"There was no chance to escape, and that's why the casualties were so severe. We're now doing all we can to rescue the missing." — Zhou Tian, fire department head in Tianjin, China, as the death toll from the explosions at a chemical warehouse rose to at least 85 — including 21 firefighters.
"We were left to die in Syria. It doesn't matter if we die on the rough sea. At the end, by God's providence, we will reach the stability and security in Europe." — Issa Jaefer, a Syrian migrant waiting in Bodrum, Turkey, to make the crossing to the Greek island of Kos.
"There is no way Congress will lift the embargo if we are not making progress on issues of conscience." — Secretary of State John Kerry, cautioning that Cuban leaders should not expect to see progress on the trade embargo without improvements in civil liberties.