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Thursday 19 October 2017

"I actually see all the signs of a new Cold War. It could all blow up at any moment if we don't take action. Moscow does not believe the West, and the West does not believe Moscow. A war today would probably lead inevitably to nuclear war. But the statements and propaganda on both sides make me fear the worst. If anyone loses their nerve in this charged atmosphere, we will not survive the next few years."

"I actually see all the signs of a new Cold War. It could all blow up at any moment if we don't take action. Moscow does not believe the West, and the West does not believe Moscow. A war today would probably lead inevitably to nuclear war. But the statements and propaganda on both sides make me fear the worst. If anyone loses their nerve in this charged atmosphere, we will not survive the next few years." Mikhail Gorbachev, former Soviet leader.

"I judge that the Chinese Communist Party more than any other party in the world, wants China to be rich and powerful. Our country's President, more than any other world leader, hopes that Chinese people can live well."

Mo Yan, Chinese writer and Nobel laureate.

"When men of integrity are arrested and imprisoned, when the space for free speech is shrinking, when public life is filled with fawning addresses about the President and his wife, why are you still singing their praises?"

Murong Xuecun, Chinese writer, responding to Mo Yan.

"It's a nice picture and obviously something that I will be able to look back on, that two of the legends of football were looking at me."

Stephanie Roche, Fifa's goal of the year nominee, on admiring glances from Ronaldo and Lionel Messi.

"It's the height of tokenism. She was playing for Peamount United. Give me a break… the fact that she's Irish, fantastic and good luck to her. But there's no way she deserves the award… It's sham amateurism."

Ivan Yates, broadcaster, on Stephanie Roche's success.

"I'm definitely still wild at heart, but I can't hit on women in public anymore. I didn't decide this, it just doesn't feel right at my age."

Jack Nicholson, actor.

"I am disappointed but not surprised at the attacks - some political, some personal... I suppose it's understandable. No cosy club likes disturbance and a very cosy, comfortable club exists and depends on the political status quo."

Lucinda Creighton, new party founder.

"Messages that members of Fine Gael and the Labour parliamentary party have got, especially over the last three or four years, have been absolutely vile and totally unacceptable. The bullying and harassment... that does go back to your own families as well."

Paul Kehoe, Government Chief Whip.

"I would make myself head of the style police and fight fiercely against sloppiness. Being well turned out is not a matter of means. Benefits would be replaced by maintenance bonuses for those who make an effort."

Karl Lagerfeld, designer, on dressing the unemployed.

"You must not react violently, but if my good friend… says a curse word against my mother, he can expect a punch. It's normal. You cannot provoke."

Pope Francis on free speech.

"There are actual cities like Birmingham that are totally Muslim, where non-Muslims just don't go in."

Steve Emerson, Fox News US TV pundit.

"When I heard this I choked on my porridge... This guy is clearly a complete idiot."

David Cameron, UK Prime Minister, on the Fox broadcast.

"Apart from the priest, the sanctuary has become full of women… the activities in the parish and the liturgy have been influenced by women and become so feminine in many places that men do not want to get involved."

US Cardinal Raymond Burke.

"It's like we put a bottle of milk in people's fridge that they weren't asking for - it's a gross invasion."

Bono on the iTunes distribution of their latest album.

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