The Leavenworth Times - Leavenworth, KS
Updated at 4:43 PM

JOHANNESBURG (AP) " Pope Paul VI became the first modern pope to visit Africa in 1969 and declared the continent a "new homeland" for Jesus Christ. During the quarter century of his papacy, St. John Paul II traveled to 42 African countries and earned the nickname "the African." Pope Benedict XVI said Africa was a continent of hope. Next week, Pope Francis joins his predecessors and visits a region whose growing numbers of Catholics are seen as a bulwark for a church seeking to broaden its...

Updated at 4:42 PM

BALTIMORE (AP) " In the corner of his office, John Williams set down a gilded headstone in the shape of a teddy bear. Williams had just made it to honor an 8-month old child killed by his father " one of the sad tasks he performs as a director of a...

Updated at 4:39 PM

BERLIN, N.J. (AP) " A New Jersey man whose wife died of kidney failure is donating a kidney to a woman he learned of after stumbling upon an ad posted to the wrong section of Craigslist.

Updated at 4:39 PM

BRUSSELS (AP) " Heavily armed police and soldiers patrolled key intersections, subways were closed and many stores shut their doors in Belgium's capital Saturday as the government warned of a threat of Paris-style attacks. At least one suspect from...

Updated at 4:37 PM

For a few transgender Americans, this has been a year of glamour and fame. For many others, 2015 has been fraught with danger, violence and mourning.

Updated at 4:35 PM

WASHINGTON (AP) " The Pentagon is pressing European and Arab allies to provide more troops and support for the war against the Islamic State group, hoping that the horror of the Paris attacks " and the fear more are coming " will compel them to get...

Updated at 4:30 PM

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) " Brushing off refugee worries at home, President Barack Obama crouched alongside migrant children on Saturday and declared they are the opposite of terrorists wreaking havoc from Paris to Mali. Working to put a human...

Updated at 4:25 PM

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) " A South Korean hospital official says former President Kim Young-sam has died. He was 87.

Updated at 4:21 PM

BRUSSELS (AP) " The latest on the deadly attacks in Paris. (All times local):

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WASHINGTON (AP) " As a Peace Corps volunteer, expert in global health and the mother of a 7-year-old boy, Anita Ashok Datar devoted her life to caring for and helping others, her family said.

Updated at 4:03 PM

BAMAKO, Mali (AP) " The latest on the attack on a hotel in the Malian capital of Bamako. (All times local):

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