What We're Following This Morning

Leader of Paris attacks confirmed dead: On Thursday, French authorities announced that Abdelhamid Abaaoud, the suspected ringleader in last week’s attacks, died in a raid in Paris on Wednesday. Questions about how Abaaoud organized the attacks and who else was involved remain the subjects of intense investigation.

France’s state of emergency: The lower house of the French parliament has passed a measure that would extend the country’s emergency laws following last week’s attacks. If approved by the upper house, the emergency powers would stay in effect for three more months.

Belgium beefs up: As police sweep the country looking for other suspects in the Paris attacks, Belgian Prime Minister Charles Michel pledged $427 million in funds to battle Islamic State. The country’s security services have been criticized in the wake of last week’s deadly violence.

A National Book Award for Ta-Nehisi Coates​: “Between the World and Me” scored the prize for best nonfiction book at Wednesday night’s National Book Awards. Here’s our excerpt of the book.