UN Dispatch: A new international force to combat piracy off the coast of Somalia is being formed and will be headed by an American admiral, the US navy says. More than 20 nations are expected to contribute to the force, due to be fully operational later in January.
"It's not enough to simply adopt a policy against hiring felons, say, or someone with a poor credit history or with a less-than-honorable military discharge."
John Zappe, on background checks
"The extremity of this sentence [and] the rapidness of the trial all really shocks us in a country which has been moving so positively towards rule of law and a progressive human rights regime."
Cary Alan Johnson of the International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission, on eight-year jail terms for "unnatural acts" given to nine Senegalese men, as quoted by the BBC