Zhou Youguang, a linguist considered the father of modern China's Pinyin Romanization system, died Saturday at the age of 111.
Born in 1906 during China's last imperial dynasty, the Qing, Zhou died at his home in Beijing, one day after celebrating his birthday, according to state broadcaster Chinese Central Television and other official media outlets.
Novelist and filmmaker William Peter Blatty, a former Jesuit school
valedictorian who conjured a tale of demonic possession and gave
millions the fright of their lives with the best-selling novel and
Oscar-winning movie "The Exorcist," has died. He was 89.
Blatty died Thursday at a hospital in Bethesda, Maryland, where he lived, his widow, Julie Alicia Blatty, told The Associated Press. The cause of death was multiple myeloma, a form of blood cancer, she said.
No deal was reached Friday in last-ditch attempts by a regional
mediation team to persuade Gambia's longtime leader to step down, and
while mediation will continue, the inauguration next week of the elected
opposition coalition leader will go forward, the spokesman for
"This crisis has not been solved by these talks," said spokesman Halifa Sallah, adding that more efforts are needed to narrow differences.