The Associated Press
February 17, 2014

Quotations in the News

“The pilot went to the toilet and (the co-pilot) locked himself in the cockpit. (He) wanted asylum in Switzerland. That’s the motivation of the hijacking.” — Geneva airport chief executive Robert Deillon after an Ethiopian Airlines co-pilot hijacked a plane bound for Rome and flew it to Switzerland.


“In the Netherlands we have the gay thing, so we weren’t such good friends. Now, you know, suddenly he’s there, suddenly he’s nice.” — Livia Rickli of Amsterdam on the presence of Russian President Vladimir Putin at the Sochi Olympics.


“It is very clear that Bashar Assad is trying to win this on the battlefield instead of coming to the negotiating table in good faith.” — U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, who accused the Syrian president of stonewalling peace talks with opposition leaders.

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