"My expectation is that Putin won't make a peace or a meaningful peace before he sees the result of [the US] election."
- A senior unnamed US State Department official, speaking to Reuters on condition of anonymity after a meeting of NATO foreign ministers in Brussels said the alliance reiterated its support for Ukraine knowing that a peace agreement in the next year is unlikely (as quoted on Reuters).


"I strongly hope that this will enable us to increase even more the humanitarian aid to the people in Gaza that [are] suffering so much - knowing that even with that additional amount of time, it will be impossible to satisfy all the dramatic needs of the population."
- United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres in comments in which he described an extended truce between Israel and Palestinian militants Hamas on Monday as "a glimpse of hope and humanity, but warned it was not enough time to meet the aid needs of the Gaza Strip (as quoted on Reuters).


"Today, tomorrow or the day after, the PVV will be part of government and I will be prime minister of this beautiful country."
- Veteran Dutch anti-Islam politician Geert Wilders in a message posted on X on Sunday in a long message which also expressed frustration at other parties for their apparent unwillingness to cooperate with his Freedom Party (PVV) (as quoted on Reuters).


"The high level of support for anti-European forces in the Netherlands is bitter. All pro-Europeans must now work to ensure that this does not happen again in the European elections. Because Europe protects our freedom, our democracy, and our security."
-  Germany's EU minister, Anna Luehrmann, speaking after far-right populist Geert Wilders looks to be the Netherlands' next Prime Minister following a landmark election win by his Freedom Party (as quoted on Reuters).


"The start of the release will proceed according to the original agreement between the parties, and not before Friday."
-  Israeli National Security Adviser Tzachi Hanegbi in a statement related to the Israel-Hamas hostage deal released by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's office (as quoted on Reuters).


"If attacks on food infrastructure and the blockage of sea export routes continue, it will dramatically impact the agricultural production outlook over years to come, and may, in a worst-case scenario, lead to wheat production being unable to meet domestic and export demand."
- Matthew Hollingworth, Ukraine director for the United Nations World Food Programme, warning of consequences if Ukrainian Black Sea grain export routes remain blocked and attacks on food infrastructure continue (as quoted on Reuters)


"The model of decadence has come to an end, there's no going back."
-  Argentina's President-elect Javier Milei, speaking after election results - in which he defeated Peronist Economy Minister Sergio Massa - were announced on Sunday (as quoted on Reuters).


“This war is having a staggering and unacceptable number of civilian casualties, including women and children, every day. This must stop. I reiterate my call for an immediate humanitarian ceasefire.”
-  UN Secretary-General António Guterres in a statement on Sunday in reference to the ongoing fighting in the Israel-Hamas conflict (as quoted on Reuters).


"What's the point in becoming a part of that drama? There is no point in going to a meaningless election. Democracy is dead in Bangladesh."
-  Abdul Moyeen Khan, member of the highest policy-making body of the opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party, speaking as the country's Election Commission announced an election would be held on 7th January, 2024; Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina is set for her fourth straight term in the office (as quoted on Reuters).


"For two large countries like China and the United States, turning their back on each other is not an option. It is unrealistic for one side to remodel the other, and conflict and confrontation has unbearable consequences for both sides."
- China's President Xi Jinping, speaking during a meeting with US President Joe Biden in talks ahead of the APEC summit in San Francisco (as quoted on Reuters).


"Hang in there, we're coming."
- US President Joe Biden, comments made at the White House, when asked by reporters what his message to family members of hostages was (as quoted on Reuters).


"I hope that six years as Prime Minister, 11 years leading the Conservative Party, gives me some useful experience and contacts and relationships and knowledge."
- Former British Prime Minister David Cameron, speaking as he was named Foreign Secretary by Prime Minister Rishi Sunak (as quoted on Reuters).


The EU condemns the use of hospitals and civilians as human shields by Hamas. Civilians must be allowed to leave the combat zone."
- European Union foreign policy chief Josep Borrell said in a statement issued on behalf of the 27-nation bloc in reference to the Israel-Hamas conflict in Gaza (as quoted on Reuters).


"Before October 7th, 33 per cent of the population were food insecure. We can safely say that 100 per cent are food insecure at this moment."
- Kyung-nan Park, director of emergencies for the United Nations World Food Programme, speaking in reference to the situation in Gaza (as quoted on Reuters).


"Anti-Semitism is resurfacing, in words, on the walls. The Republic does not and will not compromise, and we will be ruthless against those who carry that hatred."
- French President Emmanuel Macron in a speech on Wednesday as figures show there have been 1,159 anti-Semitic acts in France since 7th October, 2023 (as quoted on Reuters).


"I don't know how we can justify not pulling out."
- White house national security spokesman John Kirby, speaking in reference the US response to Russia's decision to pull out of the Treaty on Conventional Armed Forces in Europe, a key post-Cold War agreement (as quoted on Reuters).


"Gaza is becoming a graveyard for children. Hundreds of girls and boys are reportedly being killed or injured every day."
- UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres, speaking on Monday as the health ministry in the Hamas-controlled enclave said at least 10,022 people in Gaza have since been killed, including 4,104 children (as quoted on Reuters).


"There will be no ceasefire without the return of the hostages. This should be completely removed from the lexicon."
- Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, speaking on Sunday as Israeli forces intensified their attacks on Hamas (as quoted on Reuters).


"It is clear that we must not put UNIFIL in an untenable situation in which it will not be able to carry out the mission that the United Nations has given it. This is the message we are sending to the various actors, on the Lebanese side as well as on the Israeli side."
- French Defence Minister Sebastien Lecornu speaking to France Info radio, referring to the position of the UN Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) established in 1978 following violence on the Israel-Lebanon border (as quoted on Reuters)


"[Those are] two peoples who have to live together. With that wise solution, two states. The Oslo accords, two well-defined states and Jerusalem with a special status."
Pope Francis, in an interview with Italian state television RAI's TG1 news channel in which he said a two-state solution was needed for Israel and Palestine in order to put an end to wars such as the current one (as quoted on Reuters).


"[Those are] two peoples who have to live together. With that wise solution, two states. The Oslo accords, two well-defined states and Jerusalem with a special status."
Pope Francis, in an interview with Italian state television RAI's TG1 news channel in which he said a two-state solution was needed for Israel and Palestine in order to put an end to wars such as the current one (as quoted on Reuters).


"I am grateful to all of you and urge you to support the people of Iran until the final victory...Victory is not easy, but it is certain."
Jailed Iranian women's rights activist Narges Mohammadi in a letter of thanks for her Nobel Peace Prize awarded earlier this month which was smuggled out Iran's Evin Prison where she is being held; in the letter she said the prize marked a turning point in "empowering protest and social movements worldwide" (as quoted on Reuters).


"It's a disaster on top of a disaster. Health needs are soaring and our ability to meet those needs is rapidly declining."
- World Health Organization regional emergencies chief Rick Brennan, speaking with Reuters in reference to the situation in Gaza, reiterating international calls for a ceasefire to enable a larger humanitarian operation.


"Matthew brought so much joy to the world, both as an actor and a friend. We are heartbroken by the tragic loss of our beloved son and brother."
- The family of US actor Matthew Perry, 54, known for playing Chandler Bing in the 1990s sitcom Friends,  in a statement published by People magazine after he was found dead at his Los Angeles home an apparent drowning in a hot tub (as quoted on Reuters)


"Israel has a right to take action and to prevent future attacks. But that is never an excuse for blocking a whole region, for blocking humanitarian aid. It cannot be an excuse to starve a population."
- Belgian Prime Minister Alexander De Croo, speaking as EU leaders called for pauses in Israeli bombing and Hamas rocket attacks to get humanitarian aid into Gaza (as quoted on Reuters).


"I am shocked by the misrepresentations by some of my statement...as if I was justifying acts of terror by Hamas. This is false. It was the opposite."
- UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres, rejecting accusations by Israel that, in a statement to the Security Council, he had justified attacks by the Palestinian militant group Hamas on Israel (as quoted on Reuters).


"The United States does not seek conflict with Iran. We do not want this war to widen. But if Iran or its proxies attack US personnel anywhere, make no mistake: we will defend our people, we will defend our security - swiftly and decisively."
- US Secretary of State Antony Blinken, speaking to the 15-member UN Security Council (as quoted on Reuters).


"The Israeli Government's decision to cut off food, water and electricity to a captive civilian population (in Gaza) threatens not only to worsen a growing humanitarian crisis; it could further harden Palestinian attitudes for generations, erode global support for Israel, play into the hands of Israel's enemies, and undermine long-term efforts to achieve peace and stability in the region."
- Former US President Barack Obama, speaking on Monday in rare comments addressing an active foreign policy crisis (as quoted on Reuters).


"The relationship right now is going through a difficult phase. But I do want to say the problems we have are with a certain segment of Canadian politics and the policies which flow from that."
- India’s External Affairs Minister Dr S Jaishankar (as quoted on Reuters).


"You see Gaza now from a distance, you will soon see it from inside. The command will come."
- Israeli Defence Minister Yoav Gallant, speaking to Israeli soldiers (as quoted on Reuters)


"If we are not able to protect our common borders, we will not be able to uphold free movement within Europe."
- Sweden's Prime Minister Ulf Kristersson, speaking as European leaders move to tighten border security and step up repatriations after a failed asylum seeker from Tunisia shot dead two Swedish football fans in Brussels (as quoted on Reuters)


"This is an appalling and devastating loss of innocent lives."
- Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby in a post on X (formerly known as Twitter) following news hundreds of people had been killed after a blast at the al-Ahli Hospital in Gaza.


"We have to deploy every effort to prevent this problem, this current debate on what is happening and what can be done in Iran [from] becoming a failure on the part of the international community to prevent a country that has capabilities which could potentially lead to the development of nuclear weapons from doing it."
- UN nuclear watchdog head Rafael Grossi, speaking to the US State Department arms control conference in a video message in which he said the world must not fail in Iran as it did in North Korea (as quoted on Reuters).


"In this dramatic moment, as we are on the verge of the abyss in the Middle East, it is my duty as Secretary-General of the United Nations to make two strong humanitarian appeals. To Hamas, the hostages must be immediately released without conditions. To Israel, rapid and unimpeded access for humanitarian aid must be granted for humanitarian supplies and workers for the sake of the civilians in Gaza."
- UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres in a statement on 15th October, 2023.


"It's a dire situation in the Gaza Strip that we're seeing evolve with food and water being in limited supply and quickly running out."
- Brian Lander, the deputy head of emergencies at the World Food Programme (as quoted on Reuters).


"We will wipe this thing called Hamas, ISIS-Gaza, off the face of the earth. It will cease to exist."
- Israeli Defence Minister Yoav Gallant, speaking as Israel announced it had forged an emergency government on Wednesday to direct war against Hamas (as quoted on Reuters).


"My message to all sides is unequivocal: The laws of war must be upheld."
- UN aid chief Martin Griffiths, speaking in reference to the Israel-Hamas conflict in which he also called for the release of all hostages "without delay" (as quoted on Reuters).


"Iran has long supported Hamas and other terrorist networks throughout the region with resources capabilities training. And so in that regard, clearly, Iran is complicit here, but in terms of specific evidence on this, these sorts of attacks, no, we don't have anything."
- White House spokesman John Kirby, speaking on MSNBC in comments in which he said Iran was complicit in the Hamas attack on Israel even though the United States has no intelligence or evidence that points to its direct participation (as quoted on Reuters)


“These events have resulted in horrific scenes of violence and many Israeli fatalities and injuries, with many believed to be kidnapped inside the Strip,” he said. “These are heinous attacks targeting civilians and must stop immediately.”
- Tor Wennesland, the UN's Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process, in comments made following the Hamas attacks in Israel.


"Fragments of hand grenades were found in the bodies of those killed in the crash...There was no external impact on the plane - this is already an established fact."
- Russian President Vladimir Putin speaking in reference to what caused the plane crash that resulted in the death of 10 people including Wagner mercenary chief Yevgeny Prigozhin a meeting in Sochi (as quoted on Reuters)


"It is morally, politically and legally unfair to delegate the responsibility for our external border to the five member states that geography has put them at the perimeter of our Union. This is a collective task."
- European Commission Vice-President Margaritis Schinas, speaking as the Eu agreed a new deal on how states handle migrants (as quoted on the BBC).


"Our political system is too focused on short-term advantage, not long-term success...Our mission is to fundamentally change our country."
- Excerpt from a speech British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak will give at the Conservative Party's conference in the UK city of Manchester on Wednesday (as quoted on Reuters).


"The laureates contributed to the unprecedented rate of vaccine development during one of the greatest threats to human health in modern times."
- The Nobel Assembly at the Karolinksa Institutet announcing they had awarded the 2023 Nobel Prize for Medicine to Hungarian scientist Katalin Kariko and US colleague Drew Weissman, who made mRNA molecule discoveries that paved the way for COVID-19 vaccines (as quoted on Reuters)


"As we draw closer to it every day, we say, 'We will fight for as long as it takes'."
- Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy, in a recorded speech marking the Defenders Day holiday (as quoted on Reuters)


"We will hunt the gangs, we will defeat the gangs."
-  Sweden's Prime Minister Ulf Kristersson, speaking during a rare televised address to the nation in which he addressed the wave of gang violence that has hit the nation in recent months (as quoted by Reuters).


"Your jurisdiction to resolve the dispute is clear. Your judgment remains urgently needed."
- Ukraine's representative Oksana Zolotaryova urging judges at the International Court of Justice to dismiss Russia's objections and hear in full Kyiv's claim that Moscow abused international law by saying the 2022 invasion was done to stop an alleged genocide (as quoted by Reuters).


“Where individuals are being persecuted, it is right that we offer sanctuary. But we will not be able to sustain an asylum system if, in effect, simply being gay, or a woman, and fearful of discrimination in your country of origin is sufficient to qualify for protection.”
- UK Home Secretary Suella Braverman, in a speech to the American Enterprise Institute in Washington, DC, in which she claimed the international community had failed to reform international refugee conventions; her comments drew a sharp rebuke from the UN (as quoted by The Guardian).


"The only way to eliminate the nuclear risk is to eliminate nuclear weapons."
- UN Secretary-General António Guterres in a statement released to mark the International Day for the Total Elimination of Nuclear Weapons on 26th September.


"If proper conditions are not created for the Armenians of Nagorno-Karabakh to live in their homes and there are no effective protection mechanisms against ethnic cleansing, the likelihood is rising that the Armenians of Nagorno-Karabakh will see exile from their homeland as the only way to save their lives and identity."
- Armenia's Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan speaking on Sunday (as quoted on Reuters).


"Africa is suffering from a governance model that has been imposed on it...a model that is good and effective for the West but is difficult to adapt to our realities, our customs and environment."
- Guinea's military leader Mamady Doumbouya addressing the UN General Assembly on Thursday ; his comments come amid a wave of military coups in West and Central Africa in recent years (as quoted on Reuters)


"We are deeply concerned..."We encourage India to fully cooperate."
US national security spokesman John Kirby in comments in which he said the White House is "deeply concerned" about allegations that Indian agents were potentially involved in the murder of a Sikh separatist leader in Canada and encouraged India to cooperate in any investigation (as quoted on Reuters).


"As chairman of [West African bloc} ECOWAS, I seek to help re-establish democratic governance in a manner that addresses the political and economic challenges confronting that nation, including the violent extremists who seek to foment instability in our region."
-  Nigerian President Bola Tinubu in a speech to the UN General Assembly, referring to ECOWAS' response to the military coup in Niger (as quoted on Reuters).


“I’m running because democracy is at stake. And let there be no question, Donald Trump and his MAGA Republicans are determined to destroy American democracy. And I will always defend, protect and fight for our democracy.”
-  US President Joe Biden, speaking to supporters at a fundraising event on Monday in which he also said he understood people concerns about his age (as quoted on Reuters).


“It was my decision...I listened to myself. I saw what happened...my instincts are a big part of it, that's been the thing that's gotten me to where I am."
- Former US President Donald Trump speaking to NBC's Meet the Press when asked if he was listening to his lawyers' advice or his own instincts after losing the 2020 US election.


"If they would have been a normally operating meteorological service, they could have issued a warnings. The emergency management authorities would have been able to carry out evacuation of the people. And we could have avoided most of the human casualties."
- Petteri Taalas, secretary-general of the World Meteorological Organization, speaking in referemce to the floods in Libya (as quoted on Reuters).


"The Russian army and people will certainly win a great victory in the sacred struggle for the punishment of a great evil that claims hegemony and feeds an expansionist illusion."
-  North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, speaking during a visit to Russia in reference to the conflict in Ukraine (as quoted on Reuters).


"I am extremely worried about the state she is in. She is not as robust as she once was. If she is unable to eat, then things are not looking very hopeful."
-  Kim Aris, son of Myanmar's detained former leader Aung San Suu Kyi, speaking about her health during an interview in the UK (as quoted on Reuters).


“We come here seeking urgent help, in the strong belief that international law is an essential mechanism for correcting the manifest injustice that our people are suffering as a result of climate change."
- Prime Minister Kausea Natano of Tuvalu speaking at the at the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea which is considering whether carbon emissions absorbed by the ocean should be considered marine pollution, and what obligations nations have to protect the marine environment (as quoted on Reuters).


"We lost everything, we lost the entire house. We want just for our government to help us."
- Yassin Noumghar, 36, who lived in the village of Moulay Brahim in Morocco which was among communities devastated in an earthquake on Friday (as quoted on Reuters).


"I think it would be a huge mistake. The idea that they would be supplying ammunition to that end, is - would be a huge mistake. I also believe very strongly that for both Russia and North Korea, this will further isolate them."
- US Vice President Kamala Harris, speaking in reference to reports North Korea is talking with Russia about exchanging military support for use in Ukraine (as quoted on Reuters).


"We certainly have reached a level of serious atrocities being committed and it is very reminiscent of what we saw happening in 2004 that led to the genocide determination."
- US Envoy to the UN, Linda Thomas-Greenfield, speaking during a visit to the town of Adre in Chad on the border with Sudan in reference to the situation in Darfur in western Sudan (as quoted on Reuters).


“Racial abuse and discrimination, surveillance, harassment, intimidation, arrests and violence against people of African descent and civil society actors of African descent, hinder meaningful, inclusive and safe participation for people of African descent in public affairs in many countries."
- UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Volker Türk, speaking at the launch of a new report on the issue.


"I was not thinking of imperialism when I said that."
- Pope Francis, speaking on the papal plane in reference to comments about Russia, seen by Ukraine as praise for Russian imperalism (as quoted on Reuters)


"The humanitarian community is deeply concerned about another escalation of violence of extreme brutality. Entire families, including children, were executed while others were burned alive. This upsurge in violence has caused unspeakable continued suffering of Haitians.”
- Philippe Branchat, UN humanitarian coordinator, quoted in a statement referring to recent violence in Haiti.


"The Pope's visit shows the world that contemporary Mongolia is continuing to accept the freedom of religion and coexistence, peacefully, of religion in Mongolia."
- Gerelmaa Davaasuren, Mongolia's Ambassador to the Vatican  (as quoted on Reuters).


"​​October 14 is our time...it’s our chance. It’s a moment calling out to the best of our Australian character. For Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people this has been a marathon. For all of us, it is now a sprint."
- Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese announcing 14th October as the date for Australia's referendum on the Indigenous Voice to Parliament  (as quoted on Reuters).


"The doors are now open towards an orderly, transparent, and above all, efficient government transition."
- Guatemala's President Alejandro Giammattei, speaking after Bernardo Arevalo swept to victory in a 20th August run-off election (as quoted on Reuters).


“The Secretary-General calls on political leaders and their supporters to reject any and all forms of violence, threats of violence, or incitement to violence, and to ensure that human rights and the rule of law are fully respected."
- A statement from UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres in reference to Zimbabwe's recent election result announcement (as quoted on Reuters).


"As part of the investigation of the plane crash in the Tver region, molecular-genetic examinations have been completed. According to their results, the identities of all 10 dead were established. They correspond to the list stated in the flight sheet."
- Russian invesitgators in a statement on the Telegram messaging app confirming Yevgeny Prigozhin, chief of the Wagner mercenary group, was among the 10 people killed in a plane crash last week (as quoted on Reuters).


"[E]veryone is important in this fight. Because this is a fight for something that is important to everyone. An independent Ukraine."
- Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy in a speech made on the country's Independence Day (as quoted on Reuters).


"There is not much that happens in Russia that Putin is not behind, but I don’t know enough to know the answer."
- US President Joe Biden, speaking after the reports of the death of Wagner boss Yevgeny Prigozhin in a plane crash in Russia, about whether he believed Russian President Vladimir Putin was behind the crash (as quoted on Reuters).


"The course of history will be shaped by the choices we make."
- China's President Xi Jinping said in remarks delivered at a BRICS business forum in South Africa (as quoted on Reuters)


"The American people stand with you. For as long as it takes, we're going to be with you."
- US President Joe Biden, speaking as he visits the scene of Maui's deadly wildfires on Monday, 21st August (as quoted on Reuters)


"I have no words, I'm in shock. What we have done is remarkable, we have known how to suffer and enjoy...This is the dream of any soccer player. I can't ask for anything more."
- Spanish female soccer player Aitana Bonmati, speaking after Spain defeated England 1-0 in the Women's FIFA World Cup final at Stadium Australia on Sunday (as quoted on Reuters).


"The vicious mob attacks are just the latest manifestation of the threat of vigilante violence which anyone can face in Pakistan after a blasphemy accusation."
- Amnesty International, in a statement concerning the recent violence targeting Christians in eastern Pakistan (as quoted on Reuters).


"It is clear that climate change is very visible and is really causing enormous changes to our planet."
- Josef Aschbacher, director general of the European Space Agency, in an interview with Reuters.


"Nothing short of the robust use of force, complemented by a suite of non-kinetic measures, by a capable specialized multinational police force enabled by military assets, coordinated with the national police, would be able to achieve these objectives."
-  UN chief Antonio Guterres in a report to the UN Security Council in which he advocated for multi-national police deployment and use of military assets is needed to restore law and order in Haiti and disarm gangs (as quoted on Reuters).


“Despite reassurances by the Taliban de facto authorities that any restrictions, particularly in terms of access to education would be temporary, the facts on the ground have demonstrated an accelerated, systematic, and all engulfing system of segregation, marginalization and persecution."
- UN human rights experts in a statement released two years after the Taliban seized power in Afghanistan (as quoted on Reuters).


"China is closely following developments and will take resolute and vigorous measures to defend national sovereignty and territorial integrity."
- China's foreign ministry in a statement issued as Taiwan Vice President William Lai visits the US in a transit stop-over en route to Paraguay (as quoted on Reuters).


"We will need to rebuild the entirety of Lahaina."
- Hawaii Governor Josh Green, speaking as the death toll from wildfires on the Hawaiian island of Maui rose to 53 (as quoted on Reuters).


"Standing in searing heat in that scarred landscape, breathing air polluted by the many gas flares dotting the region, it was clear to me that the era of global boiling has indeed begun."
- UN human rights chief Volker Turk, speaking at the end of a four day visit to Iraq (as quoted on Reuters).


"The planet is melting, we are breaking temperature records every day. It is not possible that, in a scenario like this, eight Amazonian countries are unable to put in a statement - in large letters - that deforestation needs to be zero."
- Marcio Astrini, of Climate Observatory, speaking after eight Amazon nations failed to agree a common goal for ending deforestation (as quoted on Reuters).


"These conversations were extremely frank and at times quite difficult, because, again, we're pushing for a negotiated solution. It was not easy to get traction there."
- US Acting Deputy Secretary of State Victoria Nuland, speaking after holding talks with senior military junta officials on Monday (as quoted on Reuters).


"Dear friends, allow me, this old man, to share with you young people a dream that I carry within me: it is the dream of peace, the dream of young people praying for peace, living in peace and building a peaceful future."
- Pope Francis speaking after the final Mass at World Youth Day in Portugal (as quoted on Reuters).


"Not guilty,"
- Former US President Donald Trump entering his plea a Washington DC court in response to charges he orchestrated a plot to try to overturn his 2020 election loss (as quoted on Reuters).


"Moscow is waging a battle for a global catastrophe. In their madness, they need world food markets to collapse, they need a price crisis, they need disruptions in supplies."
- President Volodymyr Zelenskiy said in his nightly video address after Russia attacked Ukraine's main inland port across the Danube River from Romania on Wednesday (as quoted on Reuters).


"The attack on our nation's Capitol on 6th January, 2021, was an unprecedented assault on the seat of American democracy...[I]t was fuelled by lies - lies by the defendant, targeted at obstructing the bedrock function of the US Government."
- Special Counsel Jack Smith in a statement made after former US President Donald Trump was indicted for his attempts to overturn the 2020 election (as quoted on Reuters).


"Mali and Burkina Faso warn that any military intervention in Niger will be considered as a declaration of war against Burkina Faso and Mali."
- A joint statement issued by Mali and Burkina Faso, who along with Guinea, have voiced their support for the leaders of Niger's coup on Monday (as quoted on Reuters).


"Imagine if the...[Ukrainian counter-] offensive, which is backed by NATO, was a success and they tore off a part of our land then we would be forced to use a nuclear weapon...
- Former Russian President Dmitry Medvedev, deputy chairman of Russia's Security Council, in a message shared on social media on 30th July, 2023 (as quoted on Reuters).


"The consequences are clear and they are tragic: children swept away by monsoon rains; families running from the flames; workers collapsing in scorching heat."
- UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres in comments made after data confirmed July, 2023, is set to be the hottest month ever recorded.


"What Ireland has lost at such a relatively young age is one of our greatest and most gifted composers, songwriters and performers of recent decades, one who had a unique talent and extraordinary connection with her audience, all of whom held such love and warmth for her."
- Irish President Michael D Higgins, speaking after Irish singer Sinead O'Connor died at the age of 56 (as quoted on Reuters).


"No-one will forgive members of parliament, judges, military officials or any other officials for placing themselves in opposition to the state."
- Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy in comments in which he said he would tolerate no corruption or treachery in affairs of state (as quoted on Reuters).


"It's like a Biblical catastrophe."
- Kyriakos Sarikas, marketing manager for H Hotels collection which has six properties on Rhodes, Greece, where wildfires have forced thousands to evacuate (as quoted on the BBC).


"It is an urgent challenge, it cannot be postponed, it concerns everyone. Let us protect our common home."
- Pope Francis in a plea for world leaders to address climate change at the Vatican on Sunday, 24th July, 2023  (as quoted on Reuters)


"We are already seeing the negative effect on global wheat and corn prices which hurts everyone, but especially vulnerable people in the Global South."
- UN spokesperson Stephane Dujarric, speaking in reference to ongoing Russian attacks on Ukrainian Black Sea ports (as quoted on Reuters)


"[M]any endured the most horrific sexual abuse and violence, homophobic bullying and harassment while bravely serving this country. On behalf of the British state, I apologise."
- UK Prime Minister Rishi Sunak delivering an apology to LGBT military veterans after an independent review into their treatment before 2000 (as quoted on Reuters)


“We must remember that behind every number lies a mother, a father, a child, a grandparent. To turn a blind eye would be an affront to the memory of those who have already perished."
- Csaba Kőrösi, president of the 77th session of the General Assembly, speaking to a meeting of member states in reference to the growing death toll in Ukraine.


“Today’s decision by the Russian Federation will strike a blow to people in need everywhere."
- UN Secretary-General António Guterres, speaking after Russia said it would not continue the Black Sea grain initiative.


"I want to note that in the Russian Federation there is a sufficient stockpile of different kinds of cluster bombs. We have not used them yet. But of course if they are used against us, we reserve the right to take reciprocal action."
- Russian President Vladimir Putin speaking to state TV in Moscow (as quoted on Reuters).


“We should celebrate the girl who goes to university, takes a job, chooses when and if she marries. But we should not deceive ourselves into thinking that we have made enough progress."
- UN Messenger of Peace Malala Yousafzai in comments made during a visit to Nigeria.


“[The world's financial] system has not fulfilled its mandate as a safety net to help all countries manage today’s cascade of unforeseen shocks - the pandemic; the devastating impact of the climate crisis; and the Russian invasion of Ukraine”.
- UN Secretary-General António Guterres, speaking as a new report shows almost 40 per cent of the developing world are in “serious debt trouble”.


"NATO will make Ukraine safer, Ukraine will make NATO stronger."
- Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy, speaking as he attended a NATO summit in Lithuania (as quoted on Reuters).


"On peace and security, the threat has reached an alarming level and needs urgent actions in addressing the challenges."
- A statement from Nigerian President Bola Tinubu, newly appointed as chairman of West African regional bloc ECOWAS in which he called for swift action against insecurity including terrorism and coups in West Africa (as quoted on Reuters).


"I don't think there is unanimity in NATO about whether or not to bring Ukraine into the NATO family now, at this moment, in the middle of a war."
- US President Joe Biden, in comments made to CNN (as quoted on Reuters).


"The attack against Ms Milashina is tragically the latest in a pattern of violence against prominent investigative journalists in Russia that has met little resistance from the authorities."
- A statement from the US State Department, referring to an attack on journalist Yelena Milashina in Chechnya (as quoted on Reuters).


"I'm grateful to the US as the leaders of our support but I told them as well as the European leaders that we would like to start our counter-offensive earlier, and we need all the weapons and materiel for that."
- Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy in comments made to CNN (as quoted on Reuters).


"It's just unacceptable. We will continue to cooperate with China where we can, but we will disagree where we must. And we do disagree over human rights issues."
- Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese, speaking after Hong Kong put bounties on two Australian residents, among eight wanted overseas democracy activists (as quoted on Reuters).


"Everyone should acknowledge that they cannot form a friendship with Turkey by allowing terrorists to demonstrate in the most central squares of their cities."
- Turkey's President Tayyip Erdogan in comments in which he said Turkey will not lift its opposition to Sweden joining NATO unless it stops harbouring groups Ankara considers to be terrorists (as quoted on Reuters).


"I'm telling them to stop."
- The grandmother of Nahel M - the teenager shot dead by police during a traffic stop in a Paris suburb, in comments to French media concerning ongoing riots (as quoted on Reuters).


"It's a Malian decision and we need to find the least horrible way to implement it."
- A UN Security Council diplomat, speaking to Reuters on condition of anonymity ahead of an council vote expected to end a decade-long peacekeeping mission in Mali.


"My hope in traveling to China is to reestablish contact. There are a new group of leaders, we need to get to know one another."
- US Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen speaking to MSNBC about her hopes to visit China (as quoted on Reuters).


"Unfortunately, looking at the trends, looking at the situation in Darfur, we're likely to go beyond one million."
- Raouf Mazou, UNHCR Assistant High Commissioner for Operations, speaking response to a question about refugees leaving Sudan because of fighting (as quoted on Reuters).


"From the very beginning of the events, steps were taken on my direct instruction to avoid serious bloodshed."
- Russian President Vladimir Putin speaking in a televised address on Monday in which he said explained why he let Saturday's aborted mutiny go on as long as it did (as quoted on Reuters).


"I don't think we've seen the final act."
- US Secretary of State Antony Blinken, speaking on US TV after an aborted mutiny by forces led by Yevgeny Prigozhin in Russia on the weekend (as quoted by Reuters).


"I thought it was a horrible idea. I wish I'd spoken up, but I assumed somebody was smarter than me, you know, because I never experimented with that technology, but it just sounded bad on its face."
- Movie director and submersible maker James Cameron in comments in which he said he was sceptical when he heard OceanGate Inc was making a deep-sea submersible of composite carbon fiber and titanium hull (as quoted on Reuters).


"I thought it was a horrible idea. I wish I'd spoken up, but I assumed somebody was smarter than me, you know, because I never experimented with that technology, but it just sounded bad on its face."
- Movie director and submersible maker James Cameron in comments in which he said he was sceptical when he heard OceanGate Inc was making a deep-sea submersible of composite carbon fiber and titanium hull (as quoted on Reuters).


"Unfortunately, we could see anti-personnel pressure mines washing up on beaches around the Black Sea."
- Paul Heslop, head of UN Mine Action at the United Nations Development Programme in Ukraine, in comments to reporters referring tomines dislodged by the flood waters from Kakhovka dam in Ukraine (as quoted on Reuters)


"It's really a bit like being an astronaut going into space. I think if it's on the seabed, there are so few submarines that are capable of going that deep. And so, therefore, I think it was going to be almost impossible to effect a sub-to-sub rescue."
- Tim Matlin, a Titanic expert, speaking as efforts to rescue five people in a submersible which was to visit the Titanic wreck continue (as quoted on Reuters).


"He was in great spirits and great form...I was really amazed. He embraced a lot of our conversation. It was a nice meeting."
- US climate envoy John Kerry, speaking after a meeting with Pope Francis (as quoted on Reuters).


"Social housing. You’ll see that when it’s ready. I’m no policy expert, but I push it where I can."
- The UK's Prince William, quoted in The Sunday Times in an interview in which he said he wants to help end homelessness across the country and is planning to launch "a really big project" later this month (as quoted on Reuters).


"We came to the view that some of Mr Johnson’s denials and explanations were so disingenuous that they were by their very nature deliberate attempts to mislead the Committee and the House, while others demonstrated deliberation because of the frequency with which he closed his mind to the truth."
- From a US House of Commons privileges committee report which concluded former Prime Minister Boris Johnson deliberately misled parliament about illegal parties held at his Downing Street office during COVID-19 lockdowns; Johnson has accused the committee of of mounting a "witch-hunt" and behaving like a "kangaroo court" (as quoted on Reuters).


"I'm devastated with the result, it's a terrible outcome and it's the incorrect outcome...We haven't done anything wrong so we won't be making any apologies."
-  Australia's most decorated war veteran, Ben Roberts-Smith, speaking to Australia television network Nine Entertainment in his first public comments since an Australian federal court judge dismissed his defamation case against three newspapers for articles accusing him of violating the rules of engagement and killing unarmed Afghans (as quoted on Reuters).


"It manifested in ways such as: 'We will shut Twitter down in India', which is a very large market for us; 'we will raid the homes of your employees', which they did...And this is India, a democratic country."
- Twitter co-founder Jack Dorsey, speaking in an interview with YouTube news show Breaking Points in which he said India threatened to shut down Twitter in the country unless it complied with orders to restrict accounts critical of the handling of farmer protests; Prime Minister Narendra Modi's government called the claim a "lie" {as quoted on Reuters).


"Given the formidable nature of the threat from Chinese state actors, given the size of their capability, given how much resources and effort they're putting into it, it's going to be very, very difficult for us to prevent disruptions from happening."
- US Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency Director Jen Easterly in comments made during an appearance at the Aspen Institute in Washington, DC, in which she said Chinese hackers are all but certain to disrupt American critical infrastructure, such as pipelines and railways, in the event of a conflict with the United States (as quoted on Reuters).


"We have one set of laws in this country, and they apply to everybody."
- US Special Counsel Jack Smith, speaking in his first public appearance since Attorney General Merrick Garland assigned him to investigate former US President Donald Trump's alleged mishandling of classified documents; his comments came as US prosecutors unsealed a 37-count indictment against Donald Trump on Friday (as quoted on Reuters).


"It should be understood that the size of the problem is much bigger."
- Ukrainian Agriculture Minister Mykola Solsky in comments in which he said the Nova Kakhovka dam breech has inflicted "years" of damage to irrigation in the region and could turn at least 500,000 hectares of land left without irrigation into "deserts" (as quoted on Reuters).


"I believe that anyone who puts themselves over the constitution should never be president of the United States, and anyone who asked someone else to put them over the constitution should never be president of the United States again."
- Former Vice President Mike Pence, speaking as he launched his campaign to become president in Iowa in his most forceful condemnation to date of his former boss Donald Trump's role in the attack of 6th January, 2021, when the then-president's supporters stormed the US Congress to try to stop lawmakers from certifying Democrat Joe Biden's election victory (as quoted on Reuters).


"Some of the editors and journalists that are responsible for causing a lot of pain, upset and in some cases - perhaps inadvertently - death."
- Prince Harry, speaking during an appearance at the High Court in London on Tuesday where he and 100 others are suing Mirror Group Newspapers; his comment was made in a response to a question asking to whom he was referring when he wrote in a witness statement "How much more blood will stain their typing fingers before someone can put a stop to this madness?" (as quoted by Reuters)


"Vision Pro is a new kind of computer that augments reality by seamlessly blending the real world with the digital world. This is the first Apple product that you look through and not at."
-  Apple CEO Tim Cook announcing the release of the company's new mixed reality headset as its annual developer conference on Monday (as quoted on ABC News)


"It is completely the establishment. Establishment obviously means the military establishment, because they are really now openly - I mean, it's not even hidden now - they're just out in the open."
-  Pakistan's embattled former Prime Minister Imran Khan in comments to Reuters in which he accused the powerful military and its intelligence agency of openly trying to destroy his Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf political party, saying he had "no doubt" he would be tried in a military court and thrown in jail.


"You have become a blogger who screams and shouts off to the whole world about all the problems. Stop shouting, yelling and screaming."
- Adam Delimkhanov, a close ally of Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov, in public comments criticising Russia's most prominent mercenary Yevgeny Prigozhin; his comments drew a stern rebuke from a top Wagner fighter (as quoted on Reuters).


"The eleventh package of sanctions we are working on includes the option to go after those responsible for child abductions."
- Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte, speaking at a joint news conference with Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki in The Hague, in comments referrring to EU sanctions on Russia in connection with the Ukraine conflict (as quoted on Reuters).


“We are fortunate that a nuclear accident has not yet happened."
- Rafael Grossi, head of the International Atomic Energy Agency, in comments urging the UN Security Council to support five principles aimed at preventing a nuclear accident amid the war in Ukraine.


"Yes, it's obviously been a problem my entire career. It has never stopped. If anything, it's only gotten worse."
- World number 30 women's tennis player, American Sloane Stephens, who is Black, speaking about the problem of racism directed at athletes following her straight-sets victory over Karolina Pliskova in the French Open first round (as quoted on Reuters).


"There was a time in America that we were this way, fighting to the last person, we were going to be free or die."
- US Republican Senator Lindsay Graham, speaking to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy during a visit to Kyiv on Friday; Zelenskiy responded by saying "Now you are free. And we will be" (as quoted on Reuters).


 "Thanks and goodbye Tina. You were simply the best."
- From a note left at the gates of Tina Turner's home in Kuesnacht, Switzerland, where the music legend died on Wednesday at the age of 83 (as quoted on Reuters).


"General [Abdel Fattah] al-Burhan, General [Mohamed Hamdan] Dagalo, you must issue clear instructions, in no uncertain terms to all those under your command, that there is zero tolerance for sexual violence...civilians must be spared and you must stop this senseless violence now."
- Volker Turk, UN human rights chief in direct call to the two warring generals to stop sexual violence and spare the lives of civilians in Sudan, made in comments to reporters in Geneva, Switzerland (as quoted on Reuters).


"General [Abdel Fattah] al-Burhan, General [Mohamed Hamdan] Dagalo, you must issue clear instructions, in no uncertain terms to all those under your command, that there is zero tolerance for sexual violence...civilians must be spared and you must stop this senseless violence now."
- Volker Turk, UN human rights chief in direct call to the two warring generals to stop sexual violence and spare the lives of civilians in Sudan, made in comments to reporters in Geneva, Switzerland (as quoted on Reuters).


"If someone thinks I am going to die, calm down...I'm not going to die, guys. You'll have to struggle with me for a very long time to come."
- Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko, appearing in public on Tuesday and dismissing talk he was seriously ill, telling a meeting on health issues that he had been suffering from an adenovirus, which is a common cold virus (as quoted on Reuters).


"We cannot kick this can down the road."
- Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesu, head of the World Health Organization, in comments urging countries on Monday to carry out reforms needed to prepare for the next pandemic (as quoted on Reuters).


"It has been a tragedy but we can always recover strongly from crises."
- Italian Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni in comments in which she pledged to support the recovery of flood-hit areas of northern Italy on Sunday after returning early from the G7 summit in Japan to see the damage first-hand (as quoted on Reuters).


"Our commitment to continue tightening the screws on Russia remains as strong as it was last year."
- An unnamed US official who has told Reuters the G7 will unveil new sanctions and export controls targeting Russia over its war against Ukraine; the new moves are aimed at disrupting Russia's ability to get materials it needs for the battlefield, close loopholes used to evade sanctions, further reduce international reliance on Russian energy, and narrow Moscow's access to the international financial system, the official said (as reported on Reuters).


"After arduous searching by our military, we have found alive the four children who went missing after a plane crash in Guaviare. A joy for the country."
- Colombia's President Gustavo Petro, speaking after four children - aged 13, nine, four, and 11-months who came from an Indigenous community, were found alive in the south of the country more than two weeks after the plane they were traveling in crashed in thick jungle in Caqueta province (as quoted on Reuters).


"My discussions with the two leaders demonstrated that they are both ready to receive the African leaders and to have discussion on how this conflict can be brought to an end. Whether that will succeed or not is going to depend on the discussions that will be held."
- South African President Cyril Ramaphosa announcing on Tuesday that Russian President Vladimir Putin and Ukraine's Volodymyr Zelenskiy had agreed to meet a group of African leaders to discuss a potential peace plan for the conflict in Ukraine; details of the plan have not been publicly divulged (as quoted on Reuters).


"My discussions with the two leaders demonstrated that they are both ready to receive the African leaders and to have discussion on how this conflict can be brought to an end. Whether that will succeed or not is going to depend on the discussions that will be held."
- South African President Cyril Ramaphosa announcing on Tuesday that Russian President Vladimir Putin and Ukraine's Volodymyr Zelenskiy had agreed to meet a group of African leaders to discuss a potential peace plan for the conflict in Ukraine; details of the plan have not been publicly divulged (as quoted on Reuters).


"Persecutions, wars, atmospheric phenomena and dire poverty are among the most visible causes of forced migrations today. Migrants flee because of poverty, fear or desperation."
- Pope Francis, in an appeal to countries on Thursday to manage waves of migrants as best they can and to expand channels for their safe and regular movement, to mark the Catholic Church's annual World Day of Migrants and Refugee (as quoted on Reuters).


"Today, the world finally knows the truth. This victory is not just for me but for every woman who has suffered because she was not believed."
- Magazine writer E Jean Carroll who was awarded $US5 million after a New York jury on Tuesday found former US President Donald Trump had sexually abused her in the 1990s and later defamed her; Trump called the verdict "a disgrace" and said he had "no idea who this woman is" (as quoted on Reuters).


"It's Congress's job to do this. If they fail to do it, we will have an economic and financial catastrophe that will be of our own making."
- US Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen, in comments warning of the failure to raise the US debt ceiling (as quoted on the BBC).


"As my grandmother said when she was crowned, coronations are a declaration of our hopes for the future. And I know she's up there, fondly keeping an eye on us, and she'd be a very proud mother."
- Prince Wlliam, speaking at the "Coronation Concert" held at Windsor Castle on Sunday night following the coronation of King Charles III and Queen Camilla on Saturday (as quoted on Reuters).


"It's very unlikely, is our current assessment."
- US Director of National Intelligence Avril Haines speaking to the the Senate Armed Services Committee about the likelihood of Russia using nuclear weapons (as quoted on Reuters).


"[I]t's easy to forget that there are these protracted crises in Yemen, in many parts of Africa and, as I was so painfully reminded, in Syria. Of course, the ultimate goal is peace but while we wait for that to be brokered, humanitarian aid is absolutely vital and for governments to find cohesive bilateral solutions to these things and safe pathways for people."
- Actor Cate Blanchett, a goodwill ambassador for the UN refugee agency, UNHCR, speaking after a trip to Jordan last week in which she called for more support for countries hosting people forcibly displaced from their homes to prevent "a forgotten crisis." (as quoted on Reuters).


"We will never be silent in the face of unprecedented systemic attacks on women's and girls' rights."
- UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres speaking to reporters on Tuesday with regard to the ban on women working in Afghanistan, saying the ban imposed by the Taliban was a violation of human rights (as quoted on Reuters).


"I felt horror as if it was doomsday...When you see bodies scattered right and left, dismembered people, torched banks, you feel it is totally unsafe."
- Palestinian medical student Nour Kullab, speaking about her flight from Sudan's capital Khartoum at her family house in Khan Younis in the Gaza Strip, four days after returning (as quoted on Reuters).


“How sad and painful it is to see closed doors. The closed doors of our selfishness with regard to others; the closed doors of our individualism amid a society of growing isolation; the closed doors of our indifference towards the underprivileged and those who suffer; the doors we close towards those who are foreign or unlike us, towards migrants or the poor. Please, let us open those doors!”
- Pope Francis, speaking in a homily as he celebrated Mass on Budapest’s Kossuth Lajos Square during his visit to Hungary (as quoted on AP).


"Along with close Korea-US coordination, we need to speed up Korea-US-Japan trilateral security cooperation to counter increasing North Korean nuclear threats."
- South Korean President Yoon Suk Yeol in an address to US lawmakers on the fourth day of a state visit to mark the 70th anniversary of the US-South Korean alliance (as quoted on Reuters).


"We didn't believe that could happen. We were all caught by surprise and we paid a heavy price for it."
- Brazil's Defence Minister Jose Mucio, speaking about the 8th January riots in Brasilia, in which supporters of former President Jair Bolsonaro stormed government buildings, in an interview with Reuters in Portugal's capital Lisbon; the comments come as the Brazilian Congress opens an inquiry into the events of 8th January.


"Apologising is sometimes the easiest thing to do: you apologise, turn your back, and the job is done."
- Portugal's President Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa  in comments on Tuesday in which he said his country should apologise and take responsibility for its role in the transatlantic slave trade in what would be the first time a leader of the southern European nation has suggested such a national apology (as quoted on Reuters).


“We face unprecedented and interlocking crises. Tensions between major powers are at an historic high, so are the risks of conflict, through misadventure or miscalculation. It is time to deepen cooperation and to strengthen multilateral institutions, to find common solutions to common challenges."
- UN Secretary General António Guterres addressing the UN Security Council on Monday.


"All of this suffering compounds an already dire situation – one-third of Sudan’s population, nearly 16 million people, already needed humanitarian assistance to meet basic human needs before this outbreak of violence."
- Samantha Power, head of the US Agency for International Development, speaking as she announced the deployment of a team of disaster response experts for Sudan in the region to coordinate the humanitarian response as fighting rocks the country (as quoted on Reuters).


"The impacts of climate change will be felt the most by those who have contributed the least to the problem, including developing nations. As large economies and large emitters, we must step up and support these economies."
- US President Joe Biden, speaking during a virtual meeting of the Major Economies Forum on Energy and Climate on Thursday with leaders from the world's largest economies (as quoted on Reuters).


"There is another new front opening, as we see more and more adversaries able to buy and sell sophisticated cyber tools and spyware like Pegasus...These are the types of tools that we used to only see in a handful of powerful state actors, and which can cause serious damage."
- Senior British minister Oliver Dowden told a National Cybersecurity Centre conference in Belfast on Wednesday, in comments referring to spyware made by Israel's NSO Group (as quoted on Reuters).


"He's in a combative mood. He is ready to defend himself and to show that he is innocent."
- Tatiana Nozhkina, lawyer to US journalist Evan Gershkovich, speaking outside a Moscow court after it rejected an appeal for Gershkovich to be freed from pre-trial detention (as quoted on Reuters).


"We urge Russian Federation authorities to release those they hold on political grounds, and to end the draconian crackdown on freedom of expression, including against members of the media."
- A joint statement issued by the United States and more than 40 other countries in which they said were deeply concerned over Russia's detainment of Wall Street Journal reporter Evan Gershkovich and protested Moscow's "efforts to limit and intimidate the media" (as quoted on Reuters).


"Deeply alarmed by armed clashes in Sudan. Fullest solidarity with people of Sudan who deserve better. Voice of reason urgently needed to stop violence & revert to earlier promising path towards peace & civilian transition."
- Volker Türk, the UN human rights chief, in a tweet made after fighting broke out between the army and paramilitary RSF in Sudan on the weekend.


"His health is not a good condition. We can't rule out the idea that he is being poisoned, not in a huge dosage as before, but in small ones so that he doesn't die immediately but for him to suffer and to ruin his health."
- Kira Yarmysh, spokeswoman for Alexei Navalny, Russia's most prominent opposition politician, in comments in which she stated Navalny was suffering from severe stomach pain; the  Kremlin said it was not following the state of his health and that it was a matter for the federal penitentiary service (as quoted on Reuters).


“With more than 20,000 deaths recorded on this route since 2014, I fear that these deaths have been normalised. States must respond. Delays and gaps in State-led [search and rescue] are costing human lives."
- International Organization for Migration Director General, António Vitorino, speaking as the organisation said more than 400 migrants died while attempting to cross the central Mediterranean between January and March of this year, making it the deadliest first quarter on record since 2017.


“Although Somalis make virtually no contribution to climate change, the Somalis are among the greatest victims. Nearly five million people are experiencing high levels of acute food insecurity.  And of course, rising prices make matters worse.  So, I call on donors and I call on the international community to step up their support."
- UN Secretary-General António Guterres, speaking in the Somali capital, Mogadishu, during a visit to the country.


"Journalism is not a crime. We condemn the Kremlin’s continued repression of independent voices in Russia, and its ongoing war against the truth."
- US State Department spokesperson Vedant Patel in a statement made as the US on Monday determined that Russia has "wrongfully detained" American Wall Street Journal reporter Evan Gershkovich (as quoted on Reuters).


"You can be anxious, sensitive, kind, and wear your heart on your sleeve. You can be a mother or not, an ex-Mormon or not. A nerd, a crier, a hugger, you can be all of these things and not only can you be here, you can lead just like me."
- Former New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, in a final address to parliament after she stepped down having led the nation through the COVID-19 pandemic and a terror attack in Christchurch (as quoted on Reuters).


"I congratulate all the people of Finland. Russian aggression clearly proves that only collective guarantees, only preventive guarantees, can be reliable."
- Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy, speaking evening address after Finland formally joined NATO (as quoted on Reuters).


"There can be no justification...for arbitrarily detaining civilians and persons out of combat and subjecting them to abuse, torture, and murder...That is why the prosecution brought this case, to vindicate the rule of law and the principle that nobody is above the law, even during wartime."
- Prosecutor Alex Whiting, speaking as the trial of former Kosovo President Hashim Thaci began in The Hague at which Thaci pleaded innocent to charges of war crimes and crimes against humanity (as quoted on Reuters).


“The risk of a nuclear weapon being used is currently higher than at any time since the depths of the cold war. The war in Ukraine represents the most acute example of that risk.”
- Izumi Nakamitsu, UN High Representative for Disarmament Affairs, speaking to the UN Security Council on Friday.


"In particular, the relationship between Taiwan and the United States is closer than ever."
-  Taiwan's President Tsai Ing-wen, speaking to supporters during a stopover in New York on her way to Central America which, according to Taipei and Washington, has not triggered unusual military actions by China (as quoted on Reuters).


"Today, exactly six years after Britain started its exit from the European Union, we are opening a new chapter in our relations."
-  German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier in a speech made as King Charles III visits Germany in his first state visit abroad since ascending the throne last year; in his speech, the King spoke of the "enduring value" of the relationship between the UK and Germany and said he would do all he could to strengthen connections (as quoted on Reuters).


"We must invest in the African ingenuity and creativity, which will unlock incredible economic growth and opportunities, not only for the people of the 54 countries that make up this diverse continent, but for the American people and people around the world."
- US Vice President Kamala Harris in a speech to thousands of young Ghanaians on Tuesday in Accra on women's empowerment; she also toured a coastal building that was the last stop for Africans sold into the transatlantic slave trade (as quoted on Reuters).


“It is incumbent on us to fight slavery’s legacy of racism. The most powerful weapon in our arsenal is education...”
-  UN Secretary-General António Guterres, speaking as the UN General Assembly met to mark the International Day of Remembrance of the Victims of Slavery and the Transatlantic Slave Trade.


“The war has taken a heavy toll on civilians, with acts of hostilities killing groups of individuals and in some cases multiple members of the same families at once."
- From the summary of a new report from the UN human rights office, speaking in reference to the conflict in Ukraine.


"If Europe waits, the evil may have time to regroup and prepare for years of war. It is in your power to prevent this."
- Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy, speaking in a video address to EU leaders on Thursday in which he urged Europe to increase and speed up supplies of modern weaponry and impose tougher sanctions on Russia, saying otherwise the war could drag on for years (as quoted on Reuters).


"Water is in deep trouble. We are draining humanity’s lifeblood through vampiric overconsumption and unsustainable use, and evaporating it through global heating. We’ve broken the water cycle, destroyed ecosystems and contaminated groundwater.” 
- UN General Secretary Antonio Guterres, speaking at the opening of the three day UN Water Conference at UN headquarters in New York City.


“Like a virus, racism mutates and adapts itself to different times and contexts. It is said that ‘racism is like a Cadillac, there is a new model every year’. In fact, its manifestations and symptoms may change, but the breadth of its harm remains intact."
- UN General Assembly President Csaba Kőrösi, speaking at the annual ceremony to mark the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination, held on 21st March to remember the 1960 Sharpeville Massacre in apartheid South Africa. 


"[Myanmar's military junta] have less control of the country than they did at the beginning of this coup. We could make a very significant difference if we increased our support and we coordinated that support...I think it would make a world of difference."
- Thomas Andrews, United Nations Special Rapporteur on the human rights situation in Myanmar, in comments on Monday in which he called on the international community to coordinate sanctions to counter the abuses perpetrated by the South-East Asian country's military (as quoted on Reuters).


"We have no contract with a dictator. We would be happy to volunteer when the democracy is safeguarded." 
- From a letter circulated to the Israeli media in which 450 protesters describing themselves as volunteer reservists from military special forces and another 200 as volunteer reservist offensive cyber operators, including from the Mossad and Shin Bet intelligence agencies, said they were now refusing call-ups in protest at the Israeli Government's planned judicial overhaul (as quoted on Reuters).


"Switzerland's adoption of crime of aggression in its legislation would allow it to step up the fight against impunity for the gravest crimes under international law."
- A statement from the Swiss Parliament after a bill allowing for the prosecution of the perpetrators of crimes of aggressionwas passed with 127 votes in favour and 53 against (as quoted on Reuters).


"I dedicate all my contribution to honest and courageous people, wherever they live, who find the strength day after day to resist the monster of dictatorship and its constant companion - war."
- Jailed Russian opposition politician Alexei Navalny on Wednesday in comments made as director Daniel Roher's film Navalny - about the poisoning that nearly killed Russia's most prominent opposition figure and his detention upon returning to Moscow in 2021 - won the Oscar for best feature documentary on Sunday (as quoted on Reuters).


“The national duty to investigate torture is alarmingly, universally, under-implemented."
- Alice Edwards, UN special rapporteur on torture and other cruel, inhuman, or degrading treatment or punishment, in comments in which she urged states to act as "primary responders" to incidents of torture to ensure justice on behalf of victims; the comments were made as she presented a report to the UN Human Rights Council in which she pointed at a “glaring gap” between the promise and reality of the international prohibition of torture.


"For the first time ever it will mean three fleets of submarines working together across the Atlantic and Pacific keeping our oceans free...for decades to come."
- UK Prime Minister Rishi Sunak, speaking as the leaders of the US, Australia and Britain on Monday unveiled details of a plan to provide Australia with nuclear-powered attack submarines at a US naval base in San Diego; the move is part of an effort to counter China's ambitions in the Indo-Pacific (as quoted on Reuters).


“These 48 million people do include as many as 129,000 who are facing catastrophe; and catastrophe, that means they are facing starvation and literally looking death in the eyes."
- Veteran WHO worker Liesbeth Aelbrecht, speaking about the situation in the Horn of Africa.


"It is wrong, it is harsh, it undermines our democratic foundations. And therefore it must be replaced with another, agreed upon outline immediately."
- Israel's President Isaac Herzog in comments referring to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu government's plans to overhaul the judiciary in Israel; a move which has sparked weeks of mass protests in the nation (as quoted on Reuters).


"Status quo cannot be acceptable. We need to move forward."
- Geir Otto Pedersen, United Nations special envoy for Syria, in comments to reporters in Geneva, Switzerland, in which he urged warring sides in Syria and the international community to revive efforts to find a political solution to a conflict that has devastated the country over more than a decade (as quoted on Reuters).


"Contempt for the human being reaches agonizing levels when war breaks out, and violence becomes a daily occurrence. One quarter of humanity is living today in places affected by conflict, and it is civilians who suffer the most. Peace is precious and it is fragile – and we must nurture it."
-  Volker Türk, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, in an annual report to the 52nd session of the Human Rights Council on the activities of his office and and recent human rights developments.


"Removing one's hijab is equivalent to showing enmity to the Islamic Republic and its values. People who engage in such an abnormal act will be punished."
-  Iran's Judiciary Chief Gholamhossein Mohseni Ejei in comments Monday reported by the official IRNA news agency; the comments come after months of unrest triggered by the death of Mahsa Amini that brought a deadly security crackdown (as quoted on Reuters).


“Systems are stretched or non-existent – from health and education to social protection, infrastructure, and job creation. And it is only getting worse."
- UN Secretary-General António Guterres speaking to the Fifth UN Conference on the Least Developed Countries in Doha, Qatar, in comments in which he also said the global financial system is extremely unfair to LDCs.


"Gathering covert intelligence is difficult – but had we managed to seize the slim chance we had, those impacted might not have experienced such appalling loss and trauma."
- Ken McCallum, MI5's director general, in a statement in which he also said he was "profoundly sorry" that his service had not prevented a deadly 2017 suicide bombing at the end of an Ariana Grande pop concert in Manchester in which 22 people died and more than 200 were injured (as quoted on Reuters).


"We need to get Ukraine compensated from Russian Federation as much as possible...It should be decent compensation for everything, for energy, for energy infrastructure, for every single human being, for environment, for whatever what was destroyed and affected."
- Polish Climate Minister Anna Moskwa, speaking at an energy conference in Croatia's capital of Zagreb (as quoted on Reuters).


"[I]ran's nuclear progress since we left the JCPOA [Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action] has been remarkable. Back in 2018, when the previous administration decided to leave the JCPOA it would have taken Iran about 12 months to produce one bomb's worth of fissile material. Now it would take about 12 days."
- Under Secretary of Defense for Policy Colin Kahl speaking to a House of Representatives hearing on Tuesday, 28th February, 2023 (as quoted on Reuters).


"I'm pleased to report that we have now made a decisive breakthrough. This is the beginning of a new chapter in our relationship."
- British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak, speaking after the UK struck a new deal with the European Union on post-Brexit trade rules for Northern Ireland on Monday (as quoted on Reuters).


"Most members strongly condemned the war in Ukraine and stressed that it is causing immense human suffering and exacerbating existing fragilities in the global economy."
- A statement from issued by G20 finance ministers following a meeting chaired by India which Russia and China declined to sign (as quoted on Reuters).


"Today we are not commemorating a year of war, but we are celebrating a year of resistance to aggression, a year of courage, a year of mutual assistance and rescue of each other, a year of humanity, and a year of friendship."
- Olena Zelenska, the wife of Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy, remotely addressing an anniversary event in Vilnius, Lithuania, to mark the first anniversary of the war in Ukraine (as quoted on Reuters)


“Repositories of Ukrainian literature, museums, and historical archives – are being destroyed, and there is a widespread narrative of demonisation and denigration of Ukrainian culture and identity promoted by Russian officials...Let us be clear: the Ukrainian people have a right to their identity. Nobody can violate this right.” 
- UN-appointed independent rights experts in a statement in which they said the targeted destruction of Ukraine’s culture must stop.


"One year ago, the world was bracing for the fall of Kyiv. I can report: Kyiv stands strong, Kyiv stands proud, it stands tall and, most important, it stands free."
- US President Joe Biden, speaking in Warsaw, Poland, following a surprise visit to Kyiv (as quoted on Reuters)


"This visit of the US President to Ukraine, the first for 15 years, is the most important visit in the entire history of Ukraine-US relations." 
- President Volodymyr Zelenskiy, speaking at US President Joe Biden made a surprise visit to Kyiv (as quoted on Reuters).


"The United States strongly opposes these unilateral measures which exacerbate tensions, harm trust between the parties and undermine the geographic viability of the two-state solution."
-  White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre, referrring to Israel's decision to expand Jewish settlements in occupied Palestinian territory; the US also described as "unhelpful" a push for the UN Security Council to denounce the move (as quoted on Reuters).


“[A]fter a good deal of thought, I’ve decided to pursue new challenges”.
- World Bank president David Malpass announcing in a statement on Wednesday his decision to step down from the post before the expiry of his five year term (as quoted on The Guardian).


"It's already a miracle. After seven days, they are there with no water, no food and in good condition."
- Burcu Baldauf, head of a Turkish voluntary healthcare team in the city of Kahramanmaras where rescuers were digging a tunnel to reach a grandmother, mother and baby trapped in a room in the remains of a three-storey building (as quoted on Reuters).


"I think it is difficult to estimate precisely as we need to get under the rubble but I'm sure it will double or more."
- UN emergency relief coordinator Martin Griffiths, speaking to Sky News on Saturday, 11th February, as the death toll from the Turkey-Syria earthquake topped 28,000 (as quoted on France24).


"We are in the grip of a profound energy crisis. The crisis has progressively evolved to affect every part of society. We must act to lessen the impact of the crisis on farmers, on small businesses, on our water infrastructure and our transport network."
- South African President Cyril Ramaphosa in his annual State of the Nation Address to parliament on Thursday in which he declared a national "state of disaster" over his country's crippling power shortages, saying they posed an existential threat to the economy and social fabric (as quoted on Reuters).


"The world should completely calm down from the fear that there are new variants or special variants circulating [in China]."
 - Leading Chinese scientist George Gao, speaking after a paper by Gao and colleagues published in the Lancet medical journal on Wednesday showed that no new variants had emerged in the initial weeks of China's recent outbreak (as quoted on Reuters).


"Attempts by the International Olympic Committee to bring Russian athletes back into the Olympic Games are attempts to tell the whole world that terror is somehow acceptable."
 - Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy in comments in which he said Russian athletes should not be allowed to compete in the 2024 Olympics (as quoted on Reuters).


"Combatting terror must never be used as an excuse for trampling on people’s human rights. We need to firmly ground all counter-terrorism policies and initiatives within human rights."
 - UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres in comments made to the Ninth Meeting of the United Nations Global Counter-Terrorism Coordination Compact in New York on 25th January, 2023.


"We started to see coups d'etat, which we thought was something in the past. We started to see this phenomenon of the strongman...It's something we need to fight back against."
- Sudanese-British billionaire Mo Ibrahim in comments made as his foundation launched its Index of African Governance on Wednesday, warning that advances in human development and economic opportunities were undermined by worsening security and widespread democratic backsliding (as quoted on Reuters)


"We are sickened by today's tragedy in Half Moon Bay. There are simply too many guns in this country and there has to be a change."
- Dave Pine, president of the San Mateo County Board of Supervisors, in a statement made after a man shot dead seven former co-workers in the coastal city of Half Moon Bay south of San Francisco - the third mass shooting in eight days in the California (as quoted on the BBC).


"Our nation is on the cusp of whether it can maintain its societal functions...It is now or never when it comes to policies regarding births and child-rearing - it is an issue that simply cannot wait any longer."
- Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida in comments on 23rd January, 2023, in which he pledged to take urgent steps to tackle the country's declining birth rate (as quoted on Reuters).


"I want this to be clear: there will be no return to what used to be in the past, to the way various people close to state institutions or those who spent their entire lives chasing a chair used to live."
- Ukraine's President Volodymyr Zelenskiy speaking in his nightly address on Sunday in comments in which he said that corruption, a chronic problem in the country which has been cast into the background by the war against Russia, would not be tolerated and promised forthcoming key decisions on uprooting it this week (as quoted on Reuters).


"Politicians are human. We give all that we can, for as long as we can, and then it's time. And for me, it’s time."
- New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announcing her resignation on 19th January, 2023 (as quoted on Reuters).


"We made an elementary mistake, my intelligence did not exist [that day]. We have Army intelligence, Air Force intelligence, ABIN [Brazil's Intelligence Agency]; none of them warned me."
- Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva speaking to TV channel GloboNews on 18th January, 2023, in comments in which he said his intelligence services failed on 8th January, when Brasilia buildings were stormed by supporters of far-right former President Jair Bolsonaro (as quoted on Reuters).


"The reaction of Iran regime is atrocious and horrible and they are trampling over fundamental human rights...We are looking indeed at a new round of sanctions and I would support also listing the Revolutionary Guards. I have heard several ministers asking for that and I think they are right."
- European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen speaking to reporters on the sidelines of the World Economic Forum in the Swiss ski resort of Davos (as quoted on Reuters).


"We have not won the war, we have not defeated the mafia but this battle was a key battle to win, and it is a heavy blow to organised crime."
- Italian Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni, who travelled to Sicily to congratulate police chiefs after the arrest of Italy's most wanted mafia boss, Matteo Messina Denaro, in Palermo, Sicily on Monday (as quoted on Reuters).


"May God help us find several of them. I think the number of dead will be in the dozens."
- Borys Filatov, mayor of the city of Dnipro, speaking as rescuers worked to pull survivors from the wreckage of an apartment building in the Ukrainian city of Dnipro that was hit by a Russian missile strike on Saturday (as quoted on Reuters).


"Our male staff cannot go to widows, single mothers and their children, to all of the vulnerable female groups here and thereby were prevented from doing all work."
- Jan Egeland, secretary general of the Norwegian Refugee Council, speaking with regard to a letter he intends writing to the Taliban in Kandahar, Afghanistan, asking them to overturn a policy banning female NGO workers; the NGO has suspended all work in Afghanistan as a result of the ban (as quoted on Reuters).


"It's just lie after lie after lie. It became a pattern."
-  Joseph Cairo Jr, Republican Party chairman in Nassau County, among a group of Republicans who publicly called for embattled US Representative George Santos to step down on Wednesday over claims he's made about his career and history; Santos said he has no plans to do so (as quoted on Reuters).


"It is very clear that the present system is biased...The system was conceived by a group of rich countries and naturally it basically benefits rich countries."
- UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres in comments on Monday in which he called for sweeping reform of the international financial system to allow for low-income countries vulnerable to climate calamities to receive adequate funding from richer nations (as quoted on Reuters).


“We urge all CEOs and leaders of social media to fully assume their responsibility to respect human rights and address racial hatred.”
- More than two dozen UN-appointed independent human rights experts in a statement in which they said Twitter's Elon Musk, Meta’s Mark Zuckerberg, Alphabet head Sundar Pichai, Apple’s Tim Cook, “and CEOs of other social media platforms” should “centre human rights, racial justice, accountability, transparency, corporate social responsibility and ethics, in their business model".


"These vandals, who we could call fanatical Nazis, fanatical Stalinists...fanatical fascists, did what has never been done in the history of this country. All these people who did this will be found and they will be punished."
- Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva in comments responding to an invasion of the country's Congress, presidential palace and Supreme Court on Sunday by supporters of ousted President Jair Bolsonaro (as quoted on Reuters).


"They now want to use Christmas as a cover, albeit briefly, to stop the advances of our boys in Donbas and bring equipment, ammunitions and mobilised troops closer to our positions."
- Ukraine's President Volodymyr Zelenskiy in comments responding tp Vladimir Putin's call for a "Christmas truce" in Ukraine (as quoted on Reuters).


“We continue to ask China for more rapid, regular, reliable data on hospitalisations and deaths, as well as more comprehensive, real-time viral sequencing...With circulation in China so high and comprehensive data not forthcoming...it is understandable that some countries are taking steps they believe will protect their own citizens."
- World Health Organization Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus speaking in a virtual briefing on Wednesday in comments address the COVID-19 outbreak in  China.


“We all mourn with the entire Roman Catholic Church. At the heart of his spiritual leadership was the promotion of a culture of peace and global solidarity."
- From a letter of condolence sent by World Council of Churches General Secretary Rev Prof Dr Jerry Pillay to Cardinal Kurt Koch upon the death of Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI.


"With deep feeling, we recall his person, so noble, so gentle. And we feel in the heart so much gratitude: gratitude to God for having given him to the church and to the world. Gratitude to him, for all the good he did, and above all for his witness of faith and of prayer, especially in these last years of withdrawn life."
- Pope Francis, speaking of the passing of Pope Benedict XVI during his homily at a New Year's Eve Vespers service in St Peter's Basilica (as quoted by AP)


"An inspiration for so many millions, a reference from yesterday, today, forever. The affection he always showed for me was reciprocal in every moment we shared, even from a distance. He will never be forgotten and his memory will live on forever in each of us football lovers. Rest in peace, King Pele."
- Portugal football star Cristiano Ronaldo in a tribute posted to Brazilian football legend Pele, who has died at the age of 82, posted on Instagram (as quoted on BBC)


"We call on everyone to exercise maximum restraint, to take immediate action to unconditionally de-escalate the situation, and to refrain from provocations, threats or intimidation."
- EU and United States said in a joint statement issued amid escalating tensions in Kosovo's north with local Serbs over its 2008 independence; at least three crossings on the Kosovo-Serbia border have been closed (as quoted on Reuters).


"We're doing everything possible to stop them from taking the dangerous voyages."
- Bangladesh’s Refugee Relief and Repatriation Commissioner Mohammad Mizanur Rahman, speaking to Reuters on Monday; at least 20 Rohingya Muslims died at sea this week and hundreds more have landed in Indonesia (as quoted on Reuters).


"Naturally, shortages persist. Blackouts are continuing. The situation as of this evening in different regions of Ukraine is that nearly nine million people are without electricity. But the numbers and the length of the blackouts are gradually decreasing."
- Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy speaking on Monday, 26th December, with regard to the ongoing Russian attacks on Ukrainian infrastructure (as quoted on Reuters)


"To understand what the Ukrainians are going through, I ask all Italians to switch off all energy sources for one hour a day."
- Italian Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni in comments on Thursday calling for Italians to switch off gas and electricity for an hour a day in solidarity with Ukraine, which has been under Russian attack for 10 months (as quoted on Reuters)


"We estimate that probably as many as 20 have died...some from hunger and thirst, and others jumped overboard in desperation. This is absolutely awful and outrageous."
-  Chris Lewa, director of the Arakan Project, which works to support Myanmar's Rohingyas, speaking in reference to a boat carrying at least 100 ethnic Rohingya that has been stranded at sea for two weeks off India's coast (as quoted on Reuters).


"I assume all responsibility for what took place on June 30. I've been following the prosecution's attempts to confirm this charge by presenting videos and witnesses, and I listen and enjoy it."
- Former Sudanese leader Omar al-Bashir in a statement to a court in Khartoum, Sudan, in which he said he took full responsibility for the events in 1989 that brought him to power, speaking at a trial in which he stands charged with leading a military coup.


"The invitation is open. But there is a price of entry and the price of entry is non-negotiable - credible, serious and new climate action and nature-based solutions that will move the needle forward and respond to the urgency of the climate crisis."
- United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres in comments referring to  a "no-nonsense" climate ambition summit he intends convening next September, warning that there will be "no room for back-sliders, greenwashers, blame-shifters" or a repackaging of old pledges (as quoted on Reuters).


"The invitation is open. But there is a price of entry and the price of entry is non-negotiable - credible, serious and new climate action and nature-based solutions that will move the needle forward and respond to the urgency of the climate crisis."
- United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres in comments referring to  a "no-nonsense" climate ambition summit he intends convening next September, warning that there will be "no room for back-sliders, greenwashers, blame-shifters" or a repackaging of old pledges (as quoted on Reuters).


"We'll never see anything like this again."
- Former England defender Rio Ferdinand summing up what many believe was one of the greatest finals in World Cup history as Argentina won their third FIFA World Cup, scoring four to two over France in a penalty shootout after the scores were tied at 3-3 (as quoted on the BBC).


"Additional strikes could lead to a further serious deterioration in the humanitarian situation and spark more displacement."
- UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Volker Turk in a speech to the Human Rights Council following a trip to Ukraine last week in which he said Russian strikes were exposing millions of people to "extreme hardship", calling the war an "unmitigated tragedy and disaster" (as quoted on Reuters).


"On an all-for-all exchange, it has happened in the past, it is a known practice, and it can happen in the Russia-Ukraine international conflict as well."
- Mirjana Spoljaric, head of the International Committee of the Red Cross, in comments in which she said a major prisoner of war swap deal was a "possibility" in the Ukraine-Russia conflict (as quoted on Reuters).


"This is a historic achievement...over the past 60 years thousands of people have contributed to this endeavour and it took real vision to get us here."
- Dr Kim Budil, director of the National Ignition Facility at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory in California, US, speaking in reference to news researchers have been able to produce more energy from a fusion experiment than was put in, promising a potential source of near-limitless clean energy in what is being seen as a major breakthrough (as quoted on the BBC).


"Nobody knows how many, but there will be hundreds of thousands more [leaving Ukraine] as the horrific and unlawful bombing of civilian infrastructure makes life unliveable in too many places. So I fear that the crisis in Europe will deepen and that will overshadow equally crises in other places of the world."
- Jan Egeland, head of the Norwegian Refugee Council, speaking to Reuters about an expected increase in refugees from Ukraine.


"I know exactly what kind of Ukraine would suit Russia and Putin - a dependent dictatorship. The same as today's Belarus, where the voice of the oppressed people is ignored and disregarded."
- Natallia Pinchuk, the wife of jailed Belarusian Nobel Peace Prize laureate Ales Byalyatski - who won the 2022 Nobel Peace Prize in October with Russian rights group Memorial and Ukraine's Center for Civil Liberties - speaking as she received the prize on her husband's behalf on Saturday (as quoted on Reuters).


"Truth be told, no matter how I tried, no matter how good I was, no matter what I did, they were still going to find a way to destroy me."
- Meghan, wife of Prince Harry, speaking in a new Netflix documentary series, in which Harry also said the British royal family had dismissed race-related hounding of his wife and drew comparisons between how papers had treated Meghan and the intense media intrusion that his mother Princess Diana had suffered (as quoted on Reuters).


“There is an epidemic of hate facing our country. We’re seeing a rapid rise in anti-Semitic rhetoric and acts. Let me be clear: Words matter. People are no longer saying the quiet parts out loud. They are literally screaming them.”
- Doug Emhoff, the husband of Vice President Kamala Harris, speaking as the Second Gentleman, who is Jewish, hosted a White House discussion anti-Semitism and combating hate with Jewish leaders representing the Reform, Conservative and Orthodox denominations of the faith (as quoted on AP).


"Profound knowledge of the past is essential to understand historical facts and developments and to see their impact on human beings and communities as clearly and honestly as possible."
- Dutch King Willem-Alexander in a statement announcing he has commissioned an independent research into the role of the royal family in the colonial past of the Netherlands (as quoted in Reuters).


"Now is not the time to be lifting sanctions on the Russians or the Belarusians. The sanctions remain very much in place."
- International Olympic Committee spokesman Mark Adams, speaking as the qualifying process for the Paris 2024 Summer Olympics go full swing over the next 18 months (as quoted on Reuters).


"Diplomacy is obviously everyone's objective but you have to have a willing partner. And it's very clear, whether it's the energy attacks, whether it's the rhetoric out of the Kremlin and the general attitude, that Putin is not sincere or ready for that."
- US Under Secretary for Political Affairs Victoria Nuland, speaking after meeting with President Volodymyr Zelenskiy and other senior Ukrainian officials in Kyiv (as quoted on Reuters).


"The US asked us to re-evaluate. We conveyed to them our sensitivities and thoughts, and asked them to keep their promises. We emphasised that they should understand us."
- Turkish Defence Minister Hulusi Akar in comments calling on the United States on Thursday to show understanding over a possible new Turkish military operation in Syria, after Washington voiced its "strong opposition" to such a move (as quoted on Reuters).


"Comrade Jiang Zemin's death is an incalculable loss to our Party and our military and our people of all ethnic groups."
- A letter to the Chinese people by the ruling Communist Party, parliament, Cabinet and the military in reference to former Chinese President Jiang Zemin, who led the country for a decade of rapid economic growth after the Tiananmen crackdown in 1989, after he died on Wednesday at the age of 96 (as quoted on Reuters)


"Judicial examination of the atrocities committed in Ukraine will take years, perhaps even decades. But we will be well prepared – and we will persist for as long as it takes."
- German Justice Minister Marco Buschmann in a statement as G7 nations agreed on Tuesday to set up a network to coordinate investigations into war crimes, as part of a push to prosecute suspected atrocities in Ukraine (as quoted on Reuters)


"Doing that when we enter winter demonstrates that President [Vladimir] Putin is now trying to use...the winter as a weapon of war against Ukraine."
- NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg in comments to reporters in whiuch he said Russia will likely continue attacking Ukraine's power grid, its gas infrastructure and basic services for the people" (as quoted on Reuters)


"We will never compromise on good governance, the anti-corruption drive, judicial independence and the welfare of ordinary Malaysians."
- Incoming Malaysian Prime Minister Anwar Ibrahim in a late evening address hours after he was sworn in by the King who appointed him following an inconclusive election (as quoted on Reuters)


"Russia must be isolated at all levels and held accountable in order to end its long-standing policy of terrorism in Ukraine and across the globe."
- Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy in a post on Twitter in which he welcomed the European Parliament's decision to designate Russia a state sponsor of terrorism arguing that its military strikes on Ukrainian civilian targets such as energy infrastructure, hospitals, schools and shelters violated international law (as quoted on Reuters).


"The promotion of revisionism ideas in Hungary does not contribute to the development of Ukrainian-Hungarian relations and does not comply with the principles of European policy."
- Ukrainian ministry spokesperson Oleg Nikolenko in a post on Facebook in reference to an incident in which Prime Minister Viktor Orban went to a football match wearing a scarf depicting some Ukrainian territory as part of Hungary (as quoted on Reuters).


"[North Korea's] actions demand a united and robust response by the international community."
- Foreign ministers of the United States, Japan, Canada, Germany, Britain, France and Italy in a statement in response to the latest intercontinental ballistic missile launch by North Korea (as quoted on Reuters).


“The most effective way to rebuild trust is by finding an ambitious and credible agreement on loss and damage and financial support to developing countries. The time for talking on loss and damage finance is over. We need action."
- UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, speaking as COP27 in Egypt is scheduled to wrap-up on Friday with countries still divided on numerous significant issues including that of ‘loss and damage’.


"This is not Ukraine's fault. Russia bears ultimate responsibility as it continues its illegal war against Ukraine."
- NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg speaking at a press conference in Brussels in reference to a missile that killed two in Poland (as quoted on Reuters).


"It is not lost on us that, as world leaders meet at the G20 in Bali to discuss the issues of significant importance to the lives and livelihoods of people around the world, Russia again threatens those lives and destroys Ukraine’s critical infrastructure. These Russian strikes will serve to only deepen the concerns among the G20 about the destabilising impact of Putin’s war."
- White House national security adviser Jake Sullivan in a statement condemning Russia's missile attacks on Ukraine on Tuesday (as quoted on Reuters).


"Action – or inaction – by the G20 will determine whether every member of our human family has a chance to live sustainably and peacefully, on a healthy planet."
- UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres, speaking on the Indonesian island of Bali ahead of the annual Group of 20 summit, a week after he warned a UN climate conference in Egypt that the world was "on a highway to climate hell with our foot on the accelerator" (as quoted on Reuters).


"Investigators have already documented more than 400 Russian war crimes. Bodies of dead civilians and servicemen have been found."
- Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy in his nightly address on Sunday, 13th November, in which he accused Russia of war crimes in Kherson (as quoted on Reuters).


"I believe that ending Russia's war is a moral imperative. It is also the single best thing we can do to help the global economy. This is a view that is broadly shared among policymakers of the world's major economies."
- US Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen in comments she's expected to make on Friday at a Microsoft India research facility near New Delhi in India (as quoted on Reuters).


"The American people have made clear, I think, that they expect Republicans to be prepared to work with me as well."
- US President Joe Biden in comments in which he vowed to work with Republicans after results for the US midterms show the Democrats outperformed expectations but that the Republicans are expected to win control of the House of Representatives (as quoted on Reuters).


"[Alaa Abd el-Fattah] is in great danger. His dry hunger strike puts his life at acute risk."
-  UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Volker Turk in a statement about Abd el-Fattah, a prominent Egyptian-British activist and blogger, who was sentenced in December, 2021, to five years in jail in Egypt on charges of spreading false news and has been on a hunger strike for 220 days against his detention and prison conditions. (as quoted on Reuters).


"We have a credibility problem all of us: We're talking and we're starting to act, but we're not doing enough...We have to move beyond the era of fossil fuel colonialism."
- Former US Vice President Al Gore in a speech at the COP27 climate conference on Monday in which he criticised developed nations' pursuit of gas resources in Africa (as quoted on Reuters).


"Like all companies, Twitter needs to understand the harms associated with its platform and take steps to address them. Respect for our shared human rights should set the guardrails for the platform's use and evolution."
- UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Volker Türk, in an open letter to Elon Musk, the new owner of Twitter Inc, urging him to "ensure human rights are central to the management of Twitter" (as quoted on Reuters).


"Based on the evaluation of the results available to date and the information provided by Ukraine, the agency did not find any indications of undeclared nuclear activities and materials at the locations."
- Vienna-based International Atomic Energy Agency said in a statement made after it's inspectors examined three sites in Ukraine following a request from Kyiv's in response to Russian allegations that work was being done on a "dirty bomb" (as quoted on Reuters).


"Targeting Albanians (as some shamefully did when fighting for Brexit) as the cause of Britain’s crime and border problems makes for easy rhetoric but ignores hard fact. Repeating the same things and expecting different results is insane (ask Einstein!)"
- Albania's Prime Minister Edi Rama in a tweet made after British ministers said that Albanians were behind a surge in arrivals by small boats across the English Channel and that many of them were involved in organised crime and seeking to abuse Britain's modern slavery laws.


"[A] reliable and long-term defence is needed for the grain corridor. Russia must clearly be made aware that it will receive a tough response from the world to any steps to disrupt our food exports. At issue here clearly are the lives of tens of millions of people."
- Ukraine's President Volodymyr Zelenskiy in comments made during his nightly address; they come after Russia suspended its involvement in a US-brokered deal on the export of grain from Ukraine (as quoted on Reuters).


"I will govern for 215 million Brazilians, and not just for those who voted for me. We are one country, one people, one great nation."
- Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, speaking after winning Brazil's presidential election over incumbent Jair Bolsonaro on Monday (as quoted on Reuters).


"Did the bird really get its freedom, or has it just moved to a new cage?"
- Ukrainian presidential aide Mykhailo Podolyak in tweet on Saturday after the takeover of Twitter by Elon Musk, whose relations with Kyiv have been precarious since the billionaire suggested in early October Ukraine should give up occupied land for peace (as quoted on Reuters).


"The historical period of the West's undivided dominance over world affairs is coming to an end. We are standing at a historical frontier: Ahead is probably the most dangerous, unpredictable and, at the same time, important decade since the end of World War II."
- Russian President Vladimir Putin in a three-and-a-half hour question-and-answer session at an annual foreign policy conference in Moscow in which he said he had no regrets about the past year (as quoted on Reuters).


"The historical period of the West's undivided dominance over world affairs is coming to an end. We are standing at a historical frontier: Ahead is probably the most dangerous, unpredictable and, at the same time, important decade since the end of World War II."
- Russian President Vladimir Putin in a three-and-a-half hour question-and-answer session at an annual foreign policy conference in Moscow in which he said he had no regrets about the past year (as quoted on Reuters).


"This is the defining issue of our time, nobody has the right to sacrifice international action on climate change for any reason...We need to tell the truth. The truth is that the impact of climate change on a number of countries in the world, especially hotspots, is already devastating."
- UN Secretary General António Guterres in comments made to the BBC ahead of the COP27 conference in Egypt in which he said climate change needed to be put at the "centre of the international debate".


"Anyone who believes it is possible to trade Ukraine's freedom for our peace of mind is mistaken. Giving in to Putin's blackmail on energy would not solve the problem, it would exacerbate it by opening the way to further demands and blackmail."
- Giorgia Meloni, Italy's first woman Prime Minister, in a wide-ranging maiden speech to parliament in which she said Italy would continue to support Western sanctions against Russian President Vladimir Putin regardless of a squeeze on gas imports from Moscow (as quoted on Reuters).


"We now need stability and unity, and I will make it my utmost priority to bring our party and our country together."
- Rishi Sunak, who will become Britain's first prime minister of colour on Tuesday, in a statement made after he won the race to lead the Conservative Party on Monday (as quoted on Reuters).


"We condemn Russia's repeated kidnapping of Ukrainian ZNPP [Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant] leadership and staff and denounce the application of other forms of pressure on remaining Ukrainian personnel....We urge Russia to immediately return full control of the ZNPP to its rightful sovereign owner, Ukraine..."
- G7 Nonproliferation Directors General in a statement issued on 23rd October, 2022.


"I came into office at a time of great economic and international instability. Families and businesses were worried about how to pay their bills. Putin's illegal war in Ukraine threatens the security of our whole continent and our country has been held back for too long by low economic growth. I was elected by the Conservative Party with a mandate to change this...I recognise, though, given the situation I cannot deliver the mandate on which I was elected by the Conservative Party."
- UK Prime Minister Liz Truss, in a resignation speech made outside Number 10 Downing Street on 20th October.


"They were on British soil and it is absolutely unacceptable for this kind of behaviour."
- British Foreign Secretary James Cleverly in comments made after Bob Chan who was protesting outside a Chinese consulate in Britain said he was dragged inside the grounds by masked men, kicked and punched in an attack captured on film (as quoted on Reuters).


"Some have misinterpreted the metaphor as 'colonial Euro-centrism'. I am sorry if some have felt offended."
- Josep Borrell, the European Union's foreign policy chief, speaking in a blog post made after comments he made at the new European Diplomatic Academy in Bruges, Belgium, in which he called Europe "a garden" and most of the world a "jungle" that "could invade the garden". "The growth of this lawless world and disorder is what I meant when talking about the 'jungle'," he said in the blog post. "My reference to 'jungle' has no racist, cultural or geographical connotation." (as quoted on Reuters).


"I do want to accept responsibility and say sorry for the mistakes that have been made. I wanted to act but to help people with their energy bills to deal with the issue of high taxes, but we went too far and too fast."
- UK Prime Minister Liz Truss in comments to the BBC after her economic program caused investor confidence to evaporate and her poll ratings to plunge as well as the sacking of her close ally Kwasi Kwarteng from the position of finance minister on Friday (as quoted on Reuters).


"We insist on striving for the prospect of peaceful reunification with the greatest sincerity and with the greatest effort. However, we are not committed to abandoning the use of force and we reserve the option to take all necessary measures."
- China's President Xi Jinping, in comments at the 20th Communist Party Congress, in which he said China has not ruled out the use of force regarding Taiwan, a self-ruled island that Beijing considers Chinese territory (as quoted on DW).


"We will not be intimidated. Russia's nuclear rhetoric is dangerous, reckless, and they know that if they use [a] nuclear weapon against Ukraine, it will have severe consequences."
- NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg speaking to reporters after a two-day meeting of the alliance's defence ministers (as quoted on Reuters).


"Today it is Russia invading Ukraine. But tomorrow it could be another nation whose territory is violated. It could be you. You could be next. What would you expect from this chamber?"
- US Ambassador to the United Nations, Linda Thomas-Greenfield, speaking to the UN General Assembly before a vote in which 143 of 193 member states condemned Russia's "attempted illegal annexation" of four partially occupied regions in Ukraine and called on all countries not to recognise the move (as quoted on Reuters).


"I am, and depend on, computer programmes and algorithms. Although not alive, I can still create art."
A "robot artist" called Ai-Da, which has a  female humanoid face and with exposed robotic arms and was created by scientists at the University of Oxford, speaking to British lawmakers spoke at a parliamentary inquiry into how new technologies will affect the creative industries on Tuesday 


"This constitutes another unacceptable escalation of the war and, as always, civilians are paying the highest price."
- UN spokesman Stephane Dujarric, in a statement in which she said UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres was "deeply shocked" by Russia's most widespread air strikes since the start of the Ukraine war on Monday (as quoted on Reuters).


"I am confident Scotland is going to become independent."
- Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon in comments on BBC TV in which she said a second referendum on Scottish independence could take place in October next year; they come as Britain's top court on Tuesday begins hearing arguments for allowing a secession vote without approval from British Prime Minister Liz Truss and her government (as quoted on Reuters).


"This is a disaster. This is really disappointing."
- Dolkun Isa, president of the World Uyghur Congress, speaking after the UN rights council voted down a Western-led motion to hold a debate about alleged human rights abuses by China against Uyghurs and other Muslims in Xinjiang on Thursday in what is being seen as a victory for Beijing as it seeks to avoid further scrutiny (as quoted on Reuters).


"The DPRK [North Korea] has enjoyed blanket protection from two members of this council. In short, two permanent members of the Security Council have enabled Kim Jong-un."
- US Ambassador to the United Nations, Linda Thomas-Greenfield, in comments accusing China and Russia of protecting Pyongyang from attempts to strengthen UN Security Council sanctions imposed over its nuclear weapons and ballistic missile programs (as quoted on Reuters).


"Our natural world is one of our greatest assets. It is a lesson I learnt from a young age, from my father and grandfather, both committed naturalists in their own right, and also from my much-missed grandmother, who cared so much for the natural world."
- Prince William, in his first speech since being made Prince of Wales following the Queen's death last month in which he told the United for Wildlife Global Summit in London how he had been inspired to care about the environment by his father, now King Charles III, and his grandparents, Elizabeth II and her late husband Prince Philip (as quoted on Reuters).


"We're alarmed and appalled by reports of security authorities' responding to university students' peaceful protests with violence and mass arrests."
- White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre, speaking to reporters while travelling with President Joe Biden to Puerto Rico, in reference to the crackdown by Iranian security forces against peaceful protests in Iran following the death two weeks ago of 22-year-old Mahsa Amini (as quoted on Reuters).


"My appeal goes above all to the President of the Russian Federation, begging him to stop this spiral of violence and death, even out of love for his own people."
- Pope Francis in a direct appeal to Russian President Vladimir Putin to end the war in Ukraine (as quoted on Reuters).


"Any decision to proceed with the annexation of Donetsk, Luhansk, Kherson and Zaporizhzhia regions of Ukraine would have no legal value and deserves to be condemned."
- UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres speaking to reporters on Thursday, 29th September (as quoted on Reuters).


"Each group with its own identity, nature and motivation is expressing its disposition to be part of a total peace, in this exploration phase we've asked them not to kill, not to disappear people and not to torture...We are moving ahead."
- Danilo Rueda, the Colombian Government's high peace commissioner, speaking to journalists at an impromptu press conference on 28th September, 2022, at which he announced at least 10 armed groups, including former members of the FARC rebels who reject a peace deal and the Clan del Golfo crime gang, have agreed to participate in unilateral ceasefires (as quoted on Reuters).


"Each group with its own identity, nature and motivation is expressing its disposition to be part of a total peace, in this exploration phase we've asked them not to kill, not to disappear people and not to torture...We are moving ahead."
- Danilo Rueda, the Colombian Government's high peace commissioner, speaking to journalists at an impromptu press conference on 28th September, 2022, at which he announced at least 10 armed groups, including former members of the FARC rebels who reject a peace deal and the Clan del Golfo crime gang, have agreed to participate in unilateral ceasefires (as quoted on Reuters).


"There are a number of uncertainties, but if these pipelines fail, the impact to the climate will be disastrous and could even be unprecedented."
- David McCabe, an atmospheric chemist who is senior scientist at the non-profit Clean Air Task Force, speaking as news broke that two unexplained leaks in two Russian gas pipelines in the Baltic Sea are spewing out greenhouse gas emissions (as quoted on Reuters).


“Let me be clear. The era of nuclear blackmail must end. The idea that any country could fight and win a nuclear war is deranged. Any use of a nuclear weapon would incite a humanitarian Armageddon. We need to step back.” 
- UN Secretary-General António Guterres, speaking on Monday at an event to commemorate the International Day for the Total Elimination of Nuclear Weapons.


"About the future, China needs very rational research and calculations. Experts must speak out, and the country should organise comprehensive studies and make them transparent to the public: what are the pros and cons for our common people, and what are the overall pros and cons for the country?"
- Prominent Chinese commentator Hu Xijin, former editor-in-chief of nationalist state tabloid Global Times, referring to China's response to the coronavirus pandemic on Chinese social media on Sunday (as quoted on Reuters).


"I'm not a denier. It's clear that greenhouse gas emissions are coming from manmade sources, including fossil fuels, methane, the agricultural uses, the industrial uses, so we're working hard to change that."
- World Bank President David Malpass speaking to CNN after he refused to say during a public event earlier this week whether he believes fossil fuel burning is warming the planet; his critics renewed calls on President Joe Biden to replace him following the comments (as quoted on Reuters).


"Our country also has various means of destruction and in some components more modern than those of the NATO countries, and if the territorial integrity of our country is threatened, we will certainly use all the means at our disposal to protect Russia and our people."
- Russian President Vladimir Putin in a speech announcing  the immediate partial mobilisation of Russian citizens on Wednesday, in comments which many have interpreted as a veiled threat relating to the use of nuclear weapons; Putin, who said his threats were "no bluff" made the announcement after his military have suffered a series of defeats in Ukraine.


"When I hear Russia saying it's ready for new cooperation and a new international order without hegemony, that's a tall story. On the basis of what? Invading your neighbour, non-respect of borders you don't like. What's this order? Who is hegemonic today? Russia."
-  French President Emmanuel Macron in a speech to world leaders at the United Nations General Assembly in which he accused Russia of a modern day imperialism that was based on the law of the jungle and pleaded for neutral countries to stop being complicit by remaining silent about Russia's invasion of Ukraine (as quoted on Reuters).


"When I hear Russia saying it's ready for new cooperation and a new international order without hegemony, that's a tall story. On the basis of what? Invading your neighbour, non-respect of borders you don't like. What's this order? Who is hegemonic today? Russia."
-  French President Emmanuel Macron in a speech to world leaders at the United Nations General Assembly in which he accused Russia of a modern day imperialism that was based on the law of the jungle and pleaded for neutral countries to stop being complicit by remaining silent about Russia's invasion of Ukraine (as quoted on Reuters).


"Her late majesty famously declared on a 21st birthday broadcast that her whole life would be dedicated to serving the nation and Commonwealth. Rarely has such a promise been so well kept."
- Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby, speaking at the state funeral of Queen Elizabeth II in Westminster Abbey, London, on 19th September, 2022 (as quoted on Reuters).


"There needs to be a proper investigation and transparency and Vladimir Putin, his supporters and the Russian military need to be held to account for the atrocities they have and are continuing to commit in Ukraine."
- Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on comments on Sunday in which he said that mass graves found around Izium, Ukraine, were evidence of Russia's war crimes and that full accountability for its actions was needed (as quoted on Reuters).


"I have played more than 1,500 matches over 24 years. Tennis has treated me more generously than I ever would have dreamt, and now I must recognise when it's time to end my competitive career."
- Tennis great Roger Federer, regarded by many as the greatest male player to wield a tennis racket, announcing his retirement on Thursday, 15th Sepetmber, 2022; Federer, 41, won 20 Grand Slam singles titles (as quoted on Reuters).


"We are not there yet. But the end is in sight."
- WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus speaking to reporters at a virtual press conference, speaking iin reference to the coronavirus pandemic (as quoted on Reuters).


"If rains come where would we go? We are sitting under open sky, we don't know what to eat, what to cook. All the tents got uprooted by strong winds today, we do not know where to go. We are desperate."
- Muhammad Hasan, one of those impacted by a dust storm in Sehwan, Pakistan, which uprooted hundreds of tents pitched at roadsides by people made homeless by devastating floods in the country; it came as a fresh spell of rains expected in the middle of the month begins to set in (as quoted on Reuters).


"What they have done is very methodically planned out and of course it's benefited from significant support from the United States and many other countries in terms of making sure that Ukraine has in its hands the equipment it needs to prosecute this counter-offensive."
- US Secretary of State Antony Blinken in comments on Monday in which he said while it was still early days in Ukraine's counter-offensive against the Russian military, Ukrainian forces have made "significant progress" (as quoted on Reuters).


"My Mother’s reign was unequalled in its duration, its dedication and its devotion. Even as we grieve, we give thanks for this most faithful life. I am deeply aware of this great inheritance and of the duties and heavy responsibilities of Sovereignty which have now passed to me."
- King Charles III speaking as he was proclaimed monarch during a historic ceremony on Saturday, 10th September.


"The death of my beloved Mother, Her Majesty The Queen, is a moment of the greatest sadness for me and all members of my family. We mourn profoundly the passing of a cherished Sovereign and a much-loved mother. I know her loss will be deeply felt throughout the country, the Realms and the Commonwealth, and by countless people around the world."
- King Charles III in a statement issued following the death of Queen Elizabeth II at the age of 96.


“As the globe warms, wildfires and associated air pollution are expected to increase, even under a low emissions scenario. In addition to human health impacts, this will also affect ecosystems as air pollutants settle from the atmosphere to Earth’s surface."
- World Meteorological Organization Secretary-General Petteri Taalas, speaking as the organisation launched a new report marking International Day of Clean Air for Blue Skies.


- US President Joe Biden responding to reporters at the White House on Monday asking about whether Russia should be designated a state sponsor of terrorism (as quoted on Reuters).


"Famine is at the door."
-  UN humanitarian chief Martin Griffiths, speaking at a news conference in Somalia's capital Mogadishu in which he said parts of Somalia will be hit by famine between October and December as a drought worsens and global food prices surge (as quoted on Reuters).


"The attacks in Saskatchewan today are horrific and heartbreaking. I'm thinking of those who have lost a loved one and of those who were injured."
- Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said in a message posted on Twitter responding to a stabbing spree in Saskatchewan in which at least 10 people have died and 15 been injured.


"This report deepens and reaffirms our grave concern regarding the ongoing genocide and crimes against humanity that PRC government authorities are perpetrating against Uyghurs, who are predominantly Muslim, and members of other ethnic and religious minority groups in Xinjiang."
- US Secretary of State Antony Blinken in a statement responding to the release of a UN report which said China may have committed crimes against humanity upon Uyghurs and other Muslims in Xinjiang (as quoted on Reuters).


"But my mission - I think it's very important to establish [this] with all clarity - my mission is a technical mission. It's a mission that seeks to prevent a nuclear accident. And to preserve this important [nuclear power plant]."
- Rafael Grossi, head of the International Atomic Energy Agency, speaking ahead of the agency's planned visit to Ukraine's Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant (as quoted on Reuters).


"History will remember Mikhail Gorbachev as a giant who steered his great nation towards democracy. He played the critical role in a peaceful conclusion of the Cold War by his decision against using force to hold the empire together...The free world misses him greatly."
- Former US Secretary of State James Baker III, speaking after news that Mikhail Gorbachev had died in Russia at the age of 91 (as quoted on Reuters).


"So far we have lost 1,000 human lives. There is damage to almost nearly one million houses...People have actually lost their complete livelihood."
- Pakistan's climate change minister Ahsan Iqbal speaking in an interview with Reuters in which he also estimated the economic cost of flooding in Pakistan at more than $US10 billion (as quoted on Reuters).


"We are seeing increasingly people in public life and people in positions of responsibility, particularly women, racialised Canadians, people of minority or different community groups, being targeted almost because of the increasing strength of your voices. We are seeing a backlash...We have to ask ourselves what kind of country we are, what kind of country we want to be."
- Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in an address on Sunday in which he condemned an abusive verbal attack on Deputy Prime Minister Chrystia Freeland, describing it as an "extremely disturbing harassment" that was not an isolated incident (as quoted on Reuters).


"We have a complex, painful common past. And it has at times prevented us from looking at the future."
- President Emmanuel Macron, speaking during a visit to Algeria, in comments in which he indicated France and Algeria should move beyond their "painful" shared history and look to the future (as quoted on Reuters).


"We will not sit down at the negotiating table out of fear, with a gun pointed at our heads. For us, the most terrible iron is not missiles, aircraft and tanks, but shackles."
- Ukraine's President Volodymyr Zelenskiy in a speech to mark the country's Independence Day in which he also said a "new nation" was born when Russia invaded on 24th February (as quoted on Reuters).


"A heavy price will be paid for invading Taiwan or attempting to invade Taiwan, and it will be strongly condemned by the international community."
- Taiwan's President Tsai Ing-wen, speaking on the anniversary of a confrontation six decades ago in which Taiwanese forces beat back Chinese attackers; her comments come amid spiking tensions between Taiwan and China following the visit to Taipei by US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (as quoted on Reuters).


"It has been the honour of a lifetime to have led the NIAID."
- Dr Anthony Fauci, who became the face of the US response to the COVID-19 pandemic, announcing he will step down as head of the US National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases and as chief medical adviser to President Joe Biden; Biden thanked him for his "spirit, energy, and scientific integrity" (as quoted on the BBC).


“Far from the spotlight and out of the headlines, humanitarians work around the clock to make our world a better place. Against incredible odds, often at great personal risk, they ease suffering in some of the most dangerous circumstances imaginable.” 
- UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, in comments made to mark World Humanitarian Day, observed annually on 19th August.


"These videos are private and filmed in a private space. I resent that these became known to the public."
- Finland's Prime Minister Sanna Marin in comments made after videos of her dancing at private parties were published online, saying they were meant to be seen only by friends (as quoted on Reuters).


"Maybe the reason is the colour of the skin of the people."
- The World Health Organization's director-general Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus in comments in which he suggested that racism is behind a lack of international attention being paid to the plight of civilians in Ethiopia's war-shattered Tigray region (as quoted on Reuters).


"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).