockdown in a incident which has sparked strong criticism.


"[I]f this move takes place, 'one country, two systems' will be officially erased. This is the end of Hong Kong."
- Dennis Kwok, a Hong Kong legislator and pro-democracy figure, speaking after China announced plans to introduce new national security legislation for Hong Kong which pro-democracy activists fear will be used to stop protests (as quoted on BBC).


“I do not doubt that the work will be unglamorous and, at times, challenging. But it is of the utmost importance, and, at the height of this global pandemic, you will be making a vital contribution to the national effort. So, I can only urge you to pick for Britain."
- Prince Charles, speaking from the vegetable garden of his Scottish home in comments urging Britons to help farmers bring in the harvest as figures show that only one per cent of fruit and vegetable pickers in the UK last year were British (as quoted on The Sydney Morning Herald).


"By the way, you know when you say that we lead in cases, that's because we have more testing than anybody else. So when we have a lot of cases, I don't look at that as a bad thing, I look at that as, in a certain respect, as being a good thing because it means our testing is much better."
- US President Donald Trump speaking to reporters on Monday as figures show the US, where more than 1.5 million people have been infected with the coronavirus, has the highest number of COVID-19 infections of any nation in the world (as quoted on BBC).


"Mr Kabuga’s apprehension sends a powerful message that those who are alleged to have committed such crimes cannot evade justice and will eventually be held accountable, even more than a quarter of a century later."
- A statement from a spokesman for the UN Secretary-General António Guterres concerning the arrest of Felicien Kabuga in Paris to face to charges of genocide and crimes against humanity allegedly committed in Rwanda in 1994.


"The majority of...Chinese at the moment are still susceptible of the Covid-19 infection, because [of] a lack of immunity. We are facing [a] big challenge, it's not better than the foreign countries I think at the moment."
- Dr Zhong Nanshan, the Chinese government's senior medical adviser and the public face of the country's fight against COVID-19, in comments made to CNN.


"Now is not the time to allow the interests of the wealthiest corporations and governments to be placed before the universal need to save lives, or to leave this massive and moral task to market forces. Access to vaccines and treatments as global public goods are in the interests of all humanity. We cannot afford for monopolies, crude competition and near-sighted nationalism to stand in the way."
- An open letter, signed by more than 140 world leaders and experts, calling for all governments to unite behind a "people's vaccine" against COVID-19. The letter was released on 14th May, days before health ministers meet virtually for the World Health Assembly on 18th May.


"It is important to put this on the table: this virus may become just another endemic virus in our communities, and this virus may never go away."
- Dr Mike Ryan, emergencies director at the World Health Organization, speaking in reference to the coronavirus outbreak (as quoted on BBC)


"I think we're going in the right direction, but the right direction does not mean we have by any means total control of this outbreak...There is a real risk that [premature reopening] will trigger an outbreak that you may not be able to control and, in fact paradoxically, will set you back, not only leading to some suffering and death that could be avoided, but could even set you back on the road to try to get economic recovery."
- Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, speaking to a US Senate panel on 12th May (as quoted on Reuters)


“In every generation, through every challenge and hardship and danger, America has risen to the task. We have met the moment and we have prevailed.”
- US President Donald Trump, in a press briefing on 11th May, as the coronavirus death toll in the US tops 80,000  (as quoted on The Guardian).


"It has been an absolute chaotic disaster when that mindset of 'what's in it for me' and 'to heck with everybody else', when that mindset is operationalised in our government."
- Former US President Barack Obama, in leaked comments made in a private conference call in which he was encouraging staff to work for Joe Biden's presidential election team, referring to the Trump administration's response to the coronavirus outbreak (as quoted on CNN).


“Those of us born after 1945 are acutely conscious of the debt we owe. Without your trial and sacrifice, many of us would not be here at all; if we were, we would surely not be free."
- UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson, speaking on 7th May as Britain and nations around the world mark the 75th anniversary of the end of World War II in Europe (as quoted on The Independent).


"I was helping Venezuelans take back control of their country."
- Luke Denman, one of two American mercenaries captured after an unsuccessful attempt to oust Venezuelan leader Nicolas Maduro on Sunday, in comments made in a heavily edited video "confession" broadcast by the state broadcaster VTV on 6th May, 2020. Denman claimed he was acting under the orders of US President Donald Trump (as quoted on The Guardian).


"I deeply regret any undermining of the clear messages around the continued need for social distancing."
- Professor Neil Ferguson who quit as an adviser to the UK Government on coronavirus after admitting an "error of judgement" which involved a woman visiting his home during lockdown (as quoted on the BBC).


"In the final analysis, we are not partisan combatants. We are human beings, equally vulnerable and equally wonderful in the sight of God. We rise or fall together, and we are determined to rise."
- Former US President George W Bush in a video released on Sunday in which he praised healthcare workers and other Americans as thet responded to a "shared threat". US President Donald Trump, who was not mentioned in the video, responded with a series of tweets including one in which he said "He was nowhere to be found in speaking up against the greatest Hoax in American history!" (as quoted on USA Today).


“There is a significant amount of evidence that this came from that laboratory in Wuhan."
- US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo speaking to ABC's 'The Week', referring to the origins of the coronavirus outbreak. He also said that the virus appeared to be man-made before later appearing to go back on that statement, saying he agreed with US intelligence agencies' conclusion last week that the virus did not appear to be man-made or genetically modified. (as quoted on Reuters).


“I can confirm today that for the first time, we are past the peak of this disease. We've passed the peak and are on the downward slope."
- UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson in comments made on 30th April, 2020 (as quoted on NPR).


“What it has proven is a drug can block this virus."
- Dr Anthony Fauci, White House health advisor, speaking on Wednesday with reference to the impact Gilead Sciences’ antiviral drug remdesivir has been shown to have in diminishing the time people take to recover from COVID-19 (as quoted on CNBC).


"In that case, the Olympics will be scrapped."
- Tokyo 2020 president Yoshiro Mori speaking in response to a question about whether the Tokyo Olympic Games - already postponed to July next year - could be further postponed if needed. But Mori said he was confident the Games would go ahead (as quoted on Reuters).


"If this virus were a physical assailant, an unexpected and invisible mugger - which I can tell you from personal experience, it is - then this is the moment when we have begun together to wrestle it to the floor...the moment when we can press home our advantage".
- UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson speaking outside 10 Downing Street for the first time since recovering from COVID-19 (as quoted on the BBC).


"Kim Jong-un is alive and well. He has been staying in the Wonsan area since April 13. No suspicious movements have so far been detected."
- Moon Chung-in, the top foreign policy adviser to South Korean President Moon Jae-in, speaking to CNN amid speculation about the health of the North Korean leader.


"There was a lot of media interest about him being in hospital and, to be honest, that was the toughest...As a unit, he was just another patient we were trying to do our best for, so it was business as usual. It was just another day at the office."
- Jenny McGee, a New Zealand nurse who treated British Prime Minister Boris Johnson while he was in hospital with the coronavirus, speaking to TVNZ in her first public remarks since the episode (as quoted on Reuters).


"It's shocking and embarrassing to tell the world that we have no women in parliament."
- Anne Pakoa, head of the Vanuatu Human Rights Coalition who contested the country's recent election as an independent candidate. She is among a number of women's rights advocates urging Prime Minister Bob Loughman to set aside half of the 52 seats in the legislature for women (as quoted on Reuters).


"In regards to gun control, we took very serious commitments in the election campaign and have moved forward - and are moving forward on them -- to ensure that we’re strengthening gun control in this country."
- Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau after a mass shooting in Nova Scotia - the nation's worst - in which at least 23 people died included a suspected gunman (as quoted on CTVnews).


"People have a right to freedom of speech...I didn't say anything against any other power of government, quite the contrary. We want to return to work. That is what the people want."
- Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro, defending his attendance at a rally outside army headquarters in Brasilia on Sunday, 19th April, at which he joined protestors calling for an end to coronavirus lockdown measures (as quoted on CNN).


“Today is a devastating day for Nova Scotia and it will remain etched in the minds of many for years to come."
- Lee Bergman, commanding officer of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, speaking after a gunman killed at least 16 people in a 12 hour shooting rampage across Nova Scotia (as quoted on The Guardian).


"We believe South Korea was the first country to hold a nationwide election in the middle of this pandemic...It wasn't an easy task to strike a balance between guaranteeing voting rights and ensuring safety."
- South Korean Vice Health Minister Kim Ganglip speaking to reports on Thursday after South Korea's ruling centre-left Democratic Party, headed by President Moon Jae-in, scored a landslide victory in legislative elections Wednesday thanks, according to commentators, its success in tackling COVID-19 (as quoted on NPR).


"Halting funding for the World Health Organization during a world health crisis is as dangerous as it sounds. Their work is slowing the spread of COVID-19 and if that work is stopped no other organization can replace them. The world need @WHO now more than ever."
- Bill Gates, tweeting in response to the US decision to cut funding to the World Health Organization. The Gates Foundation is a source of funding for the WHO.


“We don’t have a king in this country; we didn’t want a king. So we have a constitution and we elect a president.”
- New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, in comments made after US President Donald Trump said during a White House press briefling on Monday night that he had “total authority” over the states when it came to reopening the economy. Cuomo later said the coronavirus crisis should be a “no-politics zone" and that the President would "have no fight with me" (as quoted on The New York Times).


"I think he's a wonderful guy."
- US President Donald Trump, speaking on 13th April in reference to Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases and one of the most public faces of the response to the coronavirus in the US, a day after Trump tweeted that it was 'Time to #FireFauci'.


"On the occasion of holding and succeeding the efforts of the UN envoy to Yemen and to alleviate the suffering of the brotherly Yemeni people and work to confront the corona pandemic and prevent it from spreading, the coalition announces a comprehensive ceasefire for a period of two weeks, starting on Thursday."
- A statement from a Saudi Arabian-led coalition fighting Houthi forces in Yemen announcing a ceasefire in response to the coronavirus outbreak (as quoted on the BBC)


“They did give us some pretty bad play calling...with regard to us, they’re taking a lot of heat because they didn’t want the borders closed, they called it wrong. They really called, I would say, every aspect of it wrong.”
- US President Donald Trump in comments referring to the World Health Organization's handling of the coronavirus in which he threatened to withhold funding from the organisation (as quoted on CNBC)


“Though never intended to kill, US ‘maximum pressure’ through sanctions on Iran are compromising the performance of the Iranian healthcare system as Iran’s outbreak moves into its second month. Despite humanitarian exemptions provided under US and international law, these sanctions make the importation of medicine, medical equipment and raw materials needed to produce these goods domestically slower, more expensive, and complicated.”
- A statement signed by 24 senior diplomats and defence officials, including four former NATO secretary generals, urging US President Donald Trump to ease sanctions on Iran as it battles the coronavirus (as quoted on The Guardian)


"This is going to be the hardest and the saddest week of most Americans’ lives, quite frankly. This is going to be our Pearl Harbour moment, our 9/11 moment, only it’s not going to be localised. It’s going to be happening all over the country. And I want America to understand that." 
- US Surgeon General Jerome Adams speaking to Fox News Sunday host Chris Wallace on 5th April (as quoted on USAToday)


"If there is a conflict and there is an occasion that they fight and put your lives in danger, shoot them dead."
- Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte, speaking in a televised address in reference to violent protests taking place during the country’s period of strict quarantine measures (as quoted on the BBC).


“Upon information and belief, Iran or its proxies are planning a sneak attack on U.S. troops and/or assets in Iraq. If this happens, Iran will pay a very heavy price, indeed!”
- US President Donald Trump in a comment posted on his Twitter account.


"COVID-19 is the greatest test that we have faced together since the formation of the United Nations."
- UN Secretary General António Guterres, speaking with regard to the coronavirus pandemic around the world and calling for an "immediate co-ordinated health response to suppress transmission and end the pandemic" (as quoted on the BBC).


“I can only hope that common sense and substance will prevail over ideology. An extension of the transition period is the only responsible thing to do.”
- Christophe Hansen, a MEP from Luxembourg who sits on the European Parliament’s international trade committee, in comments urging the UK Government to extend the Brexit transition period due to the coronavirus outbreak (as quoted on The Guardian).


“They’ve obtained the support of the Maduro regime, who is allowing them to use Venezuela as a safe haven from which they can continue to conduct their cocaine trafficking and their armed insurgency."
- US Attorney General William Barr, claiming the Venezuelan leadership collaborated with a dissident faction of the former Colombian guerrilla group, the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, known as FARC, as the US announced indictments against Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro and 14 members of his inner circle with drug trafficking, “narco-terrorism”, corruption and money laundering (as quoted on The Guardian)


“We must create the conditions and mobilize the resources necessary to ensure that developing countries have equal opportunities to respond to this crisis ... anything short of this commitment would lead to a pandemic of apocalyptic proportions affecting us all.”
- UN Secretary General António Guterres in a letter to the leaders of G20 nations in which he called for more resources for developing nations to tackle the global coronavirus pandemic (as quoted in Reuters).


"The coronavirus is a terrible event...there is no positive to come out of it. But it also shows one thing: That once we are in a crisis, we can act to do something quickly, act fast."
- Teenage climate activist Greta Thunberg in comments to Thomson Reuters Foundation in which she said the swift and far-ranging economic and social shifts being brought in to stem the coronavirus pandemic showed that the rapid action needed to curb climate change was also possible.


"The fury of the virus illustrates the folly of war...That is why today, I am calling for an immediate global ceasefire in all corners of the world. It is time to put armed conflict on lockdown and focus together on the true fight of our lives."
- UN Secretary General António Guterres in a statement calling for an end to hostilities around the world on 24th March as nations around the globe grapple with the coronavirus.


“We are a strong nation and a strong people but, in the months ahead this will put us all to the test. But together Australia, we are up to this challenge...We summon the spirit of the ANZACS, of our Great Depression generation, of those who built the Snowy, of those who won the great peace of World War II and defended Australia. That is our legacy that we draw on at this time.”
- Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison, addressing the nation's parliament on Monday, 23rd March (as quoted on SkyNews).


"At times such as these, I am reminded that our nation's history has been forged by people and communities coming together to work as one, concentrating our combined efforts with a focus on the common goal...Many of us will need to find new ways of staying in touch with each other and making sure that loved ones are safe. I am certain we are up to that challenge."
- Queen Elizabeth II in a statement on the coronavirus outbreak in the UK (as quoted on the BBC).


"The next primary contest is at least three weeks away. Sen Sanders is going to be having conversations with supporters to assess his campaign."
- Faiz Shakir, Bernie Sanders' campaign manager, speaking after rival candidate for the Democratic presidential race nomination, Joe Biden, won all three states in a run-off on Tuesday, giving him an almost unassailable lead (as quoted on the BBC).


"Every nation has a responsibility to share all of their data, all of their information, in as timely and accurate a fashion as they have the ability to do not only because it is the right thing to do but it's also how you save lives for your own people as well. The Chinese Communist Party had a responsibility to do this, not only for Americans and Italians and South Koreans and Iranians who are now suffering, but for their own people as well."
- US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, speaking about the sharing of information concerning the coronavirus outbreak in which he attacked both Chinese and Iranian leaders (as quoted on CNN).


"We're in a health war."
- French President Emmanuel Macron imposing stringent new measures to combat coronavirus in France (as quoted on BBC).


"Do not just let this fire burn."
- WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, speaking as the World Health Organization says Europe is now the epicentre of the coronavirus pandemic and urging nations to use aggressive measures, community mobilisation and social distancing to tackle the spread of the virus (as quoted on BBC).


"We have seen nine years of horrific atrocities, including war crimes. Nine years of human rights abuses on a massive and systematic scale, eroding international norms to new depths of cruelty and suffering. Tens of thousands are missing, disappeared, detained, subjected to ill-treatment and torture. Untold numbers have been killed and injured."
- UN Secretary-General António Guterres, in a statement made as the ongoing conflict in Syria now enters its 10th year.


"Today’s declaration of a pandemic is a call to action – for everyone, everywhere. It’s also a call for responsibility and solidarity – as nations united and as people united. As we fight the virus, we cannot let fear go viral. Together, we can still change the course of this pandemic – but that means addressing inaction."
- WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, in an 11th March statement, made as the WHO formally declared the coronavirus outbreak a pandemic.


“Climate change is the defining challenge of our time. We are currently way off track to meeting either the 1.5C or 2C targets that the Paris agreement calls for...Time is fast running out for us to avert the worst impacts of climate disruption and protect our societies.”
- UN Secretary-General António Guterres, speaking at the launch of the UN's assessment of the global climate in 2019 (as quoted on The Guardian).


"The fact that all of this is coming to an end is really terribly, terribly sad."
- Royal biographer Penny Junor, speaking as Harry and Meghan, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, made their last public appearance as "senior royals" at a commemoration service at Westminster Abbey (as quoted on the ABC).


"We don’t have an equal world at the moment and women are angry and concerned about the future. They are radically impatient for change. It's an impatience that runs deep, and it has been brewing for years.”
- Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, executive director of UN Women, in a message released to mark International Women's Day on 8th March.


“This is not a drill. This is not the time to give up. This is not a time for excuses."
- WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus in comments made in Geneva on Thursday urging governments around the world to act with "speed, scale and clear-minded determination" with regard to the threat of coronavirus, also known as COVID-19 (as quoted on CNBC).


“As far as I know, the South side is also fond of joint military exercises and it is preoccupied with all the disgusting acts like purchasing ultramodern military hardware. They meant they need to get militarily prepared but we should be discouraged from military exercises. Such a gangster-like assertion can never be expected from those with normal way of thinking.”
- Kim Yo-jong, younger sister of North Korean leader in her first public comments issued through state media in response to South Korea's condemnation of North Korea's live-fire military exercises.


"Our first priority is to ensure order is maintained at the Greek external border, which is also a European border."
- Ursula von der Leyen, head of the European Commission, in a message of support to Greece as it attempts to stop thousands of migrants crossing its border with Turkey after Turkey lifted controls for migrants wanting to do so last week (as quoted on the BBC).


"We are in uncharted territory. We have never seen before a respiratory pathogen that is capable of community transmission but at the same time which can also be contained with the right measures."
- WHO director-general Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus speaking at a press conference on Monday with regard to the coronavirus spread, also known as COVID-19.


"This deliberate infliction of severe mental pain or suffering may well amount to psychological torture."
- Nils Melzer, UN Special Rapporteur on torture, speaking with regard to what he described as the overuse of solitary confinement by the prison service in the US state of Connecticut.


"This despicable ad is straight out of the Republican disinformation playbook."
- Katie Hill, former US President Barack Obama's communications director, speaking in a statement made after an advertisement put out by a pro-Trump group targeting Democratic presidential candidate and former Vice President Joe Biden twisted words spoken by Obama in an audio version of his 1995 memoir, Dreams from My Father (as quoted on BBC).


“This is a scourge of biblical proportions. Yet as ancient as this scourge is, its scale today is unprecedented in modern times”.
-  From a joint statement released by Qu Dongyu, director-feneral of the Food and Agriculture Organization, Mark Lowcock, UN Emergency Relief Coordinator, and David Beasley, executive director of the World Food Programme in reference to the locust plague in East Africa.


"My corona test is positive...I don't have a lot of hope of continuing life in this world."
- Iranian MP Mahmoud Sadeghi in a post on Twitter after he was diagnosed with coronavirus. Deputy health minister Iraj Harirch, the head of the country's counter-coronavirus taskforce, has also been diagnosed with the infection (as quoted on ABC).


"God knew they couldn't be on this earth without each other. He had to bring them home to heaven together."
- Vanessa Bryant, wife of former basketballer Kobe Bryant, speaking at a memorial service on Monday for her husband and 13-year-old daughter Gigi who died in a helicopter crash along with seven others in Calabasas, California, last month (as quoted on CNN).


"The COVID-19 incident faces a grave turning point. The next few days will be crucial."
- South Korean President Moon Jae-in, speaking on Sunday, 23rd February, as the nation raised its alert level on the coronavirus crisis to the highest level of "grave" (as quoted on ChannelNewsAsia).


"Racism is a poison, hatred is a poison and this poison exists in our society and it is already to blame for far too many crimes."
- German Chancellor Angela Merkel, speaking after a shooter with apparent far right beliefs killed nine people in a shisha bar and cafe in the German city of Hanau (as quoted on SBS).


"Civilians fleeing the fighting are being squeezed into areas without safe shelter that are shrinking in size by the hour. And still they are bombed. They simply have nowhere to go."
-  UN Human Rights chief Michelle Bachelet, speaking on 18th February with regard to the crisis unfolding in north-west Syria. Since 1st January, the UN Human Rights Office has recorded the deaths of 298 civilians in Idlib and Aleppo while more than 900,000 have been displaced since 1st December.


"The arms embargo has become a joke."
- Stephanie Williams, UN deputy special envoy, speaking at an event in Munich on 16th February convened to discuss how to end the ongoing civil war in Libya, in comments in which she also called on world leaders to "step up" efforts to stop weapons deliveries.


"Achieving a comprehensive settlement to the conflict is essential for saving lives and advancing sustainable development. It is my hope that discussions will be productive in leading to a reduction in violence, especially violence that harms civilians. Reducing violence is critical to build confidence and support for a peace process that leads to a lasting political settlement and a permanent ceasefire."
- UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres speaking with regard to Afghanistan and the peace process underway on the first day of a three day visit to neighbouring Pakistan.


“I think it’s time to stop the tweeting about Department of Justice criminal cases."
- US Attorney General William Barr speaking in an interview with ABCNews, referring to US President Donald Trump's tweets which he says "make it impossible for me to do my job".


"The law is clear: we have the right to blaspheme, to criticise, to caricature religions. The republican order is not a moral order … what is outlawed is to incite hatred and attack dignity.”
- French President Emmanuel Macron, in an interview with Le Dauphiné Libéré newspaper, speaking in reference to the furore in France over the case of a teenager named Mila who received death threats and was forced out of her school after filming a diatribe attacking Islam on social media (as quoted on The Guardian).


"To be honest a virus is more powerful in creating political, social and economic upheaval than any terrorist attack. It's the worst enemy you can imagine."
- World Health Organization chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, speaking in Geneva on Tuesday.


"I renew my heartfelt appeal to the international community and all parties involved to use diplomatic means, dialogue and negotiations, in respect of international humanitarian law, to safeguard the lives and fate of civilians."
- Pope Francis in an appeal made on Sunday with regard to the ongoing fighting in Syria in which a Syrian Government offensive has displaced more than 500,000 people in the past two months (as quoted on Reuters).


“It is unprecedented in Thailand, and I want this to be the last time this crisis happens."
- Prayuth Chan-ocha, Prime Minister of Thailand, speaking after a mass shooting - the country's worst - which at least 26 people were killed and scores more injured in north-eastern Thailand on Saturday (as quoted on The Guardian).


"I don't like people who use their faith as justification for doing what they know is wrong. Nor do I like people who say 'I pray for you,' when they know that that's not so."
- US President Donald Trump, speaking at the National Prayer Breakfast following his acquittal in a Senate trial this week (as quoted on Reuters).


"He shredded the truth, so I shredded his speech."
- Nancy Pelosi, explaining why she tore up President Donald Trump's State of the Union speech while standing behind him in Congress on Wednesday, according to a CNN report quoting an unnamed source who heard her make the comments in the Democrats' closed-door caucus meeting aftewards.


"[A] wind of madness is sweeping the globe. From Libya to Yemen to Syria and beyond – escalation is back. Arms are flowing and offensives are increasing. All situations are different but there is a feeling of growing instability and hair-trigger tensions, which makes everything far more unpredictable and uncontrollable, with a heightened risk of miscalculation."
- UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres in a speech made at the UN outlining his goals for the new year on Tuesday.


"In response to the shortcomings and deficiencies that were exposed responding to this epidemic, we must improve our national emergency management system and improve our abilities in handling urgent and dangerous tasks."
- From a report from China's Politburo Standing Committee as detailed in state news agency Xinhua with regard to China's response to the coronavirus outbreak (as quoted on the BBC).


"On the one hand, of course I am proud and happy that we are becoming the new geographical centre of Europe. On the other hand, of course it's a sad occasion because with Britain, a country is leaving the EU for the first time."
- Juergen Goetz, mayor of the Germany municipality of Veitshoechheim which contains the village of Wuerzburg, which now lies at the geographical centre of the EU follows Britain's departure last week (as quoted on the ABC).


"The Chinese Communist Party presents the central threat of our times."
- US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, speaking during a joint press conference in London with British Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab. Pompeo is making a visit to London to speak with British Prime Minister Boris Johnson about the country’s decision to allow Chinese telco Huawei Technologies to take part in the development of its 5G network.


"Most of them have lost family members, we're talking about widows and orphans. It's a very difficult period we're living in. It is a serious humanitarian crisis. It is hard to house these people, to feed them, to find schools for the children."
- Laurent Dabiré, Catholic Bishop in northern Burkina Faso, speaking of the people who come streaming into camps in the town of Dori as they flee violence elsewhere in Burkina Faso and the Sahel region. His comments come as UNICEF released a report this week showing more than eight million school-aged children in Burkina Faso, Mali and Niger have been forced from school and almost one million in the region are displaced (as quoted on CNN).


"To conservative parties, I would definitely appeal and say look, don't leave the issues of climate and the future of the planet and what we leave to our children. These are natural conservative issues, don't leave this to the left or you'll get an anti-business, anti-enterprise, anti-technology response."
- Former Conservative UK Prime Minister David Cameron in comments made during an interview with Australia's ABC to be aired on 29th January.


"I don't normally respond but clearly this has been taken out of context. I was praying Eph 6:12 that we wrestle not against flesh and blood. Anything that has been conceived by demonic plans, for it to be cancelled and not prevail in your life...That is- any plans to hurt people. Let's be clear what is really going on... this is a disingenuous attempt to use words out of context for political gain. I will just keep praying!"
- Paula White, President Donald Trump's spiritual adviser, explaining in a series of tweets what she meant when she prayed for "all satanic pregnancies to miscarry right now". Footage of the prayer went viral on the weekend and attracted criticism from some who took her words as applying to real pregnancies.


"With the last remaining survivors among us, I apologise on behalf of the government for the actions of the government at the time. I do so, realising that no word can describe something as enormous and awful as the Holocaust."
- Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte, apologising on behalf of his country's government for its failure to protect Jews during World War II, as the 75th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz is marked around the world (as quoted on the BBC).


“Is she the chief economist or who is she? I’m confused...After she goes and studies economics in college, she can come back and explain that to us."
- US Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin speaking at a press briefing at the World Economic Forum in Davos with reference to Swedish teenaged climate change activist Greta Thunberg (as quoted on CNBC).


“Bold and urgent action is required to address one of Canada’s most persistent and pressing human rights issues."
- Dr Ivan Zinger, correctional investigator of Canada, in a report which found more than 30 per cent of inmates in Canadian prisons are Indigenous – even though Aboriginal people make up just five per cent of the country’s population (as quoted on The Guardian).


"Our house is still on fire. Your inaction is fuelling the flames by the hour."
- Teenage Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg, speaking at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, accusing world leaders of failing to act on climate change.


"The decision that I have made for my wife and I to step back is not one I made lightly. It was so many months of talks after so many years of challenges. And I know I haven't always gotten it right, but as far as this goes, there really was no other option."
- Prince Harry, speaking on 19th January, 2020, in his first public statement since announcing he and wife Meghan were "stepping back" from their roles as senior royals (as quoted on CNN)


“We have to make sure Libya doesn’t become a second Syria.”
- German foreign minister, Heiko Maas, speaking as world leaders met at a summit in Berlin, held under the auspices of the UN, on the future of Libya during which they agreed imposing sanctions on those breaking an arms embargo and discussed whether to send a multinational force to the country (as quoted on The Guardian)


"We are here to pursue closure, accountability, transparency and justice for the victims - Ukrainian, Swedish, Afghan, British, Canadian as well as Iranian, through a full complete and transparent international investigation."
- Canadian Foreign Minister François-Philippe Champagne speaking on behalf of the Canadian, Ukrainian, Swedish, Afghan and UK governments who have released a statement demanding full cooperation from Iran in investigating the downing of a Ukraine International Airlines aircraft brought down by a Iranian missile on 8th January, killing all 176 people on board (as quoted on BBC)


"We are here today to cross a very important threshold in American history."
- Nancy Pelosi, US House of Representatives Speaker, speaking just before a vote was passed 228 to 193 to send articles of impeachment against US President Donald Trump to the Senate. 


"My family and I are entirely supportive of Harry and Meghan’s desire to create a new life as a young family. Although we would have preferred them to remain full-time working members of the Royal Family, we respect and understand their wish to live a more independent life as a family while remaining a valued part of my family."
- Queen Elizabeth II, in a statement made following a meeting of the royal family to discuss the future roles of Prince Harry and his wife Meghan who announced last week they would be stepping back from their roles as senior royals and look to be financially independent. The couple will now begin a a "period of transition", splitting their time between Britain and Canada.


"There has been no credible, long-term policy as to what to do with this money...It's a lot of money, and I don't know what has been done with it."
- Haitian President Jovenel Moise in an interview with Reuters, referring to what happened to the billions of dollars in foreign aid which was pledged in the wake of a massive earthquake 10 years ago on 12th January, 2010, only a fraction of which went to the Haitian Government.


"We have intelligence from multiple sources, including our allies and our own intelligence. The evidence indicates that the plane was shot down by an Iranian surface-to-air missile."
- Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, speaking in reference to the crash of a Ukrainian airline over Iran in which all 176 people aboard were killed including at least 63 Canadians. Trudeau added that the airline's destruction "may well have been unintentional".


"I'm not above the law and I welcome the opportunity for the truth to come out and have my name cleared."
- Fugitive ex-Nissan boss Carlos Ghosn appears before media in Lebanon after being smuggled out of Japan (as quoted on ABC)


"He was a monster. And he's no longer a monster. He's dead. He was planning a big attack and bad attack for us. I don't think anyone can complain about it."
- US President Donald Trump, speaking about Iranian commander Qassem Soleimani who was killed in a US drone strike ay Baghdad aiport last week (as quoted on BBC)


"This is yet another proof that we live under a dictatorship, as if anyone had any doubt. Nevertheless we are going to do what we need to do and install the sole legitimate national assembly."
- Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido, speaking after he was prevented from entering the National Assembly where pro-government lawmakers elected Luis Parra to replace Guaido as president of the body. Guaido has previously declared the regime of President Nicolas Maduro illegitimate (as quoted on CNN)


“This is a moment in which leaders must exercise maximum restraint. The world cannot afford another war in the Gulf.” 
- UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, in a statement made as tensions rise in the Middle East after a US drone strike killed a a top Iranian general in Iraq following the killing of a US contractor.


"In order to continue to lead Israel to great achievements, I intend to approach the speaker of the Knesset in accordance with chapter 4C of the law, in order to fulfil my right, my duty and my mission to continue to serve you for the future of Israel."
- Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announcing in a televised address his intention to ask Parliament to protect him from prosecution as he faces three cases involving graft (as quoted on The Guardian).


“I apologise for the bad example yesterday...sometimes even I lose patience.”
- Pope Francis in an apology made to thousands gathered at St Peter's Square on Wednesday at the end of the traditional New Year Mass, speaking in reference to an encounter he had with a woman in which he had slapped her hand after she grabbed him and pulled him toward her on New Year's Eve (as quoted on The Guardian).


“As things stand, we will run out of food by end of February, coinciding with the peak of the hunger season – when needs are at their highest."
- Niels Balzer, the World Food Programme's deputy country director in Zimbabwe, speaking as the WFP appeals for funds to meet the needs of people in Zimbabwe where almost eight million people - or almost half the population - are not getting enough to eat.


"We apologise to all those affected and are looking into how this happened."
- The UK Cabinet Office, in a statement after the New Year's Honours List was published online along with the home or work addresses of more than 1,000 recipients, including singer Sir Elton John. The list was removed after about an hour (as quoted on ABC).


"Overwhelmingly in my decades of service and even getting around some of these fire grounds in the last few days, the volunteers don't want payment. It doesn't make them volunteers."
- New South Wales Rural Fire Service Commissioner Shane Fitzsimmons responding to comments from Mick Holton, president of NSW's Volunteer Fire Fighters Association, who said Australia's state and federal governments have ignored expenses volunteers are facing in fighting the ongoing fires in the country amid an ongoing debate about whether volunteer firefighters should be compensated (as quoted on SBS).


"If the violence towards the people of Idlib does not stop, this number will increase even more. In that case, Turkey will not carry such a migrant burden on its own."
- Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, warning that his country cannot cope with a new wave of refugees as tens of thousands of people fled towards Syria's border with Turkey amid increased bombardment of the rebel-held Idlib province in Syria's north-west. (as quoted on the BBC).


"This is by far the thinnest basis for any House passed presidential impeachment in American history. The thinnest, and the weakest. And nothing else even comes close."
- The US Senate's Republican leader Mitch McConnell in comments made after the Democrat-led House of Representatives on Wednesday voted to impeach US President Donald Trump (as quoted on the BBC).


"I am grateful for the opportunity to tell his story, because he cannot tell it himself. To be honest with you, I do not know where my father is. 2017 was the last time my family received word about him."
- Jewher Ilham, daughter of Ilham Tohti - a Uighur intellectual who has been imprisoned in China, speaking as she accepted the European Parliament's Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought on behalf of her father (as quoted on the ABC).


"Now we see how one sales girl has become a prime minister and how some other street activists and non-educated people have also joined the cabinet."
- Estonia's Interior Minister Mart Helme in comments made on radio concerning newly elected Finnish Prime Minister Sanna Marin. Estonia's President Kersti Kaljulaid has since issued an apology to Marin, who, at 34, is Finland's youngest Prime Minister. Marin responded to the comments on Twitter, saying that "Here a child from a poor family can get educated and achieve many things in their lives. The cashier of the shop can become a prime minister" (as quoted on the ABC).


"The situation in Hong Kong in 2019 was the most complex and difficult since its return to the motherland. The central government fully recognises the courage and assumption of responsibility you have displayed in these exceptional times in Hong Kong."
- Chinese President Xi Jinping in a statement to media offering support for beleaguered Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam as the two meet in Beijing while protests continue in Hong Kong (as quoted on Reuters).


"Praying for everyone who has been elected to serve in government and opposition – you bear a great weight of responsibility and I pray for strength, wisdom and hope for each of you. May you know the love and presence of God as you prepare for the challenges ahead...Throughout this new parliament, I pray that the voices of those on the margins are placed at the centre, and that every effort is made to ensure every person and community in our wonderful country is able to flourish."
- From a Facebook post by the Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, in the wake of last week's election in the UK.


"A teenager working on her anger management problem. Currently chilling and watching a good old-fashioned movie with a friend."
- Greta Thunberg's Twitter status, updated following a tweet from US President Donald Trump in which he responded to her being named TIME's 'Person of the Year' by writing: "So ridiculous. Greta must work on her Anger Management problem, then go to a good old fashioned movie with a friend! Chill Greta, Chill!"


"The situation in Rakhine is complex and not easy to fathom."
- Myanmar's leader Aung San Suu Kyi, addressing the International Court of Justice where Gambia has accused Myanmar of violent atrocities and an attempt to destroy the Rohingya population. She accused Gambia of giving an "incomplete and misleading factual picture" of the situation in Rakhine State (as quoted on the ABC).


"Their rights are being violated across the world and they are also among the ones being hit the most and the quickest by the climate and environmental emergency."
- Teen climate activist Greta Thunberg, speaking with regard to the impact of climate change on Indigenous communities, at the UN Climate Summit in Madrid (as quoted on Reuters).


"To date, the Russian doping saga has dominated three Olympic and Paralympic Games, with a fourth on the horizon. Russia's ongoing and intentional acts of deception, fraud and corruption have made a mockery not only those who play by the rules, but those who create and safeguard them."
- From a statement by nine members of the World Anti-Doping Agency's 17 member Athletes Committee, arguing that Russia should be banned from next year's Olympic Games. It comes after Russia was declared non-compliant for manipulating lab data it gave to WADA as a condition of its reinstatement in 2018 following a three-year suspension over a vast state-sponsored doping scandal (as quoted on the BBC).


"The fact that any child dies from a vaccine-preventable disease like measles is frankly an outrage and a collective failure to protect the world's most vulnerable children."
- Dr Tedros Ghebreysus, director-general of the World Health Organization, speaking as data shows more than 140,000 people died from measles last year (as quoted on the BBC).


"As long as we stand together, no-one can hope to defeat us."
- UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson, speaking at a summit of NATO leaders held in the UK this week (as quoted on the BBC).


"[A] very, very nasty statement."
- How US President Donald Trump described French President Emmanuel Macron's earlier comments that NATO was "brain dead", ahead of a NATO summit in London (as reported on The Guardian).


"We are bearing the brunt of damage...This constitutes a serious injustice and must be acknowledged by the global community."
- Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, speaking with regard to the impact of climate change on smaller and vulnerable nations  as COP25 gets underway in Madrid, Spain (as reported on Reuters).


"It is with pain that I have learned of the protest demonstrations of the past days that were met with a harsh response, causing tens of victims."
- Pope Francis, speaking on Sunday in comments in which he said he was watching the ongoing protests in Iraq - which have seen an estimated 400 people have been killed in clashes with security forces - with "concern" (as quoted on the BBC)


"The harrowing stories I heard from resilient grandmothers, mothers or aunts desperately trying to save their children from starvation, in the midst of their daily hardships, will remain with me."
- Hilal Elver, the UN's special rapporteur on the right to food, speaking after an 11 day visit to Zimbabwe where she says people are on the brink of man-made starvation (as quoted on the BBC)


"The president has a choice to make: he can take this opportunity to be represented in the impeachment hearings, or he can stop complaining about the process. I hope that he chooses to participate."
- US Representative Jerrold Nadler, the Judiciary Committee's Democratic chairman, in a statement as the committee invited US President Donald Trump to its first impeachment hearing on 4th December (as quoted on Reuters)


"It's sad. I can only call these recommendations unfair."
- Umar Kremlev, head of Russia's boxing federation, in a statement made after the World Anti-Doping Agency recommended Russia be banned from the Olympics for four years (as quoted on Reuters)


"You cannot let people die like this. People outside are laughing on this country that we are not able to deal with this."
- India's Supreme Court bench led by Justice Arun Mishra, speaking on Monday with regard to the ongoing air pollution crisis in Delhi in comments in which the bench also compared the crisis to letting people die in a gas chamber and described living in Delhi as "worse than hell" (as quoted in the Times of India).


"The stakes could not be higher. We must win this election."
- Former New York City Mayor, billionaire Michael Bloomberg, in a statement announcing his is standing as a Democratic Party presidential nominee (as quoted on BBC).


"A day in which the attorney general decides to serve an indictment against a seated prime minister for serious crimes of corrupt governance is a heavy and sad day, for the Israeli public and for me personally."
- Israel's Attorney General Avichai Mandelblit, speaking to reporters after he charged Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu with fraud, breach of trust and accepting bribes in three different scandals (as quoted on CBSNews).


"Your ability to communicate the beauty and vulnerability of our natural environment remains unequalled as you – and your team – have engaged and enthused many people, young and old, to appreciate and preserve our world's oceans. For that we should all be thankful."
- Queen Elizabeth II in a speech at an event in which broadcaster David Attenborough was awarded the Chatham House prize along with the BBC Studios Natural History Unit for "the galvanising impact" of the nature series Blue Planet II (as quoted on Reuters).


“Full market access for US products to our National Health Service. You’re going to sell our National Health Service to the United States and big pharma."
- UK Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn, during the first debate with Prime Minister Boris Johnson ahead of December's election.

"This is an absolute invention. It is completely untrue. Under no circumstances whatever will this government, or any Conservative government, put the NHS on the table in any trade negotiation. Our NHS will never be for sale."
- Prime Minister Johnson's response (both as quoted on The Guardian).


"Calling the establishment of civilian settlements inconsistent with international law has not advanced the cause of peace. The hard truth is that there will never be a judicial resolution to the conflict, and arguments about who is right and who is wrong as a matter of international law will not bring peace.”
- US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, announcing that the US has reversed a 40 year position and now says Israeli settlements on occupied Palestinian land are not necessarily illegal (as quoted on The Guardian).


"The country is split and people on both sides of the political divide are extremely angry. In a situation like this, repressive actions by the authorities will simply stoke that anger even further and are likely to jeopardise any possible avenue for dialogue."
- Michelle Bachelet, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, speaking on 16th November with regard to the situation in Bolivia following the resignation of President Evo Morales last week. At least 17 people have reportedly died in demonstrations since then.


"Venice is on its knees."
- Venice's Mayor Luigi Brugnaro, in comments on Twitter in which he blamed floods in the Italian island city - the worst in 50 years -  on climate change (as quoted on NPR)


"Our society has been pushed to the brink of a total breakdown."
- Hong Kong Police Senior Superintendent Kong Wing-cheung speaking after police battled protestors at several university campuses as parts of the city were paralysed on Tuesday (as quoted on Reuters)


"Several minutes ago I received a phone call from [former] President Evo Morales to verbally and formally request political asylum in our country. Interior Minister Olga Sánchez Cordero made the decision to grant him asylum."
- Mexican Foreign Minister Marcelo Ebrard announcing the decision to grant former Bolivian President Evo Morales - who resigned this week after pressure from the military following weeks of protests - asylum (as quoted on the BBC).


"We suggest the President of the State renounce his presidential mandate, allowing peace to be restored and the stability maintained for the good of our Bolivia. Likewise, we ask the Bolivian people and mobilised sectors to shed attitudes of violence and disorder among brothers so as not to stain our families with blood, pain and mourning."
- General Williams Kaliman, the commander of Bolivia's armed forces, in a statement made on Sunday before President Evo Morales announced he would be resigning (as quoted on the ABC)


"What we are currently experiencing is the brain death of NATO."
- French President Emmanuel Macron in an interview with The Economist which he said a lack of coordination and US unpredictability under President Donald Trump were leading to the death of NATO, adding that he didn't know when asked whether he believed in Article Five collective defence guarantee of NATO's treaty (as quoted by Reuters).


"The United States said Baghdadi killed himself in a tunnel. They started a communication campaign about this. But, I am announcing it here for the first time: We captured his wife and didn't make a fuss like them. Similarly, we also captured his sister and brother-in-law in Syria."
- Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in a speech at Ankara University on Wednesday in comments referring to last week's US announcement about the death of Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi (as quoted on ABC).


"...the United States stands ready, willing & able to get involved and do the job quickly and effectively. The great new President of Mexico has made this a big issue, but the cartels have become so large and powerful that you sometimes need an army to defeat an army!"
- US President Donald Trump in a tweet sent in response to news that nine dual American-Mexican women and children - members of a Mormon family - were killed while travelling near the US-Mexico border on Monday evening.


"This House will change, but it will change for the better."
- Veteran Labour figure Sir Lindsay Hoyle, speaking after he was elected as new Speaker of the House of Commons in the UK Parliament. He replaces the controversial Speaker John Bercow (as quoted on CNN).


"This is the absolute mother of all oil and gas companies."
- David Hunter, director of market studies at Schneider Electric, speaking in response to news Saudi Arabian state oil producer Aramco, the world's most profitable company, will list on the  Riyadh stock exchange, in what could be the world's biggest initial public offering (as quoted on BBC).


“I am extremely saddened by this. I am utterly in shock. We have lost our symbol.”
- Naha Mayor Mikiko Shiroma speaking to reporters after large parts of the 500-year-old Shuri Castle - a popular tourist attraction in the city of Naha in Okinawa Prefecture in Japan were destroyed in a fire early Thursday morning (as quoted on The Japan Times).


"This idea of purity and you're never compromised and you're always politically woke and all that stuff, you should get over that quickly. The world is messy. There are ambiguities. People who do really good stuff have flaws. People who you are fighting may love their kids and share certain things with you."
- Former US President Barack Obama, speaking at the Obama Foundation Summit, in comments in which he called out young progressives as being too ideologically rigid and judgemental (as quoted on USAToday).


"Firefighters' actions on the night, which were remarkable in the circumstances, are now being scrutinised. Nobody is trying to avoid scrutiny, but we think that the ordering of the inquiry is completely back to front."
- Matt Wrack, general secretary of the Fire Brigades Union, speaking after the London Fire Brigade was condemned for "serious shortcomings" and systemic failures in its response to the 2017 Grenfell Tower fire - in which 72 people died - in a report released following the first stage of an inquiry (as quoted on BBC).


“There can be no excuse for violence – from any quarter. Above all I urge leaders everywhere to listen to the real problems of real people. Our world needs action and ambition, to build fair globalisation, strengthen social cohesion and tackle the climate crisis.” 
- UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres addressing the media at UN headquarters in New York on Friday, referring to demonstrations and protests that have been seen recently in countries ranging from Bolivia, Ecuador and Chile to Hong Kong, Egypt, Guinea, Haiti, Iraq and Lebanon.


“He died like a dog, he died like a coward. The world is now a much safer place."
- US President Donald Trump, announcing the death of Islamic State leader, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, killed in north-western Syria during a raid for US special forces. Baghdadi was one of the world's most wanted terrorists.


"This is not a new problem. The economic crisis that Lebanon is currently facing was a slow train coming."
- An unnamed US official, quoted by the ABC, speaking about the ongoing mass protests which have taken place in Beirut over the past week in which protestors are calling for reforms including a crackdown on corruption.


"[I]t's finally reached a boiling point where members just said they are so frustrated at the idea that they can't be a part of this and see what's going on."
- US Republican Congressman Jim Jordan, speaking after about two dozen Republican representatives stormed a closed-door deposition before the House Intelligence Committee spaces to express their anger at the Democratic-led impeachment inquiry (as quoted on CNN).


“That is one word that no president ought to apply to himself. I’m not just a politician...I’m a product of the south. I know the history of that word.”
- South Carolina representative James Clyburn, the US House of Representatives majority whip, in comments made to CNN after US President Donald Trump tweeted that the impeachment proceedings against him amounted to a "lynching" (as quoted on The Guardian).


"In the past weeks I made every effort to bring Benny Gantz to the negotiating table, every effort to establish a broad national government, every effort to avoid another election. To my regret, time after time he declined. He simply refused."
- Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, announcing on Monday that he was giving up his effort to form a new government, opening the way for Gantz, head of the centrist Blue and White party, to do so (as quoted on ABC).


“When I first met my now husband, my friends were really happy because I was so happy. But my British friends said to me: ‘I’m sure he’s great. But you shouldn’t do it because the British tabloids will destroy your life'."
- The Duchess of Sussex, speaking in a new ITV documentary about her life as the wife of Prince Harry, in comments made during the couple's recent tour of southern African during which she announced she was suing the Mail on Sunday over an allegation that it had unlawfully published a private letter. Prince Harry, who has launched legal action against two other newspapers over allegations of phone hacking, has accused British tabloids of conducting a "ruthless" campaign against his wife (as quoted on The Guardian).


"This has to stop right now. There is no reason nor justification for burning cars, nor any other vandalism."
- Quim Torra, President of Spain's Catalonia region, speaking as increasingly violent protests which broke out following the handing downof jail sentences for nine seperatist leaders continued into a fourth day. Torra, who advocates for independence, also said the sentences would not stop a second vote on independence from going ahead (as quoted on the BBC).


“Let’s work out a good deal! You don’t want to be responsible for slaughtering thousands of people, and I don’t want to be responsible for destroying the Turkish economy - and I will...History will look upon you favorably if you get this done the right and humane way. It will look upon you forever as the devil if good things don’t happen. Don’t be a tough guy. Don’t be a fool!"
- From the text of a letter written by US President Donald Trump to Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan on 9th October which was released by the White House on Wednesday (as quoted on Reuters).


“In retrospect I think there was poor judgment on my part. I know I did nothing wrong at all, but it was poor judgment to be in the middle of something that is a, it’s a swamp in many ways.”
- Hunter Biden, son of US Vice President and presidential candidate Joe Biden, in an interview with ABC News in the US in which he admitted “poor judgment” in taking a paid position in a Ukrainian gas company but denied doing anything wrong (as quoted on The Guardian).


"Until now Australia hasn't done anything for us. And we understand the world has hate, but we're asking just as regretful humans, don't let us fall into the hands of the regime, please."
- A young mother of two children, among more than 60 Australian women and children held in the al-Hawl camp in northern Syria for relatives of Islamic State members, speaking as Syrian Government soldiers and militia move into the region after a deal was struck to protect the Kurds from a Turkish invasion (as quoted on the ABC)


"Anyone attempting to split China in any part of the country will end in crushed bodies and shattered bones."
- China's President Xi Jinping in comments carried by state media on Sunday which comes against the backdrop of ongoing protests in Hong Kong (as quoted on The Washington Examiner)


"I think it is possible for us to come to an agreement, to have a treaty agreed, to allow the UK to leave the EU in an orderly fashion and to have that done by the end of October. But there's many a slip between cup and lip and lots of things that are not in my control."
- Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar after meeting with UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson to discuss Brexit and avoid the UK making an acrimonious exit from the EU (as quoted on Reuters)


"In full view of the world and the American people, Donald Trump has violated his oath of office, betrayed this nation and committed impeachable acts...To preserve our constitution, our democracy, our basic integrity, he should be impeached."
- Former US Vice President and current Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden, speaking during a campaign stop in the state of New Hampshire.


"[W]hat’s at stake is not winning some stupid blame game. At stake is the future of Europe and the UK as well as the security and interests of our people. You don’t want a deal, you don’t want an extension, you don’t want to revoke, quo vadis?"
- European Council President Donald Tusk, in a tweet addressed to UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson as negotiations over Brexit continue.


"[I]t is time for us to get out of these ridiculous endless wars, many of them tribal, and bring our soldiers home....As I have stated strongly before, and just to reiterate, if Turkey does anything that I, in my great and unmatched wisdom, consider to be off limits, I will totally destroy and obliterate the Economy of Turkey (I've done before!)..."
- US President Donald Trump in part of a series of tweets he made announcing plans to withdraw US troops from norther Syria.


"I don't know if I have an exact threshold on what amount of money someone should have, but on some level no one deserves to have that much money."
- Facebook CEO - and billionaire - Mark Zuckerberg, speaking in an event last Thursday at the company's headquarters, in which he said he understands where US presidential candidate Bernie Sanders is coming from when he says billionaires shouldn't exist (as quoted on CNN).


"We should avoid any reflex towards a negative globalism that coercively seeks to impose a mandate from an often ill-defined borderless global community...Under my leadership, Australia's international engagement will be squarely driven by Australia's national interests."
- Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison in a speech to the Lowy Institute thinktank in Sydney on Thursday night in which he said Australia should reject "unaccountable internationalist bureaucracy" (as quoted on Reuters).


"It is deeply sad that the first encounter happened in the way that it did. And, to you, as the descendants of those killed, I offer my every sympathy, for I understand the pain does not diminish with time."
- Laura Clarken, UK's High Commissioner to New Zealand, expressing regret over the nine Maori killed by Captain James Cook's crew from the HMS Endeavour when they reached what is now the city of Gisborne in New Zealand in 1769 (as quoted on the BBC).


“We are making history that will be remembered by future generations. And when they do, I hope they understand the magnitude of this fight that we are in today against an endemic evil that has caused much harm to our country.”

- Peruvian President Martín Vizcarra, speaking in a televised address after he dissolved the country's Congress on Monday and called new legislative elections after accusing the opposition-controlled legislature of stonewalling attempts to curb widespread corruption (as quoted on TIME).


"....'If the Democrats are successful in removing the President from office (which they will never be), it will cause a Civil War like fracture in this Nation from which our Country will never heal.' Pastor Robert Jeffress"
- US President Donald Trump, quoting evangelical megachurch pastor Robert Jeffress from an appearance on Fox News in a tweet, part of a series made as talks on impeachment intensify. The tweet sparked a strong reaction from some Democrats.


"It has been emotional retracing my mother's steps."
- Prince Harry, speaking as he visited the northern Angolan city of Huambo, where an iconic picture was taken of Princess Diana in 1997 as she walked through a minefield (as quoted on SBS).


"I totally deplore any threats to anybody, particularly female MPs, and a lot of work is being done to stop that and give people the security that they need. But I do think in the House of Commons it is important I should be able to talk about the surrender bill, the surrender act, in the way that I did."
- British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, speaking to the BBC about his use of language in the debates over Brexit.


"Australia is doing our bit on climate change and we reject any suggestion to the contrary."
- Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison in a speech to the UN General Assembly in New York after attracting criticism for missing the UN Climate Action Summit on Monday (as quoted on the ABC).


"It is a fallacy to say that the Amazon is the heritage of humankind, and a misconception confirmed by scientists to say that our Amazon forests are the lungs of the world."
- Brazil's President Jair Bolsonaro, speaking at the United Nations on Tuesday (as quoted on France24).


"You have stolen my dreams and my childhood with your empty words. Yet I’m one of the lucky ones. People are suffering. People are dying. Entire ecosystems are collapsing. We are in the beginning of a mass extinction and all you can talk about is money and fairy tales of eternal economic growth."
- Swedish climate change activist Greta Thunberg addressing the UN Climate Action Summit in an emotional speech calling for more action.


"We're backing Australian businesses to the moon, and even Mars, and back."
- Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison, announcing during his visit to the US that Australia will invest $A150 million in its companies and technology to help US President Donald Trump's bid for a moon landing by 2024 and subsequent US missions to Mars (as quoted on Reuters).


"The fact is...I didn't understand how hurtful this is to people who live with discrimination every single day."
- Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, speaking at a press conference on Thursday afternoon addressing revelations he had worn brown face for a third time (as quoted on the ABC)


"I don't want you to listen to me. I want you to listen to the scientists."
- Swedish teenager and climate change activist Greta Thunberg, addressing a US congressional hearing on Wednesday.


"We are responsible for enforcing our policies every day and we make millions of content decisions every week. But ultimately I don't believe private companies like ours should be making so many important decisions about speech on our own."
- Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg, in comments made as he announced plans to create an independent "oversight" board responsible for decisions over how the social network is moderated (as quoted on the BBC).


"There is reason to believe that we know the culprit, are locked and loaded depending on verification, but are waiting to hear from the Kingdom as to who they believe was the cause of this attack, and under what terms we would proceed!"
- US President Donald Trump in a tweet on Monday in which he hinted at a military response to drone attacks on Saudi Arabia's oil infrastructure on the weekend. The US has accused Iran of the attacks but Houthi rebels in Yemen have claimed responsibility.


"The madder Hulk gets, the stronger Hulk gets."
- UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson, in an interview with the Mail on Sunday, in which he likened himself to Marvel character, the Incredible Hulk, in which he also said the Hulk "always escaped, no matter how tightly bound in he seemed to be – and that is the case for this country". "We will come out on October 31 and we will get it done."


“Religious sites are powerful symbols of our collective consciousness. When people are attacked because of their religion or beliefs, all of society is diminished”. 
- Antonio Guterres, UN secretary-general, speaking as the UN Alliance of Civilizations launched a new plan to “counter hate and violence around the globe”.


“I was looking out a window from a building in midtown Manhattan directly at the World Trade Center when I saw a second plane at a tremendous speed go into the second tower. It was then that I realised the world was going to change.”
- US President Donald Trump in remarks made as the US commemorated the 18th anniversary of the 11th September terror attacks in which almost 3,000 people died in 2001 (as quoted on the Washington Post).


"If I receive from you, citizens of Israel, a clear mandate to do so...today I announce my intention to apply with the formation of the next government Israeli sovereignty over the Jordan Valley and northern Dead Sea."
- Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in a televised speech made ahead of a general election in Israel next week (as quoted on the BBC).


"As far as I'm concerned, they are dead..."I cancelled Camp David on the basis that they did something that they sure as hell shouldn't have done."
- US President Donald Trump, speaking about peace talks with the Taliban aimed at ending the long-running conflict in Afghanistan. His comments came after he cancelled secret plans to hold talks with the group's representatives at Camp David after it was revealed the Taliban were behind an attack in which a US soldier was among 12 people killed.


"There are parts of Abaco and the Bahamas that don't show a great deal of damage, and then there are clusters and communities that were devastated, almost as though nuclear bombs were dropped on them."
- Mark Green, head of the US Agency for International Development (USAID), speaking to Reuters about the impact of Hurricane Dorian on the north of the island chain.


"I'd rather be dead in a ditch...What on Earth is the point of further delay."
- UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson, responding to a question about whether he'd make a promise that he would not go back to the EU seeking another delay on Brexit, during a visit to West Yorkshire on 5th September.


"We are in the midst of one of the greatest national crises in our country's history."
- Bahamas Prime Minister Hubert Minnis, speaking with reference to the devastation caused by Hurricane Dorian, speaking as the death toll rose to 20.


"I don't want an election, but if MPs vote tomorrow to stop negotiations and compel another pointless delay to Brexit, potentially for years, then that would be the only way to resolve this. I can confirm that we are tonight tabling a motion under the Fixed Term Parliament Act."
- UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson, speaking after UK MPs voted to seize the parliamentary agenda in order to prevent the UK from leaving the EU without a deal on 31st October (as quoted on ABC).


"We are leaving on 31st October, no ifs or buts. We will not accept any attempt to go back on our promises or scrub that referendum.”
- UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson in a televised address outside the door of Number 10, speaking with regard to Brexit.


“This war was a German crime...I bow in mourning to the suffering of the victims. I ask for forgiveness for Germany’s historical debt. I affirm our lasting responsibility.”
- German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier, speaking at the the 80th anniversary of the outbreak of World War II in Poland on Sunday (as quoted on TIME).


"The Prime Minister is a father and I appeal to him as a parent and as a Christian to look into his heart and decide what the generous Christian response here is."
- Senator Kristina Keneally, Australian Shadow Home Affairs spokesperson, appealling to Prime Minister Scott Morrison to allow a Tamil family at the centre of a deportation case to stay in Australia (as quoted on SBS).


“Humanity needs to respond to the growing extinction crisis by transforming the way we manage the world’s wild animals and plants. Business as usual is no longer an option."
- Ivonne Higuero, secretary-general of CITES (Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora), speaking at the organisation's latest three year conference on Wednesday.


"The [Australian] Government is very concerned and disappointed to learn that Australian citizen and academic Dr Yang Hengjun (Dr Yang Jun) was formally arrested in China on suspicion of espionage on 23 August and will continue to be criminally detained. Our thoughts are with Dr Yang and his family at this very difficult time."
- Australian Foreign Minister Marise Payne in a statement issued on Tuesday in reference to the ongoing detention of Australian writer Dr Yang Hengjun who has been held in China in what she described as "harsh conditions" for more than seven months. China has accused him of espionage.


“He has made some extraordinarily rude comments about my wife...What can I say? It’s sad. It’s sad for him firstly, and for Brazilians."
- French President Emmanuel Macron, referring to a Facebook post Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro liked which implied Macron's wife Brigitte was not as good looking as his wife Michelle (as quoted on The Guardian).


"It's a situation I regard to be a crime against the homeland, a crime against humanity."
- Marina Silva, former Brazilian environment minister and presidential candidate, speaking about the fires burning in the Amazon (as quoted on Thomson Reuters Foundation).


"Our house is burning. Literally. The Amazon rain forest - the lungs which produces 20 per cent of our planet’s oxygen - is on fire. It is an international crisis. Members of the G7 Summit, let's discuss this emergency first order in two days!"
- French President Emmanuel Macron in a tweet made ahead of the G& Summit in reference to fires in the Amazon.


"It was said we will probably find a solution in two years. But we could also find one in the next 30 days, why not?"
- German Chancellor Angela Merkel in comments referring to Brexit made at a news conference with British Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Wednesday (as quoted on BBC).


“We want a guarantee of citizenship first and they must call us Rohingya, then we can go. We can’t go without our rights.”
- Ruhul Amin, speaking for a nine-member Rohingya Muslim family living in a refugee camp in Bangladesh, about the conditions under which they will return to their homes in Myanmar. It comes as Bangladesh’s refugee commissioner, Abul Kalam, said on Tuesday that only 21 families of 1,056 selected for repatriation were willing to be interviewed by officials about whether they wish to return (as quoted on The Guardian).


"Ok (Okjokull) is the first Icelandic glacier to lose its status as a glacier. In the next 200 years all our glaciers are expected to follow the same path."
- Icelandic author Andri Snaer Magnason, in an inscription written on a memorial plaque to the lost Okjokull glacier unveiled in Iceland this week (as quoted on The Sydney Morning Herald).


“Greenland is not for sale. Greenland is not Danish. Greenland belongs to Greenland. I strongly hope that this is not meant seriously.”
- Danish Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen speaking to newspaper Sermitsiaq after US President Donald Trump expressed interest in the US buying Greenland (as quoted on The Guardian).


"We congratulate the hero pilots who saved people's lives...There's no doubt about this. They will be given awards."
- Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov, speaking after two Russian pilots managed to successfully land an airliner carrying 233 people safely in a cornfield outside of Moscow after it struck a flock of birds while taking off - the incident has been dubbed the "miracle over Ramensk"(as quoted on the ABC).


“We have decided that if India commits any type of violation we will fight until the end...The time has arrived to teach you a lesson."
- Pakistan's Prime Minister Imran Khan, in a speech marking Pakistan's independence day which was given during a visit to Muzaffarabad, capital of Pakistan-administered Kashmir; his comments come after India last week revoked Kashmir's special status (as quoted on The Guardian).


"Give me your tired and your poor - who can stand on their own two feet and who will not become a public charge."
- Ken Cuccinelli, acting head of the US Citizenship and Immigration Services, in comments made to NPR after he was asked the words etched on the Statue of Liberty on New York's Ellis Island - "Give me your tired, give me your poor" (taken from Emma Lazarus' poem The New Colossus) - still applied.


“We see the need for de-escalation of tensions, we need to see the local authorities listening to the very serious concerns brought forward by Chinese citizens...We are calling for peace, for order, for dialogue...we certainly call on China to be very careful and very respectful in how it deals with people who have legitimate concerns in Hong Kong."
- Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in a statement referring to the ongoing mass protests in Hong Kong (as quoted on The Guardian).


"We live in fear. Being out at night isn't the same anymore. We're left to wonder if we'll even make it back home safely."
- Guatemalan Mario Macario speaking as the Central American country - the leading source of migrants travelling to the US-Mexican border - goes to the polls to elect a new president (as quoted on CNN).


"The tragic events in El Paso and Dayton this weekend are just the latest reminders that our nation can no longer wait for our federal government to take the actions necessary to prevent people who should not have access to firearms from being able to purchase them."
- The United States Conference of Mayors in a statement signed more than 200 US mayors issued in the wake of last weekend's mass shootings in the US. Republican Senate leader Mitch McConnell on Thursday rejected their plea to call the Senate back early to consider new gun legislation (as quoted on Reuters).


“It’s almost as if a licence to deforest illegally and with impunity has been given, now that you have the [environmental] inspection and control teams being attacked by no less than the President of the republic and the environment minister. This is a very worrying moment.”
- Rômulo Batista, an Greenpeace campaigner based in the Amazon city of Manaus, speaking in reference to Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro's policies on deforestation which have earned him the nickname of “Capitão Motoserra” (Captain Chainsaw”) (as quoted on The Guardian).


"The unauthorised disclosure or publication of foreign partner information could have serious ramifications, including putting at risk Australia's relationship with those partners and that country. Put simply, if those partners do not trust Australian intelligence agencies to keep their intelligence information secret, they will not share it."
- Nick Warner, Australia's director-general of National Intelligence, speaking in a submission to Parliament's intelligence and security committee which is investigating whether there are sufficient legal protections in place for journalists and whistleblowers or if too much ground has been ceded in favour of national security (as quoted on the ABC).


“These guys [criminals] are going to die in the streets like cockroaches – and that’s how it should be."
- Brazil's President Jair Bolsonaro, speaking about the impact of legislation he has proposed which would shield security forces and citizens who shoot alleged offenders from prosecution (as quoted on The Guardian).


"We turned a tough page of Sudan's history by signing this agreement."
- General Mohamed Hamdan Daglo and Opposition leader Ahmed Rabie as they signed a constitutional declaration which is expected to pave the way for the formation of a transitional government (as quoted on BBC).


"Their fear of being persecuted as Christians in this country - I don't get that."
- Tim Costello, senior fellow at Australia's Centre for Public Christianity, speaking to the ABC about how the "toxic" debate around asylum seekers had "damaged the Australian soul" and contributed to a paralysing fear of others in the country's public discourse (as quoted on ABC).


"We...respectfully request that you consider launching an internal UN investigation into attacks that have damaged or destroyed UN-supported facilities in northwest Syria and report back promptly."
- Britain, France, the United States, Germany, Belgium, Peru, Poland, Kuwait, Dominican Republic and Indonesia in a formal diplomatic petition to UN Secretary-General António Guterres over the lack of an inquiry into attacks on UN-supported facilities, including medical facilities, in Syria since April (as quoted on Reuters).


“If they can’t compromise, if they really can’t do it, then clearly we have to get ready for a no-deal exit, and I think we’ll do it. It’s up to the EU, it’s their call."
- UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson, speaking during a trip to Wales on Tuesday, with regard to whether there's an agreement found with the EU on Brexiti or not.


"They have crossed the red line of the principle of 'One country, Two systems' and can't be tolerated."
- Official Chinese Government spokesman Yang Guang, speaking after a weekend of street violence in Hong Kong - the latest in months of protests against the government of Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam (as quoted in The Age)


"I'm the happiest guy in the world. I have just won the Tour de France and I can't believe it."
- Colombian Egan Bernal, who is at 22 the youngest rider in 110 years to win the Tour de France (as quoted on BBC)


"Our mission is to deliver Brexit on October 31 for the purpose of uniting and re-energising our great United Kingdom and making this country the greatest place on Earth."
- New British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, speaking in his first address to Parliament since taking office in rhetoric many have compared with that of US President Donald Trump (as quoted on Yahoo News UK)


"As we say in the report and as I said at the opening, we did not reach a determination as to whether the President committed a crime."
- Former US Special Counsel Robert Mueller in testimony to the US House Judiciary Committee during which he also emphasised he had not exonerated US President Donald Trump of obstruction of justice as the President has claimed and that he expected Russia would again try and interfere in the 2020 US elections (as quoted on Reuters).


“It has been India’s consistent position that all outstanding issues with Pakistan are discussed only bilaterally."
- Subrahmanyam Jaishankar, India's foreign minister, hosing down US President Donald Trump's claim that he had been invited by the Indian Government to mediate in its dispute over Kashmir with neighbouring Pakistan. Trump's comments came as he spoke with Pakistan's Prime Minister Imran Khan in Washington this week and Khan suggested he could play a mediation role (as quoted on The Guardian).


"It is the beginning of a historical journey of India towards the moon."
-  K Sivan, head of the Indian Space Research Organisation, speaking after India successfully launched its second lunar mission on Monday (as quoted on the BBC).


"What the South Korean Government is doing now is equivalent to subverting the post-World War II international order."
- Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Kono, speaking at the start of a meeting with South Korea's ambassador, Nam Gwan-pyo, on Friday in a worsening row over compensation for Korean forced labourers during Japan's occupation of the Korean Peninsula between 1910 and 1945 (as quoted on Reuters).


"I feel a little badly about it."
- US President Donald Trump speaking after his supporters at a rally in North Carolina broke out in a chant of 'Send her back' when he criticised the Somali-born Democratic congresswoman (as quoted on the ABC).


"[W]e have to be prepared for a world without the INF treaty and with more Russian missiles."
- NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg in comments in which he accused Russia of breaching a 1987 Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty between the USSR and US banning short and medium-range missles. US President Donald Trump announced the US would suspend its obligations under the agreement in February, accusing Russia of breaches, and Russia, denying the breaches, suspended its own obligations shortly after (as quoted on the BBC).


"We remain concerned that the Burmese [Myanmar] government has taken no actions to hold accountable those responsible for human rights violations and abuses, and there are continued reports of the Burmese military committing human rights violations and abuses throughout the country."
- US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, in a statement made as the US announced sanctuions on Myanmar military's Commander-in-Chief Min Aung Hlaing and other military leaders it says is responsible for extrajudicial killings of Rohingya Muslims (as quoted on Reuters).


“When this President ran and until today, he talked about everything that was wrong in this country and how he was going to make it great. And so for him to condemn us and to say we are un-American for wanting to work hard to make this country be the country we all deserve to live in, it’s complete hypocrisy."
- US Congresswoman Ilhan Omar, speaking in a response to tweets made by US President Donald Trump that there were four "progressive" Congresswomen who should "go back" to the countries they cam from. Other speakers joining Omar at a press conference on Monday included Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Ayanna Pressley and Rashida Tlaib (as quoted in Bloomberg).


"Why don’t they go back and help fix the totally broken and crime infested places from which they came. Then come back and show us how...."
- US President Donald Trump in a couple of tweets in which he said "progressive" Democrat congresswomen, "who originally came from countries whose governments are a complete and total catastrophe, the worst, most corrupt and inept anywhere in the world (if they even have a functioning government at all)" were "loudly and viciously" telling the US how the government is to be run before telling them to "go back" to the countries where they come from. Trump did not identifty the congresswomen he was speaking about.


"This is not just a step towards paying justice for the thousands of families of victims of extrajudicial killings in the Philippines, but it is also a message that we collectively send out to those who have praised President Duterte."
- Ellecer Carlos of the Manila-based rights group iDefend following the announcement that the UN Human Rights Council has voted to launch an investigation into killings which have taken place in the Philippines during President Rodrigo Duterte's so-called "war on drugs" (as quoted on the ABC).


"We call on China to uphold its national laws and international obligations and to respect human rights and fundamental freedoms, including freedom of religion or belief in Xinjiang and across China. We call also on China to refrain from the arbitrary detention and restrictions on freedom of movement of Uighurs, and other Muslim and minority communities in Xinjiang."
- An unprecedented letter to the president of the UN Human Rights Council signed by the ambassadors of 22 nations including Australia, Canada, UK, Japan and France - but not the UK which quit the forum a year ago (as quoted in The Independent)


"The wacky Ambassador that the UK foisted upon the United States is not someone we are thrilled with, a very stupid guy."
- US President Donald Trump, responding on Twitter to leaked comments from UK's US Ambassador Kim Darroch in which he described the Trump administration as "inept" and "dysfunctional".


"We don't really believe this administration is going to become substantially more normal; less dysfunctional; less unpredictable; less faction-riven; less diplomatically clumsy and inept."
- Sir Kim Darroch, UK Ambassador in Washington, DC, speaking in reference to the Trump administration in emails leaked to the press (as quoted on BBC).


"As we gather this evening in the joy of freedom, we remember that we all share a truly extraordinary heritage. Together, we are part of one of the greatest stories ever told - the story of America."
- US President Donald Trump, in a speech marking US Independence Day (as quoted on CNN).


“The UK Government chose to stand on the wrong side. It has made inappropriate remarks not only to interfere in internal affairs of Hong Kong but also to back up the violent lawbreakers...I would like to reiterate that Hong Kong is China’s special administrative region; it is not what it used to be under British colonial rule.”
- Liu Xiaoming, China's Ambassador to the UK, in comments in which he accused the British Government of "gross incompetence" in its comments on the ongoing crisis in Hong Kong; Liu's comments were subsequently described by the UK Foreign Office as "totally unacceptable" (as quoted on the Financial Times).


"Von der Leyen is a very good candidate and a very good choice to head the European Commission."
- French President Emmanuel Macron speaking after it was announced German Defence Minister Ursula von der Leyen was nominated to replace Jean-Claude Juncker as European Commission head (which, if successful, would see her as the first woman to hold the post). Other nominees for top EU posts include International Monetary Fund chief Christine Lagarde - nominated to head the European Central Bank, Belgian Prime Minister Charles Michel - nominated to replace European Council President Donald Tusk, and Spanish politician Josep Borrell Fontelles - nominated as the new foreign policy chief.


“I’m at a loss for words on what’s happening. Watching youngsters smashing everything in the legco, where probably lawmakers they elected were disqualified, I sense desperation, confusion and uncertainty, much like the city itself. After 22 yrs of misgovernance, tonight we r here.”
South China Morning Post journalist Shirley Zhao in comments made on Twitter after protestors forced their way into Hong Kong's Legislative Council building on Monday and caused significant damage before police regained control.


"The top leaders of the two countries agreed to keep in close touch in the future, too, and resume and push forward productive dialogues for making a new breakthrough in the denuclearisation of the Korean peninsula and in the bilateral relations."
- A statement from North Korea's state news agency KCNA following the meeting between US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) between the two Koreas on Sunday (as quoted on Reuters).


"These flyers depict Australia’s policy on Illegal Immigration. Much can be learned!"
- US President Donald Trump in a tweet which contained images of four Australian Government posters warning against "illegal migration".


“It is absolutely vital that we prepare for a no-deal Brexit if we are going to get a deal. But I don’t think that is where we are going to end up – I think it is a million-to-one against – but it is vital that we prepare.”
- Would be British Prime Minister Boris Johnson speaking at an event on 26th June (as quoted in The Guardian).


"America has a moral, ethical and economic responsibility to tax our wealth more. A wealth tax could help address the climate crisis, improve the economy, improve health outcomes, fairly create opportunity, and strengthen our democratic freedoms."
- From an open letter by a group of wealthy Americans calling on presidential race candidates to tax them more. Signatories included George Soros, Abigail Disney and Liesel Pritzker Simmons.


"It must be clear that all individuals who are suspected of crimes - whatever their country of origin, and whatever the nature of the crime - should face investigation and prosecution, with due process guarantees."
- Michelle Bachelet, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, in comments concerning the fate of tens of thousands of suspected Islamic State fighters currently being detained in Syria and Iraq.


"Neither Iran nor any other hostile actor should mistake US prudence and discretion for weakness. No one has granted them a hunting license in the Middle East."
- US National Security Advisor John Bolton, speaking on Sunday, days after US President Donald Trump reportedly called off a retaliatory military strike against Iran following the downing of an American drone. Trump meanwhile has announced new sanctions will be forthcoming against Iran (as quoted on CNN).


"Iran made a very big mistake!"
- US President Donald Trump in a tweet made on Thursday morning after Iran shot down a US drone which it claims was in its airspace. Trump later said he imagined an Iranian "general or somebody" made a mistake in shooting down the surveillance drone which the US has said was over international waters at the time.


"[T]his human rights inquiry has shown that there is sufficient credible evidence regarding the responsibility of the Crown Prince demanding further investigation."
- Agnes Callamard, UN special rapporteur on extra-judicial, summary or arbitrary executions, calling for further investigation of the role of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman and other high level officials over the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi (as quoted by CNBC).


"[EU member states] have adopted laws, policies and practices which have often been contrary to their legal obligations to ensure effective search and rescue operations, the prompt and safe disembarkation and treatment of rescued people, and the prevention of torture, inhuman or degrading treatment."
- European rights watchdog, the Council of Europe, in a report released on Tuesday (as quoted by Reuters).


“We’re not saying that the public gathering on that day was a riot. Some protesters used violence, that’s why the situation was a riot. As for other peaceful protesters...they need not worry about the riot crime.”
- Hong Kong police commissioner Stephen Lo Wai-Chung in comments made following mass protests in the city last week over a proposed law allowing extradition to China. The commissioner refused to apologise for the police use of teargas, rubber bullets and truncheons on protestors, claiming that their hand was forced when a minority of protestors turned to violence (as quoted on The Guardian).


"President Trump has said very clearly, he doesn't want to go to war."
- US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, speaking on Sunday in reference to last week's attacks on two oil tankers in the Gulf of Oman which various US officials blamed on Iran; Pompeo now says the administration is considering a "full range of options" in response (as quoted on CBS News).


"What the President said last night shows clearly, once again, over and over again, that he does not know the difference between right and wrong."
- US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, speaking after US President Donald Trump said he saw nothing wrong with accepting damaging information about a political opponent if offered by a foreign government during his re-election campaign in an interview with ABC News (as quoted on ABC).


“We have left no stone unturned to make the lunar soft landing a success."
- Kailasavadivoo Sivan, chairman of Indian Space Research Organisation, speaking as India announces plans to launch a lunar mission on 15th July in an attempt to land on the moon on 6th or 7th September (as quoted on TIME).


“We urge the [Hong Kong government] not to rush to amend the fugitive bill before fully responding to the concerns of the legal sector and the public."
- A statement from the Catholic Church in Hong Kong as a bill concerning extradition to China is before the Legislative Council. Other Christian groups including the Hong Kong Christian Council, the Baptist Convention of Hong Kong and the Christian and Missionary Alliance Church Union Hong Kong have also voiced concerns about the bill (as quoted in South China Morning Post).


"[T]o be honest, as a dad, it's tough trying to explain this to my kids. How do you explain dead whales washing up on beaches around the world, their stomachs jam-packed with plastic bags?"
- Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, announcing plans to ban some single-use plastics including straws, stirrers, bags and cutlery by early 2021.


“What we need is the United States, China, the Russian Federation, India, the European Union and several other key partners to address their problems in a multilateral way.”
- UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, speaking to delegates at the International Economic Forum in the Russian city of Saint Petersburg on 6th June, 2019.


"The fate of the world depended on their success. Many of them would never return, and the heroism, courage and sacrifice of those who lost their lives will never be forgotten."
- Queen Elizabeth II, speaking at the 75th anniversary D-Day commemorations in Portsmouth where she was joined by 16 world leaders.


“We will not stand for that. We will fight with every last breath of our body to defend the principle of a healthcare system free at the point of need for everybody as a human right."
- UK Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn, speaking after US President Donald Trump said "everything is on the table" when making trade deals including the UK's National Health Service. Trump later said he didn't see the NHS being on the table (as quoted in The Guardian).


"This report is about deliberate race, identity and gender-based genocide."
- Marion Buller, chief commissioner of an inquiry into missing and murdered Inidgenous women in Canada, speaking as the inquiry delivered its final 1,200 page report to the Canadian Government on Monday  (as quoted on the CBC).


"That incident was a political turbulence and the central government took measures to stop the turbulence, which is a correct policy."
- China's Defence Minister General Wei Fenghe, in reference to the Chinese Government's bloody crackdown on student protestors in Tiananmen Square in 1989, speaking at a forum in Singapore just days before the 30th anniversary of the event (as quoted on the BBC).


"I truly want this country to be the richest black Christian nation on planet earth."
- Papua New Guinea's new Prime Minister, James Marape, in his first speech to parliament since taking office (as quoted in The Adelaide Advertiser).


"If we had confidence the President clearly did not commit a crime, we would have said so. We did not."
- Robert Mueller, former special counsel appointed to investigate Russian interference in the 2016 US election, speaking publicly for the first time since his appointment in May, 2017, and after his 448 page report was handed to the US Government.


"I don't want to be so fatalistic and say it was only a matter of time, but when you have an unchecked area that is aggressively dangerous to be in...you definitely end up with disaster, unfortunately."
- Les Stroud, host of TV show Survivorman, speaking to CNN after news that 11 people have died in the past two weeks trying to climb Mount Everest.


"Despite all the gloomy forecasts, Europe’s nationalist and eurosceptical parties, it seems, have failed to make enough headway in the European Parliament election last week to be able to disrupt the legislature’s operation. At the same time... the election showed that one priority for Europeans is that the EU tackle climate change..."
- Leonid Bershidsky, a Bloomberg columnist, in a piece published Monday morning.


"Is it licit to eliminate a human life to solve a problem?...Is it licit to hire a hitman to solve a problem? It is not lawful. Never, ever eliminate a human life or hire a hitman to solve a problem."
- Pope Francis, speaking at a Vatican-sponsored anti-abortion conference in Rome on Saturday (as quoted on CNN).


"Again, I pray for the President of the United States. I wish that his family, or his administration, or his staff would have an intervention for the good of the country."
- US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi in an ongoing war of words with US President Donald Trump; it comes after he walked out of discussions with Democratic congressional leaders and demanded an end to congressional investigations (as quoted on ABC).


"I don't do cover-ups."
- US President Donald Trump speaking to reporters at the White House in response to accusations from House Speaker Nancy Pelosi that he had obstructed justice and was engaged in a cover-up which she said could be an impeachable offence.


“We are grateful and proud that amid our differences, we have been mature in keeping the peace."
- Indonesian President Joko Widodo, following news from Indonesia's electoral commission that he had won a second five year term in office; the news has sparked some protests and clashes with police (as quoted on VOA).


"If Iran wants to fight, that will be the official end of Iran. Never threaten the United States again!"
- US President Donald Trump in a tweet made on Sunday amid increased tensions in the region.


"Bob Hawke was a great Australian who led and served our country with passion, courage, and an intellectual horsepower that made our country stronger. He was true to his beliefs in the Labor tradition and defined the politics of his generation and beyond."
- Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison in a tweet following the death on Thursday of former Australian Prime Minister Bob Hawke at the age of 89.


"The Australian people loved Bob because Bob loved them."
- Labor leader Bill Shorten in a tweet following Hawke's death.


“Australia experienced a massacre and changed its laws. New Zealand has had its experience and changed its laws. To be honest with you, I don’t understand the United States.”
- New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, speaking to CNN, after being asked whether countries can learn from New Zealand with regard to its response in banning certain weapons in the wake of the Christchurch mosque shootings.


"We fundamentally do not seek a war with Iran."
- US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, speaking at a joint press conference with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov in Sochi; his comments come amid rising tensions in the region (as quoted on SBS).


"I think it is a wonderful part of human nature that makes us want to push ourselves to the limits, which has helped propel us as a species to where we are now."
- Victor Vescovo, an American undersea explorer, speaking after he completed the deepest manned sea dive ever recorded early this month - some 10,927 metres below sea level to the ocean floor in the Mariana Trench in the Pacific Ocean (as quoted on CNN).


"Both sides will suffer on this."
- Larry Kudlow, head of the National Economic Council in the US, speaking on Fox News on the impact of the escalating trade war between the US and China.


"This is really moving towards a Big Brother style of control and censorship project. It's a direct threat to freedom of expression and is something the entire world should be alarmed about."
- Phil Robertson, deputy director of Human Rights Watch's Asia division, speaking after Singapore passed a new law targeting fake news which gives authorities powers to order the removal of what they deem to be false statements deemed against the public interest and post corrections (as quoted on the BBC).


“This is unprecedented. If allowed to go unchecked, this obstruction means the end of congressional oversight. As a co-equal branch of government, we should not and cannot allow this to continue.”
- Jerrold Nadler, chairman of the US House Judiciary Committee, in a statement made after US President Donald Trump invoked executive privilege to block the release of the full report of Special Council Robert Mueller into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election (as quoted on TIME).


“I have to believe that the quick response of the officers that got inside that school helped save lives."
- Tony Spurlock, sheriff of Douglas County in Denver, Colorado, speaking of a school shooting on Tuesday in which two students opened fire at the Stem School Highlands Ranch, killing one 18-year-old student and wounding seven others before they were arrested by police (as quoted on The Guardian).


"To all Bulgarians who are familiar with the drama of emigration, I respectfully suggest that you not close your eyes, your hearts or your hands – in accordance with your best tradition – to those who knock at your door."
- Pope Francis, speaking during a visit to Bulgaria on Sunday (as quoted on Deutsche Welle).


"We still believe that there's an opportunity to get a negotiated outcome where we get fully verified denuclearisation...We still believe there's a path forward."
- US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, speaking to ABC's This Week after North Korea conducted a series of short-range missile tests on Saturday (as quoted on USA Today).


"I do not wish to surrender myself for extradition for doing journalism that has won many, many awards and protected many people."
- Wikileaks founder Julian Assange, appearing via video link from Belmarsh prison at a hearing in London concerning his extradition to the US (as quoted on The Guardian).


“Every day there will be acts of protest until we achieve our liberty. They thought they could suffocate our protest yesterday and they failed. We will remain in the streets until Venezuela is free.”
- Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido, speaking this week as mass protests were held against the regime of Nicolas Maduro, prompting clashes with security forces and claims from Maduro that a coup attempt had been thwarted (as quoted on The Guardian).


"The majority of people coming to the United States seeking asylum are coming with little more than the shirts on their back."
- Victoria Neilson, a former official at US Citizenship and Immigration Services in the US, speaking after US President Donald Trump moved to have asylum seekers pay a fee as their claims are processed and prevent those who enter the US illegally from obtaining temporary work permits while this is carried out (as quoted on Reuters).


"We're not idiots. If we were conducting reconnaissance with the help of this animal, how would we have done it? Written a mobile phone number on it to call in case something happens?”
- Retired Russian general Viktor Baranets, speaking to radio station Govorit Moskva, after fishermen in northern Norway found a Beluga whale wearing a camera harness which is believed to have escaped from the Russian navy, prompting speculation it was a spy whale (as quoted in The Telegraph).


“They look like they have been run over with a bulldozer."
- Gemma Connell, the head of the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs' regional office, speaking in reference to how Cyclone Kenneth - which struck Mozambique's north coast last week, six weeks after Cyclone Idai caused devastation in that country, Zimbabwe and Malawi - caused damage to communities, with some entire villages reportedly being wiped out (as quoted in The Guardian).


“Coalition forces razed Raqqa, but they cannot erase the truth. Amnesty International and Airwars call upon the Coalition forces to end their denial about the shocking scale of civilian deaths and destruction caused by their offensive in Raqqa.”
- Donatella Rovera, senior crisis response adviser at Amnesty International, speaking as the organisation - in partnership with Airwars, releases a "data project" which shows more than 1,600 civilians were killed as a direct result of thousands of US, UK and French air strikes and tens of thousands of US artillery strikes in the Coalition’s military campaign in the then-Islamic State stronghold of Raqqa, in Syria, from June to October, 2017.


"The State Visit is an opportunity to strengthen our already close relationship in areas such as trade, investment, security and defence, and to discuss how we can build on these ties in the years ahead."
- British Prime Minister Theresa May, announcing that US President Donald Trump will be making a State Visit to the UK, during which he will meet with Queen Elizabeth II, from 3rd to 5th June in what is likely to be a controversial trip.


“The special counsel’s report, even in redacted form, outlines substantial evidence that President Trump engaged in obstruction and other abuses...It now falls to Congress to determine for itself the full scope of the misconduct and to decide what steps to take in the exercise of our duties of oversight, legislation and constitutional accountability.”
- Jerry Nadler, the Democrat chairman of the House of Representatives judiciary committee, speaking after the release of a redacted version of the 448 page report of special counsel Robert Mueller last week. Nadler has issued a subpoena demanding former White House counsel Don McGahn testify before Congress (as quoted on The Guardian).


"The international contest will settle the question of whether we should build a new spire, whether we should rebuild the spire that was designed and built by [Eugene] Viollet-Le-Duc, in identical fashion, or whether we should...endow Notre-Dame cathedral with a new spire adapted to the techniques and the challenges of our era."
- French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe, announcing that an international contest is being held to decide whether the cathedral should have a new spire or an indentical one to that destroyed in this week's fire.


"This election is a 'race to the right'...a race to show who is more Islamic conservative."
- Made Supriatma, a visiting fellow and Indonesia expert at the ISEAS-Yusof Ishak Institute in Singapore, who says identity politics are "front and centre" in the Indonesian election (as quoted on BBC).


"This Notre Dame Cathedral, we will rebuild it. All together. This is part of our French destiny. I am committed to this: from tomorrow a national subscription will be launched, and far beyond our borders."
- French President Emmanuel Macron, in a translated tweet he made in response to the fire at Paris' Notre Dame Cathedral.


"The ocean is huge, covering almost 70 per cent of our planet but we have managed to seriously impact this vast environment through climate change, ocean acidification, overfishing, plastic and other pollution and other threats...We are running out of excuses to take action and running out of time."
- President Danny Faure, of the Seychelles, speaking in a broadcast made from a submersible vehicle, part of a British expedition, located 124 metres below sea level.


"I know nothing about WikiLeaks. It's not my thing."
- US President Donald Trump, speaking after WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange was dragged out of the Ecuadorian Embassy in London on Thursday following the revocation of his asylum status. Assange was subsequently taken to a court and convicted of skipping bail in 2012. Trump's comments follow those he made in 2016 when he said "I love WikiLeaks" after the website released emails US authorities have said were hacked by Russian to harm his then election opponent Hillary Clinton.


“This extension is as flexible as I expected and a little bit shorter than I expected but it is still enough to find the best possible solution...Please do not waste this time."
- Donald Tusk, European council president, speaking at a media conference in which a new Brexit deadline of 31st October was announced (as quoted in The Guardian).


"The number-one tasks of the two governments is how are we going to reduce poverty and the way we reduce poverty is by settling our differences through dialogue and there is only one difference - which is Kashmir."
- Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan in an interview with the BBC which comes ahead of the country's general election in which he responded to a question about what message he wanted to send to Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his country.


"Its been an honor of a lifetime to serve with the brave men and women of @DHSgov. I could not be prouder of and more humbled by their service, dedication, and commitment to keep our country safe from all threats and hazards."
- US Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen Nielsen announcing her resignation via Twitter.


"The crew performed all the procedures repeatedly provided by the manufacturer but were not able to control the aircraft."
- Ethiopian Transport Minister Dagmawit Moges speaking at a press conference in Addis Ababa following the release of the first report in relation to the crash of an Ethiopian Airlines flight in which 157 people were killed (as quoted on The Guardian).


"I ask your forgiveness for any failing towards you. I am leaving the political scene without sadness or fear, for the future of our country."
- Algeria's former president, Abdelaziz Bouteflika, who stepped down this week after 20 years in power, in a letter to the country released by the APS news agency (as quoted on Al Jazeera).


"That is a terrible, terrible thing to create an event that sends debris in an apogee that goes above the International Space Station. And that kind of activity is not compatible with the future of human spaceflight that we need to see have happen."
- Jim Bridenstine, head of NASA, speaking over concerns raised after India used a missile to destroy a satellite with risk of damage to the ISS rising by 44 per cent over 10 days as a result (as quoted on BBC).


“Any religion-based legislation must not violate human rights, including the rights of those belonging to the majority religion as well as of religious minorities and non-believers."
- Michelle Bachelet, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, speaking as a revised penal code is about to come into force in Brunei under which the death penalty can be given for a range of offences including adultery and blasphemy, public flogging will be introduced as a punishment for abortion, and amputation for theft. The UN says the new code also criminalises exposing Muslim children to the beliefs and practices of any religion other than Islam.


"I think it would be in the national interest to have a cross-party government so we can take decisions without the chaos that we're seeing in Parliament at the moment where every possible alternative is rejected."
- Former Conservative UK Prime Minister Sir John Major speaking with regard to the ongoing Brexit crisis in the UK which has already lead Prime Minister Theresa May to offer to resign if Parliament would pass her deal for the Brexit process (as quoted on the BBC)


"It was a simple question of hygiene."
- Vatican spokesman Alessandro Gisotti, explaining why Pope Francis pulled his hand away when people bent to kiss the papal ring during a meeting last Thursday; the incident went viral on social media.


"Today we’re announcing a ban on praise, support and representation of white nationalism and separatism on Facebook and Instagram, which we’ll start enforcing next week. It’s clear that these concepts are deeply linked to organized hate groups and have no place on our services....Going forward, while people will still be able to demonstrate pride in their ethnic heritage, we will not tolerate praise or support for white nationalism and separatism."
- Facebook in a statement released on Wednedsay.


"We are throwing in the towel because we feel surrounded by a climate of distrust and progressive de-legitimisation."
- Lucetta Scaraffia, founder of Vatican magazine Women Church World - published as a supplement to the Vatican daily L'Osservatore Romano, in a letter to Pope Francis announcing her resignation. She later added that all 11 women working on the magazine had resigned (as quoted on the BBC)


"Autonomous machines with the power and discretion to select targets and take lives without human involvement are politically unacceptable, morally repugnant and should be prohibited by international law."
- UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres in a message to a group of artificial intelligence experts meeting in Geneva on Monday looking at how to restrict the development of lethal autonomous weapons systems.


"So it's complete exoneration, no collusion, no obstruction."
- US President Donald Trump speaking after the release of a document from US Attorney-General William Barr which summarised the findings of Special Counsel Robert Mueller's report on Russian meddling in the 2016 US presidential election.

"The fact that special counsel Mueller's report does not exonerate the President on a charge as serious as obstruction of justice demonstrates how urgent it is that the full report and underlying documentation be made public without any further delay."
- A statement released by US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer following the publication of Barr's summary.


"Of this I am absolutely sure. You, the public, have had enough. You are tired of the infighting, tired of the political games and the arcane procedural rows, tired of MPs talking about nothing else but Brexit when you have real concerns about our children's schools, our National Health Service, knife crime. You want this stage of the Brexit process to be over and done with. I agree. I am on your side."
- British Prime Minister Theresa May, speaking as she formally announced she had approached the EU to extend the Brexit deadline from 29th March to 30th June (as quoted on BBC).


"He sought many things from his act of terror, but one was notoriety.  And that is why you will never hear me mention his name. He is a terrorist. He is a criminal. He is an extremist. But he will, when I speak, be nameless."
- New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, speaking in the NZ Parliament on Tuesday in reference to the alleged perpetrator of last Friday's terror attack in Christchurch in which 50 people were killed at two mosques (as quoted on ABC).


"Within 10 days of this horrific act of terrorism we will have announced reforms which will, I believe, make our community safer."
- New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, speaking after a meeting with cabinet on Monday in the wake of last Friday's terror attack in which 50 people were killed in two Christchurch mosques (as quoted on CNN).


"Clear similarities were noted between Ethiopian Airlines Flight 302 and Indonesian Lion Air Flight 610, which would be the subject of further study during the investigation."
- Ethiopian Transport Minister Dagmawit Moges, speaking with regard to preliminary evidence found on the black box from the Ethiopian Airlines plane which crashed earlier this month near Addis Ababa, killing all 157 people on board. His comments refer to similarities with the crash of a Lion Air flight off Indonesia last October (as quoted on BBC).


“The intentional killing of another person is wrong, and as governor I will not oversee the execution of any individual."
- California's Governor Gavin Newsom, announcing a moratorium on executions in the US state in comments in which he also said the death penalty “has discriminated against defendants who are mentally ill, black or brown, or can’t afford expensive legal representation". There were 737 inmates on death row in the state (as quoted on Newsweek).


“We haven’t seen things like this since the 1930s, rounding up - some estimations are in the millions - of people and putting them into camps and torturing them. It’s just remarkably awful.”
- US State Department official Ambassador Michael Kozak, speaking as the department released its annual report on global human rights practices in reference to the detaining in China of at least hundreds of thousands of Uighur Muslims and others in detention camps (as quoted on Bloomberg).


"I continue to believe that by far the best outcome is that the United Kingdom leaves the European Union in an orderly fashion with a deal. And that the deal we've negotiated is the best, and indeed the only deal available."
- British Prime Minister Theresa May in comments made after her revised Brexit deal was rejected by MPs in the House of Commons in a 242 to 391 vote against it (as quoted on ABC).


"You've really put a big investment in our country, we appreciate it very much Tim Apple."
- US President Donald Trump speaking about Tim Cook, CEO of Apple, at a White House event last week. The President has since tweeted that he "quickly referred to Tim + Apple as Tim/Apple as an easy way to save time & words. The Fake News was disparagingly all over this, & it became yet another bad Trump story!"


"I was certainly voted out by my party room - fairly narrowly - but I think that says more about the internal politics of the Liberal Party than of the electorate...It was essentially a form of madness that occurred...But, basically, you could argue that their concern was not that I would lose the election but rather I would win it..."
- Former Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, who was ousted in August last year, speaking in an interview with the BBC.


"I believe we should be working towards a world where people can speak privately and live freely knowing that their information will only be seen by who they want to see it and won't all stick around forever. If we can help move the world in this direction, I will be proud of the difference we've made."
- Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg, in a Facebook blog post about his vision for a "privacy-focused" social network.


“While there are important limitations to applying this study to a HIV cure globally, this second documented case does reinforce the message that HIV cures are possible."
- Professor Anthony Kelleher, director of UNSW’s Kirby Institute, speaking to news.com.au with regard reports of a second case of a HIV positive person going into sustained remission from the virus and being cleared of AIDS after a bone-marrow transplant.


"They threatened us and here we are, putting forward our face for Venezuela."
- Venezuelan opposition leader - and self declared interim president - Juan Guiado after arriving back in the Venezuelan capital of Caracas, having defied a Supreme Court ban on him leaving the country; he again called on President Nicolas Maduro to resign (as quoted on the BBC).


“Everything we’ve worked for our entire life, it’s all gone in a couple of hours. I’m too scared to go back to look at it.”
- Andrew Clarke, owner of Jinks Creek Winery in the Australian state of Victoria, speaking after fire destroyed their property in the west of the state. A number of properties have been destroyed in blazes as temperatures soared late last week (as quoted on The Herald Sun).


"He felt badly about it. He felt very badly. He tells me that he didn't know about it and I will take him at his word."
- US President Donald Trump, speaking about his discussions with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un at their meeting in Hanoi with regard to the death of US student Otto Warmbier, released in mid-2017 after more than a year in prison in North Korea. Warmbier returned to the US in a coma and died soon after (as quoted on CNN).


"Mr Trump is an enigma. He is complicated, as am I. He has both good and bad, as do we all. But the bad far outweighs the good, and since taking office, he has become the worst version of himself."
- Michael Cohen, US President Donald Trump's former personal lawyer, in lengthy testimony to US Congress in which he also described the US President as a "racist", a "conman" and a "cheat". Republicans were quick to point out that Cohen pleaded guilty last year to lying to Congress (as quoted on the ABC).


"We deeply appreciate the meaning of peace and reconciliation. Contributing towards peace is a responsibility of each nation in this day and age."
- Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc, speaking in an interview with CNN, as his country hosts a meeting between US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un this week.


“The UK has an obligation to bring to an end its administration of the Chagos archipelago as rapidly as possible and that all member states must co-operate with the United Nations to complete the decolonization of Mauritius.”
- Abdulqawi Ahmed Yusuf, president of the International Court of Justice, in a majority decision handed down in The Hague which found that ongoing British occupation of the Indian Ocean archipelago is illegal. The ruling is only advisory and not binding (as quoted on The Guardian).


"The use of force against the Venezuelan people, who are eager to receive international humanitarian aid, is a criminal act committed by the Maduro regime."
- A statement from the Foreign Ministry of Brazil in which they urged governments to recognise Juan Guaido as interim president in place of Nicolas Maduro (as quoted on Reuters).


“The foundations of our food systems are being undermined...It is deeply concerning that in so many production systems in so many countries, biodiversity for food and agriculture and the ecosystem services it provides are reported to be in decline.”
- Graziano da Silva, the director general of the Food and Agriculture Organisation, in an introduction to an FAO study which found the world's capacity to produce food is being undermined by a failure to protect biodiversity (as quoted on The Guardian).


"I've discovered two moons of Uranus and two moons of Pluto using the Hubble Telescope, but this was by far the hardest."
- Mark Showalter, an astronomer at the SETI Institute, speaking after his discovery of Neptune's 15th moon, named Hippocamp (as quoted on ABC)


"Our campaign is not only about defeating Donald Trump. Our campaign is about creating a government and economy that works for the many, not just the few."
- Democratic US Senator Bernie Sanders, in comments contained in an email to supporters in which he also called President Donald Trump, "the most dangerous president in modern American history", as he launched his second campaign to be the next US President (as quoted on the ABC).


"There's no way the US can crush us. The world cannot leave us because we are more advanced. Even if they persuade more countries not to use us temporarily, we can always scale things down a bit."
- Ren Zhengfei, founder of Chinese tech firm Huawei, in an interview with the BBC; it comes as the US pursues criminal charges against Huawei and Zhengfei's daughter Meng Wanzhou.


"The point of termination is perhaps the greatest opportunity for deadly workplace violence."
- Kathleen Bonczyk, the founder and executive director of the Florida-based non-profit Workplace Violence Prevention Institute, speaking after gunman Gary Martin killed five people and injured six, including five police officers, after opening fire at his workplace in Aurora, Illinois, following his dismissal on Friday (as quoted on CNN).


"Want to talk about a national emergency? Let's talk about today, the one-year anniversary of another manifestation of the epidemic of gun violence in America. That's a national emergency. Why don't you declare that emergency, Mr President? I wish you would."
- US Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi at a press conference on Thursday, referencing the Parkland, Florida school shooting that left 17 dead last year (as quoted on Newsweek).


"This situation remains in an unforgivable state, but we will never rest as a nation until we change this for good."
- Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison, delivering his first Closing the Gap statement, the country's 11th, which tracks progress on reducing Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander disadvantage in the areas of education, employment and health. The latest reports shows only two of seven targets are on track. Morrison announced a new education initiative under which provides incentives for teachers in remote communities (as quoted on the ABC). 


"I don't think you're going to see a shutdown. If you did have it, it's the Democrats fault."
- US President Donald Trump speaking on Tuesday of the possibility of a second US Government shutdown after lawmakers agreed to a deal to fund the government which still needs Congressional approval (as quoted on the BBC).


“Today we delivered the first donation, or the first cargo of humanitarian aid, albeit on a small scale, because you know they have blocked the border for the time being."
- Juan Guaido, Venezuelan opposition leader, speaking on Monday about the delivery of aid into the country despite a border blockade by authorities loyal to President Nicolas Maduro (as quoted on Reuters).


"[I] believe Africa is becoming an example, an example where it is possible to solve conflicts and it is possible to prevent conflicts. And this wind of hope, I believe, can then be extended to other parts of the world."
- UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres in a speech made on Saturday in the Ethiopian capital of Addis Ababa where he is attending the annual African Union summit.


“We are talking about saving lives, we are talking about bringing solutions for many people who have no other form of help, who don’t have people sending them things from overseas, who don’t have money for alternatives."
- Miguel Pizarro, a Venezuelan opposition lawmaker who is coordinating an aid operation which has seen the first convoy trucks carrying US aid arrive at the border between Venezuela and Colombia; it comes a day after Venezuelan authorities blockaded the crossing (as quoted on The Guardian).


"I've been wondering what that special place in hell looks like, for those who promoted #Brexit, without even a sketch of a plan how to carry it out safely."
- A tweet from European Council President Donald Tusk, reiterating comments he made after talks with Irish leader Leo Varadkar in Brussels; the comment sparked a strong response from Brexit-supporting MPs in London (as quoted by BBC).


"You have every right not to be stateless and the way you have been treated shames us all," said Jolie, adding the crisis was the result of decades of discrimination that had gone unaddressed...What is most tragic about this situation is that we cannot say we had no warning."
- Actor and UNHCR special envoy Angelina Jolie, speaking during a visit to a camp for Muslim Rohingya refugees from Myanmar in Bangladesh (as quoted by Reuters).


“For those who believe in the news that I passed away, then I request of you, please pray for the eternal repose of my soul."
- Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte speaking in a Facebook Live post on Sunday, addressing rumours that he had died (as quoted on TIME).


"We have finalised a peace agreement in Khartoum, enabling the people of Central African Republic to embark on a path of reconciliation, agreement and development.""
- Smaїl Chergui, the African Union's commissioner for peace and security, in a tweet on Sunday announcing a peace agreement between the Central African Government and 14 armed groups following talks in Khartoum. More than a million people have been uprooted from their homes due to the conflict (as quoted by Reuters).


"This could possibly be history-making."
- Ricky Castro, a National Weather Service meteorologist in Illinois, speaking to the BBC about cold snap affecting parts of the US with more than 10 deaths now linked to the extreme weather.


"I think God calls all of us to fill different roles at different times and I think that he wanted Donald Trump to become president. That's why he's there and I think he has done a tremendous job in supporting a lot of the things that people of faith really care about."
- White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders in an interview with the US Christian Broadcasting Network.


“We continue to assess that North Korea is unlikely to give up all of its nuclear weapons and production capabilities, even as it seeks to negotiate partial denuclearisation steps to obtain key US and international concessions.”
- Daniel Coats, the director of national intelligence in the US, in a written statement to the Senate this week (as quoted on The Guardian).


“From a deadly assault on a synagogue in the United States to the desecration of Jewish cemeteries in Europe, this centuries-old hatred is not only still strong – it is getting worse."
- UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres in a message for International Holocaust Remembrance Day in which he pointed to “the proliferation of neo-Nazi groups, and attempts to rewrite history and distort the facts of the Holocaust”.


"Fear makes us crazy."
- Pope Francis on a trip to Panama where the Catholic event known as World Youth Day is being held, responding to a journalist's comment describing the US-Mexico border wall - which juts out into the Pacific Ocean - as a "folly" (as quoted on Reuters)


“Whoever tries to harm us, we will harm them. Whoever threatens to destroy us will bear the full responsibility."
- Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, speaking on Monday, after Israel claimed responsibility for a series of airstrikes on Iranian military targets in Syria (as quoted on TIME)


"No-deal will only be taken off the table by either revoking Article 50, which turns back the results of the referendum - the government will not do that - or by having a deal, and that is what we are trying to work out."
- UK Prime Minister Theresa May, addressing Parliament as she said she would further concessions from the EU after her Brexit deal with the union was rejected by the House of Commons last week (as quoted on Reuters)


"Colombia is strong and will never be scared, it will never be intimidated by criminals."
- Colombia's President Ivan Duque, among thousands of people who took to the streets in Bogatá in a march for peace after 20 police cadets were killed in a car bomb attack last week. The President blamed the National Liberation Army (ELN) for the attack; the militant group has denied involvement (as quoted on BBC).


"Here in Fiji, climate change is no laughing matter."
- Fiji's Prime Minister Frank Bainimarama, speaking to Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison during a visit to Pacific nations, in which he also said climate changes posed an "enormous threat to Pacific Islanders (as quoted on ABC).


“It’s something that is worth the risk I took.”
- Saudi Arabian teenager Rahaf Mohammed al-Qunun, speaking to the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation after arriving in Canada this week having fled Saudi Arabia after, in her words, fearing for her life. She entered Canada after being granted refugee status by the US (as quoted on Reuters).


"It is of extreme concern to us as a government, as it should be to all our international friends and allies, that China has chosen to begin to arbitrarily apply the death penalty, as in this case facing a Canadian."
- Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau speaking after Canadian man Robert Lloyd Schellenberg was sentenced to death for drug smuggling by Chinese authorities (as quoted on the BBC).


"Doing so would be a catastrophic and unforgivable breach of trust in our democracy."
- UK Prime Minister Theresa May, in an op-ed published by the Sunday Express, giving her thoughts on what a failure of the UK Parliament to pass the Brexit deal would mean (as quoted on the ABC).


"[We] truly hope that a no-deal Brexit will be avoided, and in fact that is the whole wish of the whole world."
- Japanese Prime Minister Shinto Abe, speaking after talks with UK Prime Minister Theresa May, after saying Japan wanted to further develop its trade partnership with Britain (as quoted on BBC).


“This is a political stunt...They come up with this stuff at election time that is just a chest-beating exercise and it makes me cranky...It just doesn’t work. Any kind of research will tell you it just doesn’t work. That we’re even contemplating it in this country just makes me shake my head.”
- Hetty Johnston, of Australian child protection organisation Bravehearts, responding to the Australian Government's proposal for a national public register for sex offenders (as quoted on SMH).


"We will talk to her and do whatever she requests. Since she escaped trouble to seek our help, we are the Land of Smiles, we will not send anyone to their death. We won't do that, we will adhere to the human rights principles under the rule of law."
- Surachet Hakpal, Thailand's immigration police chief, speaking with regard to the plight of Saudi teenager Rahaf Mohammed Mutlaq Al-Qunun who claimed from a Thai hotel room on Monday that she was seeking refugee status fearing the fact she left Islam would result in her being harmed or killed by family members (as quoted on CNN).


"[W]e won’t be finally pulled out until ISIS is gone”
- US President Donald Trump in comments regarding the withdrawal of the roughly 2,000 US troops from Syria on 6th January, 2019, which seem to contradict his earlier comments, made in December, that all the troops would be "coming back now" to the US (as quoted on The Guardian).


"Well, we have to wait and see what happens with the Mueller report. We shouldn't be impeaching for a political reason and we shouldn't avoid impeachment for a political reason."
- Speaker of the US House of Representatives, Democrat Nancy Pelosi, in an interview with NBCNews, after being asked whether she could rule out Congress impeaching US President Donald Trump.


“Different systems are not an obstacle to unification, and even less are they an excuse for separatism. The private property, religious beliefs and legitimate rights and interests of our Taiwanese compatriots will be fully assured.”
- China's President Xi Jinping in his most significant statement on Taiwan since taking power in which he said Taiwan "must be" reunited with China, prompting a strong reaction from Taiwan's President Tsai Ing-wen who said the island would never accept reunification with China under the terms offered by Beijing (as quoted on The Washington Post).


“We have a unique opportunity before us to reconstruct our country and rescue the hope of our compatriots...We are going to unite the people, rescue the family, respect religions and our Judeo-Christian tradition, combat genre ideology, conserving our values.”
- Brazil's new President Jair Bolsonaro, speaking at his swearing in ceremony, in which he also said he would work for the liberation of Brazil "from socialism, inverted values, the bloated state and political correctness" (as quoted on The Guardian).


“The President still says ‘wall’ - oftentimes frankly he’ll say ‘barrier’ or ‘fencing,’ now he’s tended toward steel slats. But we left a solid concrete wall early on in the administration, when we asked people what they needed and where they needed it.”
- John F Kelly, former White House chief of staff, in an interview with the Los Angeles Times.


"What's the imperative? What's pushing us to go to Mars?...I don't think the public is that interested".
- Former US astronaut Bill Anders, speaking to the BBC about plans for human missions to Mars in comments in which he also described planning for such missions as "stupid".


"[N]o country poses a broader, more severe, and long-term threat to our nation’s economy and cyber infrastructure than China. China’s goal, simply put, is to replace the US as the world’s leading superpowe - and they’re breaking the law to get there. They’re using an expanding set of non-traditional and illegal methods. And Chinese state-sponsored actors are the most active perpetrators of economic espionage against us."
- FBI Director Christopher Wray, in a statement made as the US Justice Department charges two Chinese citizens with carrying out hacking at the direction of Beijing's Ministry of State Security.


"I did not use the words 'stupid woman' about the Prime Minister or anyone else and am completely opposed to the use of sexist or misogynist language in absolutely any form at all."
- UK Opposition Leader Jeremy Corbyn, in comments made after he was accused of mouthing the words "stupid woman" at Prime Minister Theresa May (as quoted on Sky News).


"[T]he use of live ammunition directly at people especially when they were fleeing was clearly unjustified and disproportionate."
- From the report of an inquiry in Zimbabwe by an independent commission - established by President Emmerson Mnangagwa in the wake of his election victory - into violence following the election (as quoted on the Mail & Guardian).


"Social media have gone from being the natural infrastructure for sharing collective grievances and co-ordinating civic engagement, to being a computational tool for social control, manipulated by canny political consultants and available to politicians in democracies and dictatorships alike."
- From a report by University of Oxford's Computational Propaganda Project and the social network analysis firm Graphika released by the US Senate on Monday (as quoted on the BBC).


"What is irresponsible...is to try to steamroller MPs into accepting a deal they genuinely think is a bad one with the threat that if they do not fall into line, the government will have the country crash out without a deal."
- Former UK Prime Minister Tony Blair in comments which came after current PM Theresa May accused him of undermining the Brexit talks by calling for a second referendum on the issue, saying the suggestion was an "insult" to the office he once held (as quoted on Sky News).


"I never directed Michael Cohen to break the law. He was a lawyer and he is supposed to know the law. It is called 'advice of counsel,' and a lawyer has great liability if a mistake is made. That is why they get paid."
- US President Donald Trump speaking via Twitter after his former personal lawyer Michael Cohen was sentenced to three years prison for offences including arranging payments to conceal Trump's alleged affairs.


"Recently the President tweeted a statement calling me weak, and it was correct but for a much different reason than he was implying. It was because time and time again I felt it was my duty to cover up his dirty deeds." 
- Michael Cohen, former personal lawyer to US President Donald Trump, speaking as he was sentenced to three years in prison for crimes including campaign finance violations stemming from payments to two women alleged to have had affairs with Trump (as quoted on The Hill).


"This year we are recognising four journalists and one news organisation who have paid a terrible price to seize the challenge of this moment..."
- Edward Felsenthal, editor in chief of TIME, announcing that murdered Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, the Capital Gazette in Annapolis, Maryland - where five people were shot and killed at the newspaper's offices in June, arrested Philippine journalist Maria Ressa and Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo - two Reuters journalists detained in Myanmar for nearly a year, have been collectively named its 'Person of the Year for 2018'.


"If there is a war to be waged, it is the war against the indifference which is eating away at our societies."
- Congolese gynaecologist Denis Mukwege, speaking as he and Yazidi activist Nadia Murad were presented with this year's Nobel Peace Prize at a ceremony in Oslo. They have jointly called on the world to protect victims of wartime sexual violence and slammed global indifference to the plight of women and children in conflicts (as quoted on Deusche Welle).


"It's a catastrophe for business, it's a catastrophe for our economy."
- French Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire, speaking in reference to the ongoing "yellow vest" protests in France in which tens of thousands have taken part in four consecutive weekend protests against fuel taxes and high living costs (as quoted on BBC).


“The end of Aquarius means more lives lost at sea; more avoidable deaths that will go unwitnessed and unrecorded. It really is a case of ’out of sight out of mind’ for UK and European leaders as men, women and children perish."
- Vickie Hawkins, head of aid group Médecins Sans Frontières UK, announcing that the search and rescue ship Aquarius, has ended its operations in the Mediterranean Sea due to what MSF and partner SOS Mediterranee called a "smear campaign" by European Governments (as quoted on The Guardian).


“There is no more time to waste in short-term self-interestedness."
- Rev Dr Olav Fykse Tveit, general secretary of the World Council of Churches, in a statement made as the United Nations climate summit kicks off in Katowice, Poland.


"Too many said that since we're fighting terrorists we're allowed to smash the whole place - to me that is a violation of every humanitarian principle. The war on terror needs to be reexamined."
- Jan Egeland, former UN humanitarian advisor on Syria, speaking to Reuters as he stepped down from the position on Thursday. 


"There is no direct reporting connecting the Crown Prince to the order to murder Jamal Khashoggi."
- US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, speaking in reference to allegations Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman ordered the murder of the journalist believed to have been killed at the Saudi Arabian embassy in Istanbul (as quoted on the ABC).


"We have been repeating our call on the US authorities to grant access to the territory and to asylum procedure to those who are fleeing persecution and violence."
- UNHCR spokesman Babar Baloch speaking at a press briefing in Geneva on Tuesday following US President Donald Trump's recent decision to limit asylum rights for people seeking asylum in the US (as quoted on Reuters).


"I don't believe it."
- US President Donald Trump when asked about the severe impacts a White House report has predicted the US will face due to climate change by the end of the century.


“Those who think that, by rejecting the deal, they would get a better deal, will be disappointed."
- European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker after 27 EU leaders endorsed a treaty setting terms for British withdrawal in March and an outline of a future EU-UK trade pact (as quoted on Reuters).


“The family have had to move from place to place to avoid detection. Sometimes they can only operate after sundown. They have had to cover their faces when they go out in public. They have had to remove the rosary that hangs from their car rear-view mirror for fear of attack.”
- John Pontifex, of Aid to the Church in Need UK (ACN), speaking about how the family of Pakistani Christian Asia Bibi say they have had to live as they claim they are hunted by Islamic extremists in the wake her acquittal on charges of blasphemy earlier this month (as quoted on The Guardian).


“We do not have Obama judges or Trump judges, Bush judges or Clinton judges. What we have is an extraordinary group of dedicated judges doing their level best to do equal right to those appearing before them. That independent judiciary is something we should all be thankful for."
- John Roberts, Chief Justice of the US Supreme Court, in a statement rebuking US President Donald Trump after the President called a judge who ruled against his decision to restrict how people could apply for asylum an "Obama judge" (as quoted on The Guardian).


"[It] could very well be that the Crown Prince had knowledge of this tragic event - maybe he did and maybe he didn't!"
- US President Donald Trump in a statement in which he defended US ties with Saudi Arabia following US media reports that the CIA believe Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman ordered the murder of dissident journalist Jamal Khashoggi, understood to have been killed on 2nd October while inside the Saudi embassy in Istanbul (as quoted on BBC).


“We note with sadness that in Poland too there are cases of sexual abuse of children and young people by some members of the clergy and those working in the Church. We repeat after Pope Francis: ‘The pain of the victims and of their families is also our pain'."
- Poland's Catholic bishops in a statement asking for victims of clergy sexual abuse for forgiveness  (as quoted on Reuters).


"It is not going to make the negotiations any easier and it won't change the parliamentary arithmetic."
- UK Prime Minister Theresa May, addressing those pushing for a change in the Conservative Party leadership with the much criticised draft deal between the UK and EU on Brexit now set to be put before Parliament following cabinet approval last week (as quoted on BBC).


“The violence and persecution by military and vigilantes that resulted in driving 700,000 Rohingya to Bangladesh is without excuse. I'm anxious to hear about the progress that you're making, holding those accountable who are responsible for the violence that displaced so many hundreds of thousands and created such suffering, including the loss of life.”
- US Vice President Mike Pence speaking during a meeting with Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi on the sidelines of the ASEAN conference in Singapore (as quoted on Politico).


- US President Donald Trump in one of a series of tweets in which he criticised what he described as a suggestion from French President Emmanuel Macron that the EU create an army as well as French tariffs on wine. Trump also said, apparently in response to Macron's recent speech issuing a warning against the dangers of nationalism there was "no country more Nationalist than France, very proud people-and rightfully so!........"


“Christians do not want to be considered a ‘protected minority’ or a tolerated group, but full citizens whose rights are guaranteed and defended, together with those of all other citizens.”
- Pope Francis and Mar Gewargis III, Catholicos-Patriarch of the Assyrian Church of the East in a joint statement issued after meeting on Friday in which they expressed solidarity with Christians in the Middle East and called for the international community to implement a political solution to ensure Christians remained in the region (as quoted on Crux).


“Patriotism is the exact opposite of nationalism. Nationalism is a betrayal of patriotism. In saying ‘our interests first, whatever happens to the others,’ you erase the most precious thing a nation can have, that which makes it live, that which causes it to be great and that which is most important: its moral values."
- French President Emmanuel Macron addressing world leaders including US President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin at a ceremony in Paris to mark the 100th anniversary of the World War I armistice (as quoted on The Guardian).


"I think those people who are responsible for taking a successful, competitive government and literally blowing it up need to have an explanation."
- Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, in a special episode of the ABC's Q&A, talking about his ousting by members of the Federal Liberal Party earlier this year.


“I stand here before you tonight as your congresswoman-elect, with many firsts behind my name. The first woman of color to represent our state in Congress. The first woman to wear a hijab to represent our state in Congress. The first refugee ever elected to Congress. And one of the first Muslim women elected to Congress."
- Somali refugee Rashida Tlaib who was elected to the US Congress in the midterm elections (as quoted on VOA).


"While Britain can be proud that it later led the way in the abolition of this shameful trade, we have a shared responsibility to ensure that the abject horror of slavery is never forgotten."
- Prince Charles, speaking in Ghana, as he visited slavery-related sites (as quoted on Reuters).


“I’m sure he had no idea I was Jewish.”
- Ari Mahler, one of the nurses that treated Robert Bowers who is accused shouting anti-Semitic statements as he killed 11 people at a Pittsburgh synagogue a week ago (as quoted in The Guardian).


"Well, I try. I do try...and I always want to tell the truth. When I can, I tell the truth. And sometimes it turns out to be where something happens that’s different or there’s a change, but I always like to be truthful."
- US President Donald Trump in an interview with ABC News in the US in which he also said he wants a "wall of people" on the southern US border to stop what he's called an "invasion".


"We call on all leaders worldwide to end their role in the incitement of hatred and violence against the media. These last weeks have demonstrated once again the toxic nature and outsized reach of political incitement against journalists, and we demand that it stop.”
- A group of UN human rights experts in a statement released to mark the International Day to End Impunity for Crimes Against Journalists on 31st October.


"Well, you obviously cannot do that. You cannot end birthright citizenship with an executive order."
- US House Speaker Paul Ryan in response to comments from US President Donald Trump that he can terminate the right of citizenship to babies born in the US to immigrants and non-citizens and had been told he could do so with "just an exectuive order" (as quoted on TIME).


"There should be no cover-up. Jamal was my beloved fiancee, but he was also a gentle human being, a loving man, a journalist and a true believer in democracy and freedom in the Arab world."
- Hatice Cengiz, fiancee of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi who is believed to have been murdered in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul, in comments in which she called for those responsible to be brought to justice (as quoted on CNN).


"Suffrage is not simply about the right to vote but also about what that represents: the basic and fundamental human right of being able to participate in the choices for your future and that of your community."
- The Duchess of Sussex, speaking while in New Zealand on a one day visit to the country with Prince Harry, at an event marking 125 years since universal female suffrage in the country (as quoted on the BBC).


"Our own information, from the everyday to the deeply personal, is being weaponised against us with military efficiency."
- Tim Cook, CEO of Apple, in a speech in which he said the industrialisation of data was a billion-dollar industry with the power to "deepen divisions, incite violence" and "undermine our shared sense of what is true" (as quoted on ABC).


"First of all, the crime was really painful to all Saudis, and I believe it is painful to every human in the world. It is a heinous crime that cannot be justified."
- Saudi Arabian Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, speaking of the killing of dissident journalist Jamal Khashoggi, believed to have been killed at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul. The prince has been under suspicion for possibly ordering the killing (as quoted on NPR).


"I have now imposed targeted financial sanctions and travel bans against five Myanmar military officers responsible for human rights violations committed by units under their command."
- Australia's Foreign Minister Marise Payne in a statement announcing sanctions and travel bans on five of Myanmar's generals accused of leading last year's crackdown on Rohingya Muslims (as quoted on the ABC).


"The two Koreas and the UNC [US-led United Nations Command] agreed to take measures of withdrawing firearms and military posts from the JSA by 25 October, and for the following two days, the three parties will conduct a joint verification."
- A statement from the South Korean defence ministry, referring to an agreement by North and South Korea to remove guns and guardposts from Panmunjim, the Joint Security Area (JSA) which straddles the border between the two nations (as quoted on the BBC).


"Under no circumstances should we tear up old disarmament agreements...Do they really not understand in Washington what this could lead to?"
- Former Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev, speaking after US President Donald Trump said he leave the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty, saying that Russia had been violating the treaty for years (as quoted on The Telegraph).


"In addition to stopping all payments to these countries, which seem to have almost no control over their population, I must, in the strongest of terms, ask Mexico to stop this onslaught - and if unable to do so I will call up the U.S. Military and CLOSE OUR SOUTHERN BORDER!
- US President Donald Trump in comments made on Twitter as a new caravan of more than 3,000 migrants from El Salvador, Honduras and Guatemala heads towards the US.


“Ensuring that human rights are respected across their own activities and value chains, is the most significant contribution most companies can make towards sustainable development."
- Dante Pesce, chair of the UN Working Group on Business and Human Rights (as quoted on UN News).


“We are committed a two-state solution, but frankly, it hasn’t been going that well. Not a lot of progress has been made. And you don’t keep doing the same thing and expect different solutions."
- Scott Morrison, speaking on Tuesday after saying he would consider moving Australia's embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. His comments come after US President Donald Trump controversially moved the US embassy to Jerusalem earlier this year (as quoted on news.com.au).


"We should have opposed the motion when it came up in the Senate yesterday. As the Leader of the Government in the Senate, I take responsibility for that error and I'm sorry that it happened. It is indeed regrettable."
- Finance Minister Mattias Cormann, speaking after Coalition senators backed a motion put forward by One Nation leader Pauline Hanson which said that "it's OK to be white" and called on the Senate to acknowledge the "deplorable rise of anti-white racism and attacks on Western civilisation". Mr Cormann described the Coalition's support for the motion as "regrettable" and said it was the result of an "administrative error". The motion was voted down. (as quoted by the ABC).


"It could be that he is. I think he’s sort of a Democrat, if you want to know the truth. But General Mattis is a good guy. We get along very well. He may leave. I mean, at some point, everybody leaves. Everybody. People leave. That’s Washington.”
- US President Donald Trump, speaking in an interview going to air on CBS's Sixty Minutes on Sunday night in the US, when asked whether his Defense Secretary, General Jim Mattis, is leaving (as quoted by The Guardian).


“Many children exist in a semi-comatose state, unable to eat, drink and talk."
- Paul McPhun, executive director of Médecins Sans Frontières, while talking about the "deteriorating" mental health of asylum seekers and refugees living on Nauru as part of Australia's offshore detention program. McPhun was speaking on Thursday after the medical aid group's contract to provide mental health care to asylum seekers and Nauru residents was cancelled earlier this month by the Nauruan Government (as quoted on Reuters).


“It is like Pulp Fiction."
- An unnamed top Turkish security official, speaking to The New York Times, about the alleged assassination of dissident Saudi Jamal Khashoggi, who Turkey claims was killed in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul on orders of the royal court. Saudi officials have denied the allegations.


“Human rights violations and abuses persist in many countries, with large numbers of people locked away in mental institutions or prisons, or living on the streets, often without legal protection."
- The Lancet Commission which has found that every country in the world is facing - and failing to tackle - a mental health crisis (as quoted on The Guardian).


"It was all made up, it was fabricated and it's a disgrace."
- US President Donald Trump in reference to sexual assault allegations made against new US Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh, who was sworn in on the weekend and attended a ceremonial swearing in on Monday (as quoted on the ABC).


“It’s a line in the sand and what it says to our species is that this is the moment and we must act now. This is the largest clarion bell from the science community and I hope it mobilises people and dents the mood of complacency.”
- Debra Roberts, a member of the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, speaking after the IPCC released a new report showing that global warming must be kept to a maximum of 1.5 degrees Celsius to lessen the risk of drought, floods, extreme heat and poverty for hundreds of millions of people (as quoted on The Guardian).


"I felt something in the water and lifted it up. Then there was a handle and I went to tell my Dad that it looked like a sword."
- Eight-year-old Saga Vanecek who pulled a pre-Viking era sword, possibly 1,500-years-old, from Vidöstern lake while at her family's holiday home Sweden (as quoted on the BBC).


"Based on advice from Australian intelligence agencies, and in consultation with our partners and allies, the Australian Government has determined that the Russian military, and their intelligence arm ‘the GRU’, is responsible for this pattern of malicious cyber activity."
- From a statement by Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison and Foreign Minister Marise Payne, in relation to "a pattern of malicious cyber activity by Russia targeting political, business, media and sporting institutions worldwide" which included a ransomware attack on victims in Ukraine and Russia in October, 2016, and the 2016 hacking of the US Democratic National Committee.


“Her action was an insult to British democracy and it shows that some people have no regard to common decency and the value of free speech at all.”
- Enoch Lieu, a volunteer at the UK Conservative Party's annual conference in Birmingham, who was allegedly slapped by a journalist from Chinese state-owned CCTV after he tried to remove her when she heckled a speech by Benedict Rogers, a human-rights activist and critic of the Chinese government. Police said a woman was detained and later released (as quoted on Hong Kong Free Press).


"It's a heartbreak to watch when there is a well-designed sensor network that could provide critical information."
- Louise Comfort, a University of Pittsburgh expert in disaster management who was involved in the creation of a earthquake and tsunami early warning sensor system for Indonesia meant to replace a system set up after the 2004 earthquake and tsunami in the region but which, thanks to delays and "inter-agency wrangling", hasn't moved past the prototype stage. She was speaking as the death toll from a tsunami and earthquake which struck central Sulawesi continues to rise (as quoted in The Sydney Morning Herald)


"There is no way I would be hanging around like Kevin Rudd or Tony Abbott. Seriously, these people are like, sort of miserable, miserable ghosts."
- Former Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, speaking at a forum in New York, six weeks after he was toppled from the post (as quoted on the ABC)


"One hundred per cent."
- Christine Blasey Ford, who has accused US Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of sexual assault, in response to a question about to what degree of certainty she believed Kavanaugh assaulted her at a party while they were teenagers in the 1980s, during his nomination hearing.

"I swear today, under oath, before the Senate and the nation, before my family and God, I am innocent of this charge."
- Brett Kavanaugh in testimony given at the hearing after Dr Ford's, speaking in reference to the charge she has made against him (both as quoted on ABC).


"It's a matter for every high office holder to continually assess whether they retain the capacity to effectively discharge the duties of their office."
- Australian Communications Minister Mitch Fifield, responding to a question about whether ABC chairman Justin Milne should resign amid a controversy over the public broadcaster's independence. Update: Mr Milne has since announced his resignation from the ABC board.


“I didn't expect that reaction, but that's OK."
- US President Donald Trump, in an address to the UN General Assembly after laughter broke out among the audience following his claim his administration "has accomplished more than almost any administration in the history of our country".


“From a heritage perspective, this is the discovery of the decade. In Portugal, this is the most important find of all time.”
- Jorge Freire, director of an archaeological project which has found a 400-year-old "well preserved" shipwreck which, laden with spices as it returned from India, sunk off the coast of Portugal near Lisbon (as quoted on Reuters).


"The image taken by MINERVA-II-1 during a hop allowed me to relax as a dream of many years came true. I felt awed by what we had achieved in Japan."
- Takashi Kubota, a spokesperson for the Japanese space agency, JAXA's, Hayabusa2 project which released photographs after successfully landing two small rovers on the surface of an asteroid (as quoted on ABC).


"Today, Canada’s House of Commons unanimously adopted a motion recognizing the crimes against the #Rohingya as a genocide & calling on the world to help them. We will continue to work with partners to hold those responsible to account. Canadians stand with the Rohingya."
- Canadian Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland, in a tweet as the country's Parliament unanimously declared Myanmar's military actions against the Rohingya as "genocide".


"Even though they are identified as male characters and possess many human traits and characteristics (as most Sesame Street Muppets do), they remain puppets, and do not have a sexual orientation."
- Sesame Workshop, the organisation between the US TV show Sesame Street in a statement addressing ongoing speculation that characters Bert and Ernie are gay (as quoted on Reuters).


“Moon’s portrayal of Kim as a good guy also informs how other leaders, like Trump, approach him. I feel ashamed when I see them strolling on a bridge in the woods like they’re old friends – it humanises a man who treats his own people as less than human."
- Park Hwee-rhak, a politics professor at Kookmin University in Seoul, who after images showing North Korean leader Kim Jong-un hugging South Korean President Moon Jae-in at their historic meeting in Pjongyang this week (as quoted on The Guardian).


"We didn't sleep the whole night. I kept assuring them, 'These things pass'...And it did pass. We're survivors, no injuries. We thank the Lord - I have never prayed so hard in my life."
- Carmelo Lasam, a lawyer who lives in Tuguegarao City in the north-east of the Philippines' main island of Luzon, speaking about the impact of Typhoon Mangkhut with scores feared dead (as quoted on the BBC).


"I think we should brace ourselves for some pretty bruising information about the way our loved ones, some of them, have experienced some real mistreatment. And I think that's going to be tough for us all to deal with. But you can't walk past it."
- Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison, announcing a Royal Commission into Australia's aged care system on Sunday (as quoted on the ABC).


"The lies and blatant fabrications in this interview given to a Russian state-sponsored TV station are an insult to the public's intelligence. More importantly they are deeply offensive to the victims and loved ones of this horrific attack."
- UK Prime Minister Theresa May responding to an interview in which two men - Alexander Petrov and Ruslan Boshirov - told Russia Today that they were only in Salisbury on 3rd March as tourists to visit the cathedral and nearby Stonehenge and were not Russian agents nor had anything to do with the poisoning of former Russian agent Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia (as quoted on Sky News).


"There is no excuse or reason for hunting people down, using violence and Nazi slogans, showing hostility to people who look different, who have a Jewish restaurant, for attacks on police officers...We will not allow whole groups in our society to be quietly excluded."
- German Chancellor Angela Merkel, speaking in the Bundestag, in relation to recent events in the eastern German city of Chemnitz, including protests by far-right groups, which came after the fatal stabbing of a German was blamed on two immigrants (as quoted on Channel News Asia).


“The storm is going to definitely knock out power for days into weeks. It’s going to destroy infrastructure, going to destroy homes.”
- Jeffrey Byard, associate administrator for FEMA’s Office of Response and Recovery, speaking to reporters on Tuesday in reference to Hurricane Florence expected to make landfall on the US east coast on Friday morning (as quoted on TIME).


"We are careering towards the edge of the abyss. Our fate is in our own hands."
- UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres in a speech urging greater action on climate change in which he also said the world remains way off track to reach its commitments on the 2015 Paris agreement (as quoted on BBC).


“This case could see the right to be forgotten threatening global free speech. European data regulators should not be allowed to decide what internet users around the world find when they use a search engine. The [court] must limit the scope of the right to be forgotten in order to protect the right of internet users around the world to access information online.”
- Thomas Hughes, the executive director of NGO Article 19, speaking as a test case goes before the European Court of Justice this week in which the French data regulator has applied for greater powers to remove out of date or embarrassing content from internet domains around the world (as quoted on The Guardian).


"What the author has just done is throw the government of the United States into even more dangerous turmoil. He or she has enflamed the paranoia of the president and empowered the president's wilfulness."
- David Frum, a Republican commentator and critic of US President Donald Trump, writing in The Atlantic in the wake of The New York Times editorial in which an anonymous official said they were part of a group within the Trump administration working to thwart the President, describing him as "amoral".


"Does the so-called 'Senior Administration Official' really exist, or is it just the Failing New York Times with another phony source? If the GUTLESS anonymous person does indeed exist, the Times must, for National Security purposes, turn him/her over to government at once!"
- One of a series of tweets US President Donald Trump made in response to an op-ed article in The New York Times in which an unnamed Trump administration official said they were part of a group working within the White House to thwart Mr Trump's "more misguided impulses" and saying that the root of the problem was the "president’s amorality". It comes just days after the release of a book by seasoned journalist Bob Woodward about life inside the Trump administration which Mr Trump has called a "work of fiction".


“We don’t want the discussions to break down. We will use all our force and creativity to make sure a deal happens. We don’t want these negotiations to collapse. But we also can’t fully rule that out because we still have no result.”
- German Chancellor Angela Merkel speaking to representatives of the German finance industry this week in reference to Brexit negotiations (as quoted on The Guardian).


“Their conviction follow a legal process that clearly breached international standards. It sends a message to all journalists in Myanmar that they cannot operate fearlessly, but must rather make a choice to either self-censor or risk prosecution.”
- The new UN Human Rights chief, Michelle Bachelet, in a statement released following news that two Reuters journalists - Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo - were jailed for for their reporting on the Myanmar military's brutal crackdown on Rohingya Muslims.


"We cannot allow our seas and oceans to be littered by endless fields of floating plastic. We need to pray as if everything depended on God's providence, and work as if everything depended on us."
- Pope Francis in a statement made for the 4th annual annual World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation marked on 1st September.


"[A]ny leader of any country who believes that there is no climate change, I think he ought to be taken to mental confinement. He is utterly stupid. And I say the same thing to any leader here."
- Samoan Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sailele in comments made at a Lowy Institute event in Sydney in which he said climate change posed an "existential challenge" to low-lying islands in the Pacific (as quoted on ABC).


"The administration killed the Puerto Ricans with neglect."
- Carmen Yulin Cruz, mayor of the Puerto Rican capital San Juan, referring to the US Trump administration's response to Hurricane Maria, which devastated the US territory last year. The comments came after the official death toll from the disaster was raised from 64 to 2,975. Mr Trump has defended his administration's actions (as quoted on CNN).


"Google search results for 'Trump News' shows only the viewing/reporting of Fake New Media. In other words, they have it RIGGED, for me & others, so that almost all stories & news is BAD..."
- US President Donald Trump in part of a series of tweets made on 28th August. 


"Military necessity would never justify killing indiscriminately, gang raping women, assaulting children, and burning entire villages."
- From a UN report which calls for top military figures in Myanmar to be investigated for crimes including genocide against the Rohingya Muslim people in Rakhine state (as quoted by BBC).


"We ask forgiveness for the times that as a church we did not show survivors of all kinds of abuse: compassion and the search for justice and truth through concrete actions. We ask forgiveness."
- Pope Francis, in part of a prayer in which he asked pardon for a list of abuses committed by the Catholic Church in Ireland during a Mass held as part of the World Meeting of Families in Dublin, Ireland (as quoted on Vatican News).


"While I am Attorney General, the actions of the Department of Justice will not be improperly influenced by political considerations. I demand the highest standards, and where they are not met, I take action."
- US Attorney General Jeff Sessions in a statement made following criticism from US President Donald Trump that he hadn't "taken control" of the Justice Department after prosecutors this week won convictions of two former top Trump aides, Paul Manafort and Michael Cohen (as quoted on SBS).


“Not only is he not hoping for, he would not accept a pardon. He considers a pardon from somebody who has acted so corruptly as president to be something he would never accept.”
-  Lanny Davis, lawyer for Michael Cohen - former personal lawyer of US President Donald Trump, in comments made after Cohen pleaded guilty to eight charges including campaign finance violations under a deal with prosecutors (as quoted in The Guardian).


“We should always remember that the level of development of countries are not all the same. We do not want a situation where there is a new version of colonialism happening because poor countries are unable to compete with rich countries."
- Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad, speaking as his country looks to renegotiate more than $US20 billion in Chinese-funded projects, after a meeting with Chinese Premier Li Keqiang in Beijing (as quoted on The Financial Times).


"On Thursday morning, Earth lost her music. Heaven gained her music."
- Civil rights activist Rev Jesse Jackson, speaking at a memorial service to the 'Queen of Soul', Aretha Franklin, held at a Baptist church in Detroit where her father had been pastor. Franklin died on 16th August at the age of 76 (as quoted on ABCNews).


"Truth isn't truth."
- Rudy Giuliani, US President Donald Trump's lawyer, in a TV interview with NBC's Chuck Todd in which he said he wouldn't be "rushed" into having Mr Trump testify in the country's Russia probe due to the risk he could be "trapped in perjury" and that comments he should testify and not worry about telling the truth were "silly" because it's "somebody's version of the truth". To which Mr Todd responded: "Truth is truth". To which Mr Guiliani responded: "Truth isn't truth." (as quoted on BBC).


"Regarding the report made public in Pennsylvania this week, there are two words that can express the feelings faced with these horrible crimes: shame and sorrow."
- Pope Francis in comments made in response to a report in the US state of Pennsylvania which detailed accusations that Catholic priests there had sexually abused more than 1,000 children since the 1940s and that church officials shielded the abusers (as quoted on Vatican News).


"We should all get together for a weight loss competition; for an entire year, so when we meet the following year we will weigh in again and see who has lost the most."
- Tongan Prime Minister Akilisi Pohiva in comments made to a local newspaper, The Samoa Observer, in which he's suggested Pacific nation leaders should hold a year-long weight loss competition to set a good example for their countries (as quoted on the ABC).


"We condemn racism in any form, and the remarks by Senator Anning are justly condemned and rejected by us all...We are a nation that does not define its nationality, its identity, by reference to race or religion or cultural background or ethnic background."
- Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull among MPs responding to a maiden speech by Queensland Senator Fraser Anning on Tuesday night in which he expressed support for returning to a 'White Australia' policy and invoked the term 'final solution', known from its use by the Nazis in reference to the extermination of the Jewish people, in demanding an end to Muslim immigration.


"The argument that one million Uighurs are detained in re-education centres is completely untrue."
- Hu Lianhe, Chinese delegate to the UN Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination, speaking through an interpreter in a statement made in response after a committee member cited the claims (as quoted on ABC)


“This is not yet classified as a drought, but rice, maize and other crops are already withering in the fields, with potentially catastrophic effects for the people of DPRK."
- Joseph Muyamboit, the International Federation of the Red Cross’ program manager in Pyongyang, North Korea, in a warning that the lack of rainfall in the country could lead to a "full-blown food security crisis" (as quoted by Reuters).


"We do not want to cut our nose off to spite our face. We need to be calm and decisive about this … the reality is, this is keeping farmers alive."
- Australian Agriculture Minister David Littleproud, speaking in response to questions over whether Australian should divert foreign aid money to our farmers facing drought in Australia, in comments in which he explained that simplistic messages often failed to take into account the benefits that foreign aid brought to farmers in Australia (as quoted by ABC).


“The dams are dry after months of little rain - we are in survival mode, hoping for a break. If it doesn’t (rain), I will have to sell all the livestock, it is that serious.”
- Danny Stork, a livestock farmer in Glen Oak, 180 kilometres north of Sydney, speaking of the drought affecting eastern Australia (as quoted by Reuters).


"I think Boris Johnson used language in describing people's appearance that has obviously caused offence...On the key issue about women's ability to wear the burqa, if they choose to do so, that should be a matter for a woman to choose."
- UK Prime Minister Theresa May calling on former Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson to apologise after remarks he made in an article published in The Telegraph in which he said the clothing looked "absolutely ridiculous". Mr Johnson has reportedly refused to do so.


“Negotiations at the same time as sanctions, what meaning does that have? It means someone is facing a person who’s a rival and enemy, if they use a knife and they stick the knife in their arm and then they say, ‘Let’s negotiate and let’s talk.’ The response to this is first all, they have to take the knife out and put the knife back in their pocket.”
- Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, dismissing a US call for talks made as the America re-imposed sanctions on the nation following its withdrawal from a 2015 agreement over Iran's nuclear development program (as quoted on Bloomberg).


"It was quite impossible to stand up. Heard screams. Came out, and made my way down a staircase, while building was still shaking. Power went out for a while. Lots of cracks, fallen doors."
- Singapore's Law and Home Affairs Minister K Shanmugam, who was in the Lombok town of Mataram when a magnitude seven earthquake struck the Indonesian island on Sunday night, in comments made on social media (as quoted on the ABC).


“These attacks run counter to the country’s obligations to respect press freedom and international human rights law. We are especially concerned that these attacks increase the risk of journalists being targeted with violence."
- David Kaye, UN rapporteur for freedom of expression, and Edison Lanza, of the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights, in a joint statement condemning US President Donald Trump's verbal attacks on the media (as quoted in the Sydney Morning Herald).


“God, come to our aid. Secondly, forgive us, and everyone on the plane.”
- Rev Esequiel Sanchez, telling The New York Times what he was silently praying as a flight he was on crashed nose first into the ground enroute from Durango to Mexico City in Mexico. In what he and others have called a miracle, all 103 people on board survived.


“We don’t know who’s in those boxes...They could go to Australia. They have missing, France has missing, Americans have - there’s a whole lot of us. So this is an international effort to bring closure for those families.”
- Jim Mattis, US Secretary of Defense, speaking after North Korea handed over 55 boxes of remains (and reportedly only one dog tag), with Mr Mattis noting that some of the remains could turn out to be those of missing people from other nations that fought in the Korean War.


"In conclusion, the Team is unable to determine the real cause for the disappearance of MH370".
- The final line in a report by a Malaysian-led international team charged with looking into what happened to the missing Malaysian Airlines Flight MH370 which disappeared on 8th March, 2014, carrying 239 people (as quoted on the ABC).


"I told him that although the phrase 'fake news' is untrue and harmful, I am far more concerned about his labeling journalists 'the enemy of the people'. I warned that this inflammatory language is contributing to a rise in threats against journalists and will lead to violence."
- AG Sulzberger, publisher of The New York Times, speaking after a meeting with US President Donald Trump which has since sparked a war of words between the two over the role of the media (as quoted in a statement from The New York Times).


"Today in front of you, in front of the people of Pakistan, I pledge I will run Pakistan in such a way as it has never before been run."
- Imran Khan, claiming victory for his party Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf in Pakistan's general election (as quoted on the ABC).


"We had a flag that we've had for a long time, copied by Australia, and they should actually change their flag and honour the fact that we got there first with this design..."
- Acting New Zealand Prime Minister Winston Peters calling for Australia to change the design of its flag in comments to TVNZ (as quoted on The New Zealand Herald).


“Greece is going through an unspeakable tragedy...We mustn’t let mourning overwhelm us, because these hours are hours of battle, unity, courage and above all solidarity.”
- Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras, speaking as the death toll from fires near Athens rose to 74 in the country's deadliest blazes since 2007 (as quoted on The Guardian).


"Never, ever threaten the United States again or you will suffer consequences the likes of which few throughout history have ever suffered before..."
- Part of a tweet - all in capitals - sent by US President Donald Trump after Iran's President Hassan Rouhani said the US should know that "war with Iran is the mother of all wars".


“The Tamil community has borne the brunt of the state’s well-oiled torture apparatus, as the law is used disproportionately against them...The use of torture is deeply ingrained in the security sector. I heard deeply disturbing, first-hand accounts of brutal torture."
- Ben Emmerson QC, the UN special rapporteur on human rights countering terrorism, in comments made on 18th July at the end of a fact-finding mission to Sri Lanka.


“As far as Philip Wilson is concerned, he should have resigned - he should have resigned and the time has come for the Pope to sack him."
- Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, referring to the Catholic Archbishop of Adelaide Philip Wilson who has been convicted and sentenced to 12 months detention for covering up sexual abuse, in comments made before he met with Australian Catholic archbishops in Sydney on Thursday (as quoted on The Advertiser).


"It is a miracle."
- Adul Sam-on, 14, one of the 12 "Wild Boars" soccer team who, along with their coach were rescued from a Thai cave system last week and who this week faced the media for the first time since the rescue (as quoted in The Bangkok Post)


"The sentence should have been, 'I don't see any reason why I wouldn't, or why it wouldn't be Russia' instead of 'why it would'. It could be other people also. A lot of people out there. There was no collusion at all."
- US President Donald Trump in a clarification issued after his comments made at a press conference with Russian President Vladimir Putin - that he didn't see any reason why Russia would be involved in collusion - sparked outrage in the US.


"There was no collusion - I didn't know the President - there was nobody to collude with...President Putin was extremely strong and powerful in his denial today."
- US President Donald Trump, speaking at a joint press conference with Russian President Vladimir Putin, after they met in Helsinki on Monday, in comments which have sparked a sharp response from all sides of politics in the US.


“This massacre must stop!”
- Silvio José Baez, the auxiliary bishop of Managua, in a tweet sent on Saturday morning after a student was reportedly fatally shot inside a church on the grounds of the National Autonomous University of Nicaragua in Managua after pro-government militia launched an all night assault on student rebels who have been occupying the university campus in protest against the rule of President Daniel Ortega.


“We are not heroes. What we do is very calculating, very calm. It’s quite the opposite.”
-  British cave diver John Volanthen, speaking after his arrival back in the UK following his involvement in the rescue of 12 boys and a soccer coach from a cave complex in Thailand this week (as quoted on The Guardian).


"Germany is a captive of Russia."
- US President Donald Trump in comments referring to Germany's importation of oil and gas from Russia, made at a meeting with NATO head Jens Stoltenberg in Brussels; Mr Trump later said the US had a "very good relationship with the Chancellor" and "a tremendous relationship with Germany".


"We are not sure if this is a miracle, a science, or what. All the thirteen Wild Boars are now out of the cave. Everyone is safe."
- A translated tweet made on the Thai NavySEAL Twitter feed announcing the rescue of 12 schoolboys and their soccer coach, 18 days after they became trapped in a cave system in Thailand's Chiang Rai province (as quoted on the ABC).


“Kim can afford to play hardball because it’s clear to him that Trump, who has already told Americans they can sleep soundly because the threat is now over, badly wants a deal. And when you want it bad, you get it bad. Why should the North Koreans make concessions to one of Trump’s aides given the president’s record of undercutting them?”
- Daniel Russel, a former top US diplomat in Asia, speaking to Associated Press after the North Koreans released a statement on 7th July in which they accused the US of making "gangster-like" demands. US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has dismissed the statement and said a great deal of progress had been made in negotiations between the two countries.


“Let me be clear - we do not have a quarrel with the Russian people, rather, it is the actions of the Russian government that continue to undermine our security and that of the international community. We will stand up to the actions that threaten our security and that of our partners. It is completely unacceptable for our people to either be deliberate or accidental targets, or for our streets, our parks, our towns to be dumping grounds for poison.”
- UK Home Secretary Sajid Javid, speaking in the House of Commons after it was confirmed an Amesbury couple were critically ill after handling an item contaminated with nerve agency Novichok. Russia has denied any involvement (as quoted on The Independent).


"[R]escuers have to work quickly because by Friday a storm is coming, and if the rain starts again the cave is going to be fully flooded. If that happens it will be almost impossible to send supplies or keep in touch with them.”
- Ruengrit Changkwanyuen, a coordinator of the Thai contingent of the international cave diving team that located 12 missing boys and their soccer coach in a cave system in Chiang Rai province on Monday night (as quoted on The Guardian).


“I don’t want bodyguards, which means the citizens will take care of me and protect me."
- Mexico's new President, Andrés Manuel López Obrador, or "Amlo", speaking to reporters after his election on Sunday in a country where more than 200,000 people have been killed in drug-related conflicts in little more than 10 years (as quoted on The Guardian).


"Tell him we are hungry."
- One of 12 boys found in a cave system in Chiang Rai province in northern Thailand after they and their soccer coach were found by two British rescue divers nine days after they were last seen. Rescue operations, to help them out of the flooded caves, are now underway (as quoted on The New York Times).


"Before the Umbrella Movement, everyone seemed to have some hope that if you fight for something, you might succeed. But since the Umbrella Movement there has been no such thing, and everyone is feeling more and more despair."
- Hong Kong university student Arthur Yeung, speaking to Australia's ABC about what's happened after massive pro-democracy protests which took place in Hong Kong four years ago yielded no results. This year's pro-democracy protests, which took place as the country marked 21 since the British handover to China, had one of the lowest attendances on record.


“I can tell you this: We are putting out a damn paper tomorrow."
- Reporter Chase Cook, writing on Twitter, after a gunman killed five people when he opened fire on the offices of the Capital Gazette newspaper in Annapolis, Maryland, in the US on Thursday. A suspect is in police custody.


"My message tonight is that you have not been forgotten...I hope that through my being here and understanding the challenges you face, the links of friendship and mutual respect between the Palestinian and British people will grow stronger.”
- Prince William, the first UK Royal to visit Israel and the Palestinian Territories, speaking at the British consul-general's residence in Jerusalem to an audience of Palestinians (as quoted on The Guardian).


"The restrictions we have seen on fundamental freedoms have had an impact on these elections."
- Ignacio Sanchez Amor, head of the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe's short-term observer mission in Turkey, speaking after the weekend's presidential election which saw incumbent Recep Tayyip Erdogan returned to power (as quoted on the ABC).


"[I] hope for little girls and boys that actually there’s a future where they can make choices about how they raise their family and what kind of career they have that are based on what they want and what makes them happy. Simple.”
- New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, speaking as she announced she and her partner, Clarke Gayford, had named their new daughter Neve Te Aroha Ardern Gayford. Ms Ardern, the second national leader worldwide to give birth in office, was talking about her hope that having a baby while in office would one day no longer be seen as a novelty (as quoted on TIME).


"The world must stop looking the other way while the life is slowly suffocated out of Yemen."
- Lynn Maalouf, Amnesty International’s Middle East research director, speaking as the organisation releases a report accusing both sides in the conflict of deliberately delaying the delivery of food, fuel and medical supplies to people.


“We must invest in Africa, but invest in an orderly way and create employment, not go there to exploit it."
- Pope Francis, in a wide-ranging interview with news agency Reuters.


"For too long the Human Rights Council has been a protector of human rights abusers and a cesspool of political bias."
- Nikki Haley, US ambassador to the UN, announcing the US with withdrawing from the United Nations Human Rights Council.


"The United States will not be a migrant camp, and it will not be a refugee holding facility. It won't be."
- US President Donald Trump, doubling down on his government's 'zero tolerance' immigration policy which has seen almost 2,000 immigrant children separated from their parents in a recent six week period and has drawn sharp criticism from many as well as a rare intervention from his wife Melania, urging both sides of the aisle can finally come together to achieve successful immigration reform.


"Mrs Trump hates to see children separated from their families and hopes both sides of the aisle can finally come together to achieve successful immigration reform. She believes we need to be a country that follows all laws, but also a country that governs with heart."
- A rare statement on policy from US First Lady Melania Trump in reference to the almost 2,000 immigrant children who were separated from their parents after their parents were placed in custody in a recent six week period under the US 'zero tolerance' policy on illegal immigration.


"I respect the DOJ IG office, which is why I urged them to do this review. The conclusions are reasonable, even though I disagree with some. People of good faith can see an unprecedented situation differently. I pray no Director faces it again. Thanks to IG’s people for hard work."
- Former FBI Director James Comey, responding via Twitter to a report which found he made some "serious errors of judgement" in announcing he had reopened an investigation in Hillary Clinton's use of a private email server just prior to the 2016 presidential election.


“You used the term major, major disarmament, something like that? We’re hopeful that we can achieve that in the two-and-a-half years.”
- US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo responding to a reporter's question about when the nuclear disarmament of North Korea can be achieved (as quoted on NPR).


"It is our obligation to avoid a humanitarian catastrophe and offer a safe port for these people."
- Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez speaking after Spain said it would allow a ship carrying more than 600 would-be migrants from Africa rescued from the Mediterranean Sea to dock at a Spanish port following a refusal from Italy and Malta (as quoted on Deutsche Welle).


"Nice to meet you Mr President." 
- North Korea's Supreme Leader Kim Jong-un as he met US President Donald Trump in Singapore.


“You’ve got to face the fact there may now be a meltdown. OK? I don’t want anybody to panic during the meltdown. No panic. Pro bono publico, no bloody panic. It’s going to be all right in the end.”
- Comments referring to Brexit attributed to UK Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson, reportedly speaking at a private dinner to Conservative activists in a recording which was leaked to BuzzFeed News.


"Well, Kim Jong-un got back on his hands and knees and begged for it, which is exactly the position you want to put him in."
- Rudy Giuliani, US President Donald Trump's lawyer, in comments made to a business conference in Israel in which he said Mr Trump's tough stance forced North Korean leader Kim Jong-un to soften his position in order to reinstate the on-again, off-again summit with the US leader in Singapore (as quoted on the ABC).


“We don’t have an estimate yet, but safe to say that hundreds of homes were lost last night."
- Janet Snyder, a spokeswoman for Hawaii county in the US island state where the lavaflows from the Kilauea volcano continue to engulf parts of the island including two oceanside communities, in comments made on Tuesday.


"As has been stated by numerous legal scholars, I have the absolute right to PARDON myself, but why would I do that when I have done nothing wrong?..."
- Part of a tweet sent by US President Donald Trump.


"Tell him not to interfere with the affairs of my country. He can go to hell."
- Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte, speaking about Diego García-Sayán, special UN rapporteur on the independence of judges and lawyers after he said the country's judicial independence was under threat after the Philippine Supreme Court voted last month to remove Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno, a person Mr Duterte had called an "enemy" for voting against controversial government proposals (as quoted on The Telegraph).


"It's time Australia accept the fact that some of their foreign policy has been perceived by many Malaysians as complicit, or tolerant, of the crimes of corruption and also criminal actions."
- Former Malaysian Opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim in an interview with the ABC, criticising Australia's foreign policy stance on corruption in Malaysia.


“While all pharmaceutical treatments have side effects, racism is not a known side effect of any Sanofi medication.”
- A tweet issued by drug manufacturer Sanofi after US actor Roseanne Barr partly blamed its drug, the sedative Ambien, for a series of racist tweets which saw her show, Roseanne, cancelled in the US.


“He’s not the same Josh that left. He just doesn’t quite have that sparkle back yet in his eyes. He’ll come back, I know he will. We just have to give him time.”
- Laurie Holt, speaking of her 26-year-old son Joshua Holt, who arrived home in the US state of Utah after he was released from prison in Venezuela, where he had spent the last two years on weapons-related offences which the US had argued were false (as quoted on TIME).


"Ultimately it's a matter for him and his judgment. I personally wouldn't do it, I don't think it's right, and I think most Australians are pretty disgusted by it."
- Financial Services Minister Kelly O'Dwyer, speaking on radio in reference to reports that former Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce was being paid a six figure sum for appearing in a TV interview with his partner Vikki Campion. The situation has raised questions over whether sitting MPs should ever be paid for interviews.


“There is no doubt that the state may lawfully engage in restrictions to protect public order, but a clear tipping point to exceptionality arises when counter-terrorism measures engage profound, sustained and potentially disproportionate effects on the enjoyment of fundamental human rights and civil liberties."
- Fionnuala Ni Aolain, the UN Special Rapporteur on the protection of human rights, in a statement on 23rd May in reference to new anti-terrorism laws passed in France last November which she warns may disproportionately stigmatize and further marginalize Muslim citizens.


"Sadly, based on the tremendous anger and open hostility displayed in your most recent statement, I feel it is inappropriate, at this time, to have this long-planned meeting...This missed opportunity is a truly sad moment in history."
- From a letter signed by US President Donald Trump in which he cancelled a proposed summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un in Singapore.


“I still find it difficult to come to terms with the fact that both of us were attacked. We are so lucky to have both survived this attempted assassination. Our recovery has been slow and extremely painful."
- Russian Yulia Skripal, who was poisoned with her father, former spy Sergei Skripal, during a visit to Salisbury in March, in her first public appearance since being discharged from hospital (as quoted on The Telegraph). British Prime Minister Theresa May said it was "highly likely" Russia was behind the poisoning. The Kremlin has denied any involvement.


"It may not work out for June 12...if it does not happen, maybe it will happen later."
- US President Donald Trump appearing to hose down expectations that his planned historic summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un will take place on Singapore next month (as quoted on SBS).


"These will end up being the strongest sanctions in history by the time we are complete."
- US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, threatening further action against Iran as the US submitted 12 demands to ensure the Middle Eastern nation has no possible path to a nuclear weapon.


"There's power in love. Don't underestimate it. Don't even over-sentimentalise it. There's power, power in love."
- The Most Rev Michael Curry, Presiding Bishop of the Episcopalian Church in the US, speaking at the wedding service of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle (as quoted on NPR).


"This is a major development in the outbreak. We have urban Ebola, which is a very different animal from rural Ebola. The potential for an explosive increase in cases is now there."
- Senior World Health Organization official Peter Salama, speaking to the BBC after news that a case of Ebola had been confirmed in the Democratic Republic of Congo city of Mbandaka.


"[I]f they want to meet, we'll be ready and if they don't that's OK".
- White House spokesperson Sarah Huckabee Sanders, speaking in comments made after North Korea raised doubts about the upcoming summit between US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un.


"I want to move on, I have no malice toward Najib or anyone else. Now, there is a new dawn for Malaysia."
- Former Malaysian Deputy Prime Minister Anwar Ibrahim - the man who it is posited may replace newly elected Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad - following his release from prison (as quoted on the ABC).


“What a glorious day. Remember this moment. This is history. President [Donald] Trump, by recognising history, you have made history. All Of us are deeply moved. All of us are deeply grateful.”
- Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, speaking as the US opens its embassy in Jerusalem. Meanwhile, dozens of Palestinians have been killed and thousands injured in clashes with Israeli security forces on the Gaza border (as quoted in The Jerusalem Post).


"I ask all people to join together in the fight against terrorism and radicalism. It's against our religious values, the precious values of God and diversity."
- Indonesian President Joko Widodo, speaking after 13 people were killed and dozens more injured in attacks on three churches in Surabaya on 13th May (as quoted on ABC).


“The Secretary-General urges for an immediate halt to all hostile acts and any provocative actions to avoid a new conflagration in the region already embroiled in terrible conflicts with immense suffering of civilians."
- A statement issued on behalf of UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres as hostilities between Israel and Iran ramp up with Israel saying it hit numerous Iranian military targets in Syria following a rocket attack on its troops on the occupied Golan Heights (as quoted on The Guardian).


"We thank God, and all our families and friends who prayed for us and for our return. God Bless America, the greatest nation in the world."
- Part of a statement released by three men - Kim Dong-chul, Kim Hak-song and Tony Kim - formerly held in detention in North Korea on their arrival back in the US (as quoted on the ABC).


“If Trump can fix North Korea and the Iran nuclear deal then I don’t see why he’s any less of a candidate for the Nobel Peace Prize than Barack Obama."
- UK Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson, speaking to Sky News.


“This is Orwellian nonsense and part of a growing trend by the Chinese Communist Party to impose its political views on American citizens and private companies."
- A statement issued by the White House in the US after a Chinese Government demand that airlines in the US and other nations change the way they refer to Taiwan, Hong Kong and Macau in promotional materials (as quoted on Fortune).


“If one day there is a better agreement to replace it it’s fine, but we should not scrap it unless we have a good alternative."
- UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres speaking to BBC Radio 4 in relation to the US President Donald Trump's upcoming decision about whether to withdraw from a deal in which Iran accepted nuclear inspections in return for an easing of economic sanctions (as quoted on The Guardian).


"I want the State Department to get its swagger back."
- New US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo in a speech after his formal swearing in.


"Let us face it - there is no 'Planet B'."
- French President Emmanuel Macron, advocating for the need for action on climate change as he addressed the US Congress during his visit this week.


"This should be a wake-up call for every board member in the country, particularly those who are the custodians of the savings shareholdings of millions of Australians, they expected better those shareholders of board members and they have been let down, terribly."
- Australian Treasurer Scott Morrison, speaking after the Australian Prudential Regulation Authority released a report into the culture of the Commonwealth Bank following allegations it broke anti-money laundering and counter-terrorism financing laws (as quoted on the ABC).


"President Trump has put economic pressure on the North Koreans and it appears to have given us this opening, this real opportunity, for something that would be transformative for the world if we can achieve it...[But] this administration has its eyes wide open. We know the history. We know the risks."
- New US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, in his first interview, in reference to last week's meetings between Korean and US representatives (as quoted on the ABC News).


"The OPCW [Organisation for the Prohibition for Chemical Weapons] is not a theatre. Russia's decision to misuse it is yet another Russian attempt to undermine the OPCW's work, and in particular the work of its fact-finding mission investigating chemical weapons use in Syria."
- Britain's envoy to the OPCW, Peter Wilson, in a statement as Russia presented alleged witnesses from Douma at the organisation's headquarters in The Hague in support of its claim that a chemical attack there earlier this month was staged (as quoted on the BBC).


"The Council of Europe Parliament should mind its own business. They will not hold elections, Turkey will."
- Turkey's Prime Minister Binali Yildirim, speaking after the Council of Europe Parliamentary Assembly Monitoring Committee called on Turkey to postpone upcoming elections after it expressed concern over their fairness (as quoted on The Sydney Morning Herald).


"Rhetoric about the necessity and utility of nuclear weapons is on the rise. Modernization programmes by nuclear-weapon states are leading to what many see as a new qualitative arms race."
- Izumi Nakamitsu, UN High Representative for Disarmament Affairs, in comments made on 23rd April at the start of preparatory meeting ahead of the 2020 Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons review conference.


"It is my sincere wish that the Commonwealth will continue to offer stability and continuity for future generations and will decide that one day the Prince of Wales should carry on the important work started by my father in 1949."
- Queen Elizabeth II in comments made at the opening of the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) in London in support of her eldest son, Prince Charles, taking over headship of the Commonwealth.


“Don’t let her in because that nun has a shameless mouth.”
- Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte commenting on what he planned to tell authorities in reference to Australian Catholic nun, 71-year-old Sister Patricia Fox, a longtime resident of country who, on his orders, was detained by immigration officials on Monday on suspicion of engaging in political activities (and later released). Sr Fox had joined an international fact-finding mission looking into rights violations in the southern Philippines earlier this month, according to her lawyer (as quoted on The Guardian).


"I don't want to belong to a generation of sleepwalkers that has forgotten its own past."
- French President Emmanuel Macron in comments in which he urged EU nations to shun nationalism (as quoted on the BBC).


"This is not about money or bargaining power or contracts. It’s about what I believe in and never compromising that, because my faith is far more important to me than my career and always will be."

- Australian rugby player Israel Folau in a statement made on PlayersVoice following a media furore after he published a statement on Instagram two weeks ago in which he said gay people would go to hell.


"The athletes would not have enjoyed last night. I understand that and frankly the buck stops with me on that."
- Peter Beattie, Gold Coast Commonwealth Games chairman, addressing criticism of the way the Games' closing ceremony was conducted on Sunday night (as quoted on the ABC).


“The results of the analysis...confirms the findings of the United Kingdom relating to the identity of the toxic chemical that was used in Salisbury and severely injured three people.”
- From an executive summary released by the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons following its analysis of samples of the chemicals used to poison the former Russian spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia in Salisbury. The findings, which don't mention the nerve agent novichok by name, nonetheless confirm UK findings which did name the agent (as quoted on The Guardian).


“It’s clear now that we didn’t do enough to prevent these tools from being used for harm as well. And that goes for fake news, foreign interference in elections and hate speech, as well as developers and data privacy.”
- Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg in testimony given during a rare joint session before two US Senate panels — the Commerce and Judiciary committees which was grilling him over issues including Facebook's failure to deal with privacy issues and its use by Russia to manipulate American voters in the 2016 US election (as quoted on The Washington Post).


"We're on the edge of a dangerous precipice. The great evil of chemical weapons use that once unified the world in opposition, is on the verge of becoming the new normal. The international community must not let this happen. We're beyond showing pictures of dead babies. We're beyond appeals to conscience. We've reached the moment when the world must see justice done."
- US Ambassador to the UN, Nikki Haley, addressing an emergency meeting of the US Security Council over allegations Russian backed pro Syrian Government forces used chemical weapons in an attack on the Syrian town of Douma.


"From what I've seen and heard from people - no access to health services, concerns about protection, continued displacements - conditions are not conducive to return."
- Ursula Mueller, UN's assistant secretary-general for humanitarian affairs, speaking after a six-day visit to Myanmar (as quoted on ABC).


"Analysis by world-leading experts at the Defence Science and Technology Laboratory at Porton Down made clear that this was a military-grade Novichok nerve agent produced in Russia."
- From a now deleted tweet posted by the UK Foreign & Commonwealth Office on 22nd March with regard to the poisoning of former Russian spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia in the English city of Salisbury on 4th March. A Foreign Office spokesman told CNN the tweet was deleted because it was "truncated and did not accurately report" a briefing by the British ambassador to Moscow last month.


“We are at this time in a race against time. For us, the monsoons are coming. The camps of almost one million people are not built to withstand monsoon."
- Kobsak Chutikul, a member of a group of international advisors set up by Myanmar last year, speaking at a press conference in Singapore (as quoted in The Guardian).


"So much joy seeing my family home, visiting friends and putting my feet on this soil again."
- Nobel Peace Prize winner Malala Yousafzai in a tweet after she returned briefly to Pakistan for the first time since leaving the country after being shot by Taliban militants in 2012. 


“He took this decision which was not just a sacrifice but was first of all being true to himself, true to his values and true to what he was and what he wanted to be."
- French President Emmanuel Macron in a tribute made to gendarme Arnaud Beltrame who died saving hostages at a supermarket siege in France last week during a state ceremony on Wednesday (as quoted on The Irish Times).


“Russia and China and others have launched a war on things that have human rights in their name.”
- Louis Charbonneau, the UN director for Human Rights Watch, in an article on the claims of diplomats and activists that the two countries are leading a a stealthy and increasingly successful effort at the United Nations to weaken UN efforts to protect human rights around the world (as quoted on The Guardian).


"It goes without saying that this unfriendly act by this group of countries will not go without notice and we will react to it."
- A statement from the Russian foreign ministry in response to moves in more than 20 countries across the world - including in the US, Australia and European nations - to expel Russian diplomats following a nerve gas attack in the UK earlier this month.


"How can our team be engaged in cheating like this? It beggars belief."
- Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, speaking after Australian Test cricket team players admitted to ball tampering during a game in Cape Town, South Africa.


"We will retaliate. If people want to play tough, we will play tough with them and see who will last longer."
- China's ambassador to the US, Cui Tiankai, said in a video posted to the embassy's Facebook page after US President Donald Trump announced plans to impose sweeping tariffs on potentially billions of dollars of Chinese imports (as quoted on The Sydney Morning Herald).


“We are staring at the extinction of the animal type, under our watch. I think it’s a spiritual matter...I feel as if we have neglected our duty as stewards of creation and should have done more for this species.”
- Rev Charles Odira, a Roman Catholic conservationist priest from Kenya, where the world's latst northern white rhino, a 45-year-old named Sudan, was euthanised this week after suffering an infection and serious complications due to his advanced age (as quoted on Religion News Service).


"An American President does not lead the free world by congratulating dictators on winning sham elections. And by doing so with Vladimir Putin, President Trump insulted every Russian citizen who was denied the right to vote in a free and fair election to determine their country's future, including the countless Russian patriots who have risked so much to protest and resist Putin's regime."
- US Senator John McCain, in a statement issued after US President Donald Trump congratulated Russian President Vladimir Putin on his re-election in a poll which saw him with more than 75 per cent of the vote (as quoted on BBC).


"It's been extraordinary and rapid how he has amassed power. He's moved from being a cautious leader to a very adventurous one showing off power."
- Professor Stein Ringen from Oxford University, author of The Perfect Dictatorship — China in the 21st Century, in comments made to the ABC concerning President Xi Jinping's recent moves to consolidate power.


"The Mueller probe should never have been started in that there was no collusion and there was no crime. It was based on fraudulent activities and a Fake Dossier paid for by Crooked Hillary and the DNC, and improperly used in FISA COURT for surveillance of my campaign. WITCH HUNT!"
- Among a series of tweets sent by US President Donald Trump on 18th March attacking Special Counsel Robert Mueller and his probe into whether there was any collusion between the Trump presidential campaign and Russia.


“We share the UK assessment that there is no plausible alternative explanation, and note that Russia's failure to address the legitimate request by the UK government further underlines its responsibility...We call on Russia to address all questions related to the attack in Salisbury.”
- A joint statement from the leaders of the UK, US, France and Germany in which it blamed Russia for a nerve agent attack upon former Russian spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter in Salisbury - it comes after the UK moved to expel 23 Russian diplomats in response, with Russia set to do the same to UK diplomats. Russia has repeatedly denied it was behind the attack (as quoted on the Telegraph).


"Where is the international community? Why don’t they cry tears for all Syrian civilians, not only some? They are too scared to criticise their Turkish ally.”
- Ahmed Murad, a resident of Afrin speaking to the Telegraph after Turkish forces and allies besieged the Syrian city of Afrin on Tuesday, trapping hundreds of thousands of residents.


"I'm afraid that Facebook has now turned into a beast and not what it originally intended."
- Yanghee Lee, special rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Myanmar, speaking in Geneva on Monday about how ultra-nationalist Buddhists in the country have been using Facebook to incite "a lot of violence and a lot of hatred against the Rohingya or other ethnic minorities" (as quoted on Newsweek).


"Either this was a direct action by the Russian state against our country, or the Russian Government lost control of its potentially catastrophically damaging nerve agent and allowed it to get into the hands of others."
- UK Prime Minister Theresa May, addressing Parliament, in comments in which she said it was "highly likely" Russia was responsible for an attack which poisoned former double agent Sergei Skripal and his daughter in the town of Salisbury (as quoted on the BBC).


"We knew this country was dramatically corrupt. But it is now clear that the whole system is corrupted and is like an octopus overwhelming the entire country."
- Michal Vasecka, the director of the Bratislava Policy Institute, speaking as mass anti-government protests have broken out in Slovakia following the recent murder of an investigative journalist looking into corruption and his fiancee (as quoted in The Sydney Morning Herald).


“President Trump said he would meet Kim Jong-un by May.”
-  Chung Eui-yong, South Korea's national security advisor, in a statement made at the White House, in which he also said the North Korean leader had committed to stopping nuclear and missile testing. The White House has since confirmed Mr Trump had said he would meet Mr Kim by May (as quoted on The Washington Post).


“Based on inspiration that you created for millions around the world, with your long resistance to military dictatorship, and your advocacy for freedom and human rights for all the people of Myanmar, we were honored to present you with the first Elie Wiesel Award in 2012. It is with great regret that we are now rescinding that award. We did not take this decision lightly.”
- Sara Bloomfield, director of the US-based Holocaust Museum, in an open letter on why the museum has revoked a human rights award given to Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi.


“With this treaty, we open a new chapter in relations between Australia and Timor-Leste."
- Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop, speaking at the signing of a new treaty between Australian and East Timor at the UN headquarters in New York, ending a long-running dispute over the maritime border between the two nations centred on the location of an oil and gas field (as quoted on News.com.au).


"[I]n the light of recent announcements on trade policy measures, it is clear we now see a much higher and real risk of triggering an escalation of trade barriers around the world”.
- Roberto Azevedo, director general of the World Trade Organisation, speaking after US President Donald Trump announced new tariffs on steel and aluminium (as quoted on The Guardian).


"He's now president for life. President for life...Maybe we'll have to give that a shot some day."
- US President Donald Trump speaking behind closed doors with regard to China's President Xi Jinping's move to extend his political tenure by abolishing presidential term limits (as quoted on CNN).


"You have failed to contain Russia."
- Russian President Vladimir Putin, in comments made addressing the West, in his annual state of the nation address during which he also said Russia had tested new nuclear weapons which can pierce any missile defence (as quoted on ABC).


"Some of you people are petrified of the NRA. You can't be petrified. You can't be petrified."
- US President Donald Trump speaking to a group of senators on Wednesday at the White House about gun law reforms (as quoted on CNN).


“We do not exclude the possibility to move ahead [by regulating cryptocurrencies] at the EU level if we see, for example, risks emerging but no clear international response emerging.”
- Valdis Dombrovskis, the EU’s financial chief, in comments made on Monday after hosting a roundtable meeting attended by the European Central Bank, industry bodies and the Financial Stability Board (as quoted on The Guardian).


“The way they performed was frankly disgusting...I really believe I’d run in there even if I didn’t have a weapon.”
- US President Donald Trump, in comments in which he criticised the way sheriff's deputies responded to a gunman who killed 17 people at a Florida highschool on 14th February, speaking at a meeting with US state governors on 26th February, 2018.


"The NRA doesn't back any ban."
- Dana Loesch, a spokeswoman for the National Rifle Association, speaking to the ABC News on 25th February, 2018.


"Warplanes bombed our building. Save Ghouta!"
- Two girls living in the rebel held area of Eastern Ghouta where as many as 400 have now been killed in a Syrian Government bombardment this week (as quoted on the BBC).


"It doesn't make sense. Fix it. It should have been one school shooting and we should have fixed it."
- Parent Andrew Pollack who lost a child in the Parkland shooting in Florida in comments made to the US President Donald Trump during a meeting at the White House (as quoted on the ABC).


“No words will do justice to the children killed, their mothers, their fathers and their loved ones.”
- Geert Cappelaere, UNICEF regional director for the Middle East and North Africa, in an otherwise blank statement made in response to reports of mass casualties involving children in Eastern Ghouta and Damascus in areas which have been subject to a Syrian Government offensive.


"I am humbled by the support in my electorate and in the community. People are starting to see this as a witch hunt. I’m not going anywhere, I never would."
- Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce in an interview with Fairfax Media, speaking in reference to the ongoing controversy surrounding revelations of his affair with former staffer Vikki Campion.


"Here's a time to talk about gun control: March 24. My message for the people in office is: You're either with us or against us. We are losing our lives while the adults are playing around."
- Cameron Kasky, a student at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, speaking about plans for a student march on Washington, DC, to talk about gun control reforms in the wake of last week's shooting at the school which left 17 dead (as quoted on CNN).


 “[T]his is as violent and worrying and dangerous a moment as any that I have seen in my time as Special Envoy."
- Staffan de Mistura, the UN Secretary-General’s Special Envoy for Syria, in comments made to the UN Security Council in reference to the ongoing conflict in the Middle Eastern nation.


"This is probably the most significant clean-up that we've had in a while...Cyclone Isaac was in 1982, which was decades ago, and this clean-up would be more significant than that."
- Tongan MP Lord Fusitu'a, speaking to Radio New Zealand, after Cyclone Gita made landfall in the Pacific Island nation on Monday night, destroying buildings including the nation's Parliament.


"As programme director at the time, I am ashamed that this happened on my watch and I take full responsibility."
- Penny Lawrence, deputy chief executive of Oxfam in the UK, announcing her resignation on Monday, after allegations of sexual misconduct among some of its workers in Haiti and Chad (as quoted by the ABC).


"I have to say that, talking to politicians in the capital, listening to Daw Suu [Aung San Suu Kyi] I don't think it has come through to her the full extent of the horror that has happened, the sheer devastation."
- UK Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson, speaking during a visit to Myanmar in which he met with the country's de facto leader Aung San Suu Kyi and saw evidence of the violence perpetrated against the Muslim Rohingya minority in Rakhine state which has prompted about 700,000 to flee to neighbouring Bangladesh since last August (as quoted by the BBC).


“We will not allow North Korean propaganda to hijack the message and imagery of the Olympic Games. We will not allow North Korea to hide behind the Olympic banner the reality that they enslave their people and threaten the wider region.”
- US Vice-President Mike Pence in comments made ahead of the opening of the Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang in South Korea (as quoted on The Guardian).


"The most powerful country in history is now leading the way towards what may be terminal destruction."
- World renowned US scholar Noam Chomsky in comments made to Australia's ABC The World program.


"My family were unhurt, but a neighbour was injured in the head and is bleeding. We dare not go back home now. There are many aftershocks and we are worried the house is damaged."
- Lu Chih-son, a resident of the Taiwanese port city of Hualien, speaking after two people died and more than 200 were injured (with scores still missing) when a magnitude 6.4 earthquake caused significant damage in the city (as quoted on Channel NewsAsia).


"I may disagree with claims made on that march but not ONE of them wants to live in a system where 28m people have no cover."
- Britain's Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt, tweeting in reply to an earlier tweet from Donald Trump in which he described the UK's healthcare system as "going broke and not working" (as quoted on CNN).


“Immediately afterward, we find out it was a drill and I was devastated. I still feel very badly about it. I felt sick afterward. It was like a body blow.”
- The unnamed Hawaiian man who sent a false missile alert to residents in the US state last month in comments made to reporters on condition he not be identified (as quoted on TIME).


“This is a war when armed men are specialising in the suffering of civilian populations and, those that are the sponsors, are not able to end it.”
- Jan Egeland, UN special advisor, speaking in regard to the ongoing civil war in Syria.


“Tonight, I call upon all of us to set aside our differences, to seek out common ground and to summon the unity we need to deliver for the people...This, in fact, is our new American moment."
- US President Donald Trump in his first State of the Union address (as quoted on The New York Times).


"Catholics are followers of Jesus Christ - we are not agents of a foreign government."
- Bishop Robert McGuckin, from Toowoomba in the Australian state of Queensland, in comments made in response to concerns that proposed federal legislation could force Catholic Church representatives to register as agents of a foreign power (as quoted on the BBC).


"The enemy against which we fight is not only hatred in all of its forms, but even more fundamentally indifference, for it is indifference that paralyses and impedes us from doing what is right even when we know that it is right."
- Pope Francis in an address this week to an international conference on anti-Semitism which comes as Poland proposes introducing laws which would outlaw blaming Polish people for the Holocaust (as quoted on The National Catholic Reporter).


"This strategy is about job creation. It will give Australian defence companies the support they need to grow, invest and deliver defence capability. It will make Australian defence exports among the best in the world."
- Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull announcing plans to make Australia one of the top 10 defence equipment exporters in the world (as quoted in The Sydney Morning Herald).


“As a company we paid, over the last five years, close to 20 per cent in tax. We are happy to pay a higher amount, whatever the world agrees on as the right framework. It’s not an issue about the amount of tax we pay, as much as how you divide it among various countries.”
- Sundar Pichai, chief executive of Google, addressing an audience at the World Economic Forum in Davos in a speech in which he said the tax system needs to be reformed to address concerns that some companies are not paying their fair share (as quoted on The Guardian).


"Whoever conducted the attacks, Russia ultimately bears responsibility for the victims in East Ghouta and countless other Syrians targeted with chemical weapons, since Russia became involved in Syria."
- US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson speaking to reporters in Paris with regard to allaged chemical weapons attacks carried out by the Syrian Government in the rebel-held eastern Damascus suburb of East Ghouta (as quoted on The Telegraph).


“The economic model is not working at all. The way this wealth is being distributed we are really worried, it’s being concentrated in fewer hands.”
- Iñigo Macías Aymar, co-author of an Oxfam report showing four out of five dollars of wealth generated in 2017 ended up in the pockets of the richest one per cent, speaking to the Thomson Reuters Foundation.


"They were wearing very stylish clothes. They came to me and asked for food. I served them the food and they thanked me and took their seats. Then they took out their weapons and started shooting the people."
- Haseeb, an eyewitness to an attack on Kabul's Intercontinental Hotel on Saturday, which left 14 foreigners dead and four Afghans (as quoted on the BBC). The Taliban has claimed responsibility for the attack.


"Last year was substantially warmer than 1998 which had a very big El Niño. It shows clearly that the biggest natural influence on the climate is being dwarfed by human activities – predominantly CO2 emissions."
- Professor Peter Stott, acting director of the UK Met Office, speaking to the BBC, after data was released showing that globally 2017 was the warmest year on record without the El Nino effect.


“I want to confront this challenge for our society and for all of us to take action to address the loneliness endured by the elderly, by carers, by those who have lost loved ones — people who have no one to talk to or share their thoughts and experiences with."
- British Prime Minister Theresa May as she appointed Tracey Crouch as the country's first Minister for Loneliness (as quoted on The New York Times).


“Here I feel bound to express my pain and shame at the irreparable damage caused to children by some ministers of the church. It is right to ask for forgiveness and make every effort to support the victims, even as we commit ourselves to ensuring that such things do not happen again.”
- Pope Francis speaking during his visit to Chile in the presence of President Michelle Bachelet and other officials in reference to the abuse of children in the nation by Catholic clergy (as quoted on The Guardian).


"I'm disappointed by those who want to change the date of Australia Day, seeking to take a day that unites Australia and Australians and turn it into one that would divide us. Australia Day is a day to come together and celebrate what unites us, what inspires us, what gives all of us reason to be proud that we are Australian."
- Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, in comments made on a video posted on Twitter, in response to a push, being led by the Federal Greens party, to change the date of Australia Day from 26th January.


"Today is a day that most of us will never forget. A day when many in our community thought our worst nightmare might actually be happening...I know first-hand that what happened today was totally unacceptable, and many in our community was deeply affected by this. And I'm sorry for that pain and confusion that anyone might have experienced."
- Hawaii's Governor David Ige, speaking after an emergency alert notification was mistakenly sent out on Saturday which said there was a ballistic missile threat "inbound to Hawaii" and urged people to take shelter (as quoted on CNN).


"Of course it's all factual...I absolutely stand by my sources and my methods."
- Michael Wolff, author of Fire and Fury: Inside The Trump White House, speaking to Australia's Radio National in reference to explosive claims made about the Trump Whitehouse.


"It is true that both the villagers and security forces admitted they killed the 10 Bengali terrorists."
- A statement published on Facebook by Myanmar's military in which they have admitted for the first time that its soldiers were involved in the killing of Rohingya Muslims in Rakhine State. The statement was made after a military inquiry concluded four members of the security forces were involved in killing 10 people (as quoted on the BBC).


"For too long, women have not been heard or believed if they dared to speak their truth to the power of those men, but their time is up."
- Oprah Winfrey in a powerful speech made at the Golden Globes in which she referred to the scandal surrounding inappropriate sexual behaviour in Hollywood; the speech has since sparked feverish speculation she may run for president in the US.


"As I say, when I deal with President Trump what I see is somebody who is committed to ensuring that he is taking decisions in the best interests of the United States."
- UK Prime Minister Theresa May after being asked about the issue of US President Donald Trump's mental health in the wake of Michael Wolff's book, Fire And Fury: Inside The Trump White House, in which Mr Trump's senior aides were reported as questioning his mental capacity (as quoted on SBS).


"It is absolutely unacceptable that North Korea is trampling the strong desire of Japan and the rest of the international community for peaceful resolutions and continuing with its provocative behaviour."
- Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in comments in which he said the threat to Japan is at its highest level since World War II (as quoted on the ABC).


"Will someone from his depleted and food starved regime please inform him that I too have a Nuclear Button, but it is a much bigger & more powerful one than his, and my Button works!"
- US President Donald Trump in a tweet responding to a statement from North Korean leader Kim Jong-un in which said the "button for nuclear weapons in on my table".


“We ask the Lord to work in this new year with generosity to achieve a world that is more empathetic and welcoming."
- Pope Francis, speaking on 1st January to mark the World Day of Peace, specifically in reference to refugees and migrants (as quoted on TIME).


“The US should know that the button for nuclear weapons is on my table."
- North Korean leader Kim Jong-un in a New Year's speech in which he also said the entire US mainland is within range of North Korean missiles (as quoted on TIME).


“Israel completely rejects this preposterous resolution...But I do appreciate the fact that a growing number of countries refuse to participate in this theatre of the absurd.”
- Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, speaking after the UN General Assembly rejected US President Donald Trump's decision to recognise Jerusalem as the capital of Israel (as quoted in The Jerusalem Post).


"The President will be watching this vote carefully and has requested I report back on those countries who voted against us. We will take note of each and every vote on this issue."
- US Ambassador to the UN, Nikki Haley, in a letter sent to most UN member states ahead of a vote on a UN resolution calling for the US to withdraw its decision to recognise Jerusalem as Israel's capital (as quoted on the ABC).


"As Christians we remember, of course, how Our Lord called upon us to love our enemies and to pray for those who persecute. But for those confronted with such hatred and oppression, I can only begin to imagine how incredibly hard it must be to follow Christ's example." 
- Prince Charles, speaking in London to members of the Melkite Greek Catholic community and other church representatives (as quoted in The Tablet).


"No, I'm not."
- US President Donald Trump, responding to a question from reporters over whether he was planning to fire Robert Mueller, the special counsel investigating links between Trump campaign and Russian officials during the 2016 election (as quoted on The Guardian).


"It's an outstanding exercise in love."
- Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull speaking to reporters in the wake of the handing down of the final report from the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse.


"For us that once had no voice, now we can be heard. And for us whose lives were destroyed, now we can begin to heal."
- An anonymous survivor of child sexual abuse, one of 1,000 Australians who wrote comments in a book which was presented to the National Library of Australia at the final hearing of Australia's Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse.


"You cannot silence me or the millions of women who have gotten off the sidelines to speak out about the unfitness and shame you have brought to the Oval Office."
- US Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, who has called for US President Donald Trump to resign over accusations of sexual harassment and misconduct against him, in a tweet which followed one from Mr Trump in which he called her a "total flunky for Chuck Schumer and someone who would come to my office 'begging' for campaign contributions not so long ago (and would do anything for them)".


"The EU and member states will continue to respect the international consensus on Jerusalem until the final status of the holy city is resolved, through direct negotiations between the parties."
- EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini, speaking after meeting Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu who wants EU states to follow the US President Donald Trump's decision to recognise Jerusalem as Israel's capital (as quoted on the BBC).


"The only rational course of action is to cease living under the conditions where mutual destruction is only one impulsive tantrum away."
- Beatrice Fihn, executive director of the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN) accepting this year's Nobel Peace Prize in Oslo on the weekend.


“I of all people am aware that there is some irony in the fact that I am leaving while a man who has bragged on tape about his history of sexual assault sits in the Oval Office, and a man who has repeatedly preyed on young girls campaigns for the Senate with the full support of his party."
- Democratic US Senator Al Franken announcing his resignation from Congress after a wave of sexual misconduct allegations against him which he has denied, in comments referring to US President Donald Trump and Republican Senate candidate Roy S Moore (as quoted on the The New York Times).


“I will put forward my candidacy for the post of president of the Russian Federation."
- Russian President Vladimir Putin announcing he will seek a new six-year presidential term in elections next March, which, if he wins, will means he will have spent 24 years as the country's leader (as quoted on the The Guardian).


"Can anyone - can anyone - rule out that elements of genocide may be present?"
- UN human rights head Zeid Ra'ad Al-Hussein speaking to UN's Human Rights Council at a meeting in Geneva, Switzerland, referring to evidence of atrocities perpetrated by Myanmar's military against the minority Rohingya Muslims, hundreds of thousands who have fled to neighbouring Bangladesh (as quoted on the ABC).


"This is a planetary crisis. In a few short decades since we discovered the convenience of plastics, we are ruining the ecosystem of the ocean."
- Lisa Svensson, UN ocean's chief, in an interview with the BBC.


"After years of Comey, with the phony and dishonest Clinton investigation (and more), running the FBI, its reputation is in Tatters - worst in History! But fear not, we will bring it back to greatness."
- US President Donald Trump in one of a series of tweets he sent after news late last week that former national security advisor Mike Flynn had pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI about conversations he had with the Russian ambassador and was now cooperating with investigators.


"I am very clear that retweeting from Britain First was the wrong thing to do."
- British Prime Minister Theresa May repeating comments that US President Donald Trump's retweeting of three videos from a British far right group was wrong; it comes after Mr Trump tweeted telling Ms May not to focus on him but on "radical Islamic terrorism" within the UK.


"@Theresa_May, don’t focus on me, focus on the destructive Radical Islamic Terrorism that is taking place within the United Kingdom. We are doing just fine!"
- US President Donald Trump responding on Twitter to British PM Theresa May after she criticised his sharing on Twitter of three videos posted online by a British far-right group.


“I’m from a generation that doesn’t tell Africa what to do: I have come to listen."
- French President Emmanuel Macron, speaking to students after arriving in Burkina Faso on a four day visit to Africa (as quoted in Bloomberg).


“Myanmar has no religious discrimination at all. Likewise our military too...performs for the peace and stability of the country."
- Myanmar's Army Chief, General Min Aung Hlaing, in comments attributed to him during a meeting with Pope Francis on Monday, according to a Facebook post published by the general’s office a few hours after the meeting (as quoted in The Guardian).


"When he finished his signature his face just glowed, no weeping unless there were angels weeping somewhere. For me it was a sign that he was accepting that, 'ah, this is done', he is relieved, not that he is aggrieved but relieved."
- Father Fidelis Mukonori, a Jesuit priest who is a close friend of Mr Mugabe, speaking after Mass at a Catholic mission outside Harare on Sunday, with regard to Zimbabwe's former President Robert Mugabe's response after he agreed to resign from office (as quoted on Reuters).


"In my view this is illegal collective punishment."
- Jan Egeland, a former UN aid chief who now heads the Norwegian Refugee Council, speaking about the Saudi-led coalition's ongoing blockade of Yemen, cutting off food imports to 11 million people (as quoted on SBS).


"We want to grow our economy, we want peace, we want jobs, jobs, jobs."
- Zimbabwe's incoming leader Emmerson Mnangagwa, speaking to a cheering crowd in Harare after returning from exile to replace ousted President Robert Mugabe.


“The people that we have spoken to are extremely angry and they see this as an opportunity to tell the world and to show the world, years of anger about how they have been treated over the four years, after being forcibly transferred to Papua New Guinea."
- Nai Jit Lam, deputy regional representative of the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees, referring to those men who remain in the formerly Australian-run offshore detention facility on Manus Island in Papua New Guinea.


“Donors and diplomats have a choice: do nothing while the chances for democracy are extinguished, or send the message that there will be serious political, economic, and diplomatic consequences if Hun Sen returns Cambodia to a de facto one-party state."
- Brad Adams, Asia director of Human Rights Watch, speaking in a press release after news that Cambodia's Supreme Court had dissolved the main opposition party, leaving Prime Minister Hun Sen virtually uncontested in next year's election.


"I said, ‘You know’, laughing, ‘no-one marched when I was elected’."
- New Zealand's Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, describing how she joked with US President Donald Trump at their first meeting at APEC in Vietnam last week (as quoted in Newsroom).


"President Zuma spoke to President Robert Mugabe earlier today who indicated that he was confined to his home but said that he was fine."
- A statement from South African President Jacob Zuma with regard to Zimbabwean President Robetr Mugabe after the military, who have denied a coup is taking place, confined Mr Mugabe and seized key institutions in Zimbabwe.


“We are concerned that the president of the United Status is so unstable, is so volatile, has a decision-making process that is so quixotic, that he might order a nuclear weapons strike that is wildly out of step with US national security interests.”
- Chris Murphy, a Democratic Senator from Connecticut in the US, in a US Senate committee hearing looking at presidential authority to order the use of the US nuclear arsenal (as quoted on The Guardian).


"We must remind those behind the current treacherous shenanigans that when it comes to matters of protecting our revolution, the military will not hesitate to step in."
- Zimbabwe's General Constantino Chiwenga, speaking at a press conference with 90 other senior army officers, at which he said the removal of people involved in the independence struggle, like Emmerson Mnangagwa - President Robert Mugabe's deputy until he was sacked last week, will not be tolerated (as quoted on the BBC).


"I wanted to give Lebanon a wake-up call so that we all know that we are in a dangerous position. We are in the eye of the storm."
- Lebanon's Prime Minister Saad Hariri, speaking a week after he announced his resignation from Saudi Arabia in comments in which he said he was "completely free" to leave the kingdom any time he wished (Lebanon's President Michel Aoun has suggested his movements are being restricted). Mr Hariri repeated claims of an assassination plot against him and said he would return home "in days" to formally submit his resignation (as quoted on the ABC).


"It comes as a bit of a sacrifice for the Holy See, this was a source of revenue, but it's obviously much more important to do what is right."
- Vatican spokesman Greg Burke commenting on news that Pope Francis has ordered a ban on the sale of cigarettes in the Vatican from the start of next year (as quoted on the BBC).


“There is a lot of Islamophobia and racism and it’s getting worse, not just on the right of politics but on the left as well."
- Iranian-born Australian Senator Sam Dastyari after he was called a "terrorist" and racially abused by men in a Melbourne pub (as quoted on News.com.au).


“Women and men should be able to work free from the threat or fear of harassment, bullying or intimidation. But for too long the powerful have been able to abuse their power and their victims have not felt able to speak out.”
- British Prime Minister Theresa May, speaking after revelations of sexual harassment in Westminster (as quoted in The Scotsman).


"We lost more than Belle yesterday, and the one thing that gives me a sliver of encouragement is the fact that Belle was surrounded by her church family that she loved fiercely, and vice versa. We ate together, we laughed together, we cried together, and we worshipped together. Now most of our church family is gone, our building is probably beyond repair and the few of us that are left behind lost tragically yesterday."
- Sherri Pomeroy, mother of 14-year-old Annabelle who was among the 26 killed when a gunman opened fire at a Texas church on Sunday. Ms Pomeroy is the wife of the church's pastor Frank, both of whom were not present during the attack (as quoted on the CNN).


"The only way to 'locate and destroy - with complete certainty - all components of North Korea's nuclear weapons programs' is through a ground invasion."
- Rear Admiral Michael Dumont in a letter written on behalf of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff to Democrat Congressman Ted Lieu wno described the letter as "deeply disturbing" (as quoted on the BBC).


“What happened here was a horrible tragedy, but our constitution says no matter how egregious a crime, a defendant is innocent until proven guilty and in effect the president has already said the person is guilty. It’s very disappointing and it’s not how the system works."
- Anna Cominsky, a law professor at New York Law School, speaking to The Guardian, after US President Donald Trump called for the death penalty for New York terror attack suspect Sayfullo Saipov in two tweets.


“According to the joint agreement by the two Koreas on denuclearization, North Korea’s nuclear state cannot be accepted or tolerated. We will not develop or possess nuclear weapons, either."
- South Korean President Moon Jae-in speaking to the nation's law-makers on Wednesday after recent tests by North Korea lead to a renewed debate about whether South Korea should have nuclear weapons (as quoted in The Washington Post).


“Anzac soldiers went on to capture Jerusalem, then continued northwards. They were actually retracing the footsteps of the heroes of the Bible, they were stepping on the verses of the Bible and they knew it.”
- Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in comments made at the centenary commemorations of the Battle of Beersheba in which 800 Australian Light Horsemen charged into ­machine gun fire on 31st October, 1917, to successfully take Beersheba and turn the tide of World War I in the Middle East.


"In a conflict so often characterised by stalemates and false dawns, this was a decisive victory that recast the campaign in the Middle East."
- Australian Opposition Leader Bill Shorten, in Israel with Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, for the centenary commemorations of the Battle of Beersheba which saw the world's last great calvalry change (as quoted on Sky News).


"All of this "Russia" talk right when the Republicans are making their big push for historic Tax Cuts & Reform. Is this coincidental? NOT!"
- US President Donald Trump, on his Twitter feed, amid speculation an arrest with regards to Robert Mueller's Russian collusion investigation is imminent. 


"That's a real kick in the guts for the Referendum Council and certainly a slap in the face of those proponents."
- Australia Senator and Indigenous Australian Pat Dodson, speaking after Federal Cabinet rejected a proposal for an Indigenous advisory body to be enshrined in the constitution. The idea was recommended by the Government's Referendum Council and endorsed by Indigenous delegates at a convention at Uluru in May (as quoted on the ABC).


"I think the debasement of our nation will be what he'll be remembered most for, and that's regretful."
- US Republican Senator Bob Corker, who announced his retirement in September, speaking of President Donald Trump in comments made to CNN after Mr Trump accused him of blocking the Republican Party's tax cuts - among the latest salvos in an ongoing war of words between the two.


"[I]'m afraid we have to be serious about the fact these people are a serious danger to us, and unfortunately the only way of dealing with them will be, in almost every case, to kill them."
- UK Government Minister Rory Stewart in comments referring to people who leave Britain to fight for so-called Islamic State amid a discussion about whether they should be allowed to return to the UK (as quoted on The Telegraph).


"It was a mistake to go about it the way they did. Setting up a new government company to do it was a big mistake."
- Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, speaking with regard to the rollout of the National Broadband Network, in comments in which he referred to the role the previous Labor Governments played in its establishment and in which he admitted there was a "question mark" over whether the company will ever make a profit (as quoted on the ABC).


"There is no room, no space for any kind of mediation or international initiative or action."
- European Council President Donald Tusk in comments ruling out any EU action over the push for Catalonian independence from Spain (as quoted on the BBC).


"What we're trying to do is deal with the underlying issue and understand what it is they're protesting."
- US National Football League Commissioner Roger Goodell in comments in which he said the NFL would not punish players who kneel, apparently in protest against racism, during the playing of the US National Anthem, despite calls from US President Donald Trump to do so (as quoted on the ABC).


"I think it's fake news, but if he did that, I guess we'll have to compare IQ tests. And I can tell you who is going to win."
- US President Donald Trump in a Forbes magazine interview referring to reports that Secretary of State Rex Tillerson had called him a moron.


"And as we look forward to the next stage, the ball is in their court."
- UK Prime Minister Theresa May, speaking to the UK Parliament, with regard to talks with the EU over Brexit.

"So the ball is entirely in the UK court for the rest to happen."
- European Commission spokesman Margaritis Schinas, speaking with regard to the Brexit process (both quotes from ABC).


“Donald Trump has become the head of the Venezuelan opposition...He has made me famous around the world. Every time he mentions me, they love me more."
- Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro in comments made on 8th October on state TV. The move comes after after the US has taken action - including laying sanctions against individuals, saying the South American nation has become a corrupt and repressive dictatorship (as quoted by Reuters).


"The NRA believes that devices designed to allow semi-automatic rifles to function like fully-automatic rifles should be subject to additional regulations."
- From a statement from the National Rifle Association in the US released on Thursday in the wake of the mass shooting in Las Vegas on Sunday in which a gunman killed 58 people and injured almost 500 more.


“It never occurred to me in any way whatsoever that he was planning violence against anyone."
- Marilou Danley, girlfrield of Stephen Paddock - the now deceased man identified as behind the Las Vegas mass shooting, in a statement read by her lawyer to reporters after she arrived back in the US from The Philippines (as quoted in The New York Times). Police say 58 people were killed and 489 injured in the Sunday night attack.


“Today Catalan society is fractured, set against itself.”
- Spain's King Felipe VI in comments made during a national TV address following last weekend's illegal referendum in Catalonia on its independence (as quoted on Bloomberg).


"We're shocked, horrified, completely dumb-founded."
- Eric Paddock, brother of Stephen Paddock, the 64-year-old Nevada man police have named as behind the mass shooting in Las Vegas on Sunday night, speaking to reporters outside his home on Monday.


"With this day of hope and suffering, the citizens of Catalonia have won the right to an independent state in the form a republic."
- Carles Puigdemont, leader of the Catalan Government, speaking in a televised address after Catalans voted overwhelmingly for secession (with a 42 per cent turnout) in a referendum declared illegal by Spanish Government and constitutional court (as quoted on BBC). The illegal vote was marred by violence as police attempted to prevent it from taking place.


“This is the single biggest, major catastrophe in the history of Puerto Rico, bar none, and it is probably the biggest hurricane catastrophe in the United States."
- Puerto Rico's Governor Ricardo Rosselló, speaking after Hurricane Maria devastated the US territory amid criticisms of the speed of the US response to the disaster (as quoted on USA Today).


“People were willing to carry it between villages, to smuggle it from one end of Papua to the other, because this petition is very significant for us in our struggle for freedom.”
- Benny Wenda, an exiled West Papuan independence campaigner, speaking in reference to a petition demanding a free vote on the independence of West Papua. The petition - reportedly bearing the signatures of more than 70 per cent of the province's population - was banned by the Indonesian Government but smuggled out of the country and presented to the United Nations this week (as quoted on The Guardian).


“North Korea is not a victim, they are terrorists. They purposefully and intentionally injured Otto.”
- Fred and Cindy Warmbier, parents of 22-year-old Otto Warmbier, in their first interview since their son died only a few days after he was released from prison in North Korea and flown back to the US in June (as quoted on Fox News). North Korea denied mistreating Mr Warmbier who was sentenced to 15 years hard labour for allegedly stealing a propaganda poster.


"The whole world should clearly remember it was the US who first declared war on our country."
- North Korean Foreign Minister Ri Yong-ho, speaking as he left the UN in New York following his address to the General Assembly on Saturday (as quoted on the BBC.


"We will never go back to the failed partnership [with Baghdad]."
- Kurdistan Regional Government President Massoud Barzani, speaking of plans to press ahead with a referendum on Kurdish independence despite opposition from the Iraqi Government as well as neighbouring nations who fear it could destabilise the region (as quoted on the ABC).


"Now that Trump has denied the existence of and insulted me and my country in front of the eyes of the world and made the most ferocious declaration of war in history that he would destroy the DPRK, we will consider with seriousness exercising a corresponding, highest level of hard-line countermeasure in history."
- Part of a long and combative statement from North Korean leader Kim Jong-un responding to comments from US President Donald Trump in which Mr Trump called him "rocket man" (as quoted on The Guardian).


"It will be a great pity if this [nuclear] agreement were to be destroyed by rogue newcomers to the world of politics. The world will have lost a great opportunity."
- Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, speaking at the UN General Assembly and responding to a speech by US President Donald Trump in which he called the UN-backed Iran nuclear deal an "embarassment". Mr Houhani characterised Mr Trump's speech as "ignorant, absurd and hateful rhetoric filled with ridiculously baseless allegations".


"Rocket man is on a suicide mission for himself and his regime."
- US President Donald Trump, in his first statement to the UN General Assembly, referring to North Korean leader, Kim Jong-un, in a speech which provoked strong reactions from some at the gathering.


"If North Korea keeps on with this reckless behavior, if the United States has to defend itself or defend its allies in any way, North Korea will be destroyed, And we all know that, and none of us want that."
- Nikki Haley, US Ambassador to the UN, saying that the US President Donald Trump's "fire and fury" remarks last month were not an "empty threat", in an interview with CNN which aired on Sunday.


"The evidence is irrefutable - the Myanmar security forces are setting northern Rakhine State ablaze in a targeted campaign to push the Rohingya people out of Myanmar. Make no mistake: this is ethnic cleansing."
- Tirana Hassan, Amnesty International’s crisis response director, speaking as the organisation says new evidence has revealed a "mass scale, scorched earth" campaign targeting Rohingya villages in northern Rakhine State by Myanmar's security forces and vigilante mobs.


"All we are really living on is hope."
- Anguila resident Imogen Gough speaking after the devastating impact of Hurricane Irma (as quoted on TIME).


“I note that Myanmar is not a signatory to the mine ban treaty but it would be a gross breach of international law”.
- Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop, speaking with regard to reports that Myanmar's military had planted landmines in the path of Rohingya people fleeing violence in the nation's Rakhine state.


“If he is a good pro-life believer he must understand that family is the cradle of life and one must defend its unity."
- Pope Francis speaking to reporters aboard the papal plane with regard to US President Donald Trump's decision to end a program, known as DACA, which protects the children of undocumented migrants from deportation (as quoted on The Guardian).


"We are a resilient people but this has shaken us to our core."
- Orlando Smith, Premier of the British Virgin Islands, speaking after Hurricane Irma devastated the islands last week, killing at least five people.


"We have to take care of our citizens, we have to take care of everybody who is in our country, whether or not they are our citizens."
- Nobel Peace Prize laureate and Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi, speaking to India's Asian News International with regard to the ongoing crisis unfolding in which tens of thousands of Rohingya Muslims are fleeing Myanmar's Rakhine state to Bangladesh. Suu Kyi has been criticised for not speaking in support of the Rohingya (as quoted by Reuters).


"For the opposition, the message is very clear: if they were planning to win the war, facts are proving that is not the case. So now it's time to win the peace."
- Staffan de Mistura, the UN's special envoy to Syria, in comments made to reporters in reference to the ongoing civil war against the Assad regime in Syria (as quoted on the ABC).


"[Kim Jong-un's] abusive use of missiles and his nuclear threats shows that he is begging for war."
- Nikki Haley, US ambassador to the UN, in comments made to the UN Security Council over a series nuclear weapons-related tests carried out by North Koreans in recent weeks.


"Right now, the risk of war on the Korean Peninsula is greater than it has been for over 60 years."
- Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull in the wake of a nuclear weapons test by North Korea on 3rd September, 2017.


“We’re never out of diplomatic solutions.”
- US Defence Secretary James Mattis, in comments to reporters made shortly after US President Donald Trump declared on Twitter that “The U.S. has been talking to North Korea, and paying them extortion money, for 25 years. Talking is not the answer!" in reference to ongoing tensions with North Korea.


"Threatening and destabilising actions only increase the North Korean regime's isolation in the region and among all nations of the world. All options are on the table."
- US President Donald Trump after North Korea sent a missile over the northern Japanese island of Hoikkado on Tuesday (as quoted on the BBC).


“I don’t need to tell anyone this is a very, very serious and unprecedented storm."
- Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner, speaking of Tropical Cyclone Harvey, which has caused flooding - described as once-in-800-years - in Houston and central Texas (as quoted on the New York Post).


"I think one of the hardest things to come to terms with is the fact that the people who chased her into the tunnel were the same people that were taking photographs of her while she was still dying on the back seat of the car."
- Prince Harry, speaking in a BBC documentary marking 20 years since the death of his mother, Princess Diana.


“For someone to successfully seek asylum it’s not about economic migration. It’s about vulnerability, exposure to torture or death, or being stateless people. If they are seeking asylum we’ll evaluate them on the basis of what it is to be a refugee or asylum seeker.”
- Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in comments to reporters this week. Mr Trudeau, whose government has been criticised for giving "false hope" to asylum seekers moving from the US to Canada, added that people who chose to enter Canada "irregularly" would not have an "advantage" over others (as quoted on The Guardian on 25th July, 2017)


"In a fit of pique he decides to do something about Kim Jong Un, there's actually very little to stop him. The whole system is built to ensure rapid response if necessary. So there's very little in the way of controls over exercising a nuclear option, which is pretty damn scary."
- James Clapper, former director of national intelligence in the US, expressing concerns over US President Donald Trump's access to nuclear weapon codes in an interview with CNN on 23rd August, 2017.


"I don't know how to define it if not a miracle. We were all dead, and we are reborn."
- Erasma De Simone, grandmother of three children were pulled to safety after a 16 hour operation following a 4.0 magnitude earthquake on the Italian resort island of Ischia (as quoted on the ABC).


"I lost my family, I lost my people. I lost my place. All has gone."
- Gabriel Fattah Manga, 25, speaking to CNN in the wake of the massive mudslide that claimed hundreds of lives in the Sierra Leone capital of Freetown last week.


“The Trump presidency that we fought for, and won, is over."
- Former White House chief strategist Steve Bannon after he left US President Donald Trump's administration last Friday in comments made to The Weekly Standard.


"I would caution and counsel you with respect to be very, very careful of the offence you may do to the religious sensibilities of other Australians...[T]o ridicule that community, to drive it into a corner, to mock its religious garments is an appalling thing to do and I would ask you to reflect on what you have done."
- Australian Attorney-General George Brandis, speaking in the Senate after One Nation Senator Pauline Hanson put a burqa on during the parliamentary session on 17th August. His comments brought applause from opposition Labor and Green senators.


"I see no equivalence between those who propound fascist views and those who oppose them. I think it is important for all those in positions of responsibility to condemn far-right views wherever we hear them."
- British Prime Minister Theresa May, commenting on the controversy over US President Donald Trump's statements with regard to the violence in Charlottesville, Virginia, last weekend (as quoted on The Telegraph).


"I am not putting anybody on a moral plane. What I'm saying is this: you had a group on one side and you had a group on the other and they came at each other with clubs and it was vicious and horrible and it was a horrible thing to watch, but there is another side."
- US President Donald Trump in a controversial press conference held on Tuesday in relation to events in Charlottesville, Virginia, last weekend in which a woman protesting a white supremacist rally was killed after she was run down by a car (as quoted on CNBC).


“It’s a miracle for me to be here today.”
- Canadian pastor Hyeon Soo Lim in comments, spoken in Korean, made to his congregation at a church near Toronto in Canada on Sunday following his release last week after being held for two years and seven months by authorities in North Korea (as quoted by The Globe and Mail).


"The president said very strongly in his statement yesterday that he condemns all forms of violence, bigotry and hatred. Of course that includes white supremacists, KKK, neo-Nazi and all extremist groups."
- A White House spokesperson, speaking after criticism that US President Donald Trump did not explicitly condemn far-right groups in his reaction to the violence which took place at a white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, on Saturday (as quoted by the BBC).


"That is a good idea. We should do that too. You are worse than I am."
- US President Donald Trump, speaking in a phone conversation with Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull soon after his inauguration earlier this year in a phone call in which they discussed the Australian-US refugee resettlement deal. Mr Trump's comment comes just after Mr Turnbull said that anyone who comes to Australia by boat - even a Nobel Prize winner - would face the same treatment (according to a transcript of the conversation published by The Washington Post).


"This Kim Jong-un, a fool...he is playing with dangerous toys, that fool."
- President Rodrigo Duterte of the Philippines, speaking with regard to the North Korean leader just days before the Philippines hosts the international ASEAN meeting to address the North Korea's latest long range missle tests (as quoted on the ABC).


“Every year, thousands of men, women and children are innocent victims of sexual and organ trafficking and it seems that we are so accustomed to seeing it as a normal thing. This is ugly, it is cruel, it is criminal.”
- Pope Francis in comments made on Sunday in which he called for greater action on human trafficking around the world as the UN's World Day Against Trafficking is marked this week (as quoted on Vatican Radio).


"Maduro is not just a bad leader. He is now a dictator."
- US national security adviser HR McMaster, speaking about Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro after Mr Maduro claimed victory in a referendum to elect a new "constituent assembly" with powers to rewrite the country's contitution. His comments came as the US imposed sanctions on the South American country (as quoted in The Independent).


"Done talking about NKorea.China is aware they must act.Japan & SKorea must inc pressure.Not only a US problem.It will req an intl solution."
- US ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley in comments made on social media after North Korea fired another intercontinenal ballistic missile (ICBM) on Friday which experts say could potentially reach anywhere in the US.


"I sometimes use colorful language. I will refrain in this arena but not give up the passionate fight for @realDonaldTrump's agenda."
- White House communications director Anthony Scaramucci in a tweet which he sent following publication in The New Yorker of expletive laden comments in which he described Reince Priebus, US President Donald Trump's chief-of-staff, as a "paranoid schizophrenic".


“I am particularly concerned about the potential risk of escalating violence; urge all political, religious and community leaders to refrain from provocative action and rhetoric; and call on Israel to demonstrate restraint."
- UN Secretary General António Guterres in a statement made on 26th July, referring to unrest and violence amid concerns over access to holy sites in Jerusalem, in which he called for the status quo as it was before 14th July to be respected.


"I am disappointed in the attorney general. He should not have recused himself...If he was going to recuse himself, he should have told me prior to taking office and I would have quite simply picked somebody else.”
- US President Donald Trump speaking about Attorney General Jeff Sessions in comments to reporters at the White House, referring to Mr Sessions' decision to recuse himself from overseeing the FBI’s Russia investigation (as quoted on CNN)


"I urge Australia to bring an immediate end to the harmful practice of offshore processing, offer solutions to its victims, for whom it retains full responsibility, and work with us on future alternatives that save lives at sea and provide protection to people in need."
- UN refugee agency head Filippo Grandi in a statement made on 24th July calling on Australia to end its policy of offshore processing for asylum seekers.


"Be firm, especially to foreign drug dealers who enter the country and resist arrest. Shoot them because we indeed are in a narcotics emergency position now."
- Indonesian President Joko Widodo, in a speech given on 21st July, 2017, in which he instructed law enforcement officers to shoot drug traffickers in an approach which has drawn comparisions to that of Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte (as quoted on Reuters).


“Justine didn’t have to die. Based on the publicly released information from the BCA [Bureau of Criminal Apprehension], this should not have happened."
-  Janee Harteau, Minneapolis police chief, speaking in reference to the fatal shooting of Australian woman Justine Damond by a police officer, named as Mohamed Noor, in the US city of Minneapolis last Saturday night in what was her first news conference addressing the incident.


“There is an enormous resistance in the political class. Many politicians cannot imagine being politicians without using mechanisms associated with corruption. It’s the very heart of the political system.”
- Juan E Pardinas, director of think tank, the Mexican Institute for Competitiveness, speaking a year after a new anti-corruption system was signed into law by Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto (as quoted in The Guardian).


"He is actively trying to undermine the healthcare system in the country, using millions of Americans as political pawns in a cynical game."
- US Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer, speaking after US President Donald Trump said the new Republican healthcare policy should be to allow the healthcare policy known as Obamacare to fail after support from US senators for a Republican healthcare plan fell apart this week (as quoted in The Washington Times).


“Basically, my mom’s dead because a police officer shot her for reasons I don’t know. I demand answers. If anybody can help, just call police and demand answers. I’m so done with all this violence.”
-  Zach Damond, 22, son of Justine Damond's fiance Don Damond; Ms Damond was fatally shot dead by a police officer, named as Mohamed Noor, in the US city of Minneapolis on Saturday night (as quoted in the Minneapolis Star-Tribune).


“It’s very convenient to regard the Vichy regime as a monster that just sprung out of nowhere...but this is false. I reject the notions of those who claim that Vichy was not France. Vichy was not all the French. But it was the government and administration of France.”
-  French President Emannuel Macron, speaking during his first meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in which he denounced France's cooperation in the Holocaust during World War II (as quoted on France24).


“The human rights movement in China and across the world has lost a principled champion who devoted his life to defending and promoting human rights, peacefully and consistently, and who was jailed for standing up for his beliefs."
-  UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein in a statement made after the death of Chinese dissident and Nobel Peace Prize laureate, Liu Xiaobo, who Chinese authorities report has died in hospital from multiple organ failure, having been moved there recently from prison, at the age of 61.


“All signs point to ever more powerful assaults on biodiversity in the next two decades, painting a dismal picture of the future of life, including human life.”
- Scientists in a study published the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences in which they said the sixth mass extinction in the Earth's history is already underway.


"If it's what you say I love it."
- Donald Trump, Jr, in an email in which he agreed to meet with a Russian government lawyer to obtain incriminating information on Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton as part of the Russian Government's support for then Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump (as quoted on The New York Times).


"I announce from here the end and the failure and the collapse of the terrorist state of falsehood and terrorism which the terrorist Daesh announced from Mosul."
- Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi in a speech shown on state television in Iraq, referring to the so-called Islamic State by the name of Daesh (as quoted on ABC).


"Partnering with Putin on a 'Cyber Security Unit' is akin to partnering with Assad on a 'Chemical Weapons Unit'."
- Republican US Senator Marco Rubio in a tweet responding to an earlier tweet from US President Donald Trump that he and Russian President Vladimir Putin had discussed forming a joint cyber security unit - Mr Trump later tweeted that the discussion didn't mean he thought such a unit would be created.


“Mercury is the least explored of the rocky planets, but not because it is uninteresting. It’s because it’s difficult – difficult to get there, even more difficult to work there.”
- Professor Alvaro Giménez Cañete, director of science at the European Space Agency, as the agency unveiled the BepiColombo spacecraft which will be launched late next year on a mission to Mercury, the solar system's smallest planet (as quoted in The Guardian).


“He needs to go and work in a factory, and do some labour, and see what it’s like to really work out there. I mean he’s too rich, too early.”
- Australian tennis great Pat Cash, former winner of Wimbledon, speaking after Australian player Bernard Tomic admitted to be being bored and "mentally not there" after crashing out of the Wimbledon tournament in the first round (as quoted on the Herald-Sun).


"Testing an ICBM represents a new escalation of the threat to the United States, our allies and partners, the region, and the world...All nations should publicly demonstrate to North Korea that there are consequences to their pursuit of nuclear weapons."
- US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, in a statement made after North Korea fired a missile, believed to be an ICBM, earlier this week.


"The last 10 years have been cruel for Europe. We have managed crises but we have lost our way."
- French President Emmanuel Macron in a 90 minute speech in which he said there was need for a "new generation of leaders" in Europe and spoke of the need for "deep reforms" in domestic politics, including cutting the number of lawmakers by a third (as quoted on The Telegraph).


"It is a sad day when the President of the United States encourages violence against reporters."
- US-based media outlet CNN after US President Donald Trump tweeted a video which him beating up a man with a CNN logo superimposed over his head (as quoted on CNN).


“I don’t think it directly affects the negotiation on the health care bill, but it is undignified - it’s beneath a president of the United States and just so contrary to the way we expect a president to act."
- Senator Susan Collins, a moderate Republican from Maine - among a slew of politicians on both sides of politics in the US who have commented after US President Donald Trump attacked the hosts of a morning show in a series of Twitter posts ostensibly in response to criticisms they had made of Mr Trump (as quoted on The New York Times).


“The maths is brutally clear: while the world can’t be healed within the next few years, it may be fatally wounded by negligence [before] 2020." 
- Joachim Schellnhuber, director of the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research, among a group of climate experts who have written a letter warning of the looming danger to the journal Nature.


"Farewell to war. Farewell to arms, welcome to peace."
- Rodrigo Londono, known as Timochenko, leader of the FARC rebel group in Colombia, speaking at a ceremony formally ended the process of the group's disarmament (as quoted on BBC).


"We have made it very clear that we will allow or support a free vote on same-sex marriage after the Australian people have voted in a plebiscite...We have no plans to change it, I want to be very clear about that."
- Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull speaking after speculation the Coalition Government was considering abandoning its policy to hold a plebiscite on same-sex marriage followed leaked comments in which Government Minister Christopher Pyne reportedly said the issue of "marriage equality" might be dealt with "sooner than everyone thinks" (as quoted on ABC).


"Simply put, if there's a chance you might get sick, get old, or start a family - this bill will do you harm."
- Former US President Barack Obama responding to a Republican-sponsored Senate bill which will repeal major parts of the Affordable Care Act, known as 'Obamacare', and replace it with a Republican healthcare plan (as quoted on CNBC)


"Today, we stand in front of an impasse and we have reached a deadlock. Despite all the promises, endless summits, UN resolutions, religious and lay leader’s callings – Palestinians are still yearning for their freedom and independence, and seeking justice and equality."
- From an open letter from The National Coalition of Christian Organizations in Palestine (NCCOP) to the World Council of Churches and the Christian ecumenical movement published this week at an international peace consultation held in Bethlehem.


"We have to do better for these people. For a world in conflict, what is needed is determination and courage, not fear.”
- UN High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi, speaking at the launch of the UNHCR Global Trends report charting the movement of displaced people, including refugees, around the world.


"This morning, our country woke to news of another terrorist attack on the streets of our capital city, the second this month and every bit as sickening as those which have come before...This was an attack on Muslims near their place of worship. And like all terrorism, in whatever form, it shares the same fundamental goal. It seeks to drive us apart; and to break the precious bonds of solidarity and citizenship that we share in this country. We will not let this happen."
- British Prime Minister Theresa May speaking after a terrorist attack in which a van ran over pedestrians near a mosque in north London just after midnight on Sunday, leaving 10 injured. A 47-year-old man from Wales has been arrested.


"People are angry, not simply at the poor response in the days afterwards from the council and the government, but at the years of neglect from the council. There's a feeling that the council and government don't understand their concerns and don't care."
- Mayor of London Sadiq Khan, speaking in reference to the Grenfell Tower fire in London in which at least 58 people have died, with the death toll still expected to rise further. Mr Sadiq said the fire was a "preventable accident" (as quoted on BBC).


"Even if you believe their explanation of botulism and a sleeping pill causing a coma - and we don't - there is no excuse for any civilised nation to have kept his condition a secret and denied him top-notch medical care for so long."
- Fred Warmbier, father of 22-year-old Otto Warmbier, who was released by North Korean authorities earlier this week in a condition described by doctors as "unresponsive wakefulness" after being detained for 17 months on charges of attempting to steal a propaganda banner, speaking in a press conference at his son's former highschool in Cincinnati (as quoted on CNN).


"I've heard those allegations more than once since I was posted here. In Chinese, we call it 'cook up the overnight cold rice' — which means repeating the same old stuff again and again. Maybe the producers of the program believe that those groundless allegations may turn [out] to be true after repeating a thousand times...Their main purpose, as I see it, is to instigate 'China panic'."
- Ambassador Cheng Jingye, China's ambassador to Australia, responding to an investigation by Australian media outlets the ABC and Fairfax Media concerning Chinese influence in Australia (as quoted on the ABC).


“The Russian authorities’ stranglehold on freedom of expression grows tighter by the day. Peaceful protest is a fundamental human right, not a privilege to be bestowed or refused on a whim. We are calling for all peaceful protesters swept up in these arrests to be immediately freed, and the right to hold peaceful rallies fully and genuinely respected.”
- Denis Krivosheev, deputy director for Europe and Central Asia at Amnesty International, after mass arrests were made at anti-corruption protests across Russia.


“I got us into this mess, and I’m going to get us out of it.”
- UK Prime Minister Theresa May speaking to the Conservative Party's backbench 1922 Committee after last week's general election in the UK (as quoted on The Guardian).


"I know I was fired because of something about the way I was conducting the Russia investigation was in some way putting pressure on him, in some way irritating him, and he decided to fire me because of that."
- Former FBI director James Comey, in oral testimony to the US Senate Intelligence Committee, in reference to an invesigation into possible links between Russian hackers and the campaign of US President Donald Trump (as quoted on ABC).

"The President never, in form or substance, directed or suggested that Mr Comey stop investigating anyone, including suggesting that Mr Comey 'let Flynn go'."
- Mr Trump's lawyer Marc Kasowitz (as quoted on ABC).


"I need loyalty, I expect loyalty."
- Attributed to US President Donald Trump during a private dinner conversation between him and then (now sacked) FBI director James B Comey in January, released this week in written testimony ahead of Mr Comey's appearance before the Senate Intelligence Committee which is conducting a probe into whether there were links between the Trump campaign and Russian hackers during the lead-up to last year's US election (as quoted on The Washington Post).


"And if our human rights laws get in the way of doing it, we will change the law so we can do it."
- British Prime Minister Theresa May in comments in which she outlined some of the measures she is proposing in order to impose new restrictions on terror suspects and those convicted of terror offences (as quoted on The Guardian)


"Our songs are alive in the land of the living. But songs are unlike literature. They're meant to be sung, not read. The words in Shakespeare's plays were meant to be acted on the stage. Just as lyrics in songs are meant to be sung, not read on a page."
- Singer/songwriter Bob Dylan in his Nobel Prize lecture, having controversially won last year's prize for literature for his song lyrics.


"Since the emergence of the threat from Islamist-inspired terrorism, our country has made significant progress in disrupting plots and protecting the public, but it is time to say enough is enough."
- UK Prime Minister Theresa May, in comments made to the press on Sunday in the wake of Saturday night's terror attack in London which killed seven.


“Make Our Planet Great Again.”
- French President Emmanuel Macron in a tweet responding to US President Donald Trump's decision to withdraw from the Paris climate accord.


“I am a trans-Atlanticist, but if the American president said in the next hours or days that he wants to get out of the Paris climate deal, then it is the duty of Europe to say, ‘No, that’s not how it works."
- European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker speaking to a student conference in response to news US President Donald Trump is looking at leaving the Paris climate agreement in comments in which he said withdrawing is not so simple (as quoted on Politico)


"We have had tens of thousands of refugees come to Australia over the last decade or so and a very few of them have become subjects of interest for ASIO and have been involved in terrorist planning."
- Duncan Lewis, director-general of the Australian Security Intelligence Organisation (ASIO), speaking in a radio interview after a furore broke out over earlier comments given in parliamentary testimony earlier this week that there was "absolutely no evidence" of a connection between refugees and terrorism (as quoted on the Sydney Morning Herald).


"I think ISIS [an acronym for the Islamic State] can do terrible things. But it's the Russians who tried to destroy the fundamental of democracy and that is to change the outcome of an American election."
- Influential US Republican Senator John McCain, speaking during a visit to Australia (as quoted on the ABC).


"[M]y handshake with him, it wasn't innocent".
- French President Emmanuel Macron, speaking to a French Sunday newspaper of a handshake with US President Donald Trump last week which he indicated was about showing he was no pushover: "One must show that you won't make small concessions, even symbolic ones, but also not over-publicise things, either," he went on to say (as quoted on the ABC).


"[I]n this new world that we live in, we can’t isolate ourselves, we can’t hide behind a wall."
- Former US President Barack Obama, appearing in Germany with Chancellor Angela Merkel, before a crowd of 70,000 (as quoted in the Guardian).


"[Monday's attack] was more sophisticated than some of the attacks we've seen before, and it seems likely - possible - that [suicide bomber suspect Salman Abedi] wasn't doing this on his own."
- UK Home Secretary Amber Rudd, speaking with regard to Monday night's suicide bombing outside the Manchester Arena (as quoted on the BBC).


"All of the blame for [the deaths of hostages Katrina Dawson and Tori Johnson] rests on the shoulders of Man Monis. He created the intensely dangerous situation. He maliciously executed Tori Johnson. He barricaded himself into a corner of the cafe and his actions forced police to enter the cafe in circumstances where the risk of hostages being wounded or killed was very high."
- NSW Coroner Michael Barnes in his findings in the Lindt cafe siege inquest released on 24th May, 2017. He also concluded that police commanders relied on "flawed advice" and waited too long to enter the cafe to rescue hostages (as quoted on the Sydney Morning Herald).


“Criminal laws that penalise blasphemy represent an unlawful restriction on freedom of expression, and disproportionately target persons belonging to religious minorities or traditional religions, non-believers and political dissidents."
- UN special rapporteurs on freedom of religion or belief, Ahmed Shaheed, and on freedom of opinion and expression, David Kaye; and the independent expert on the promotion of a democratic and equitable international order, Alfred de Zayas.


“While today was an important victory and an important vindication, the road is far from over. The proper war is just commencing."
- WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, speaking after Swedish authorities announced they have dropped an investigation into an allegation of rape against him. He was speaking on Saturday, 21st May, from the Ecuadorian embassy in London where he has been since 2012 after seeking asylum. Metropolitan Police in London have confirmed he still faces arrest over breaching bail conditions if he leaves the embassy.


"This is the single greatest witch hunt of a politician in American history!"
- US President Donald Trump in a Twitter message responding to news that a special counsel had been appointed to investigate allegations of Russian interference in last year's US election and whether the Trump campaign had any connections to it.


“No politician in history, and I say this with great surety, has been treated worse or more unfairly.”
- US President Donald Trump in an address to the Coast Guard Academy in Connecticut on 17th May, 2017 (as quoted in The Guardian).


"Genocide is in progress. I'm not sure what the world is waiting for."
- Angelina Teny, the wife of former South Sudan vice-president Riek Machar, speaking to the ABC's Lateline program about the situation in South Sudan during a visit to Australia. 


“The governments of the world should treat this attack as a wake-up call...We need governments to consider the damage to civilians that comes from hoarding these vulnerabilities and the use of these exploits.”
- Brad Smith, Microsoft president’s and chief legal officer, in a blog post written on Sunday after a massive ransomware attack, which leveraged a vulnerability originally found and exploited by the US National Security Agency, affected some 200,000 users worldwide (as quoted on CNBC).


“We are at the dawn of an extraordinary renaissance. We have in our hands all the benefits that have made and will make the 21st century. We will remake and relaunch the Europe we need because it protects us and allows us to demonstrate our values to the world. France’s role in the world is an eminent one. We will assume our responsibilities when it is called for. A timely response to the big crises of our era.”
- New French President Emmanuel Macron in his inauguration speech on Sunday, 14th May, 2017 (as quoted on euronews).


"I will not rest until there is peace on the Korean Peninsula. I will fly to Washington, Beijing and Tokyo if needed, and if conditions are met, I will also go to Pyongyang. I will do everything in my power to bring peace to the peninsula."
- Incoming South Korean President Moon Jae-in in his inauguration speech (as quoted on The Korean Times).


"Comey lost the confidence of almost everyone in Washington, Republican and Democrat alike. When things calm down, they will be thanking me!"
- US President Donald Trump in a statement on Twitter following his controversial decision to fire FBI director James Comey in the midst of an ongoing investigation into whether the Trump campaign had any links to Russian attempts to interfere in last year's US election.


“Although it is still too early to be sure what his strategy is for the US, the signs so far of backsliding are a concern to anyone who was involved in the long process that lead up to the Paris agreement."
- Izabella Teixeira, former Brazilian environment minister, speaking ahead of a US decision later this month on whether the nation will honour the Paris climate agreement (as quoted on The Guardian).


"I cannot express in a few words how happy I am to welcome our dear girls back to freedom."
- Nigerian President Muhammandu Buhari after 82 of the Chibok schoolgirls were released by terror group Boko Haram in exchange for the release of Boko Haram suspects (as quoted on Nigeria's Daily Post).


“The European commission’s negotiating stance has hardened. Threats against Britain have been issued by European politicians and officials. All of these acts have been deliberately timed to affect the result of the general election which will take place on 8 June.”
- UK Prime Minister Theresa May, speaking after informing Queen Elizabeth II that Parliament had been dissolved for the 8th June general election (as quoted on The Guardian).


"It makes me mildly nauseous to think that we might have had some impact on the election, but honestly, it wouldn't change the decision."
- FBI director James Comey in testimony to the Senate Judicial Committee concerning a decision to announce that the FBI had reopened a probe into presidential candidate Hillary Clinton's emails just days before last year's US presidential vote.


"President Nicholas Maduro’s proposal for a constituent assembly is a coup d’état. It is another break with democracy, violating the country’s constitution."
- Brazilian Foreign Minister Aloysio Nunes speaking after Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro announced on Monday he was creating a 500 member 'constituent assembly' to rewrite the country's constitution in defiance of ongoing calls for new elections (as quoted on Deutsche Welle). Demonstrators have planned a 'mega protest' for Wednesday.


"The discussion that transpired between the presidents was warm, with President Trump expressing his understanding and appreciation of the challenges facing the Philippine president, especially on the matter of dangerous drugs."
- Ernesto Abella, a spokesman for Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte, who has been responsible for driving a brutal "war" on drugs which has left an estimated 8,000 pepple dead since last June, speaking of a phone call in which US President Donald Trump invited Mr Duterte to the White House (as quoted on Al Jazeera). The White House has described the conversation as "very friendly".


"The incident in Syria corresponds completely with Israel's policy to act to prevent Iran's smuggling of advanced weapons via Syria to Hezbollah in Iran."
-  Intelligence Minister Yisrael Katz in an interview with Israeli Army Radio, speaking with regard to whether Israel was involved in a missile strike on Damascus International Airport (as quoted on Reuters).


“Just as Thomas Edison is believed to have failed 1,000 times before successfully inventing the light bulb, so, too, Kim Jong-un will keep trying. One of these days soon, he will succeed."
- US Admiral Harry Harris, the commander of US Pacific Command (Pacom), speaking before a congressional panel on 26th April about the North Korean leader's efforts to launch a nuclear intercontinental ballistic missile at the United States unless the regime is stopped (as quoted on The Guardian).


"[O]n the face of it, it's disappointing that New Zealanders would have to wait longer."
- New Zealand Prime Minister Bill English responding to Australian Government moves to introduce longer waiting times for New Zealanders to become Australian citizens (as quoted on ABC).


"I don't know if he managed to leave that concentration camp, because refugee camps - many of them - are concentration...because there is a great number of people left there inside them."
- Pope Francis, speaking to a group of migrants at a Rome basilica about a Middle Eastern refugee he met on a visit to a camp for refugees on the Greek Island of Lesbos last year. The comments have sparked the ire of the American Jewish Committee who said the Pope should reconsider his reference to concentration camps (as quoted on BBC).


"If we were millions today, tomorrow we’ll be more."
- Venezuelan Opposition leader and former presidential candidate Henrique Capriles speaking on Wednesday night as mass anti-government protests, dubbed the "mother of all marches", took place in the capital of Caracas and other locations. At three people have died and scores more injured in clashes around the protests.


"The results of the analysis indicate that the victims were exposed to sarin or a sarin-like substance."
- A statement from the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) - made in reference to the use of chemical weapons on an attack on a town in northern Syria earlier this month which killed almost 90 people - on the findings of an analysis of bio-medical samples collected from autopsies from three of those killed in the attack. The attack led to the US bombing of a Syrian airbase on the orders of President Trump.


“We need a general election and we need one now because we have at this moment a one-off chance to get this done while the European Union agrees its negotiating position and before the detailed talks begin."
- UK Prime Minister Theresa May announcing her intention to call a snap general election for 8th June, referring to Brexit negotiations.


“There is a problem with playing the military threat [card] with North Korea because they are inclined to call the bluff."
- John Delury, a North Korea expert from Yonsei University in Seoul, in an interview with The Guardian published on 16th April, 2017.


"Right now we're not getting along with Russia at all. We may be at an all-time low in terms of [our] relationship with Russia."
- US President Donald Trump following what was described as "frosty" meetings between US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and later with President Vladimir Putin in Moscow. The meetings come in the wake of the US decision to bomb a Syrian airbase after a chemical weapon attack in the country's north, attributed by the US and others to the regime of Bashar al-Assad.


"You had someone as despicable as Hitler...who didn't even sink to using chemical weapons."
- Part of a controversial statement by US White House spokesman Sean Spicer in which he compared the actions of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad to those of Adolf Hitler. Mr Spicer has since apologised for the "inappropriate and insensitive reference to the Holocaust" (as quoted on the ABC).


“The latest reports of ‘slave markets’ for migrants can be added to a long list of outrages [in Libya]."
- Mohammed Abdiker, International Organization for Migration's head of operations and emergencies, speaking in an article published by The Guardian about the dangers facing migrants in the north African nation.


"[T]here’s little question as to who was responsible for these attacks. It was Bashar al-Assad. And I think the Russians need to think more carefully about the commitment they made under the chemical weapons agreements to be the guarantor that these weapons would be seized, they would be removed, they would be destroyed...[R]egardless of whether Russia was complicit here or whether they were simply incompetent or whether they got outwitted by the Bashar al-Assad regime, you would have to ask the Russians that question."
- US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, speaking on CBS' Face The Nation on 9th April, 2016, in a conversation about the US decision last week to bomb a Syrian Government airbase in response to a chemical weapons attack on a community in the country's rebel-held north-west that killed more than 80 people including some 30 children.


"When the United Nations consistently fails in its duty to act collectively, there are times in the life of states that we are compelled to take our own actions."
- The US ambassador to the UN, Nikki Haley, speaking with reference to the possibility of the US taking action in the wake of a chemical weapon attack in Syria this week (as quoted on The Sydney Morning Herald). Many have blamed the Assad regime for the attack in which more than 100, including children, were killed; an accusation it denies.


“Jobs at all levels in society presently undertaken by humans are at risk of being reassigned to robots or AI, and the legislation once in place to protect the rights of human workers may be no longer fit for purpose, in some cases...New labour and employment legislation is urgently needed to keep pace with increased automation."
- Gerlind Wisskirchen, an employment lawyer in Cologne who is vice-chair of the International Bar Association’s global employment institute and lead author of a study which suggests that a third of graduate level jobs around the world may eventually be replaced by machines or software (as quoted on The Guardian).


- The headline in Mexican newspaper Norte which announced on Sunday that it was shutting down after almost 30 years in the wake of the killing of three journalists from other organisations last month. An executive with the Ciudad Juárez-based paper, Oscar A Cantú Murguía,  wrote in an editorial that he had made the decision because there was no guarantee they could report in safety (as quoted in The New York Times).


"If China is not going to solve North Korea, we will. That is all I am telling you."
- US President Donald Trump in an interview with UK paper, The Financial Times.


"[I]f you all think I am not good enough for our country and our people, if someone or some organisation can do better than us, we are ready to step down."
- Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi, speaking after a year after her National League for Democracy took power in a landslide election victory (as quoted on ABC). Her comments follow criticism of her government's performance.


"What can I add to this? We already miss you."
- EU Council President Donald Tusk, speaking after receipt of a letter from British Prime Minister Theresa May in which she formally notified him that the UK had triggered Article 50 of the Treaty of Lisbon to depart from the European Union.


"It looked like a war zone, actually."
- Whitsunday Regional Council Mayor Andrew Wilcox, speaking of the Queensland town of Bowen after it was devastated by Cyclone Debbie which also caused widespread damage across the Whitsunday Islands and other mainland based communities including Airlie Beach (as quoted on Fox News).


"Evidence gathered on the ground in East Mosul points to an alarming pattern of US-led coalition airstrikes which have destroyed whole houses with entire families inside."
- Donatella Rovera, senior crisis response advisor at human rights organisation Amnesty International, speaking of allegations that hundreds of civilians have been killed by airstrikes in their homes or places where they sought refuge during the offensive to capture Mosul from the so-called Islamic State. Iraqi and US defence departments have launched investigations into possible civilian deaths from airstrikes.


"They don't understand the severity. This is a major cyclone. We haven't seen a cyclone like this."
- Burdekin Shire Mayor Lyn McLaughlin, referring to people who had chosen not to evacuate as she spoke to the ABC ahead of the landfall on the central Queensland coast of Tropical Cyclone Debbie.


"Londoners will never be cowed by terrorism."
- London Mayor Sadiq Khan speaking in the aftermath of the terror attack outside the Houses of Parliament on Wednesday afternoon.


"Right before she went up she was a little nervous. Then she stole his hat. It was hilarious. Everyone was laughing, including the Pope."
- Mountain Butorac, godfather of three-year-old Estella Westrick who took off Pope Francis' hat during a visit to Rome (as quoted by CNN)


"I am sorry to the people. I will faithfully cooperate with questioning.”
- Ousted South Korean President Park Geun-hye as she arrived at a Seoul prosecutor's office for questioning, 11 days after the nation's Constitutional Court ruled unanimously to dismiss her over a corruption scandal (as quoted on the Japan Times)


“With respect to the President’s tweets about alleged wire-tapping directed at him by the prior administration, I have no information that supports those tweets."
- FBI Director James Comey in comments made to a Congressional committee concerning tweets made by US President Donald Trump on 4th March, 2017, that former President Barack Obama had "wire-tapped" his headquarters in Trump Tower.


"Since I retired, I have devoted a fair bit of time to work more closely with the drug user coalface and it has become obvious we can't arrest our way out of it. Law enforcement can't solve what is a serious issue and we need a more multi-faceted approach to deal with the problem."
- Former Australian Federal Police commissioner Mick Palmer, speaking to the ABC on 20th March, following publication of an Australia21 report into drug-related deaths which has said it's time for decriminalisation of drug use in Australia.


“We’re going to fight this terrible rule, we’re going to take this case as far as it will go, including the Supreme Court. We’re going to win."
- US President Donald Trump, in response to a Federal Court judge's decision to impose a temporary stay on the president's latest travel bans (as quoted in The Guardian)


"Today, in a sense, the entire country has become a torture-chamber: a place of savage horror and absolute injustice. As the conflict enters its 7th year, this is the worst man-made disaster the world has seen since World War II."
- UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein in a statement made to the UN Human Rights Council on 14th March, 2017, as the sixth year anniversary of the start of the war in Syria passes.


"The Netherlands and the Dutch, we know them from the Srebrenica massacre. We know how much their morality, their character is broken from the 8,000 Bosnians that were massacred. We know this well. No one should give us a lesson in civilisation. Their history is dark but ours is clean."
- Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan speaking on 14th March amid an escalating dispute with The Netherlands, sparked after two Turkish ministers were prevented from holding rallies in The Netherlands targeting Turkish expats ahead of a Turkish referendum on expanding Mr Erdogan's powers (as quoted on SBS). Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte, whose country is facing a general election this week, has called his claim a "repugnant historical falsehood" and said "Erdogan's tone is getting more and more hysterical". 


“It will be Scotland’s choice. And I trust the people to make that choice."
- Scotland's First Minister Nicola Sturgeon, announcing she would ask the UK Government for a second referendum on Scotland's independence in light of the Brexit decision (as quoted on The Washington Post)


"The tragedy of missing loved ones, the fear of unexploded ordnance, armed violence in urban settings, threats, the restrictions on the movements of whole communities in areas controlled by armed groups - these all point to there still being a long way to go in Colombia."
- Christoph Harnisch, head of the International Committee of the Red Cross delegation to Colombia, as the organisation released a report which found that despite the peace deal signed between the Colombian Government and leftists guerilla group FARC and a "clear reduction" of the impact of the conflict on the population, it was too early to talk about a "post-conflict phase" in Colombia.


"This is not a rational person. He is not thinking clearly."
- US Ambassador to the UN, Nikki Haley, in reference to North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un, after a closed door meeting of the Security Council in response to recent missile tests (as quoted on CNN).


"The world must act now to stop this."
- UN Secretary-General António Guterres during a visit to drought-striken Somalia which is facing the spectre of famine and where some 300,000 children are already acutely malnourished.


“We urge North Korea to stop its provocative actions, which threaten international peace and security. North Korea should instead re-engage with the international community and take credible, concrete steps to prioritise the wellbeing of its own people instead of the illegal pursuit of its nuclear and ballistic missile programmes.”
- UK Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson, speaking after North Korea fired a volley of test missiles in contravention of a UN ban (as quoted in The Guardian).


"Terrible! Just found out that Obama had my 'wires tapped' in Trump Tower just before the victory. Nothing found. This is McCarthyism!"
- One of a series of 'tweets' sent by US President Donald Trump early on 4th March, 2017, in which he accuses former President Barack Obama of wiretapping his phones at Trump Tower prior to the 2016 election. The claims have been flatly dismissed by former senior US officials, intelligence officials, and a spokesman for Mr Obama as well as sparked some sharp replies from some members of Mr Trump's Republican Party.


"I'm really quite personally shocked about this warning because it does feel like 1984 Ethiopia all over again, and we remembered those images and said never again."
- World Vision Australia's chief advocate speaking to the ABC with regard to the desperate humanitarian situation facing many people in African nations including South Sudan, Somalia and Yemen.


"I want to say that I am very sad because of these kind of reckless accusations and neglect of the good things that the government and the military have done for them."
- Myanmar's General Mya Tun Oo, chief of the General Staff, in comments referring to media reports quoting members of the Rohingya Muslim minority who say they suffered human rights abuses at the hands of Myanmar's millitary including the burning of houses (as quoted on ABC).


"I think that President Obama is behind it because his people are certainly behind it."
- US President Donald Trump in an interview with Fox News during which he said former President Barack Obama is behind the recent string of anti-Trump protests taking place across the nation.


"Guys, guys, I'm sorry. No. There's a mistake. Moonlight, you guys won best picture. This is not a joke."
- La La Land producer Jordan Horowitz, speaking after realising that the winner of the Oscar for Best Picture had been wrongly announced as La La Land instead of the actual winner, Moonlight.


"While Yemen is being starved or is starving, there is nothing really that is actually taking place to actually fix it."
- Jamie McGoldrick, the UN's top aid official in Yemen, in an interview with the ABC.


"[I]t was a kind of criminal negligence to deal with some of the problems that were staring us in the face."
- The Catholic Archbishop of Sydney, Anthony Fisher, in evidence given on 23rd February to Australia's Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse, speaking in reference to the response of Catholic Church leaders to allegations of child abuse.


"The Mexican Government will not hesitate in going to international organisations, starting with the United Nations, to defend human rights, liberties and due process for Mexicans abroad according to international law."
- Mexican Foreign Minister Luis Videgaray, speaking on 22nd February in a reference to US treatment of Mexican citizens (as quoted on BBC). His comments come ahead of a planned visit by two top US officials to Mexico to talk about the new immigration policies.


"For those who flee conflicts and terrible persecutions, often trapped within the grip of criminal organisations who have no scruples, we need to open accessible and secure humanitarian channels."
- Pope Francis in an address on 22nd February calling for a change of attitude towards immigrants and denouncing their rejection based on "self-centredness" which is "amplified by populist rhetoric".


"This day will be remembered for the triumph of dictatorship over the dream of the Paris Peace Accords for a rights-respecting, multi-party democracy."
- Phil Robertson, deputy Asia director at Human Rights Watch, speaking after the Cambodian Government changed the law to make it easier for the Ministry of the Interior and Supreme Court to dissolve a political party on the basis that it threatens "national unity" (as quoted on ABC)


“If you want to preserve - I’m very serious now - if you want to preserve democracy as we know it, you have to have a free and many times adversarial press. And without it, I am afraid that we would lose so much of our individual liberties over time. That’s how dictators get started.” 
- Republican Senator John McCain, in an interview with NBC. The interview came in the wake comments from US President Donald Trump that certain news media outlets were the "enemy of the American people" in a tweet on 17th February, 2017.


"If people are asking the question, is the direction for humanity to come together more or not? I think that answer is clearly yes. But we have to make sure the global community works for everyone. It is not just automatically going to happen."
- Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg in an interview with the BBC about globalisation.


"I’d like to see you hold back on settlements for a little bit."
- US President Donald Trump speaking to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu about curtailing Jewish home-building in the West Bank in a meeting at the White House in comments in which Mr Trump also said he could "live with" either a one or two state solution for peace between Israelis and Palestinians (as quoted on The Washington Post).


"This is a test for tolerance and our multi-faith society. Indonesia is a pluralist nation that has great respect for different faiths. We cannot let this case sink the dream of our founding fathers who wrote our national motto: 'Bhinneka Tunggal Ika' [Unity in Diversity]."
- Sirra Prajuna, lawyer for Jakarta's first Christian governor, Basuki Tjahaja Purnama (also known as Ahok), who is on trial for blasphemy. Tens of millions of Indonesians will this week vote in local elections, including for Jakarta's governor (as quoted on the BBC).


"The last thing Canadians expect is for me to come down and lecture another country on how they choose to govern."
- Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in a statement made during a meeting with US President Donald Trump at the White House (as quoted on BBC)


“Isn’t it wonderful that this country has become an anchor of hope for many people in this world?”
- Frank-Walter Steinmeier, who was elected as Germany’s new president on Sunday (as quoted on The Financial Times)


"Refugees, like all people, are treasured human beings made in the image of God who deserve safety, freedom and the opportunity to flourish. Jesus commands us to care for the most vulnerable among us..."
- Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, in a statement expressing his sadness and shock after the UK Government announced that only 350 children will be received under an agreement to take in unaccompanied refugee children from Europe.


"He said very specifically that they were demoralising and disheartening and he characterised them very specifically that way." 
- US Democratic Senator Richard Blumenthal, quoting President Donald Trump's nominee for the Supreme Court, Neil Gorsuch, after a conversation they had in reference to tweets Mr Trump has made criticising the judiciary as they deliberate over whether an executive order he issued banning travel from seven predominantly Muslim countries should be allowed to continue (as quoted on CNN).


"The respect for the values and principles that have served us well seem to have been set aside for expedient, self-serving, short-term ends. That approach has not served our nation well."
- Australian Senator Cory Bernardi in a statement to the Senate in which he announced he is resigning from the federal Liberal Party to move to the crossbench and is starting a new party called Australian Conservatives (as quoted on the ABC).


"If something happens blame him and court system."
- US President Donald Trump in a tweet referring to Federal Judge James L Robarts who on Friday blocked a travel ban President Trump had introduced targeting citizens of seven mainly Muslim nations. Challenges to the judge's decision are ongoing.


"The President had a very cordial conversation with Prime Minister Trumble, where they went through an extensive discussion of this deal."
- White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer apparently mis-stating Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull's name during comments he made about the reportedly tense phone call between the US President Donald Trump and Mr Turnbull in which they discussed the deal agreed between Australia and the administration of former US President Barack Obama concerning the resettlement of refugees from Nauru and Manus Island.


"This was the worst call by far."
- Reportedly said by US President Donald J Trump in a conversation with Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull last Saturday, according to The Washington Post. The news organisation said senior US officials briefed on the exchange said that during the conversion, Mr Trump "blasted Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull over a refu­gee agreement and boasted about the magnitude of his electoral college win" before ending it abruptly after 25 minutes. The Post says the White House has declined to comment. Mr Turnbull has also refused to comment.


"I request that the person found guilty of homicide for my killing not be subject to or put in jeopardy of the death penalty under any circumstances."
- Rev Rene Robert, a Catholic priest who was murdered in Georgia in April, 2016, in a legal declaration signed in 1995 which has led Catholic bishops to petition a US court to drop the possibility of capital punishment in his alleged killer's case (as quoted on BBC).


"This is not about religion - this is about terror and keeping our country safe."
- US President Donald Trump in a statement issued on Sunday afternoon after his controversial executive order concerning immigration bans sparked widespread protests (as quoted on the Boston Globe).


"The days of Britain and America intervening in sovereign countries in an attempt to remake the world in our own image are over. But nor can we afford to stand idly by when the threat is real and when it is in our own interests to intervene. We must be strong, smart and hard-headed. And we must demonstrate the resolve necessary to stand up for our interests."
- UK Prime Minister Theresa May, in a speech made during a visit to the US (as quoted on BBC on 26th January, 2017)


"I am confident we will maintain the arrangements we have entered into with the previous administration."
- Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, in reference to a refugee resettlement deal Australia had entered into with the US Obama administration, despite the change of government in the US (as quoted on the ABC on 26th January, 2017).


“We are relieved that so many people in the eastern sections of Mosul have been able to stay in their homes. We hope that everything is done to protect the hundreds of thousands of people who are across the river in the west. We know that they are at extreme risk and we fear for their lives."
- Lise Grande, UN humanitarian coordinator for Iraq, in a statement signed by UN agencies and civil society on 24th January, 2017, as the battle for Mosul expands to the western part of the city.


“If you so fundamentally reject this country, then I’d prefer it if you leave.”
- Dutch prime minister, Mark Rutte, in an open letter to the Netherlands citizens ahead of elections in March (as quoted in The Guardian on 23rd January, 2017).


“This was the largest audience ever to witness an inauguration, period."
- US President Donald Trump’s press secretary, Sean Spicer, addressing journalists on Saturday, 21st January, 2017, in comments which numerous media outlets say contradict photos, videos and public transport figures.


"I stand by everything I said including the offer to go to the United States if Chelsea Manning's sentence was commuted. It's not going to be commuted (until) May. We can have many discussions to that point."
- WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, in a live online audio news conference from the Ecuadorean Embassy in London, saying he stood by earlier comments in which he offered to be extradited to the US if former US Army intelligence officer Chelsea Manning - jailed for 35 years for leaking classified material to WikiLeaks - was released. Manning's sentence was commuted this week (as quoted by CNBC on 20th January, 2016).


"I feel very comfortable that justice has been served and a message has been sent."
- US President Barack Obama in his final press conference as president, defending his decision to commute the setence of Chelsea Manning, a former US army intelligence analyst who was jailed for 35 years for leaking classified files. Manning will now be released in May.


"I want to be clear: what I am proposing cannot mean membership of the single market. Instead, we seek the greatest possible access to it though a new comprehensive, bold and ambitious free trade agreement."
- UK Prime Minister Theresa May in a landmark speech in 17th January, 2017, which put an end to any suggestion the UK would try to make what's been referred to as a "soft Brexit" when it leaves the EU.


“We Europeans have our fate in our own hands."
- German Chancellor Angela Merkel, speaking after US President-elect Donald Trump said in an interview that NATO was obsolete and suggesting other European countries would follow Britain and leave the EU (as quoted on The Guardian on 16th January, 2017)


"[The Participants] reaffirmed that a negotiated solution with two states, Israel and Palestine, living side by side in peace and security, is the only way to achieve enduring peace."
- From a controversial joint communique issued after representatives of more than 70 nations and international organisations at a "Conference for peace in the Middle East" in Paris on 15th January, 2017.


“As far as hacking, I think it was Russia."
- US President-elect Donald Trump, speaking at a news conference on 11th January, 2016, in which he conceded for the first time that he believed Russia had carried out cyberattacks during the US presidential election but rejected other reports that Moscow had gathered compromising personal and financial information on him (as quoted on The New York Times on 11th January, 2017)


"The central tenet of my belief - the thing that shapes my approach - is that there is more to life than individualism and self-interest."
- UK Prime Minister Theresa May in her most significant policy speech for months (as quoted on BBC on 9th January, 2017)


"When the powerful use their position to bully others, we all lose."
- US actress Meryl Streep, speaking as she received a lifetime achievement award at the Golden Globes on 9th January, 2017, in comments relating to an incident involving US President-elect Donald Trump in which he has been accused of mocking a disabled reporter. Mr Trump, who has denied the claims, later tweeted that Ms Streep was "one of the most over-rated actresses in Hollywood".


"I have nothing to hide - I have not broken any of the rules."
- Australian Federal Health Minister Sussan Ley, speaking after agreeing to stand aside from her position during an investigation into her travel claims, including a number of tax-payer funded flights to the Gold Coast (as quoted on ABC on 9th January, 2017). 


“Australia is committed to building a strong Defence relationship with Indonesia, including through cooperation in training. We will work with Indonesia to restore full cooperation as soon as possible."
- Australian Defence Minister Marise Payne in a statement released on 4th January, 2017, following news that the Indonesian military had suspended joint operations with its Australian counterparts, citing "technical matters", after Indonesian military members reported finding insulting teaching materials while in Australia.


"[A] kidney now is probably going to sell for about $100,000"
- Griffith University's Dr Campbell Fraser who says that Syrian refugees desperate for passage to Europe are selling their organs on the black market to pay for it with the profits going to organised crime and terrorist organisations (as quoted by the ABC on 4th January, 2017).


"It is a sin that shames us."
- Pope Francis, referring to the sexual abuse of children by priests, in a 28th December letter to Roman Catholic bishops worldwide in which he condemned all forms of oppresion and exploitation of children (as quoted by Vatican Radio).


"Despite our best efforts over the years, the two-state solution is now in serious jeopardy...If the choice is one state, Israel can either be Jewish or democratic, it cannot be both and won't ever really be at peace."
- US Secretary of State John Kerry in comments in which he defended the US decision last week to abstain from - and not veto - a UN Security Council vote condemning Israeli settlements in the West Bank and East Jeruslam.

"For over an hour, Kerry obsessively dealt with settlements and barely touched upon the root of the conflict -- Palestinian opposition to a Jewish state in any boundaries."
- Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu responding to Mr Kerry's speech which he said was "skewed against Israel". (Both as quoted on the CNN on 29th December, 2016).


"We must never repeat the horrors of war again, this is the solemn vow the people of Japan have taken."
- Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, in a visit to the US naval base at Pearl Harbour, Hawaii, where, as the first Japanese Prime Minister to visit the site, he offered "sincere and everlasting condolences" to the victims of Japan's attack on the base on 7th December, 1941 (as quoted on the BBC on 28th December, 2016)


"The United States must greatly strengthen and expand its nuclear capability until such time as the world comes to its senses regarding nukes."
- US President-elect Donald Trump in a tweet after Russian President Vladimir Putin said Russia needed to bolster its nuclear potential. A spokesman for Mr Trump later said he was referring to the need to prevent nuclear proliferation.


“The killings committed by [President Duterte of the Philippines], by his own admission, at a time when he was a mayor, clearly constitute murder. It should be unthinkable for any functioning judicial system not to launch investigative and  judicial proceedings when someone has openly admitted being a killer.” 
- UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein, speaking on 20th December, 2016, after last week's admission by Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte that he had killed people while serving as mayor of the city of Davao.


"After so many delaying tactics and obstruction, this resolution should finally allow the full respect of international humanitarian law in Syria."
- French President Francois Hollande, speaking after the UN Security Council voted to send monitors to watch over evacuations from the besieged Syrian city of Aleppo (as quoted on SMH on 20th December, 2016)


"Aleppo is now a synonym for hell...[W]e have collectively failed the people of Syria. Peace will only prevail when it is accompanied by compassion, justice and accountability for the abominable crimes we have seen."
- Outgoing UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, in his final press conference in the role at the UN headquarters in New York City, on 16th December, 2016.


"There is absolutely no justification whatsoever for the indiscriminate and savage brutality against civilians shown by the regime and by it's Russian and Iranian allies."
- US Secretary of State John Kerry, accusing the Syrian Government of carrying out "nothing short of a massacre" against citizens in east Aleppo, adding that "last thing anyone wants to see and the world will be watching is that that small area turns into Srebrenica". (as quoted on ITV on 15th December, 2016).


"I go around in Davao [on] a big bike and I would just patrol the streets and looking for trouble. I was really looking for an encounter to kill."
- Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte in comments in which he said he used to hunt suspects on his motorcycle, shooting people on the spot, when mayor of Davao with the goal of encouraging police officers to do the same (as quoted on the SMH on 15th December, 2016)


“According to the latest information that we received in the last hour, military actions in eastern Aleppo are over.”
- Vitaly Churkin, Russia's ambassador to the UN, speaking to reporters in New York City on 13th December, 2016.


"Our most serious shortcoming - and here I refer to the entire international community - is our inability to prevent crises. The United Nations was born from war. Today, we must be here for peace."
- Incoming UN Secretary-General António Gueterres in a speech made to the UN General Assembly on taking the oath of office in New York City on 12th December, 2016.


“Northern Ireland must not be allowed to become collateral damage of Brexit”.
- Tim Boswell, chairman of a UK House of Lords EU committee, in an interview with The Guardian following the release of a committee report on the impact of Brexit (as quoted in The Guardian on 12th December, 2016)


“In many parts of the Western world disadvantage is now an intergenerational reality, and all the aspirations that we once commonly shared, that we might, irrespective of how we were born into society, have an opportunity through the education system to achieve the things that might have been our potential, for an increasing number of people that doesn’t seem to be how it works anymore.”
- Archbishop Philip Freier, Anglican primate of Australia, speaking at an 'Archbishop’s Conversation' event held on 30th November, 2016, at Federation Square in Melbourne (as quoted in The Melbourne Anglican on 6th December, 2016)


“We predict that the number of victims will increase, considering a large number of people are still trapped under debris."
- Indonesian National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB) spokesman Sutopo Purwo Nugroho speaking to journalists on 7th December, 2016, in reference to a magnitude 6.5 earthquake which struck in Aceh at about 5am on 7th December, killing almost 100 people (as quoted in The Jakarta Post on 7th December, 2016)


"I think there are tensions, there has been fighting, but I wouldn't put it the way some have done."
- Former UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan in an interview with the BBC in which he said he would not describe violence being committed against Myanmar's Rohingya minority as "genocide". The interview followed a trip by Mr Annan to Rakhine State.


“[I] owe no debt to a party. I owe a debt to my children to leave them a nation they can trust.”
- Republican presidential elector, Christopher Suprun, in an article in The New York Times on 5th December, 2016, in which he said he intends to vote against Donald Trump when casting his vote in the electoral college on 19th December in an attempt to stop the President-elect from entering the White House.


"The 'one China' principle is the political basis of the China-US relations."
- A statement from a Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman in which he said the country had made "stern representations" with the US after President-elect Donald Trump took a phone call from Taiwan's President Tsai Ing-wen, in a reference to the policy, recognised by the US since 1979, under which China claims Taiwan as part of its territory (as quoted on CNN on 4th December, 2016)


"On behalf of the United Nations, I want to say very clearly we apologise to the Haitian people. We simply did not do enough with regard to the cholera outbreak and its spread in Haiti. We are profoundly sorry for our role."
- UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon over the organisation's role in the deadly cholera outbreak which has killed around 10,000 people in the nation since 2010.


"I think President Trump and the new administration need to be wary of Russian promises."
- John Brennan, director of the CIA, in an interview with the BBC (as quoted on BBC on 30th November, 2016)


"I eat two eggs a day, and that's it. And cookies. But I do not eat much because I have no teeth."
- Italian Emma Morano who at 117-years-old, is the last known person alive to have been born in the 19th century (as quoted on Today on 1st November, 2016)


"Nobody can think about peaceful solutions in these circumstances."
- George Sabra, chief negotiator for the Syrian opposition forces after rebels were driven by eastern Aleppo by the Syrian Government and its allies (as quoted on BBC on 29th November, 2016)


“You cried out when 50,000 refugees were at the Kapikule border [in Bulgaria]. You started asking what you would do if Turkey would open the gates. Look at me - if you go further, those border gates will be open. You should know that.”
- Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, in a speech made on 25th November, 2016, speaking apparently in response to a European Parliament move, in a non-binding vote, to suspend talks on Turkey entering the EU (as quoted in The New York Times on 25th November, 2016)


"After the October 9th assassinations of nine border guard police, the military and the BGP [border guard police] engaged in collective punishment of the Rohinga minority, killing men, shooting them, slaughtering children, raping women, burning and looting houses..."
- John McKissock, an official with the UN Refugee Agency, speaking in an interview with the BBC about circumstances he says has forced many Rohingya in Rakhine state to flee to the Bangladeshi border. The Government of Myanmar has denied the claims.


"The point that I was making is that we should call out the small number within the community – within the Lebanese community – who are doing the wrong thing."
- Australian Immigration Minister Peter Dutton after earlier saying that the Fraser Government had made mistakes in letting some migrants into Australia from the Lebanese Civil War in the 1970s in which he referred to advice that 22 of 33 terrorism offenders were second and third-generation Lebanese-Muslim Australians (as quoted by Sydney Morning Herald on 24th November, 2016)


“I think there is some connectivity. Some, something. It depends on how much.” 
- US President-elect Donald Trump, in an interview with The New York Times on 22nd November, 2016, with regard to the connection between human activity and climate change (as quoted by New York Times writer Mike Grynbaum).


“I am more or less at my wit’s end...I had hoped to say today that last month I put it all on the table and frankly it’s still just as terrible and leave it at that – shame on us all for not acting to stop the annihilation of eastern Aleppo and its people and much of the rest of Syria too."
- Stephen O’Brien, UN emergency relief coordinator, in a briefing to the UN Security Council in New York on 21st November, 2016, in reference to the ongoing conflict in Aleppo, Syria.


“I don’t give a damn what the president of the United States wants to do or anybody else wants to do. We will not waterboard. We will not do it."
- US Senator John McCain, addressing an international security forum on 19th November, 2016 (as quoted in The Guardian on 20th November, 2016)


“And I don’t expect that the president-elect will follow exactly our blueprint or our approach, but my hope is that he does not simply take a realpolitik approach."
- US President Barack Obama, speaking at a press conference with German Chancellor Angela Merkel, in reference to his hopes for Mr Trump's presidency (as quoted on New York Times on 17th November, 2016)


“I know how ridiculous it is for me to be on this stage accepting this award. But if I didn’t know how ridiculous it was, I did have the blessed internet to remind me.”
- U2 frontman Bono, after he won an award for Man of the Year at Glamour's Woman of the Year awards in Los Angeles, referring to some of the criticism he has taken as a result (as quoted on News.com.au on 16th November, 2016)


“We cannot tell anything about what he’s going to do, but if...he is going to fight the terrorists, of course we are going to be ally, natural ally in that regard with the Russian, with the Iranian, with many other countries."
- Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in an interview with Portuguese television, in his first comments following Donald Trump's victory in the US election (as quoted on The Guardian on 15th November, 2016)


"First of all we want safety and I think the United States is a safe place for us."
- Pakistani refugee Naeem Udin, receiving news of the deal Australia has brokered to resettle refugees now on Manus Island and Nauru in the US (as quoted on ABC on 15th November, 2016)


“You are surrounded! Park Geun-hye, come out and surrender!”
- Protestors, chanting in the South Korean capital of Seoul, at a mass march on 12th November, 2016, in which they called for President Park Geun-hye's resignation following a scandal surrounding a presidential advisor (as quoted on New York Times on 12th November, 2016)


"If we don't manage to re-launch agriculture then in three to four months we'll find ourselves with a major food crisis."
- Haiti's interim President Jocelerme Privert, speaking with regard to the country's recovery in the wake of last month's devastating hurricane (as quoted on BBC on 11th November, 2016)


"I pledge to every citizen of our land that I will be president for all Americans."
- President-elect Donald Trump in his acceptance speech following his election as 45th US president.


"As a son, it is something that I have been praying for for many, many years. Even equally, it's important with the belief that this was for the healing process in this country."
- Philippines former senator Ferdinand 'Bongbong' Marcos, Jr, speaking to CNN after the country's Supreme Court controversially ruled the body of his father, former President Ferdinand Marcos, could be buried in the country's Heroes' Cemetery (as quoted on CNN on 8th November, 2016)


"I urge all Australians to reject these cruel and unnecessary measures. We need to build a more just, humane and effective society in dealing with the complex issues of asylum seekers and protection of refugees. Inflicting pain on a small group of people who have not caused any damage is not worthy of all Australians."
- Roman Catholic Bishop Vincent Long, the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference delegate for migrants and refugees, in a statement issued in reference to the Australian Government's proposal measures banning refugees who arrived in Australia by boat after 19th July, 2013, from every applying for a visa. 


"We are very concerned that ISIL intends to use these families to shield themselves from air strikes."
- A spokesperson for the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, speaking on 4th November, 2016, with regard to reports followers of the so-called Islamic State (IS, also known as ISIL) had been transporting trucks full of abducted civilians in Iraq to battle zones.


“The government does not have power under the crown’s prerogative to give notice pursuant to article 50 for the UK to withdraw from the European Union.”
- UK lord chief justice, Lord Thomas of Cwmgiedd, in a decision handed down in the high court on 3rd November, 2016, which ruled Parliament alone has the power to trigger Brexit by notifying the EU of the UK's intention to resign its membership of the body. The decision is being seen as a huge setback for PM Theresa May who had insisted the government alone would decide when to trigger the process following the Brexit referendum in June.


"Religious freedom is more than just freedom from persecution; it is the freedom to choose how to express our understanding of our relationship with God."
- Justin Welby, Anglican Archbishop of Canterbury, in a keynote address given at an interfaith event in Abu Dhabi on 2nd November, 2016.


"It is pure politics designed to appease the xenophobes. It is without any policy merit in dealing with the real policy challenges all countries face today in what is now a global refugees crisis. And it does nothing to help those refugees left to rot for more than three years, who should be resettled now."
- Former Australian PM Kevin Rudd in an opinion piece in Fairfax media outlets referring to the Federal Government's proposed legislation to ban people being held in asylum seeker detention centres on Nauru or Manus Island from ever entering Australia (as quoted in The Sydney Morning Herald on 2nd November, 2016).


"The spiritual experience of Martin Luther challenges us to remember that apart from God, we can do nothing."
- Pope Francis, speaking at an event commemorating the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation in Sweden on 31st October, 2016  (as quoted on ABCNews on 31st October, 2016).


"We don’t know the significance of this newly discovered collection of emails."
- FBI director James B Comey in a letter to Congress written on 28th October, 2016, notifying the body of an FBI bid to search the emails of former congressman Anthony Weiner and his estranged wife (and Hillary Clinton aide) Huma Abedin, with regard to an investigation into Ms Clinton's use of a private email server. The timing of the letter has promoted an outcry from Clinton supporters and applause from those in the camp of rival US Presidential candidate, Donald Trump (as quoted in The Washington Post on 30th October, 2016).


"I just find this a joke, and I'm getting sick and tired of the crap that is coming out of this government in regard to Indigenous Affairs."
- Warren Mundine, the Prime Minister's top Indigenous advisor, responding to news of a new inquiry into Indigenous imprisonment rates in Australia (as quoted on 9News on 27th October, 2016).


"Climate change is happening now and it's having a tangible impact on Australia."
- Karl Braganza, manager of the Bureau of Meteorology's climate monitoring, speaking as the bureau and CSIRO release the country's fourth State of the Climate report (as quoted on The Sydney Morning Herald on 27th October, 2016).


"Should the rights of Muslim daughters not be protected? Should Muslim mothers and sisters not be given protection? Should Muslim sisters not be given equal rights?"
- India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi in a speech in which he said it was the Indian Government's constitutional "duty" to ensure Islamic women have rights. The speech was made against the backdrop of a constitutional challenge to a practice which allows Islamic men to unilaterally divorce their wives simply by saying so three times (as quoted on ABC on 25th October, 2016).


"I have come to this conclusion with regret, but the best interests of the Commonwealth can be served only when its first and second law officers enjoy each other's complete trust and confidence within a mutually respectful relationship."
- Australia's Solicitor-General Justin Gleeson in a letter in which he resigned from office, claiming his relationship with Attorney-General George Brandis was "irretrievably broken" (as quoted on ABC on 25th October, 2016).


“The people are going to snap...Sugar is like rice and oil and wheat. You can never run out of it. You can never mess with it. Who can live without sugar?”
- Egyptian Ahmad el-Gebaly who runs a subsidised goods store in the Cairo neighbourhood of Bulaq, speaking in reference to the sugar shortage taking place in Egypt (as quoted on The New York Times on 20th October, 2016)


“I will tell you at the time. I'll keep you in suspense."
- US presidential candidate Donald Trump, speaking in the third debate between the two presidential candidates with regard to the issue of whether he would accept the US election result if he lost.


"I think the first priority is with relation to peace. The lack of peace is the most dramatic problem we are facing in today’s world. We have seen a multiplication of new conflicts; old conflicts never die."
- Incoming UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres, in an interview with UN media on 19th October, 2016.


"We know they are being used as human shields, absolutely. They are being held there against their will. We have not seen any change in the last day of people leaving or fleeing."
- Pentagon spokesman US Navy Captain Jeff Davis, speaking on 18th October, 2016, with regard to claims so-called Islamic State fighters are stopping civilians from leaving Mosul as Iraqi forces continue in an operation to retake the city.


“On Nauru, the Australian Government runs an open-air prison designed to inflict as much suffering as necessary to stop some of the world’s most vulnerable people from trying to find safety in Australia."
- Anna Neistat, Amnesty International’s senior director for research, following the release of a report Island of Despair detailing what the organisation claims is a "deliberate and systematic regime of neglect and cruelty" on Nauru. The Australian Government's Department of Immigration and Border Protection said the claims have been refuted on numerous occasions.


“Bhumibol was a towering presence whose contribution to Thailand, and the rest of the region, is beyond words."
- Najib Razak, the prime minister of Malaysia, following the death of Thailand's King Bhumibol Adulyadej at the age of 88 after a reign lasting 70 years (as quoted on The Guardian on 14th October, 2016)


“In my opinion, the only real alternative to a hard Brexit is no Brexit. Even if today hardly anyone believes in such a possibility.”
- European Council President Donald Tusk, speaking about the departure of the UK from the European Union (as quoted on the Financial Times on 14th October, 2016)


"If Donald Trump is elected, on the basis of what he has said already and unless that changes, I think it's without any doubt that he would be dangerous from an international point of view."
- UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra'ad al-Hussein, speaking to reporters (as quoted on ABC on 13th October, 2016)


"Actors on all sides appear more and more willing to resort to violence to achieve their ends."
- Maman Sidikou, head of a UN peace-keeping mission, speaking about the Democratic Republic of Congo, to the UN Security Council this week (as quoted by the BBC on 12th October, 2016)


“Hundreds have died. At least 1.4 million people need assistance at this time. Some towns and villages have been almost wiped off the map. Crops and food reserves have been destroyed. At least 300 schools have been damaged."
- UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, speaking at UN headquarters in New York City on 10th October, 2016, with regard to the devastating impact Hurricane Matthew has had on the Caribbean island nation of Haiti.


"I’ve seen a lot of death, but not this thing. This is shocking and this is what makes you feel you are not living in a civilized world.”
- Photographer Aris Messinis, who was on board a vessel involved in the rescue of more than 11,000 would-be migrants attempting to cross the Mediterranean Sea from Africa to Europe this week (as quoted in The New York Times on 5th October, 2016).


"There is no escape. It is like the end of the world."
- An unnamed resident of Aleppo, in Syria, speaking last month as fighting continues in various parts of the city between Russian-backed government and rebel forces (as quoted in The Sydney Morning Herald on 5th October, 2016).


“Malcolm Turnbull, our PM, took the first opportunity to lecture South Australians about the dangers of renewable energy, and for the Labor states in promoting unrealistic renewable energy targets."
- South Australian Premier Mike Weatherill, speaking to reporters in regard to the recent statewide blackout following the release of a report which Mr Weatherill said pointed the finger at extreme weather and not renewable energy as the cause (as quoted in The Guardian on 5th October, 2016).


“Brexit should not just prompt us to think about our new relationship with the European Unionl. It should make us think about our role in the wider world. It should make us think of Global Britain, a country with the self-confidence and the freedom to look beyond the continent of Europe and to the economic and diplomatic opportunities of the wider world."
- UK Prime Minister Theresa May, speaking to the Conservative Party Conference in the UK on 2nd October, 2016 (as quoted in The Telegraph on 3rd October, 2016).


"The government initiated the referendum, so both politically and legally the outcome is binding."
- A Hungarian Government spokesman, speaking after only 43 per cent of the population took part in a referendum on mandatory EU migrant quotas which, while less than half of eligible people voted, resulted in almost 98 per cent in support of the government's call to reject the EU plan (as quoted on BBC on 3rd October, 2016).


“By killing the parish priest in a small village, the narcos assert their authority in a brutal way. Not even the traditional, spiritual authority of the priest is respected: narcos alone rule."
- Pablo Mijangos y González, a historian at the Centre for Research and Teaching of Economics in Mexico, speaking after three Catholic priests were kidnapped killed in the country in a week (as quoted in The Guardian on 29th September, 2016).


"As the State of Israel mourns Mr Peres, I hope that his memory and many years of service will inspire us all to work with ever greater urgency for peace and reconciliation between peoples. In this way, his legacy will truly be honored and the common good for which he so diligently labored will find new expressions, as humanity strives to advance on the path towards enduring peace."
- Pope Francis in a telegram to Israeli President Reuvin Rivlin following the death of Shimon Peres, former president and prime minister of Israel and Nobel Peace Prize Laureate, who died on 28th September, 2016, after a stroke.


"I am staggered that so many conservative or evangelical Christians would see a man who is a bully, who made his money by casinos, who has had several wives and several affairs…That they would somehow paint him as a hero, as someone that we could stand behind."
- US Christian author and speaker Philip Yancey, speaking in an interview with Evangelical Focus, about US Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump (as published on 23rd September, 2016).


"I would like to ask for forgiveness for all the pain that we have caused during this war."
- FARC leader Timoleon Jimenez, speaking as the Colombian Government and representatives of the guerilla group signed an historic peace agreement which brings to an end 52 years of war in which some 260,000 people were killed (as quoted on BBC on 27th September, 2016)


"Instead of peace, Russia and Assad make war. Instead of getting life-saving aid to Syrians, Russia and Assad are bombing hospitals and first responders."
- Samantha Power, US ambassador to the UN, accusing Russia of telling the UN Security Council lies about its role in Syria.


"It is unacceptable in a world of plenty that nearly 800 million people still suffer from hunger. This represents a collective moral and political failure."
- UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, speaking to a high-level event on 'Pathways to Zero Hunger' at UN headquarters in New York City, on 22nd September, 2016.


"Now, once again, it is a time of determined hope for Myanmar...And these dreams and aspirations echo those that had led to the founding of the United Nations."
- Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, speaking on 21st September, 2016, in the first speech given by a civilian representative of Myanmar to the UN General Assembly in more than 50 years.


"Some argue the future favours the strong man. I believe this thinking is wrong. History shows that strong men are then left with two paths: Permanent crackdown, which sparks strife at home, or scapegoating enemies abroad, which can lead to war."
- US President Barack Obama in his farewell speech to the UN General Assembly on 20th September, 2016.


"The bitter truth is, this summit was called because we have been largely failing. Failing the long-suffering people of Syria, in not ending the war in its infancy. Failing others in now-chronic conflict zones, for the same reason. Failing millions of migrants who deserve far more than lives marked by cradle-to-grave indignity and desperation."
- UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein addressing the UN Summit for Refugees and Migrants on 19th September, 2016.


"We regret the loss of life and injury to any Syrian personnel affected."
- Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull after Australian planes were involved in an air strike which killed as many as 90 Syrian soldiers who have been fighting the so-called Islamic State (as quoted on ABC on 19th September, 2016)


"It's not just another crisis, it might be an existential crisis."
- French President Francois Hollande, speaking on 16th September, 2016, with regard to the crisis facing the European Union after the British decision to exit (as quoted in The New York Times on 16th September, 2016)


"I will not apologise to you, I will not apologise to anyone."
- Australian Senator Pauline Hanson, speaking after her maiden speech to Parliament, in which she said Australia was in danger of being "swamped by Muslims", promoted criticism including a walk-out by Greens senators.


"Through his decision-making in the National Security Council, former Prime Minister David Cameron was ultimately responsible for the failure to develop a coherent Libya strategy."
- The UK's House of Commons Foreign Affairs Committee in a report criticising the intervention of the UK and France in Libya in 2011, which led to the overthrow of leader Muammar Gaddafi (as quoted in the report).


"Every Pyongyang district, particularly where the North Korean leadership is possibly hidden, will be completely destroyed by ballistic missiles and high-explosive shells as soon as the North shows any signs of using a nuclear weapon."
- An unnamed military source, speaking after North Korea last week undertook its 5th nuclear test (as quoted by South Korea's Yonhap News Agency on 11th September, 2016)


"That should put an end to the barrel bombs, an end to the indiscriminate bombing of civilian neighborhoods."
- US Secretary of State John Kerry announcing a plan for a ceasefire in Syria along with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov in Geneva on 9th September, 2016. The ceasefire is to come into effect on the evening of 12th September, 2016 (as quoted on CNN on 10th September, 2016)


"We have little hope that the UN-coordinated humanitarian response might operate independently of the political priorities of the Syrian government ."
- From a position paper signed by 73 NGOs working on the humanitarian response to the crisis in Syria and neighbouring countries in which they claim the Syrian Government has had "a significant and substantial influence" on the performance of UN agencies based in Damascus, say they are suspending their cooperation with the UN and demand an immediate and transparent investigation into its operations in Syria.


"I'm appalled at talk about treaty, that will be so divisive and will fail."
- Former Australian Prime Minister John Howard, speaking at the National Press Club on 7th September, 2016, about the prospect of a treaty between the Australian Government and Indigenous Australians.


"It's condescending because we're too quick to put a tag on the fact that someone hasn't got that ultimate make-up, two arms and two legs."
- Retired Australian Paralympian Don Elgin saying that paralympians are sick of being called 'courageous' in an interview on 7th September, 2016 (as quoted on ABC on 7th September, 2016).


"Mother Teresa loved to say, 'perhaps I don't speak their language but I can smile'. Let us carry her smile in our hearts and give it to those whom we meet along our journey, especially those who suffer."
- Pope Francis, in his homily at the canonisation Mass of Mother Teresa, held in St Peter's Square in Vatican City on 4th September, 2016 (as quoted on Vatican Radio on 4th September, 2016).


“He used us as props.”
- Republican Jacob Monty, speaking about why he left US presidential candidate Donald Trump's Hispanic advisory council (as quoted on The New York Times on 1st September, 2016)


"We should not be so delicate as to say Daesh and Islamist terrorism have ‘got nothing to do with Islam’...At the same time there is nothing to be gained by rashly fixing labels and pre-empting the findings of complex investigations...We must not link all Muslims with the crimes of a terrorist minority – that is precisely what the extremists want us to do."
- Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, in a statement on counter-terrorism initiatives made in the Australian Parliament on 1st September, 2016.


"Australia used to tell others to respect international law. They must now show us that they also abide by international law."
- Xanana Gusmao, the "father of East Timorese independence", speaking outside the Permanent Court of Arbitration in The Hague which is hearing a case concerning maritime boundaries in the Timor Sea (as quoted on ABC on 31st August, 2016)


“You described people who weren’t in favour of changing the definition of marriage as ‘haters who come out from under rock’. Can I ask you not to speak like that?” 
- Ian Powell, rector of St Matthew’s Church in the Canberra suburb of Wanniassa, speaking after an ecumenical service to mark the opening of the Australian Parliament (as quoted on News.com.au on 30th August, 2016)


"[W]e were hoping for some sun."
- Cyprien Verseux, one of six people who spent a year living in an isolated habitat on the island of Hawaii as part of a simulation to help scientists better prepare for deep space missions such as a trip to Mars, overheard as he left the habitat on Sunday (as quoted on NBC on 28th August, 2016)


"The town is no more."
- Sergio Pirozzi, mayor of the central Italian town of Amatrice, speaking to Italian state broadcaster RAI in the wake of Wednesday's earthquake in central Italy (as quoted on CNN on 25th August, 2016)


"This poses a grave threat to Japan's security, and is an unforgivable act that damages regional peace and stability markedly."
- Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, speaking after North Korea launched a ballistic missile from a submarine early on 24th August, 2016 (as quoted on SMH on 24th August, 2016)


"She came out and she apologised, I don't hold grudges — I forgive her for what she's done and I think everyone else should as well."
- Adelaide Crows player Eddie Betts after a Port Adelaide supporter threw a banana at him during an AFL game at Adelaide Oval on Saturday (as quoted on ABC on 24th August, 2016)


"I am back!"
- Australian Senator Pauline Hanson as she arrived at Parliament House on 23rd August, 2016, as one of 14 new senators taking part in a 'school' aimed at helping them learn about their new role.


“Here comes the UN, easily swayed, and coming with a very stupid proposition. Why would the United Nations be so easily swayed into interfering in the affairs of this republic?”
- Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte in response to criticism of his 'war' on illegal drugs which has reportedly claimed hundreds of lives (as quoted on TIME on 18th August, 2016). He has since threatened to leave the UN and said he would invite China and African nations to join a new international body.


"I am trying to be one of the greatest. Be among [Muhammad] Ali and Pele."
- Jamaican runner Usain Bolt, winner of both the 100 metre and 200 metre sprints at the Rio Olympics - the third consecutive time he has won both events at an Olympics, speaking after winning the latter.


"Every war, every conflict, has an operation, a battle which captured the public imagination - the most dramatic battle, and costly, in which Australia was involved during the course of the Vietnam War was the battle of Long Tan. It's become a battle which has come to symbolise the Vietnam War, and the legacy from ANZAC which was carried by those young Australians."
- Brendan Nelson, director of the Australian War Memorial (as quoted on ABC on 18th August, 2016).


"It's an untenable situation for it to remain the way it is."
- Toby O'Brien, a former child protection officer for Save the Children, speaking to the BBC after more than 100 former employees at Australia's offshore detention centres signed a letter calling for asylum seekers to be brought to Australia (as quoted on BBC on 17th August, 2016).


"The fact is we are overwhelmed with a feeling of depression. It's like being beaten and being stopped from crying. You helplessly watch your daughter but there is nothing you can do. It's a real heartache."
- Samuel Yaga, father of abducted schoolgirl Serah Samuel, talking to the BBC's Hausa service, as terror group Boko Haram released another video showing some of the schoolgirls abducted from the Nigerian town of Chibok (as quoted on BBC on 14th August, 2016).


"I accept and even support their right to have a peaceful assembly in a park — across the road even. But to come in and violate our sacred space and traumatise our congregation is simply unacceptable."
- Anglican minister Rod Bower, speaking after an anti-Islamic group invaded a service at the Gosford Anglican Church on Sunday (as quoted on ABC on 15th August, 2016).


"No, I meant he's the founder of ISIS. I do. He was the most valuable player. I give him the most valuable player award."
- US Republican Presidential candidate Donald Trump responding to a question by a US radio host asking whether, when he initially said Barack Obama was the "founder of ISIS" (another name for the so-called Islamic State), he actually meant he "created the vacuum, he lost the peace" (as quoted on CNN on 11th August, 2016).


"This was not an attack, nor was it a hack."
- Australian Small Business Minister Michael McCormack at a press conference on 10th August, 2016, explaining what the denial of service operations - which led to the closure of the Australian Bureau of Statistics' Census website on 9th August - were not. The comment was at odd with the words of cyber security advisor Alistair McGibbon who told ABC radio it was "definitely an attack, but not a hack" (as quoted on 9News on 11th August, 2016).


"We are convinced that in the Oval Office, he would be the most reckless President in American history."
- Fifty Republican foreign policy and national security experts in a letter denouncing Donald Trump's presidential candidacy and pledging not to vote for him (as quoted on CNN on 9th August, 2016)


"Every day you would witness scenes of crushed skulls, dismembered bodies, mutilated limbs, dead children. That's everyday life for the people of Aleppo."
- Orthopedic surgeon Samer Attar, one of two Chicago-based doctors from the Syrian American Medical Society who testified to the UN Security Council on 8th August, 2016 (as quoted in Deutsche Welle on 8th August, 2016)


"Director Fernando Mereilles and his team delivered a sobering call to address global warming and deforestation cloaked in a stirring multicultural celebration of tolerance."
- Hollywood Reporter's David Rooney, in his TV review of the Opening Ceremony at the Rio Olympic Games (as quoted from the Hollywood Reporter on 5th August, 2016)


"ISIL [another acronym for the so-called Islamic State] has not had a major successful offensive operation in Syria or Iraq in a full year".
- US President Barack Obama, speaking at a press conference in Washington, DC, on 4th August, 2016, in which he also spoke of the possibility of attacks by a lone actor or small cells.


“We recognised that the gas was chlorine as we have experienced it many times before.”
- Laith Fares, a civil defence worker in the rebel-held town of Saraqib, Syria, speaking after claims surfaced that barrel bombs containing chlorine gas were dropped on the town late on Monday night (as quoted in The Australian on 3rd August, 2016).


“Australia’s atrocious treatment of the refugees on Nauru over the past three years has taken an enormous toll on their well-being."
- Michael Bochenek, senior counsel on children’s rights at Human Rights Watch, speaking following a joint investigation with Amnesty International into the treatment of refugees on the Pacific Island.


“While our party has bestowed upon him the nomination, it is not accompanied by unfettered license to defame those who are the best among us."
- US Republican Senator John McCain, in a rebuke to Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump after Mr Trump belittled the Muslim parents of a US soldier who died for his country in Iraq after they spoke at the Democratic National Convention (as quoted on the New York Times on 1st August, 2016)


"I'm almost levitating, it's incredible."
- American Luke Aikins who became the first person to jump from 25,000 ft (7,620m) without a parachute, landing in a specially made net, in southern California on 30th July, 2016.


"I didn’t say it would be easy. I said back then, and I’ll say it again, that we can manage our historic task - and this is a historic test in times of globalisation - just as we’ve managed so much already, we can manage it."
- German Chancellor Angela Merkel in comments defending her policy allowing hundreds of thousands refugees into Germany last summer, made after a spate of terror-related attacks in Germany and elsewhere in Europe in recent days (as quoted in The Guardian on 28th July, 2016)


"We must not be afraid to say the truth, the world is at war because it has lost peace. When I speak of war I speak of wars over interests, money, resources, not religion. All religions want peace, it's the others who want war."
- Pope Francis, speaking ahead of a visit to Poland following the murder of a Catholic priest in France on Tuesday (as quoted on BBC on 27th July, 2016)


"There will be no let-up in this campaign. Double your efforts. Triple them, if need be. We will not stop until the last drug lord, the last financier, and the last pusher have surrendered or put behind bars or below the ground, if they so wish."
- Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte in his first State of the Nation address, speaking about his crackdown on drugs which human rights groups say has already claimed the lives of almost 300 suspected users and pushers (as quoted on GMA News on 25th July, 2016)


"If one of us were to have been found to have treated our children in this way we would probably be charged with a criminal offence and the children taken away from us."
- Australia's Human Rights Commission President Gillian Triggs, speaking on Monday night after the ABC's Four Corners program aired footage of the treatment of juveniles at a detention centre in Darwin in 2014 (as quoted by SMH on 26th July, 2016)


"It's a significant blow to the fight for integrity in the Olympic movement and the rights of clean athletes."
- United States Anti-Doping Agency head Travis Tygart, speaking after the International Olympic Committee decided not to impose a blanket ban on Russian athletes at the Rio Olympics but to leave decisions on individual competitors to sports federations (as quoted by SkySports on 25th July, 2016)


"This measure is in no way against democracy, the law and freedoms. On the contrary it aims to protecty and strengthen them."
- Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, speaking after declaring a three month state of emergency following a failed coup (as quoted by SMH on 21st July, 2016)


"I'm afraid that there is such a rich thesaurus now of things that I have said that have been one way or another...somehow misconstrued that it would really take me too long to engage in a fully global itinerary of apology to all concerned."
- Boris Johnson, newly named as the UK's Foreign Secretary, responding to questions over whether he would apologise to world leaders, including UK President Barack Obama, about disparaging remarks he has previously made about them (as quoted by Reuters on 19th July, 2016)


"As citizens of this great nation, it is kindness, love and compassion for each other that will bring us together - and keep us together. These are the values Donald and I will bring to the White House."
- Melania Trump, wife of would-be US presidential candidate Donald Trump, in a speech at the Republican National Convention in the US which has since come under fire for similarities, elsewhere in her talk, to one given by Michelle Obama in 2008 (as quoted by News24 on 19th July, 2016)


"I've come to buy what I can't find in the country - rice, beans, lentils, sugar, toilet paper...We're only eating once a day."
- Elizabeth Perez, 47, who is among thousands of Venezuelans who crossed in Colombia on Sunday to buy food and medicines now unavailable in her own economically-stricken country (as quoted by Reuters on 17th July, 2016)


"Do you support a non-democratic coup" (or an) or “increasingly non-democratic leader?"
- Richard N. Haass, the president of the Council on Foreign Relations, in the wake of the attempted coup in Turkey which has sparked a harsh crack-down on opposition by President Recep Tayyip Erdogan (as quoted in the New York Times on 15th July, 2016)


"Like all of us, Australians would have no doubt preferred a clearer outcome last night. I remain quietly confident that a majority Coalition government will be returned."
- Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, speaking on Sunday follow Saturday's inclusive federal election in Australia (as quoted on ABC on 3rd July, 2016)


"What I'm very sure of is that, while we don't know who the winner was, there is clearly one loser: Malcolm Turnbull's agenda for Australians and his efforts to cut Medicare. We want to make the 45th parliament work."
- Australia's Opposition leader Bill Shorten, speaking 3rd July, 2016, following Australia's inconclusive federal election (as quoted on SMH on 3rd July, 2016).


"In a free and democratic process, the British people have expressed their wish to leave the European Union. We regret this decision but respect it...We now expect the United Kingdom government to give effect to this decision of the British people as soon as possible, however painful that process may be. Any delay would unnecessarily prolong uncertainty."
- A joint statement by Martin Schulz, President of the European Parliament, Donald Tusk, President of the European Council, Mark Rutte, Holder of the Presidency of the Council of the EU, Jean-Claude Juncker, President of the European Commission following he UK's Brexit vote, speaking on 24th June, 2016.


"The fight is not over. This is just one step of when we come back here on July the 5th we're going to continue to push, to pull, to stand up, and if necessary, to sit down. So don't give up, don't give in. Keep the faith, and keep your eyes on the prize."
- US politician John Lewis, speaking on 23rd June, 2016, after he and other Democrats ended a day-long sit-in in the US House of Representatives in an attempt to force a vote on the issue of gun control (as quoted on CNN on 24th June, 2016).


"Where we see hatred, where we find division, where we see intolerance we must drive it out of our politics and out of our public life and out of our communities."
- UK Prime Minister David Cameron, speaking after MP Jo Cox, a vocal supporter of the UK remaining part of the EU, was killed in a daylight attack in a street in her northern English constituency village of Birstall on 16th June, 2016.


"We were shocked by the number of displaced people and we weren't prepared to receive them. We secured tents for some of them but the rest, including women and children, are sleeping on the ground under the sun. Their situation is a tragedy."
- An unnamed Iraqi aid worker, speaking with regard to the tens of thousands of people who have fled their homes since the Iraqi Government launched an attack against what was an Islamic State stronghold (as quoted on SBS on 20th June, 2016)


"Although it's still early in the investigation, we know enough to say that this was an act of terror and an act of hate."
- US President Barack Obama, speaking after at least 50 people were killed and scores more injured in a mass nightclub shooting in Orlando, Florida, in the early hours of 12th June, 2016.


"Each and every killer will be brought to book."
- Bangladesh's Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, vowing to bring an end to a wave of killings targeting minorities in the country (as quoted on BBC on 11th June, 2016)


"Muhammad Ali shook up the world. And the world is better for it."
- US President Barack Obama, speaking after champion boxer Muhammad Ali died on 3rd June, 2016, at the age of 74. A procession and funeral will be held for him this week.


"I intend to specify that among these so-called 'serious reasons' is the negligence of bishops in the exercise of their functions, especially in cases of sexual abuse of minors or vulnerable adults."
- Pope Francis in a papal decree saying that while canon law already allows bishops to be removed for negligence, he wants a more precise definition of the reasons that could led to the dismissal of a Roman Catholic bishop (as quoted on BBC on 4th June, 2016)


"We sincerely apologise for our serious mistakes."
- Australian 60 Minutes reporter Michael Usher, speaking on Sunday night's program  (29th May, 2016), in reference to a story on a custody dispute which saw four members of its crew and others involved in the case detained temporarily in a Beirut jail on charges of kidnapping.


"It's time that Europe had the courage to offer safe alternatives that allow these people to come without putting their own lives or those of their children in danger."
- Tommaso Fabri, of Medicins San Frontieres, speaking as the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugee said more than 700 people had drowned - and about 14,000 rescued - in the past week trying to cross the Mediterranean Sea (as quoted on ABC on   30th May, 2016)