Alice N’kom Explains Why She Risks Her Life to Protect Cameroon’s Persecuted LGBT Population

Despite clients in jail and threats from the government, Alice N’kom, the first female lawyer in Cameroon, is undaunted. Quorum is a live journalism forum focused on LGBT experiences around the world. Its mission is to lift up the voices of non-Western LGBT activists defining the struggle for justice. Visit for more stories of persecution, triumph, adversity, and strength. … Read More

Italians Grieve Over Hostage Killed In Drone Strike

PALERMO, Italy—The Italian aid worker Giovanni Lo Porto, who ended up being collateral damage in an American drone operation in January was a good person. He had worked extensively in the Central African Republic and in Haiti, and had years of field experience in emergency food aid before he took a job with the German NGO Welhunger to go to Pakistan. … Read More

Robert Ellis murder case: Victim’s brother slams accused killer Noor Ellis

THE brother of murdered Australian businessman Robert Ellis has lashed out in Bali at the wife accused of masterminding his grisly murder, vowing to “ruthlessly” pursue his fortune for the couple’s two children. And David Ellis says she should be jailed for life but he wouldn’t be unhappy if she got the death penalty. Noor Ellis, also known as Julaikah … Read More

EU accuses Google of abusing Internet search dominance

The European Union’s competition regulator on Wednesday accused Google of illegally abusing its dominance of the Internet search market in Europe by favoring its own comparison-shopping product when consumers shop online. The case could cost the tech firm billions in fines or even force Google to make significant changes to its business in Europe. It also revives memories of Microsoft’s … Read More

Chess champion busted for cheating in bathroom

Chess has a case of “high-tech doping,” the BBC reports. Georgia’s national chess champion, Gaioz Nigalidze, visited the same bathroom stall enough during the Dubai Open on Saturday that his opponent, Armenian Tigran Petrosian, became suspicious. “Nigalidze would promptly reply to my moves and then literally run to the toilet,” he tells the Telegraph. Officials investigated and the BBC reports … Read More

Putin: Iran missiles deal doesn’t threaten Israel

Russian President Vladimir Putin spoke by phone Tuesday with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, saying the missiles he is allowing to be shipped to Iran are “purely defensive” and won’t threaten the Middle East. The conversation comes a day after Putin announced Russia was immediately lifting a five-year ban on transferring one of the world’s most advanced anti-aircraft systems to … Read More

Suspect dies after police chase ends in gunfire on live TV

HOUSTON — Police fatally shot a suspect after a high-speed chase through Houston on live television Wednesday morning in northeast Harris County, Texas. According to the Houston Police Department, the chase started when a patrol unit tried to pull over the suspect vehicle. The 25-year-old suspect refused to stop and a chase ensued that lasted 30 minutes. After attempts to … Read More

Barack Obama and Raúl Castro’s handshake captured by cameras

It was just a handshake and not even the first between Barack Obama and Raúl Castro, but when historians come to select the images that best reflect the legacy of the two leaders, this may be among the pictures that define their efforts to end half a century of Cold War animosity. The widely anticipated moment came at the inauguration … Read More