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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
JOHANNESBURG — South Africa's president says Nelson Mandela has died at age 95. Jacob Zuma says "we've lost our greatest son."
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
Professors from universities in Kansas traveled to the small country of Paraguay to help improve its government. By Rebekka Schlichting
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 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.
Storms that have lashed the Dutch coast this year have created a wave of orphaned baby seals — some so young their umbilical cords are still attached — wrenched from their mothers and washed up on beaches and dikes.
U.S. denies having role in slaying
It seemed a clockwork killing: Motorcycle riders flashed by and attached a magnetic bomb onto a car carrying a nuclear scientist working at Iran’s main uranium enrichment facility. By the time the blast tore apart the silver Peugeot, the bike was blocks away, weaving through Tehran traffic after what Iran calls the latest strike in an escalating covert war.
Terror attacks across Nigeria by a radical Muslim sect killed at least 39 people, with the majority dying on the steps of a Catholic church after celebrating Christmas Mass as blood pooled in dust from a massive explosion.
Pope Benedict XVI issued pleas for peace to reign across the world during his traditional Christmas address Sunday, a call marred by Muslim extremists who bombed a Catholic church in Nigeria, striking after worshippers celebrated Mass.