MOGADISHU, Somalia — Somali-born rapper K'naan brought his waving flag back home Sunday, promising to help his countrymen as they struggle with a devastating famine that has killed tens of thousands of children.
The rapper, who left Somalia as a child more than two decades ago to settle in Canada, made a brief visit to Mogadishu on Sunday. He was mobbed by famine refugees who tried to shake his hand or hug him as he toured Mogadishu's Banadir Hospital and met with malnourished children.
"I came to Somalia to see the situation here and give any donation I have to the people and anything else available," he said, speaking in Somali.
"I will do all I can to help my people in Somalia."
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The U.N. says tens of thousands of people already have died in Somalia, Kenya, Ethiopia and Djibouti and has warned that the famine hasn't peaked. More than 12 million people in the region need food aid, according to the U.N.
Lewis: Saving lives through MDA was an honor
LAS VEGAS —Jerry Lewis said Saturday that his years of service to the Muscular Dystrophy Association helped make him a star, but he didn't provide details on his recent departure as the group's national chairman.
In his first public appearance since the that announcement, Lewis accepted a lifetime achievement award from the Nevada Broadcasters Association, saying that his legacy in show business is saving lives.
"I made my reputation in this business caring for what I did, caring for the people that I did it for," said Lewis.
Lewis hinted during his brief speech that he could not explain why he is no longer the national chairman of the MDA after 45 years. He will also no longer host the group's annual Labor Day weekend telethon.
Rapper arrested after organizing flash mob
STRONGSVILLE, Ohio — Authorities say rapper Machine Gun Kelly organized a flash mob at a suburban Cleveland mall and was charged with disorderly conduct.
Strongsville police say the group gathered Saturday, and mall management asked three people standing on a table near a second-floor railing to step down. Kelly was among the three. When they refused, police were called.
Police say they're no longer in custody. Kelly tweeted later that "today was a statement."
Another year older
Today's birthdays: Author Ray Bradbury , 91 . . . retired Gen. H. Norman Schwarzkopf , 77 . . . author Annie Proulx , 76 . . . actress Valerie Harper , 72 . . . football coach Bill Parcells , 70 . . . musician David Marks , 63 . . . country singer Holly Dunn , 54 . . . country singer Collin Raye , 51 . . . singer Tori Amos , 48 . . . rap-reggae singer Beenie Man , 38 . . . singer Howie Dorough (Backstreet Boys), 38 . . . comedian-actress Kristen Wiig , 38 . . . actress Aya Sumika , 31