U.S. House of Representatives passes gun-safety legislation

The U.S. House of Representatives on Friday passed significant gun-safety legislation for the first time in three decades, sending it to President Joe Biden to sign, a day after a Supreme Court ruling that broadly expanded gun rights. The House voted 234-193 for the bill. No Democrats were opposed, while 14 Republicans backed the measure.… Read More U.S. House of Representatives passes gun-safety legislation

U.S. Supreme Court overturns landmark abortion legalisation ruling

The U.S. Supreme Court on Friday took the dramatic step of overturning the landmark 1973 Roe v. Wade ruling that recognized a woman’s constitutional right to an abortion and legalized it nationwide, handing a momentous victory to Republicans and religious conservatives who want to limit or ban the procedure. The court, in a 6-3 ruling… Read More U.S. Supreme Court overturns landmark abortion legalisation ruling

U.S. Supreme Court strikes down New York gun law, rules in favour of open carry

The Supreme Court on Thursday declared for the first time that the U.S. Constitution protects an individual’s right to carry a handgun in public for self-defense, handing a landmark victory to gun rights advocates in a nation deeply divided over how to address firearms violence. The 6-3 ruling, with the conservative justices in the majority… Read More U.S. Supreme Court strikes down New York gun law, rules in favour of open carry

Togo submits application to join Commonwealth

Togo’s decision to join the Commonwealth will help it develop closer ties with English-speaking countries, opening up new horizons outside of France’s sphere of influence in West Africa, the Togolese foreign minister said. Francophone Togo’s application to join the 54-nation club made up mostly of former British colonies is expected to be approved by Commonwealth… Read More Togo submits application to join Commonwealth

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