Perspectives: Quotes in the News

"With this launch, Iran has joined the world's top 11 countries possessing space technology."
Iran's PresidentMahmoud Ahmadinejad, announcing that his country has developed and launched a rocket with the capacity to support space satellite technology

"We're delighted that Nauru finally will have no more refugees on it from now on."
Richard Towle, regional head of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, on Australia's decision to end the practice of sending asylum seekers to live on nearby Pacific islands

"The bride was wearing white and was ravishing, as usual … the bridegroom wasn't bad either."
Francois Lebel, mayor of Paris's eighth arrondissement, who married French President Nicolas Sarkozy and his model turned bride Carla Bruni in a private civil ceremony last Sunday

"Almost by stealth, we have ended up drinking much more than we used to in the past."
British lawmakerNorman Lamb, lamenting an increase in the size of wine goblets in the country's pubs

"Certain politicians are … filing for a divorce before the marriage has yet even been agreed."
Olli Rehn, European Union commissioner, on a move by Serbia's prime minister to block a trade deal due to European support of Kosovo's declaration of independence

"It's tastier than other meats—nothing can compete with rat."
Sala Prompim, Thai fast-food vendor, on a recent boom in rodent sales at street-side food carts