"We don't get involved in the politics of the nations that we visit. We are above that. I don't want to criticize why we couldn't use a soprano that sang alone on stage. I like to see the other part - that in the orchestra women and men can sit together. It's a great step forward."
"It always runs on time, it's very fast, it's comfortable."
"The problem is that one in five workers are paid less than ten euros an hour."
Trade union representative (ver.di)
"Just enough money for a kebab"
Music teacher (Berlin)
"Each halva has five layers of ground rice, hazelnuts, sugar and a syrup made with water and lemon. You have to leave it to rest overnight."
"If the bill on Supreme Court is passed, the coffin called rule of law will be shut definitely"
Ex-head, Poland's Constitutional Tribunal
""In the book of life every page has two sides: we human beings fill the upper side with our plans, hopes and wishes, but providence writes on the other side, and what it ordains is seldom our goal." Nizami Ganjavi"
"We laugh with Ariodante, we suffer, we cry with Ariodante."
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The French parliament has approved a controversial bill tightening immigration rules for those wanting to join their relatives in France. The
Life could be about to become more difficult for the one and a half million people living in the Gaza Strip. Israel’s decision to formally define the
Mediators say there has been no hint of a compromise over the future status of Kosovo, ahead of the first round of direct talks next week. Envoys at
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The chief UN war crimes prosecutor Carla Del Ponte is in Serbia meeting officials including Rasim Ljajic, the head of co-ordination for the War
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US efforts to ensure the success of a Middle East peace conference, planned for this November, remain mired in political negotiation
It seems surreal, but Gaza relies almost totally on its enemy, Israel, for its daily needs. Israeli forces may have withdrawn from the Strip two
President George W. Bush has said he hopes the stand-off with Iran over its nuclear ambitions can be solved through negotiation. He made his comments
Pakistan’s presidential election will take place on October 6, with Pervez Musharraf seeking a fresh mandate, despite significant opposition. The