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ADVANCE Belgium Racial Injustice One TownFILE – In this Wednesday, June 10, 2020 file photo, a statue of Belgium’s King Leopold II is smeared with red paint and graffiti in Brussels. With the protests sweeping the world in the wake of the killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis, King Leopold II is now increasingly seen as a stain on the nation. (AP Photo/Virginia Mayo, File)

BRUSSELS (AP) — For the first time in Belgium’s history, a reigning king expressed regret Tuesday for the violence carried out by the former colonial power when it ruled over what is now the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

In a letter to the president of the DRC, Felix Tshisekedi, which was published on the 60th anniversary

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