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A sound montage of voices in the week's news, including Democratic Senate candidate Ned Lamont; Sen. Joe Lieberman (D-CT); U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan; Paul Stephenson, London Metropolitan Police; Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff; British Home Secretary John Reid; and President Bush.

LIANE HANSEN, host:

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. NED LAMONT (Senate Candidate, Connecticut): They call Connecticut the land of steady habits. Tonight we voted for a big change.

(Soundbite of cheering and applause)

Senator JOE LIEBERMAN (Democrat, Connecticut): The old politics of partisan polarization won today. For the sake of our state, our country, and my party, I cannot and will not let that result stand...

(Soundbite of cheering and applause)

Mr. KOFI ANNAN (Secretary-General, United Nations): It is absolutely vital that the fighting now stop. Provided it does, I believe this resolution will make it possible to conclude a sustainable and lasting cease-fire agreement in the days ahead.

Mr. PAUL STEPHENSON (London Metropolitan Police): We are confident that we have disrupted a plan by terrorists to cause untold death and destruction and to commit, quite frankly, mass murder. We that the terrorists' aim was to smuggle explosives onto airplanes in hand luggage and to detonate these in flight. We also believe that the intended targets were flights from the United Kingdom to the United States of America.

Mr. MICHAEL CHERTOFF (Secretary of Homeland Security): The United States government has raised the nation's threat level to our highest level of alert, severe or red, for commercial flights originating in the United Kingdom and bound for the United States.

Unidentified Man: On one hand, you feel grateful. On the other hand, you feel really lucky. And on another hand, you just feel frustrated that you can't even bring so much as a book on an airplane.

Mr. JOHN REID (British Home Secretary): The police and security service will continue to give 100 percent effort, of that you can be sure. We also need you, the British public, to remain ever vigilant as you are widest, closest and strongest form of surveillance and intelligence.

President GEORGE W. BUSH: This nation is at war with Islamic fascists who will use any means to destroy those of us who love freedom, to hurt our nation.

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