"[It's] embarrassing for South Africa that it has not been able to carry a majority."
- DANIEL SILKEpolitical analyst, on the country's failed attempt to rule the African Union. The incumbent leader, Jean Ping, will remain in power until the next summit in June, despite failing to secure two-thirds of the vote to win a second term
"The Nobel Committee has addressed the situation in Nazi Germany, the U.S.S.R., South Africa, Myanmar and Iran. It could not make an exception for China."
- GEIR LUNDESTAD,the secretary of the Nobel Committee, on the decision to award this year's Peace Prize to jailed Chinese dissident Liu Xiaobo
"In my village, when we want to kill the snake, we don't hit the tail but the head. The head of this epidemic is South Africa."
- MICHEL SIDIBE,executive director of UNAIDS, on South Africa's effort to increase AIDS testing, treatment and prevention, which U.N. officials say is the largest expansion of AIDS services ever attempted by any nation
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