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English teachers from Vietnam sharpen skills on KU campus
06:40 p.m., March 4, 2015 Updated 10:46 p.m.
Nga Luu teaches English to gifted high schoolers in her home country of Vietnam, but she never had the chance to visit an English speaking country until now. Luu is one of 13 Vietnamese teachers spending this school year on the Kansas University campus. By Sara Shepherd
Visiting KU professor shares Israeli perception of Netanyahu visit
05:28 p.m., March 2, 2015 Updated 10:21 p.m.
Many Israelis are cynical about Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s visit to the United States, viewing it as an attempt to drum up popularity for his reelection that could even harm Israel’s relationship with America, a Kansas University visiting professor says. While Israelis see party politics of one kind — Netanyahu’s Likud v. Herzog’s Zionist Union — many Americans are talking about other party politics in connection with the visit — Republican v. Democrat. By Sara Shepherd
After days of terror, French police kill gunmen in twin attacks, free 16 hostages
January 9, 2015
With explosions and gunfire, security forces ended a three-day terror rampage around Paris, killing the two al-Qaida-linked brothers who staged a murderous rampage at a satirical newspaper, and an associate who seized a kosher supermarket to try to help them escape.
KU professors discuss deadly terrorist attack at Paris newspaper
02:23 p.m., January 7, 2015 Updated 10:06 p.m.
Sadly, Kansas University professor Don Haider-Markel will have fresh material when students arrive in his Extremist Groups and Government Response class later this month. Wednesday’s shooting that killed a dozen people at the Paris office of the French satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo will probably be one of the first example cases he discusses, he said. Haider-Markel is a professor of political science whose specialty is public policy, including counter-terrorism. He shared reactions to the Paris killings Wednesday, along with KU’s Raj Bhala, associate dean for International and Comparative Law and Rice Distinguished Professor at the School of Law. By Sara Shepherd
Lawrence couple’s organization making strides to rebuild, sustain HIV-stricken African community
August 22, 2014
When Jenny Peck and Geoff Knight arrived in Tanzania in 2006, their area’s HIV rate was about 35 percent but virtually no one was seeking treatment for it. Less than 10 years later, they say, 2,500 people are in treatment. That’s just one of the milestones the Lawrence couple count as a point of pride for Mufindi Orphans, a charity for which they are the directors and bridge to resources from the United States. They are in town now giving presentations about their efforts in hopes of drumming up financial support, medical volunteers and other partnerships. By Sara Shepherd
KU law students create organization to provide clothing, blankets to Bangladesh poor
March 20, 2014
Two students from the Kansas University School of Law traveled to Dhaka, Bangladesh, last summer. While visiting with residents of Dhaka’s slums, they formed the idea of starting a nonprofit organization with the goal of providing people in the country with basic necessities such as clothing and blankets. This week, their organization, United Across Borders, will kick off its “Buy a Shirt — Give a Shirt” program, and donation drives will be held later this spring at KU and its 63 Alumni Association chapters. By Nikki Wentling
Lawrence woman attends public viewing of Nelson Mandela’s casket
December 15, 2013
A Lawrence woman was one of 100,000 people who viewed the body of former South African President Nelson Mandela as it lay in state at the Union Buildings in Pretoria, South Africa this week. Donna Reynolds, 61, of Lawrence, has been volunteering near Johannesburg for six months. On Thursday, she stood in a three-hour line to catch a glimpse of Mandela’s remains. “Mostly, the feeling was one of celebration,” Reynolds said. By Nikki Wentling
Natives of Philippines concerned for relatives in typhoon’s path
November 13, 2013
Since late last week, natives of the area hit by Typhoon Haiyan have been glued to news of what’s happening in their homeland and anxiously awaiting word on loved ones. “I hope they’re safe,” Ray Arnado said of yet unaccounted for relatives. “I’m just praying.” By Sara Shepherd
Lawrence flair shines bright through new public mural in Korean ‘city of the future’
May 27, 2013
Hailed as the city of the future, Songdo, South Korea, was built from the ground up and opened for business in 2009. Against the city’s modern, concrete-and-steel-heavy architectural landscape, a shot of color from a brand-new outdoor mural really pops. If “A City on the Rise” looks similar to something you’d see on the side of a building in Lawrence, your eyes aren’t mistaken. By Sara Shepherd
Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos has prostate cancer
October 2, 2012
Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos announced Monday that he has prostate cancer. He said the tumor was caught early and would be removed this week.
Protests against film spread in Mideast; 1 killed
September 14, 2012
Angry demonstrations against an anti-Islam film spread to their widest extent yet around the Middle East and other Muslim countries Friday. Protesters smashed into the German Embassy in the Sudanese capital and set part of it on fire and climbed the walls of the U.S. Embassy in Tunis, waving an Islamist banner.
US official: Marine team sent to Yemen
September 14, 2012
An elite Marine rapid response team arrived in Yemen’s capital Friday in the wake of violence and protests at the U.S. Embassy, the Pentagon said.
Security boosted at US sites after Libya attack
September 13, 2012
U.S. embassies across the world ramped up security Thursday following an attack that killed the U.S. ambassador to Libya, as Muslims angry over an anti-Islam film stormed the U.S. mission in Yemen and clashed with police near the American mission in Cairo.
Libyan security official: Consulate attack said to be 2-part militant assault
September 13, 2012
The attack that killed four Americans in Libya, including the U.S. ambassador, was an organized two-part operation by heavily armed militants that included a precisely timed raid on a supposedly secret safe house just as Libyan and U.S. security forces were arriving to rescue evacuated consulate staff, a senior Libyan security official said on Thursday.
Protesters storm US Embassy in Yemen in new attack
September 13, 2012
Chanting “death to America” and “death to Israel,” hundreds of protesters angered by an anti-Islam film stormed the U.S. Embassy compound in Yemen’s capital and burned the American flag on Thursday, the latest in a series of attacks on American diplomatic missions in the Middle East.

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