Weekly news round-up Oct. 15

Graphic by Charlotte Alden.

Graphic by Charlotte Alden.

By Matthew Farr

Last week was a busy week for news in the U.S. and around the world. Here is a brief summary of the most popular stories this past week:

Bob Dylan awarded Nobel Peace Prize for literature
American singer-songwriter Bob Dylan won the Nobel Peace Prize for literature for the first time for “having created new poetic expressions within the great American song tradition.” In the announcement, Dylan was compared to ancient Greek poets.

For more: http://www.cnn.com/2016/10/13/world/nobel-prize-literature/index.html

US Navy launches cruise missiles at Yemeni rebels
Several radar stations operated by Houthis in Yemen lie in ruins after the U.S. Navy destroyer USS Nitze launched several Tomahawk cruise missiles at the installations. The strikes are retaliation after the Houthis launched several anti-ship missiles at the destroyers USS Ponce and USS Mason.

For more: https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/checkpoint/wp/2016/10/12/more-missiles-fired-from-rebel-held-territory-in-yemen-at-u-s-navy-ships/?hpid=hp_rhp-more-top-stories_no-name%3Ahomepage%2Fstory

Thai king dead at 88
King Bhumibol Adulyadej, the leader of Thailand, and the world’s longest serving monarch, died this Thursday at the age of 88. Bhumibol served as king for 70 years and was beloved by many of his people. It is assumed Crown Prince Vajiralongkorn will take over the throne, and the country’s “lese-majeste” laws leave no room for public discussion of who should be the next king.

For more: http://www.reuters.com/article/us-thailand-king-idUSKCN12D0GW

Telegrams from the campaign trail

Two women accuse Donald Trump of sexual assault in New York Times piece. Trump has denied the accusations and has threatened to suit the Times if they don’t retract the story. WARNING: Link contains graphic language. (http://nyti.ms/2d8kUwx)

Wikileaks published emails showing high ranking Democrats fretting about a Clinton candidacy. The organization claims to have 50,000 more emails ready to publish before election day. (http://wapo.st/2evIBPs)

Trump campaign pulls out of the swing state of Virginia, all but conceding the state to Clinton. (http://nbcnews.to/2ebjFcY)

The Republican stronghold of Utah is, by some polls, a three horse race with Trump, Clinton, and independent Evan McMullin within 4 points of each other. Utah has not voted for a Democrat since Lyndon B. Johnson in 1964. (http://cnn.it/2es3Fqb)