Thailand’s King Bhumibol dies after a 70-year reign


October 14, 2016

Thailand’s King Bhumibol Adulyadej, the world’s longest-serving monarch, has died at the age of 88. Donald Trump said if he doesn’t win the US presidential election, “I don’t know what I’m going to do.” And people are furious that all 11 Nobel Prize winners were men this year.



Donald Trump responded to groping accusations at a Florida rally, saying they “defy common sense and logic.”

He was referring to a New York Times article published Wednesday in which two women said the US Republican presidential nominee made inappropriate sexual advances toward them years ago. Trump also made an unexpected confession at the rally: “If we don’t win this election, I don’t know what I’m going to do.”

First Lady Michelle Obama blasted Trump for “bragging about sexually assaulting women” in an impassioned speech Thursday. “I can’t stop thinking about this,” she said. “It has shaken me to my core in a way that I couldn’t have predicted.”

Still, some Trump supporters say nothing he could do or say would change their vote. “I just hate Hillary” was the common refrain at the Florida rally, BuzzFeed News’ Daniel Wagner reports.

You can watch Michelle Obama’s full speech here. Jim Cole / AP


NCLR Action Fund, the political group affiliated with the largest Hispanic advocacy organization in the country, will endorse Hillary Clinton the day before the final debate in Las Vegas, four sources tell BuzzFeed News. This will be the first time the group has endorsed a presidential candidate.


Thailand’s King Bhumibol Adulyadej died after a 70-year reign. He was 88.

Bhumibol, the world’s longest-serving monarch, died after years of deteriorating health, the palace said Friday, BuzzFeed News’ Megha Rajagopalan reports from Bangkok.

People gathered outside Siriraj Hospital in Bangkok, wiping away tears and phoning loved ones in a massive outpouring of emotion. They had monitored the news all evening for word of the king’s condition. Many observed a respectful silence.

The king was widely revered and beloved by many in Thailand, which is a constitutional monarchy currently ruled by a military junta. Because he reigned for 70 years, the vast majority of Thai people have never lived under the rule of another monarch.

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The US must make major changes to a secretive legal system.

A leading House Democrat called for a complete review of US trade policy, as well as a freeze on any new trade deals, as he denounced the private legal system created by those deals as “filled with abuse.”

The system, a sort of global super court known as investor-state dispute settlement, or ISDS, was recently the subject of a major BuzzFeed News investigation. ISDS is overseen by private arbitrators and empowers businesses to sue countries for hundreds of millions or even billions of dollars.

It’s one of the most controversial parts of the Trans-Pacific Partnership, the sprawling international trade pact that has become a prominent issue in the US presidential campaign.



All 11 Nobel Prize winners were men this year and people are furious.

Yesterday, the committee announced that singer-songwriter Bob Dylan had won the Nobel Prize in literature for his "new poetic expressions within the great American song tradition."

But shortly after the news broke, people realized that all 11 Nobel Prize winners were men this year. And in fact, a few people noted that this wasn’t exactly an isolated incident. Of the 900 people who’ve ever won a Nobel Prize, only 48 have been women.



  • Chibok schoolgirls: Twenty-one of the Chibok schoolgirls who were kidnapped by Boko Haram in 2014 have been freed, BBC News reports.

  • US news: A federal appeals court ruled on Thursday that the supplier of Missouri’s execution drugs can remain anonymous — a reversal of the three-judge panel’s ruling from last month. And the Department of Justice said it’ll begin collecting data on police shootings across the US next year in an effort to provide a more complete picture of how use of force affects local communities.

  • Goldman Sachs has begun lending money to regular people, after almost 150 years of avoiding them like the plague.

  • Apple CEO Tim Cook thinks augmented reality can be “huge.” In an exclusive interview with BuzzFeed News, he explains why.

  • Star Wars: The final Rogue One trailer is here and everyone is freaking out a bit.


Correction: Comedian Phoebe Robinson of the podcast 2 Dope Queens is about to go mainstream. Yesterday's newsletter incorrectly wrote her last name.


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