telegraph.co.uk At least 44 people have died and 520 injured in a series of massive explosions that ripped through warehouses in Tianjin, north-eastern China, shortly before midnight on Wednesday.
washingtonpost.com D.C. Council member David Grosso said he is considering introducing legislation this fall that would decriminalise prostitution in the city and provide sex workers with resources to be safe and get out of the business if they want to.
AP The Indonesian fisheries minister says a massive Thai refrigerated cargo ship believed to be loaded with slave-caught fish has been seized by the navy and brought to shore after an AP report alerted authorities about its presence in the country's waters.
thebangkokpost.com The leader of Myanmar's ruling party has been removed from his post, an official said on Thursday, after a shock police swoop on party headquarters that laid bare a power struggle among key political players ahead of elections.
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nationmultimedia.com On the occasion of Her Majesty the Queen's birthday and Mother's Day yesterday, Thais nationwide united to wear blue symbolising the Queen's birthday color and make merit or engage in social activities, while people also expressed gratitude to and went out with their mothers.
wsj.com Thailand's economy could feel a pinch if Chinese tourists balk at the higher cost of international travel a cheaper yuan will cause, said Krisda Chinavicharana, director-general of the Fiscal Policy Office at the Thai Finance Ministry. But Mr Krisda said any uptick in Chinese industrial activity from a cheaper yuan could help Thai exporters of items such as rubber, chemical products, plastic pellets and computer parts, which account for 55 percent of the country's exports to China.
bangkokpost.com The United States is ''deeply concerned'' over last week's long prison terms for lese majeste and claimed, ''No one should be jailed'' for expressing their views.
smh.com.au Massive, deadly explosions have erupted in the major Chinese port city of Tianjin, sending a fireball and mushroom cloud into the night sky and causing at least 17 deaths and hundreds of injuries. The explosions were sparked at a warehouse for dangerous material near the port, officials and state media outlets say
theguardian.com Amnesty International has approved a policy to endorse the decriminalisation of the sex trade. At its decision-making forum in Dublin, the human rights group approved the resolution to recommend ''full decriminalisation of all aspects of consensual sex work''.
spectator.co.uk You would never have guessed it, but Amnesty was once the most clear-headed and focused of organisations.
thetimes.co.uk Jimmy Carter, 90, the former US president who went on to become an indefatigable elder statesman and diplomatic troubleshooter, has disclosed that his liver cancer has spread.
thetimes.co.uk Almost 70 people drowned while trying to sail from Libya to Italy in an inflatable dinghy, survivors have reported. The migrants were in international waters when the vessel began to deflate shortly after leaving Libya.
theguardian.com Motorists and passengers in England and Wales are being warned they will soon be breaking the law if they smoke in a vehicle carrying a person under 18. From October 1, they face fixed penalty fines of 50 pounds -with drivers at risk of being fined twice if they have failed to stop a passenger smoking and are smoking themselves.
latimes.com After five years of eluding prosecution on sexual assault accusations and an extradition warrant from the US, WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange is about to see Sweden's ability to prosecute him on three of the four allegations expire under the statute of limitations.
bangkokpost.com Up to one billion passengers could have boarded AirAsia flights by 2025 as the group that pioneered budget air travel in Asia hopes to join the world's top airlines.
AP Hillary Rodham Clinton relented to months of demands that she relinquish the personal email server she used while secretary of state, directing the device be given to the Justice Department.
alternativesjournal.ca India and Southeast Asia have far more dangerous roads than North America or Europe, according to the report. And Thailand tops the list of unsafe roads in all the countries we have travelled through.
nytimes.com New York Jets quarterback Geno Smith will miss 6-10 weeks with a broken jaw after being ''cold-cocked'' by teammate Ikemefuna Enemkpali in the locker room.
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