14 January 2017

Zhou Youguang, father of Chinese Romanization, dies at 111

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.

'Exorcist' author William Peter Blatty dead at 89

In this Sept. 29, 2010 file photo released by Starpix, "The Exorcist" author William Peter Blatty, left, joins Linda Blair, who starred in the 1973 film and William Friedkin, the film's director, at a screening of the remastered film at the Museum of Modern Art in New York. Blatty died, Thursday, Jan. 12, 2017, at a hospital in Bethesda, Md, of multiple myeloma, a form of blood cancer, according to his wife Julie. He was 89.
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 in talks to persuade Gambian leader to step down

In this May 29, 2015, file photo, Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari salutes his supporters during his inauguration in Abuja, Nigeria. Buhari is leading a regional delegation to Gambia in a last-ditch attempt to persuade its longtime leader to step down and allow his rival's inauguration next week. Buhari has been authorized to offer Gambian President Yahya Jammeh asylum, if necessary, during Friday, Jan. 13, 2017, visit.
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 coalition said.
"This crisis has not been solved by these talks," said spokesman Halifa Sallah, adding that more efforts are needed to narrow differences.