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Malawi father happy with Madonna adoption bid

The Malawian biological father of Madonna's first adopted child said Thursday he was happy that the star planned to adopt another child from that country to be a sister to his son.
'I am very very happy Madonna is going to adopt a sister called Mercy to David,' Yohane Banda told AFP.
The American pop superstar is expected to hear a court decision Friday on her application to adopt a three-year-old girl, Mercy James, from an orphanage in southern Malawi.
'That's great news....Mercy and David will grow up together and remind each other that they come from a poor country called Malawi and hope they will do something about it,' Yohane said.
Banda added that he had heard from Madonna herself that she intends to adopt the girl 'to be a sister to David.'
The little girl has been staying at the orphanage following the death of her mother, who died shortly after giving birth.
It is said that Madonna first met the child during her first visit in the country to adopt David Banda.

From AFP Via Yahoo! News


Singer following adoption 'rules'

Pop star Madonna is not receiving any special treatment to help speed the process of adopting a young girl in Malawi, her spokeswoman has said.
Liz Rosenberg said the star was 'not skirting any legal issues' in trying to adopt four-year-old Mercy James.
A Malawian judge held a closed-door hearing on Monday on the star's adoption application but delayed ruling until Friday.
'The adoption process for Mercy began over a year ago when Madonna met her on one of her visits to Malawi. The connection was instant and profound,' Rosenberg told Reuters.
'Madonna's desire to adopt Mercy is totally heartfelt. She is not skirting any legal issues in her application to adopt this child and is looking to provide a loving family environment and the best education and health care possible,' she added.
Mercy has been living in an orphanage since her 18-year-old mother died shortly after giving birth, according to the child's uncle, John Ngalande.
Her father is believed to be alive but has little contact with his daughter, he said.
The Human Rights Consultative Committee (HRCC) has criticised Madonna's adoption attempts, saying that adoption should be the last resort and that children need to be taken care of by their own family.
'Mercy James is a child who has her extended close family members alive and we urge Madonna to assist the child from right here,' it said in a statement.
Earlier this week, the chairman of the HRCC said the star had 'the money and the status to use her profile to manipulate, to fast-track the process'.
But others have said that the adoption would give enormous opportunities to the child that she would be unable to achieve in the impoverished country.

From BBC News


Sticky & Sweet Tour: Zaragoza Date Announced

After weeks of speculation Madonna.com has announced a new Sticky & Sweet Tour date scheduled for in Zaragoza, Spain at Recinto De La Feria De Zaragoza on Saturday 25 July.

The ICON presale will begin on Wednesday 01 April. Please visit the TOUR page to find out the LOCAL START TIME in Zaragoza. Legacy Icon members will have first access before newer fan club members.

The general public sale will start at 10:00am (Local Time) on Friday 03 April.