Voices in the News

A montage of voices in the past week's news, including: Fayette County (Kentucky) Coroner Gary Ginn; California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger; former EPA chief William Riley; UNIFIL spokesman Alexander Ivanko; U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan; U.S. Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld; Vice President Cheney; President Bush.

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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.

Dr. GARY GINN (Coroner, Fayette County, Kentucky): I can confirm that rescue operations have ceased. We do have one survivor. Now our plan is to go in to do body retrieval.

Governor ARNOLD SCHWARZENEGGER (Republican, California): This is an historic agreement that we have made yesterday to fight global warming and to protect our environment, and that makes California not only the leader in America, but makes us the leader in the world on fighting global warming and protecting our environment.

Mr. WILLIAM RILEY (Former Director, EPA): It's a very big deal when such an important state makes a move of this magnitude. It says global warming is here, we're contributing to it, we've got to do our share to address it, and California's share turns out to be fairly large.

Mr. ALEXANDER IVANKO (UNIFIL): We expect approximately around a thousand troops from France and a thousand troops from Spain. And at that point we should be about 5,000 troops, which is a third of what the mandate is by the U.N. Security Council.

Mr. KOFI ANNAN (U.N. Secretary General): I will do whatever I can to help the parties move along that road to peace that has eluded this region and all of us for so long.

Mr. DONALD RUMSFELD (U.S. Secretary of Defense): Today another enemy, a different kind of enemy, has made clear its intentions with attacks in places like New York, and Washington, D.C., Bali, London, Madrid, Moscow, and so many other places. But some seem not to have learned history's lessons.

Vice President DICK CHENEY: Today Iraq has the most progressive constitution and the strongest democratic mandate in the entire Arab world. Iraq's political leaders are steady and courageous, and the citizens, police and soldiers have stepped forward as active participants and guardians of the new democracy.

President GEORGE W. BUSH: We will stay the course. We will help this young Iraqi democracy succeed, and victory in Iraq will be a major ideological triumph in the struggle of the 21st century.

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