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Singer cancels tour to protest war threat

Senegalese singer Youssou N'Dour has canceled his seven-week tour of North America to protest a threatened U.S.-led war on Iraq.

N'Dour, who had planned to embark on a 38-city tour on March 26, issued a statement Friday saying a tour of the United States would be "inappropriate."

"It is my strong conviction that the responsibility for disarming Iraq should rest with the United Nations. As a matter of conscience I question the United States government's apparent intention to commence war with Iraq," said the 43-year-old singer, who is also Muslim.

"I believe that coming to America at this time would be perceived in many parts of the world — rightly or wrongly — as a support of this policy."