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US performer Madonna tours the Mphandura orphanage near Lilongwe, Malawi, Friday April 5, 2013

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US performer Madonna tours the Mphandura orphanage near Lilongwe, Malawi, Friday April 5, 2013

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Madonna, her children and a large entourage were reportedly forced to queue to check in and go through security with ordinary passengers at a Malawi airport terminal after the pop star was apparently stripped of her VIP status in the country.

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Madonna is visiting Malawi with the two children she adopted from the impoverished African country.

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Madonna and Angelina Jolie told they are ripping the heart out of Africa

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