, PARIS, Nov 20 – Best quotes from around the world over the past week:
IT\\\\\\\’S ALL IN THE RULES
"Yes it was handball, but I am not the referee"
— France football captain Thierry Henry after his clear handball set up his side to beat Ireland in a World Cup qualifying match, setting off one of the biggest sporting controversies of recent years
IT\\\\\\\’S GOOD TO TALK
"Dialogue is better than confrontation and partnership is better than rivalry"
— Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao to visiting US President Barack Obama.
EUROPE\\\\\\\’S TOP JOBS!
"Europe is sinking to a low. The good news is that things can only get better"
— Daniel Cohn-Bendit, co-president of the Greens party in the European Parliament after the little known Herman Van Rompuy and Catherine Ashton are named the EU president and foreign policy supremo.
MAKE MY DAY PUNK
"You yourself have said that you consider France as your second home, so here I am, a bit like your second president"
— President Nicolas Sarkozy of France as he makes Hollywood legend Clint Eastwood a commander of the Legion of Honour
LEARNING THE PIRATE TRADE
"I learned how to swim and to fire guns and I am a candidate for that job"
— Mohamed Dahir Abdullahi, 22, explaining why he was training to join the Somali pirate gangs who have wreaked havoc on international shipping lanes
A DEADLY LESSON
"A dead 11-year-old was brought in, drenched in blood but his shoes shining with polish. His father came, lifted the child onto his lap, kissed him and said: \\\\\\\’I sent you to school, not to die\\\\\\\’"
— A nurse at a hospital in Peshawar, Pakistan describes the scene that made her weep for the first time in her working life as she and her colleagues cope with the rising toll from an Al-Qaeda insurgency that has claimed more than 2,500 lives.
"The first thing I thought was: \\\\\\\’She is like Ronald Reagan with a skirt\\\\\\\’"
— LaDonna Hale Curzon, executive producer Sarah Palin Radio host, about the first time she saw the rising US Republican politician
ON THE ROAD
"When we asked him why he hadn\\\\\\\’t stopped earlier he replied, \\\\\\\’I just like to drive\\\\\\\’"
— Australian policeman Clayton Smith speaking about 81-year-old Eric Steward who got lost on a trip to the shops and ended up 600 kilometres (370 miles) away.