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Quotes Of The Year: Maduro, Snowden, Pope, More

It's been a year of both earnest and outrageous comments from across the globe.

Quotes Of The Year: Maduro, Snowden, Pope, More
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JANUARY

A statement from the French president after gossip magazine Closer reported that he was having an affair with French actress Julie Gayet

Google chairman Eric Schmidt, on jobs for the coming decades.

FEBRUARY

Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro, on announcing that he expeled three unnamed officials from the U.S. embassy, accusing them of conspiring against his government

Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni, on gays, the day after he signed a drastic anti-gay bill.

MARCH

Speaking to BBC Radio, British Foreign Secretary William Hague on the Ukraine crisis.

APRIL

Parents of the 129 schoolgirls kidnapped by Boko Haram on April 14 vented their outrage against the Nigerian government.

Author Harper Lee, on approving the release of an electronic version of her classic novel To Kill a Mockingbird.

MAY

Former CIA and NSA contractor Edward Snowden, dismissing critics who claimed he was a low-level hacker.

Japan Finance Minister Taro Aso, telling the country's lawmakers that it's unfair for his taxes to underwrite the health costs of lazy people.

JUNE

Argentine President Cristina Kirchner, in the wake of a U.S. Supreme Court ruling that Argentina would have to repay creditors on its defaulted bonds

The Spanish government, announcing King Juan Carlos' abdication, paving the way for his son Felipe to take over the royal reins.

JULY

With Italy assuming the EU presidency for six months, Prime Minister Matteo Renzi vowed to make the issue of immigration a top priority for Europe.

Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, reacting to the June 23 sentencing of three Al-Jazeera journalists, conceding that the case had been damaging for his country.

AUGUST

U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder, to angry Missouri residents mourning teen Michael Brown, about his own mistrust of police

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, condemning the country's rape culture

SEPTEMBER

Iran President Hassan Rouhani, raging against the U.S. and its allies.

President Barack Obama, on the ISIS terror organization's beheading of American journalist James Foley.

OCTOBER

Pakistani activist Malala Yousafzai jointly wins the Nobel Peace Prize with Indian Kailash Satyarthi.

WHO Director-General Margaret Chan, on the Ebola crisis

Said Pope Francis.

NOVEMBER

Ferguson, Mo., police officer Darren Wilson, on the deadly shots he fired at unarmed teen Michael Brown.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's sexist comments at a women's conference.

DECEMBER

President Barack Obama, saying "We are all Americans" in Spanish as part of his announcement that the United States was normalizing diplomatic ties with Cuba, ending 50 years of hostile relations between the two countries.

During a visit to Australia, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko pleaded with Russia to withdraw its troops from his country.

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Photo of a damaged building in Kharkiv, after Russian missiles hit the city in northeastern Ukraine, killing at least one woman and injuring three others.

A damaged building in Kharkiv, after Russian missiles hit the city in northeastern Ukraine, killing at least one woman and injuring three others.

Ginevra Falciani, Inès Mermat, Renate Mattar and Anne-Sophie Goninet

👋 Sawubona!*

Welcome to Monday, where Russian missiles hit residential buildings in Kharkiv, a blast at a Peshawar mosque kills at least 28, and Serbia celebrates “God’s racket.” Meanwhile, we have a look at how the world had long viewed California as the epitome of the American Dream, but is now worrying about the Golden State’s many woes — including the first-ever major layoffs at the internet giants of Silicon Valley.

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