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Jay Z becomes first rapper chosen for songwriters hall of fame

The 2017 inductees of the Songwriters Hall of Fame were announced Wednesday morning, with hip-hop icon Jay Z and one-man hit factory Max Martin leading a class that also includes Kenneth “Babyface” Edmonds, Motown founder Berry Gordy, Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis, and three members of Chicago. With his induction, Jay Z becomes the first rapper to be inducted into …

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Kenya: Patrick Lumumba to apologise for plagiarism

One of Kenya’s top lawyers renowned for his eloquence has agreed to apologise within 14 days for plagiarising the work of a fellow colleague. Patrick Lumumba, known as PLO, agreed to write a letter of apology to lawyer Wachira Maina and another to the Law Society of Kenya and affiliated bodies to withdraw and delete the 10,000-word article – From …

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Nigerians in South Africa ‘living in fear’ after attacks

Members of Nigeria’s community in South Africa have raised concerns over renewed anti-immigrant violence, appealing to authorities to intervene before the situation gets out of control. Nigeria’s presidency on Monday called the South African government to step in to stop what it said were “xenophobic attacks” following recent reports of violence against Nigerians and other nationals in the capital, Pretoria. …

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The Gambia: Jammeh’s spy master Yankuba Badjie arrested

Police in The Gambia have arrested the country’s ex- spy chief, who headed an agency rights groups allege tortured and killed opponents of former President Yahya Jammeh. Yankuba Badgie was arrested along with another former employee of the National Intelligence Agency (NIA) on Monday, a police spokesman said. Mr Jammeh set up the body the year after he seized power …

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Trump rescinds transgender bathroom rules from Obama era

The Trump administration has rescinded guidance enacted by his predecessor in favour of transgender students, the White House has said. The Obama-era rule directed public schools to allow transgender pupils to use toilets of their gender identity. But critics said that guidance was government overreach which threatened other students’ privacy and safety. A letter sent to US schools on Wednesday …

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Zimbabwe closes schools as part of preparations for Mugabe’s 93rd birthday

The Zimbabwean government has directed that schools in the second biggest city, Bulawayo, be closed on Thursday and Friday (February 23 and 24) as part of plans in preparations for the birthday celebration of President Robert Mugabe. The state-owned Chronicle newspaper said Minister of Primary and Secondary Education, Lazarus Dokora, issued the directive on Wednesday. The Ministry’s Permanent Secretary is …

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Builder accidentally fires nail gun into his own penis

Most men curl up in agony if they get a kick or a light punch in their nether-regions, so spare a thought for this young man who fired a nail into his crotch at high speed. The builder had been using a hydraulic hand nail gun at work in Swansea when he mistimed pulling the trigger and sent the nail …

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Kim Jong-nam killing: Malaysia seeks North Korea embassy official

Malaysian police say they are seeking a senior official at the North Korean embassy in Kuala Lumpur in connection with the killing of Kim Jong-nam. Mr Kim, the half-brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, died last week at Kuala Lumpur airport. Police also confirmed details of the killing, saying two women approached him and wiped a toxin on his …

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Donald Trump’s Star Vandal Dodges Jail in Plea Bargain

The Otis elevator heir who took a pickax to Donald Trump’s star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame cut a deal in his felony vandalism case and he won’t spend a day behind bars. James Otis pled no contest to the vandalism charge and was placed on 3 years probation. He was also ordered to pay the Hollywood Historic Trust …

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Sisqo’s Threatening Legal Action Against Impostor

Sisqó’s PISSED at the impostor who got all sorts of perks at New York Fashion Week when people thought he was legit … and now the real singer’s threatening to take legal action against the wannabe. The former Dru Hill frontman tells TMZ … he tried laughing off the episode after learning about it but Sisqó’s tone changed when the guy …

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