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The Associated Press | January 22, 2013 03:23 AM EST | AP


"America's possibilities are limitless, for we possess all the qualities that this world without boundaries demands." – President Barack Obama in a second inaugural address that broke new ground by assigning gay rights a prominent place in the wider struggle for equality for all.

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"I'm glad we were able to get some rescued, but we did lose three Americans. That just tells us that al-Qaida is committed to creating terror wherever they are and we've got to fight back." – Defense Secretary Leon Panetta after three U.S. citizens were killed in last week's hostage standoff at a natural gas complex in Algeria.

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"We changed our whole lives to get organized for power cuts, but now we have no idea when the power will come or go." – Retired teacher Mariam Ghassan after the Syrian government blamed a rebel attack on a key power line for a blackout that hit Damascus and much of the country's south overnight.