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A sound montage of voices in the past week's news, including a member of the Islamic Jihad; Yossi Beilin, Israeli parliamentarian; Saeb Erakat, Palestinian presidential adviser; former White House Press Secretary Scott McClellan; President Bush; Chinese President Hu Jintao; protesters in the streets of Katmandu, Nepal; Nepal's King Gyanendra; Koonar Singh, protester; Azi Rana Joba, Nepali Congress Party; Fred Roper, New Orleans election volunteer; Raquel Cyrus, displaced New Orleans resident.


From NPR News, this is WEEKENED EDITION. I'm Jacki Lyden. And these were some of the voices in the news this past week.

Unidentified Man (Member of the Islamic Jihad): (Through translator) We claim full responsibility and we tell our enemy that there is no security for you in the land of Palestine; only when Palestinian aspirations are met.

Mr. YOSSI BEILIN (Israeli Parliamentarian): It reminds us that we have not solved the problem, and that we are in the midst of a very deep crisis while Hamas is leading the Palestinian Authority.

Mr. SAEB ERAKAT (Palestinian Presidential Adviser): Such attacks harm Palestinian interests and we call upon all Palestinians to abide by the cessation of violence (unintelligible).

Mr. SCOTT MCCLELLAN (White House Press Secretary): I have given it my all, sir, and I have given you my all. And I will continue to do so as we transition to a new Press Secretary over the next two to three weeks.

President GEORGE W. BUSH: One of these days he and I are going to be rocking in chairs in Texas talking about the good old days, his time as the Press Secretary, and I can assure you that I will feel the same way that I feel now, that I can say to Scott, job well done.

Mr. MCCLELLAN: Thank you, sir.

President HU JINTAO (China): (Through translator) Enhanced interactions and cooperation between China and the United States serve the interests of our two peoples and are conducive to world peace and development.

President GEORGE W. BUSH: Our two nations share many strategic interests. President Hu and I will discuss how to advance those interests, and how China and the United States can cooperate responsibly with other nations to address common challenges.

(Soundbite of protesters in Nepal)

King GYANENDRA (Nepal): (Through translator) (Unintelligible) the Kingdom of Nepal, which was in our safekeeping, shall, from this day, be returned to the people.

Mr. KOONAR SINGH (Nepali Protester): It's not for the people. It is for himself. He's a businessman, not a ruler. He is an illegal King, not democratic. A republic. People are ready to fight.

Ms. AZI RANA JOBA (Nepali Congress Party): I mean we've had trouble handling a democracy. And I don't know how much trouble we might have in handling a republic state. And it's not all hunky dory, okay, let's get rid of the King and let's have a republic set up. I don't think it's going to be that simple.

Mr. FRED ROPER (New Orleans Election Volunteer): We left Atlanta about ten o'clock coming to New Orleans. We got here about 6:30 this morning.

Ms. RAQUEL CYRUS (Displaced New Orleans Resident): Since I've lost so much, my home, my job, my community, at least I can come back and cast my vote and make a statement.

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