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Lawrence native weathers Japanese typhoon

Living most of her life in Lawrence, Kerry Cuny has been through tornadoes. But unlike those — which are over in minutes — the Typhoon Neoguri battered her ninth-floor apartment for some 30 hours straight, with howling winds and driving rain that forced its way in through otherwise secure windows. By Sara Shepherd

Poet, author Maya Angelou dies at 86

NEW YORK — Maya Angelou, a modern Renaissance woman who survived the harshest of childhoods to become a force on stage, screen, the printed page and the inaugural dais, has died. She was 86.

Malaysia: Missing flight crashed in Indian Ocean

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia — A new analysis of satellite data indicates the missing Malaysia Airlines plane crashed into a remote corner of the Indian Ocean, Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak said Monday.

Events at KU aim to bring faraway Syrian crisis closer to home

For Kansas University senior Suhayla Sibaai, the civil war in Syria is personal — she has relatives there and fears for their safety. But Sibaai and other members of KU Students for Justice in the Middle East believe everyone should care about what’s going on there and try to help. The club has designated this week Syria in Crisis: Jayhawk Awareness Week and has planned several events. By Sara Shepherd

International military officers take in culture, talk issues at KU

The world seemed suddenly small Friday inside a cozy conference room in Wescoe Hall. Military officers from eight European countries and Canada conversed candidly with a few students and a professor about everything from cybersecurity to women in their respective militaries. Elsewhere around Kansas University, officers from more than 30 other countries worldwide, also grouped by continent, were doing the same thing. By Sara Shepherd

Nelson Mandela, South Africa's peacemaker, dies

JOHANNESBURG — South Africa's president says Nelson Mandela has died at age 95. Jacob Zuma says "we've lost our greatest son."

Thatcher had ties to Douglas County

Many people might not realize it, but former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, who died Monday at the age of 87, had direct ties to eastern Kansas and Douglas County. The chapel she attended as a child, and where her father was a minister, was relocated to Baldwin City's Baker University in 1996. Thatcher attended its dedication, an event still fresh in the mind of many of the attendees. By Giles Bruce

Kansas professors travel to Paraguay to help improve democratic government

Professors from universities in Kansas traveled to the small country of Paraguay to help improve its government. By Rebekka Schlichting

2 U.S. advisers killed in Kabul

NATO pulls military workers amid protests

A gunman killed two American military advisers with shots to the back of the head Saturday inside a heavily guarded ministry building, and NATO ordered military workers out of Afghan ministries as protests raged for a fifth day over the burning of copies of the Quran at a U.S. army base.

Tensions high, U.S. warns Iran not to block shipping

Tensions rising by the day, the Obama administration said Friday it is warning Iran through public and private channels against any action that threatens the flow of oil from the Persian Gulf. The Navy revealed that two U.S. ships in and near the Gulf were harassed by Iranian speedboats last week.