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Madonna's $15M School Ousts 200 Malawi Villagers

Residents must relocate, but singer did compensate them

(Newser) - Madonna wants to help Malawi with her $15 million girls’ school so much that she’s ejecting villagers to make it happen. Residents didn’t want to leave the school site just outside the capital, but the government handed the land over to Madonna and told 200 Malawians they must... More »

Madonna Starts Malawian Girls School

Star breaks ground on $15M project in children's homeland

(Newser) - Construction on a Malawian school for girls founded by Madonna began today. The singer has put up $15 million for the creation of the Raising Malawi Academy for Girls, which is expected to be finished in 2 years, the BBC reports. "Growing up in a privileged life, I took... More »

African Adoption Without the Madonna Mess

Other countries with real need also have effective systems

(Newser) - Madonna’s second adoption made other adoptive parents cringe, Bess Rattray writes for Vogue—not because the adoption itself was a bad idea, but because the media circus and the lack of “an established, transparent adoption system,” in Malawi made it look like baby stealing. Oh, and the... More »

Madonna's New Daughter Leaves Malawi

Private jet ferries Mercy to London

(Newser) - Madonna’s newly adopted daughter left Malawi for London yesterday on a plane owned by the pop singer, Access Hollywood reports. Chifundo “Mercy” James was accompanied on the flight by a nanny and child nurse, airport sources said, and should meet her new brothers and sisters—including David, also... More »

Madonna's Adoption Only Hurts Malawi

'Misguided' Material Mom should use international adoption as a 'last resort'

(Newser) - By adopting Mercy James, Madonna has actually endangered other Malawian orphans, writes Anna Feuchtwang in the Daily Mail. “Corrupt adoption agencies and child traffickers, newly alerted to the ease with which Malawian laws can be circumvented, are even now planning to target the country,” writes Feuchtwang, chief executive... More »

Madonna Introducing New Addition Mercy to Luxe Life

Orphan could jet to New York as early as this week

(Newser) - Mercy James is living the high life starting today. As Madonna’s lawyer prepares the adoption paperwork, the 4-year-old orphan will move into the singer’s luxury lodge in Malawi to be cared for by a nanny and nurse flown in from the US, the Mirror reports. She could leave... More »

Malawi Court Allows Madonna to Adopt Girl

Highest court grants permission to adopt

(Newser) - Malawi’s highest court ruled today that Madonna can adopt orphan Mercy James, the AP reports. The court, overturning a lower court’s rejection of the adoption bid, stated “every child has the right to love” and made the case that though the singer does not live in Malawi,... More »

Madonna Gets OK to Adopt Mercy

Convinces three judges to see things her way

(Newser) - Madonna is finally getting her Malawian daughter. The Material Girl will be allowed to adopt orphan Mercy James after convincing three appeals judges to recommend it, the Sun reports. “All recommendations are in favor of the adoption taking place,” a source said. “Mercy should start packing her... More »

Brad to Courtney: I Miss Jen

Plus, Madonna gets slammed twice in one day, more

(Newser) - The world was rocked yesterday when news broke that Jennifer Aniston’s supposed “best friend,” Courtney Cox, spoke to Brad Pitt at a concert Sunday—but maybe it wasn’t a betrayal after all, Ian Undercover reports. “He said he made a mess of his life since... More »

Family of Madge's Would-Be Kid 'Laughs Off' Alleged Dad

Appeal begins, sans Madonna

(Newser) - As Madonna’s adoption appeal got under way today in Malawi, the family of orphan Mercy James dismissed attempts by her alleged biological father to interject himself, the AP reports. “How can he claim he is the father when he hasn’t been around all this time?” Mercy’s... More »

Mercy's Dad to Madonna: 'I Want to Take Care of Her'

Would-be dad ups his rhetoric on eve of Material Mom's adoption appeal

(Newser) - Just days after slamming the Material Mom's loose morals, the father of Mercy James is upping his rhetoric on the eve of Madonna's appeal to adopt the 4-year-old Malawian girl, reports the BBC. James Kambewa argues his daughter should remain in Malawi, despite the fact that he has never met... More »

Mercy's Dad Rips 'Scandalous' Madge

Dad who walked out on toddler's mom blasts Madonna for lacking 'good morals'

(Newser) - Madonna's battle to adopt a second Malawi child suffered a major blow yesterday when the toddler's father blasted the singer's loose morals and launched a battle for custody, reports the Daily Mail. James Kambewa is seeking to block the adoption because he wants to spare 3-year-old Mercy a life of... More »

Madonna Ignores Her Kids: Ex-Cook

Blocking of latest adoption might be good, he says

(Newser) - Perhaps it’s best Madonna’s bid to adopt another Malawian child was barred, because the Material Girl's a negligent mom—spending barely half an hour a day with her kids—her former house manager and cook tells the National Enquirer. “She's got two full-time nannies and one part-time... More »

Madonna Drops $40M on NYC Townhouse

Material Mom might be putting off promised move to Malawi

(Newser) - Madonna may be sending her moving van(s) to the Upper East Side of Manhattan rather than Malawi, reports the New York Post. The singer is plunking down $40 million for a Georgian-style townhouse. That’s $5 million less than the asking price, but hardly a bargain; no residence in the... More »

Madonna Makes Plea for Malawian Adoption

Singer pledges to do right by 3-year-old Mercy

(Newser) - After failing to adopt a 3-year-old Malawian girl, Madonna is showing off her maternal side, Us reports. “I want to provide Mercy with a home, loving family environment and the best education and healthcare possible,” the pop star, who has already adopted one child from the country, told... More »

The Boss Denies Affair

Plus, Madonna building home in Malawi, more

(Newser) - Bruce Springsteen denied adultery accusations, sticking by a statement he made after the last time he was accused of infidelity, his publicist tells People. In 2006, Springsteen posted on his website that his commitment to his wife “remains as strong as the day we were married.” Elsewhere:
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Madonna Devastated by Denial

(Newser) - Madonna returned to Britain “devastated and shaking” over being denied her bid to adopt another Malawian orphan, sources tell the Daily Mail. Madge reportedly told her lawyer—who called the court’s decision “incomprehensible”—“Do whatever you can to get me my Mercy.” She is... More »

Let Madge Adopt My Niece: Uncle

Family 'decided it's in her best interest'

(Newser) - The uncle of a 3-year-old Malawi girl whom Madonna had hoped to adopt has blasted a court ruling blocking the action, reports the Telegraph. "We as a family agreed that it's in the best interests of Mercy to have her adopted, so why should the judge stop this?" he... More »

Judge Fought 'Temptation' Over Madonna Adoption

(Newser) - The Malawi judge in Madonna’s adoption case says she fought “a gripping temptation to throw caution to the wind,” and let the pop star take Chifundo James to improve the child's life, CNN reports. But she said larger concerns about child trafficking took precedence. “Anyone could... More »

Malawi Court Blocks Madonna Adoption

Judge cites requirement that prospective parents live in Malawi for 18 months

(Newser) - A Malawi court has rejected a bid by Madonna to adopt another local child, reports the Times of London. The judge cited a requirement that prospective adoptive parents live in Malawi at least 18 months, according to AP. The rule was waived when the singer adopted son David Banda. This... More »

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