Thailand's king, world's longest-reigning monarch, dies

BANGKOK (AP) — King Bhumibol Adulyadej, revered in Thailand as a demigod, a humble father figure and an anchor of stability through decades of upheaval at home and abroad, died on Thursday. He was 88 and had been the world's longest reigning monarch.

  • Written by DENIS D. GRAY, Associated Press TODD PITMAN, Associated Press

German officials demand answers after suspect strangles self

BERLIN (AP) — A 22-year-old Syrian man suspected of planning an Islamic extremist bombing attack strangled himself by tying his shirt to the bars of his jail cell, German officials said Thursday.

  • Written by DAVID RISING, Associated Press FRANK JORDANS, Associated Press

Nigeria says 21 abducted Chibok schoolgirls freed in talks

MAIDUGURI, Nigeria (AP) — Twenty-one of the Chibok schoolgirls kidnapped by Boko Haram Islamic extremists more than two years ago have been freed in negotiations, officials said Thursday.

  • Written by ISMAIL ALFA ABDULRAHIM, Associated Press

Don't think twice, it's all right: Bob Dylan wins Nobel Lit

STOCKHOLM (AP) — Singer-songwriter Bob Dylan won the 2016 Nobel Prize in literature on Thursday, a stunning announcement that for the first time bestowed the prestigious award on a musician for "having created new poetic expressions within the great American song tradition."

  • Written by BY KARL RITTER, Associated Press

Official: Pilot, trainee had altercation before plane crash

EAST HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — A plane crash that killed a student pilot and left his flight instructor with serious burns appears to have been a suicide attempt, a U.S. official familiar with the investigation said.

  • Written by DAVE COLLINS, Associated Press