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Originally published Wednesday, August 1, 2012 at 12:02 AM

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Quotations of the day

"The humanitarian situation here is very bad. There is not enough food and people are trying to leave. We really need support from the outside. There is random shelling against civilians." - Activist Mohammed Saeed in a statement as soldiers and rebels battled Tuesday to tip the scales in the fight for Aleppo, Syria's largest city.

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"The humanitarian situation here is very bad. There is not enough food and people are trying to leave. We really need support from the outside. There is random shelling against civilians." - Activist Mohammed Saeed in a statement as soldiers and rebels battled Tuesday to tip the scales in the fight for Aleppo, Syria's largest city.

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"Everyone overdraws from the grid. Just this morning I held a meeting with power officials from the states and I gave directions that states that overdraw should be punished. We have given instructions that their power supply could be cut." - Power Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde after three Indian electric grids collapsed in a cascade Tuesday, cutting power to 620 million people in the world's biggest blackout.

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"I told those guys I wanted a big lead. I was like, `You better give me a big lead going into the last lap,' and they gave it to me. I just wanted to hold on. I thanked them for being able to allow me to have this moment." - Olympic swimmer Michael Phelps on winning his record-breaking 19th medal after he and teammates Ryan Lochte, Conor Dwyer and Ricky Berens took the gold for the 4x200-meter freestyle relay.

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