Voices in the News

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A sound montage of some of the voices in this past week's news, including: John Wilcockson, VeloNews editorial director; cyclist Floyd Landis; Secretary-General Kofi Annan; Mark Regev, Israeli Foreign Ministry spokesman; Hussein Naboulsi, Hezbollah's Director of Foreign Media; Jan Egeland, United Nations Under Secretary General for Humanitarian Affairs; Ambassador John Bolton; President George W. Bush; British Prime Minister Tony Blair.


From NPR News, this is WEEKEND EDITION. I'm Liane Hansen.

And these were some of the voices in the news this past week.

Mr. ANDREW HOOD (Reporter, Velo News): What Floyd did was unique because nobody has collapsed like he did, then the next morning come back as strong as ever.

Mr. FLOYD LANDIS (Tour de France Champion): I think there's a good possibility I can clear my name. That's what I want to do. That's my objective now. But regardless of whether that happens or not, I don't know this will ever really go away.

Secretary General KOFI ANNAN (United Nations): That shelling of the U.N. position, which is long established and clearly marked, started early in the morning and went on till after 7 p.m. when we lost contact.

Mr. MARK REGEV (Israeli Foreign Minister Spokesman): Israel would never deliberately target U.N. personnel, unequivocally. We would never deliberately target U.N. personnel.

Unidentified Man: Last night they hit a mosque right here in this residential area. As you see around me, no military targets, no military bases.

Unidentified Woman: I feel lucky right now that I get the chance to leave, but I feel sad for all the people who are staying behind.

Mr. JAN EGELAND (U.N. Under Secretary General for Humanitarian Affairs): I was shocked by the level of destruction in Lebanon and by how many tens of thousands of people who flee every day now.

Secretary-General ANNAN: It is important that we work with the countries of the region to find a solution and that should also include Iran and Syria.

Ambassador JOHN BOLTON (U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations): Syria doesn't need dialogue to know what they need to do. They need to lean on Hezbollah to get them to release the two captured Israeli soldiers and stop the launch of rockets against innocent Israeli civilians.

President GEORGE W. BUSH: Hezbollah attacked Israel. I believe Hezbollah - I know Hezbollah is connected to Iran. And now is the time for the world to confront this danger.

Prime Minister TONY BLAIR (United Kingdom): We wanted to see tabled and agreed a U.N. resolution as early as possible that will allow the cessation of hostilities. Provided that resolution is agreed and acted upon, we can indeed bring an end to this crisis.

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