Foreign News: The Female Touch

Even in darkest Congo, female companionship can help to lighten the surrounding gloom. The Congo's harried leaders last week could be grateful for two comely women flitting happily around the candle of fame.

Congolese Premier Patrice Lumumba found soothing companionship in 24-year-old Elyane Vermeirsch, auburn-haired daughter of a Belgian art dealer whom Lumumba first met in Brussels seven months ago. Spotting her at a London press conference fortnight ago, Lumumba invited Elyane to join his transatlantic turbojet as "interpreter, secretary and adviser" for his ten-day trip to the U.S. and Canada. "What girl...

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