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KU's new international recruitment program hits first enrollment target, but has yet to hire permanent leader

Kansas University’s fledgling international student recruitment program met its modest first semester goal, and leaders are confident enrollment will grow even as colleges increasingly compete for the same student pool. But while students are in place and KU says a partnership with Shorelight Education is going well, the program still lacks permanent hires for two of its top three jobs. By Sara Shepherd

KU professors recall Berlin Wall's collapse, political and social fallout that followed

As Marike Janzen remembers, the crowd around the Berlin Wall when it fell was joyful but at the same time, solemn. After all, people had died trying to cross it, Janzen said. “The wall was this really violent thing.” Sunday marks the 25th anniversary of the day the wall came down, reopening a barrier between West Germany and Communist East Germany. Janzen is one of several Kansas University professors who experienced the historic event first hand, or whose experiences with the wall led them to study its social and political impact on the world. By Sara Shepherd

Ukrainian family in limbo in Lawrence, asylum case pending

Iryna Yeromenko and her family are staying with a friend in Lawrence, not legally allowed to work and earn money, and unsure of their future. The situation is not ideal, she said, but she’s afraid of returning home to Ukraine. “We came here thinking that by the time the summer’s over ... everything will settle down,” said Yeromenko, who has applied for political asylum for herself, her husband and their son. “But it just got even worse.” By Sara Shepherd

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