5 Things for Friday, October 14: It's getting tense in here...

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(CNN)A major death, and a celebration of life that one country has been hoping for for two years. It's Friday, and here's what you need to know to Get Up to Speed and Out the Door.

1. Campaign 2016

There's been plenty of "October surprises," but we totally didn't expect Michelle Obama to be one of them. Her impassioned speech denouncing Donald Trump's treatment of women had people going nuts. Oh, and new swing state polls show Trump's path to the White House is getting preeetty narrow. Clinton has her own woes: faith leaders are unhappy that hacked e-mails seem to show her campaign trivializing religion

    2. Thailand

    Thailand's in intense mourning and quite a bit of uncertainty after King Bhumibol Adulyadej's death. The 88-year-old king was on the throne for 70 years - the longest-reigning monarch at the time of his death. The question now is, who's in charge of the kingdom

    3. Chibok girls

    Remember the more than 200 Nigerian girls and women whose kidnapping at the hands of Boko Haram in 2014 spurred international outrage and the hashtag #BringBackOurGirls? Well, 21 of them have been freed by the terrorist group, along with a baby boy. Nigerian leaders are hopeful their safe return can pave the way for even more girls to come back home.

    4. Syria

    Despite the obvious humanitarian crisis unfolding there, President Bashar al-Assad claims Aleppo is a "springboard" to "liberate" other areas and push "terrorists" out of the country. That's a lot of scare quotes, and for good reason: The whole thing obviously angers international leaders, and the US says the constant airstrikes hammering the city should be investigated as war crimes.  

    5. Yemen

    Some rumblings off the coast of Yemen: An American destroyer struck three sites in the country, hours after missiles targeted a US warship for the second time in four days. There was a lot of posturing and threats from both sides, but the US response was clear: You do NOT want to mess with us. The missiles came from a minority Shia group embroiled in Yemen's ongoing civil war. 

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