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Diamond Platnumz has been banned from performing in Tanzania.
Basata, the regulatory arts board in the East African nation, said it had taken the decision because he had performed one of his songs that had been banned a few weeks ago.
On Sunday the singer, who popularised “bongo flava”, Tanzanian hip hop, performed the song Mwanza to big crowds during a festival in the port city of the same name.
Mwanza was banned as the lyrics contained the Swahili word for “horny” and because the authorities considered some of the dance moves in the video to be lustful.(Monitor Ug)
The Trump administration says US troops are being withdrawn from Syria, after the president said the Islamic State (IS) group had been “defeated”.
The Pentagon said it was transitioning to the “next phase of the campaign” but did not give details.
Some 2,000 troops have helped rid much of north-eastern Syria of IS, but pockets of fighters remain.
It had been thought defence officials wanted to maintain a US presence to ensure IS did not rebuild.
There are also fears a US withdrawal will cede influence in Syria and the wider region to Russia and Iran.(BBC News)
German news magazine Der Spiegel has sacked an award-winning staff writer after accusing him of inventing details and quotes in numerous stories.
Claas Relotius “falsified articles on a grand scale and even invented characters”, Der Spiegel said.
Among the articles in question are major features that had been nominated for or won awards, the magazine added.
Relotius, 33, admitted deceiving readers in some 14 stories published in Der Spiegel, the magazine said.(BBC News)