Bette Midler, actress and singer
"This is a humanitarian catastrophe of a scale that is beyond the capacity of the government, [or] of the UN stabilisation mission here.""
Hedi Annabi, UN special envoy to Haiti. Read the full story.
"I think it is not acceptable that we would in any way carve out exceptions for our broader human-rights advocacy to exclude violations of human rights based on sexual orientation. I think that has to be part and parcel of any conversations we have about human rights."
Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Barack Obama, as quoted in Philadelphia Gay News
"We heard the fear that Social Security will go bankrupt and the solution is privatize it. Yeah, right! It was a self-serving proposal from industry."
Boston University finance professor Zvi Bodie. Read full story.
"I think the key for us is, on those rare occasions when we do make a mistake, when there is an error, to apologize quickly, to compensate the victims quickly, and then carry out the investigation."
U.S. defense secretary Robert Gates. Read the full story.
UN DISPATCH: Even facing increasingly dangerous levels of violence in their country, Afghans are as vocal as ever in their desire for peace. The UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) reports on the incredible enthusiasm with which the Afghan people are preparing for the upcoming International Day of Peace.
"The major challenge for the security industry will be continuing to provide new and innovative tools to effectively manage the flood of data coming in from the extreme growth of digital video."
Steve Birkmeier, vice president, Arteco Vision Systems