Belgium hands over tooth of murdered Congolese independence hero Patrice Lumumba to his family

Belgium handed over a tooth, the only known remains of the murdered Congolese independence hero Patrice Lumumba, to his family during at a ceremony in Brussels on Monday. Lumumba became the Democratic Republic of Congo’s (DRC) first democratically elected prime minister after independence from Belgium in 1960, but alarmed the West with overtures to Moscow… Read More Belgium hands over tooth of murdered Congolese independence hero Patrice Lumumba to his family

Japanese court rules ban on same-sex marriage not unconstitutional

A Japanese court on Monday ruled the country’s ban on same-sex marriage was not unconstitutional, dealing a setback to LGBTQ rights activists in the only Group of Seven nation that does not allow people of the same gender to marry. Three same-sex couples – two male, one female – had filed the case in the… Read More Japanese court rules ban on same-sex marriage not unconstitutional

Colombia elects leftist Gustavo Petro as president

Leftist Gustavo Petro, a former member of the M-19 guerrilla movement, who has vowed profound social and economic change, won Colombia’s presidency on Sunday, the first progressive to do so in the country’s history. Petro beat construction magnate Rodolfo Hernandez with an unexpectedly wide margin of more than 700,000 votes in what analysts said was… Read More Colombia elects leftist Gustavo Petro as president