Quotes of the Week: 'The People of This Region Deserve A Chance to Live Free of Fear and Violence'

PHOTO: Palestinians celebrate in the street of Gaza City, November 21, 2012 as a ceasefire came into effect in and around Gaza after a week of cross-border violence between Israel and Hamas.
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Check out this week's buzziest, funniest and craziest quotes from around the world.

PHOTO: Palestinians celebrate in the street of Gaza City, November 21, 2012 as a ceasefire came into effect in and around Gaza after a week of cross-border violence between Israel and Hamas.
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'The People of This Region Deserve a Chance to Live Free of Fear and Violence'

The rockets and missiles fell silent over Gaza for the first time in eight days on Wednesday, but gunfire erupted in the crowded streets of the Palestinian enclave to celebrate the announcement of a ceasefire in the bloody conflict between Israel and Hamas.

The eight days of fighting left 130 Palestinians and five Israelis dead, and badly damaged many of Gaza's buildings. A bomb that exploded on a bus in Tel Aviv earlier today left an additional 10 Israelis wounded.

The fighting came to an end after a meeting between Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi and U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

"This is a critical moment for the region," Clinton said after the meeting, standing next to Egyptian Foreign Minister Mohamed Kamel Amr to announce the deal.

"The people of this region deserve a chance to live free of fear and violence and today's agreement is a step" in that direction, Clinton said. "Now we have to focus on reaching a durable outcome."

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PHOTO: Jailed polygamist leader Warren Jeffs issued an edict that only 15 men are allowed to father children in the FLDS community, Seen here in a Sept. 19, 2007 file photo.
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'Anybody Who Thinks That Warren Jeffs' Incarceration Ended His Rule in This Community Has No Idea What They're Talking About.'

Six years after Warren Jeffs was first arrested and later sentenced to life in prison for sexually assaulting children, it's almost as though the fundamentalist leader, whom the faithful call their "prophet," never left Colorado City.

Jeffs' followers, who live in the desert town nestled on the border between Arizona and Utah, are a radical splinter group of the mainstream Mormon church who call themselves the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.

"Anybody who thinks that Warren Jeffs' incarceration ended his rule in this community has no idea what they're talking about. He is in many ways more powerful because now he's martyred," said reporter Mike Watkiss, who has covered the community of 8,000 people for 25 years.

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PHOTO: Jennifer Shipe with fundraiser supporters
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'Penn State Saved Me.'

Three weeks before Jennifer Shipe headed off to Penn State as an 18-year-old freshman, she was gang-raped by five football players after a high school event.

Shipe was so traumatized that she had a car accident returning home from the party and never went to the police. In fact, for 12 years, she never told a soul, not even her parents.

"For six months, I couldn't even say the word rape," said Shipe, now 34 and a senior creative producer for Starbucks in Seattle. "I felt so ashamed. I completely shut down."

Shipe found a way to escape her dark secret at the university, where she was a stellar student and graduated in 2000.

"Penn State saved me," she said. "I worked my butt off to succeed and prove I was worth something."

But when she learned assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky had molested numerous young boys and for years no one had spoken out -- it unearthed all the deep scars she had silently carried.

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PHOTO: A crowd gathers as security guards break up a fight between shoppers waiting in line just as the doors open for Black Friday shopping at Target, Nov. 22, 2012, in Bowling Green, Ky.
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'It Was a Little Chaotic. People Were Exiting the Store.'

Two people were shot outside a Walmart in Florida Friday, one of a rash of fights, robberies and other incidents that have cropped up on one of the most ballyhooed shopping days of the year.

Tensions were high at the entrances as people lined up outside stores, waiting for the doors to open.

At a San Antonio, Texas, Sears, one man argued with customers and even punched one in order to get to the front of the line, prompting a man with a concealed carry permit to pull a gun, said Matthew Porter, public information officer of the San Antonio Police Department.

"It was a little chaotic. People were exiting the store," Porter said. "Fortunately for us, officers responded quickly and were able to ease the commotion."

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PHOTO: Nine month old month old Casen Buswell, has a genetic condition that hardens his blood vessels, skin and muscle.
Courtesy Jenna Buswell
'This Thanksgiving Is About Living Every Moment to the Fullest.'

A stranger who raffles his beloved race car to help a baby he's never met.

A caring, intrepid team of doctors halfway around the world who could save that baby's life.

And watching that wide-eyed baby giggle with his 3-year-old sister.

They're the moments that make the parent of a child with a disease so rare he's just one of 14 people in the world who have it thankful.

"I think life throws a lot of curveballs, and this is definitely one of them," said Jenna Buswell, the mother of 9-month-old Casen Buswell.

The disease causes Casen's breathing to be labored and his blood vessels, skin and muscles to harden, something that will only worsen as he gets older unless he receives lifesaving care in Belgium, where a husband and wife team are the only doctors in the world who have experience treating the rare disease.

"This Thanksgiving is about living every moment to the fullest," Buswell said.

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PHOTO: Benjamin Pessah woke from a month long coma after being shot in the head.
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'It Was Pretty Bizarre and Unnecessary.'

Doctors told Benjamin Pessah's family he might not live after he was shot in the head. But after waking from an almost month-long coma, Pessah said his first words and took his first steps just in time for Thanksgiving.

Pessah, of Burlingame, Calif., was walking home from a Halloween party in San Francisco on Oct. 28 with two friends and his girlfriend when a stranger came up and touched his girlfriend inappropriately. Pessah, 21, stepped in to protect her when the man pulled out a gun and shot him in the head.

"It was pretty bizarre and unnecessary," Pessah's older brother, Nick Pessah, told ABCNews.com. "He [the stranger] attempted to shoot the group of four of them. He missed everybody but the last bullet hit my brother in the head."

When doctors first examined Pessah's injuries, they told his family he wasn't going to make it. At one point, doctors said he only had a 25 percent chance of living.

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PHOTO: Korey Chisholm just won asylum in the U.S. After being persecuted for being gay in his native Guyana.
Courtesy Korey Chisholm
'Here the Police Can Protect and Not Persecute Me.'

Oliver came out quietly in 2005, but last year when a gang of neighborhood boys learned the young activist was gay, they blackmailed him, stole his phone and clothing and, when he called their bluff, told his mother.

In the United States, this event surely would have been traumatizing. But in Nigeria, where Oliver lived until he recently got asylum status, it almost cost him his life.

Oliver, still trembling from fear, did not want to use his last name.

"I used to live with my mother, but now she said I should never come back," he said. "She is the only family I have."

The Nigerian Senate has passed a bill that criminalizes homosexuality, forcing even families to report their loved ones if they are in same-sex relationships. Its House of Representatives will soon vote on it.

"It has huge implications," said Oliver, who is now 26 and living in the Queens section of New York City. "It will actually make families torn apart and open the doors to persecution of those even perceived to be gay."

Now 26 and living in the Queens section of New York City, Oliver said he is excited to me away from the things that "limited me and my potential."

"Here the police can protect and not persecute me," he said.

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