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Blast set off amid tensions in flooded Bangkok

Police say disgruntled residents have set off a loud blast near a flood dike on Bangkok's border, apparently to highlight frustrations over their continued misery.

Labour urges a delay on 80mph limit following deadly M5 crash

Labour called on the Government last night to consider shelving plans to raise the motorway speed limit to 80mph as police continued to investigate the cause of the M5 crash on Friday in which seven people died.

Baby burned in fireworks incident

A 12-month-old baby girl has been burned after a firework hit her in the face.

i Editor's Letter: The gunpowder

Baseball: Comeback Cardinals beat Rangers to win World Series

The St. Louis Cardinals completed their magical comeback season by beating the Texas Rangers 6-2 in a deciding Game Seven to clinch the World Series last night.

'We can be the best' says Mario Balotelli

Mario Balotelli has hailed Manchester City's 6-1 win over Manchester United on Sunday as "one of the best" team performances he has been involved with at the club.

Mario Balotelli celebrates scoring his team's second goal

Mancini: Balotelli in world's top five players

It had always looked like a risky decision to relocate Mario Balotelli from Manchester's Deansgate to the bucolic surrounds of Mottram St Andrew, where his most outlandish neighbour is Michael Carrick. The 21-year-old's family were actually urging him to abandon thoughts of a rural home a year ago because they didn't know how he would occupy himself.

Dom Joly: The Mounties always get their phone call

I've finished my expedition to the glorious Okanagan Valley in British Columbia (Canada's California, apparently) investigating Ogopogo, the monster that is supposed to inhabit Lake Okanagan. Don't worry, I haven't gone all David Icke (yet) – this is for my new book, Scary Monsters and Super Creeps, and the subject gives me an excuse to visit some pretty interesting parts of the world. Canada was probably a brave choice for a first destination as it is seen as literary Mogadon by publishers. Bill Bryson supposedly wanted to write a book about the country but his publishers recoiled in horror. I love the place – I have a Canadian wife and spend every summer there – and hope to convert as many Brits as possible to the land of the beaver.

Finnish police arrest youth on explosives charge

Finnish police say they have arrested an 18-year-old man who ordered 22 pounds (10 kilograms) of fertilizer from Poland to make explosives. Local media cited police as saying the man had explained he wanted to make his own fireworks.

Turkmenistan blast blamed on fireworks may have killed several hundred

It was just the harmless detonation of some fireworks, the authorities in Turkmenistan insisted, and there were no casualties. But reports on opposition websites and eyewitness testimony suggest that a series of explosions last week at an arms depot in the isolated Central Asian country could have killed dozens of people and injured hundreds.

The Sketch: A firework was lit under the House. And the whips got burnt

"An endangered species kept against their will for the entertainment of others," Nic Dakin said. He meant the Liberal Democrats, and that made the House laugh. Everyone was in a very frisky mood for the liveliest Thursday afternoon the House has had for years. The Backbench Business Committee, under the chairmanship of Natascha Engel, has maybe not put a bomb under the House of Commons but has certainly lit a firework in it.

Protesters let off smoke bomb at Grayling debate

A debate hosted by Professor A C Grayling ended in chaos last night as protesters opposed to his plans to set up a private university set off a smoke bomb.

Steve Canavan: Tangerine fireworks have lit up a negative top flight

The colour tangerine is not to everyone's taste but Ian Holloway's side have lit up the top flight this season. The manner in which they have taken games by the scruff of the neck and, win or lose, tried to attack and score goals has been a blessed relief, given some of the negative tactics we have witnessed in previous years.

A Day That Shook The World: VE Day celebrations

On 13 May 1945, Winston Churchill announced to a jubilant nation that the Second World War had come to an end in Europe.

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