News Digest: Stan Lee: Marvel Comics legend dies aged 95; Outcry after police shoot African-American security guard 'hero'

1. Stan Lee: Marvel Comics legend dies aged 95

American writer and former president of Marvel Comics Stan Lee has died at the age of 95.

In 1961, Lee created The Fantastic Four for Marvel Comics, and went on to create titles including Spider-Man and The Incredible Hulk.

The legendary comic book author died at Cedars Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, according to a family lawyer.

The CEO of Lee's Pow! Entertainment praised the "father of pop culture" for inventing "universes of characters".

CEO Shane Duffy called him "a true iconic pioneer with no comparable second".

Lee's wife, Joan, died in 2017 - also aged 95 - but he is survived by his daughter, JC Lee.

2. Outcry after police shoot African-American security guard 'hero'

An armed security guard at a bar in suburban Chicago was killed by police as he detained a suspected gunman, according to officials and witnesses.

After gunfire erupted around 04:00 local time on Sunday, Jemel Roberson, 26, chased down an attacker and knelt on his back until police arrived.

Moments after police came on the scene, an officer opened fire on Roberson, who was black, killing him.

Friends say Roberson was a musician who had dreams of joining the police.

"The very people that he wanted to be family with took his life," Patricia Hill, the pastor of Purposed Hill church in Chicago, told WGN-TV.

Roberson worked as a gospel musician at several nearby churches, and also had found work at Manny's Blue Room in Robbins, Illinois, where the shooting occurred.

3. Palestinians fire rockets, Israel bombs Hamas TV after botched Gaza raid

Palestinians in Gaza fired scores of rockets and mortar bombs into southern Israel on Monday and Israel launched retaliatory air strikes, a day after an Israeli incursion prompted deadly fighting in the enclave.

Three Palestinian gunmen were killed in the air attacks, their factions said. Warplanes also destroyed the premises of Hamas’s Al-Aqsa Television, the Israeli military said.

Three Palestinian gunmen were killed in the air attacks, their factions said. Warplanes also destroyed the premises of Hamas’s Al-Aqsa Television, the Israeli military said.

4. Ghanaian protest against 'killer roads'

Scores of Ghanaians in the capital, Accra, today defied police orders against demonstrating over the absence of footbridges on some roads which they say has resulted in fatal accidents.

The residents of Madina and Adentan suburbs carried placards, sang, drummed and danced during the protests.

Last week, a first-year female student from the West Africa Senior High School (Wass) was killed on the spot by a speeding vehicle while crossing the Madina-Adentan Highway.

Residents, outraged by her death, blocked the highway, burnt tyres and threw stones at the police who tried to disperse the crowd.

5. Tanzania authorities ban 'immoral' songs

Tanzania's arts regulatory council, Basata, has banned a brand new hit song - Mwanza - by household musicians Raymond Shabaan Mwakyusa, famously known as Rayvanny, and Diamond Platnumz

The song, which was released over the weekend, is now strictly prohibited from being played on any TV and radio stations in Tanzania.

Basata said the song's lyrics are "encouraging sexual thrill" and therefore immoral.

The regulatory body also warned other artists from composing songs which go contrary to the laws, culture and norms of the country.

In April, Basata banned another 10 songs, including Hallelujah by Diamond Platnumz, saying the song mixed religious messages with sexual innuendo which they found unlawful and grossly immoral.

Apart from "immoral songs", the commission has also been targeting politically motivated songs, especially those critical of President John Magufuli.

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