Turkey's Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu was in London last week, telling the Western media how helpful Ankara was being in the struggle against the terrorist ''Islamic State'' in northern Syria and Iraq.
A little bit of Latin always raises the tone of an article, so here (with thanks to the classical correspondent of The Observer) is a sentence that may prove useful to Pope Francis: ''agite tentaque si fortiores vos putatis''. It means ''come on then, if you think you're hard enough''.
After Ahmed Merabet, a French policeman, was killed outside the Charlie Hebdo offices in Paris last week, his brother Malek said: ''My brother was Muslim and he was killed by two terrorists, by two false Muslims. Islam is a religion of peace and love.''
The language of the immigration debate in Germany has become harsh and extreme.
''Did you know there's an oil war? And the war has an objective: to destroy Russia,'' said Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro in a live television speech last week.
Here are four reasons why President Barack Obama's decision last week to re-establish diplomatic relations with Cuba was a good idea.
Saint Nicholas (also known as Santa Claus, Kris Kringle or Father Christmas) has had to put up with a lot over the years. After the latest blow, he may not show up at all this week.
For ''shall'', substitute ''may''.
The experts run the whole gamut from A to B, and they're practically unanimous: artificial intelligence is going to destroy human civilisation.
''We will not be cowed by these sick terrorists,'' said British Prime Minister David Cameron after Islamic State (IS) produced a grisly video of the mass beheading of Syrian captives by foreign jihadis who allegedly included British fighters.
This is what former Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych, subsequently driven from office by mass protests in Kiev, said to German Chancellor Angela Merkel just one year ago, at the start of the crisis.
''I need to hear the voice of the people,'' Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said.
When news got out that United States President Barack Obama and China's President Xi Jinping had reached an agreement on climate change, the American blogosphere lit up with negative comments.
''The world is on the brink of a new Cold War. Some say that it has already begun,'' said Mikhail Gorbachev, the last president of the Soviet Union and the man who inadvertently administered a mercy killing to Communism in Europe.
In China, the communists had just massacred the students in Tiananmen Square and won themselves another quarter-century in power.
The European Union's decision-making processes lend new depth to the word ''incoherent'' and the current British Government's default mode is nastiness, but they have both outdone themselves this time.
''We would like to get to a prototype in five generations,'' said Dr Thomas McGuire, the director of the ''revolutionary technology'' division at Lockheed Martin's famed Skunk Works.
''The price of oil will hit its floor and it will rise again,'' President Nicolas Maduro assured Venezuelans, whose shaky economy depends critically on a high oil price.
'We have to recognise that Afghanistan will not be a perfect place, and it's not America's responsibility to make it one,'' said President Barack Obama last May.
A coalition of imams and organisations representing British Muslims has written to Prime Minister David Cameron asking him to stop using the phrase ''Islamic State'' when talking about the new country carved out of Iraq and Syria by Islamist terrorists.