Perspectives

"Today, the Iranian nation is victorious but you [the United States] are empty-handed."

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, in a speech after the U.S. National Intelligence Estimate reported that, contrary to Bush administration assertions, Iran has halted its nuclear-weapons program

"I'm not against the peacekeepers, I just find them a waste of money."

Economist Jeffrey Sachs, head of the Earth Institute at Columbia University, dismissing the peacekeeping effort in Darfur as irrelevant since there is no accompanying development plan for health clinics, schools, electricity and water holes

"I am 120 centimeters tall and how much I weigh is a secret. I know a lot about the Prius."

Robina, a new"partner robot"created by Toyota to be a tour guide at the company's Tokyo headquartersit can also carry on simple conversation and sign its name

"Everything is still there, even the oil and vinegar in the kitchen."

Bela Horvat, lieutenant colonel at Serbia's Defense Ministry, on plans to sell the"salon wagon"from the Blue Train used by late communist dictator Josip Broz Tito to crisscross Yugoslavia

"We've said, just take us off the map, actually."

Geoff Coombs, a council member in Barrow Gurney, one of England's tiny villages whose narrow streets are clogged with traffic because Global Positioning Systems identify them as good routes

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