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The Queen of Pop will donate the proceeds to her Ray of Light Foundation to promote girls' education in the Middle East and South Asia

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

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The President says she is a bully. Madonna says the President is a liar. So how did a mercy mission go so horribly wrong?

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

Madonna 'very annoyed' at having to queue at Malawian airport after VIP status stripped

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.

Madonna pictured carrying her Malawian adopted son David Banda in 2007

Madonna takes her adopted children to see their Malawi birthplace

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

Tony Bellew admitted easing off on his opponent midfight

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Tony Bellew ruefully admitted he only had himself to blame for missing out on a shot at the WBC light-heavyweight title.

Tony Bellew (left) fighting Roberto Bolonti last November

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Tony Bellew upped the stakes in his pre-fight chat when he said: "I'm willing to die in that ring."

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CBI and Greening link to boost growth in emerging economies

The UK has dramatically switched the focus of its overseas aid spending from simply fighting poverty to helping recipient countries develop their economies.

Madonna with her Malawian son David Banda

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

Mozambique-born model Tasha da Vasconcelos criticises adoptions by foreign celebrities

Pop star Madonna cuts the ribbon at the ground breaking ceremony for the Raising Malawi Academy for Girls in Malawi in 2009

Madonna's charitable endeavours rubbished by Malawi education authorities

Madonna’s charitable endeavours were dealt another blow when Malawi’s Education Minister flatly denied the pop star’s claims that her charity had built 10 new schools in the country.

It’s anniversary time for Everest, because 2013 marks 60 years since Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay first climbed the world’s highest mountain

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One of the world's great explorers, David Livingstone, was born 200 years ago in March.

World's oldest dinosaur discovered in drawer

A set of fossilised bones kept for more than half a century in the dusty storerooms of the Natural History Museum in London have turned out to have belonged to the earliest known dinosaur to roam the land.

World Aids Day: I met Enoch. Three years ago he couldn't stand up. Now his life is transformed. The cost? 23p a day

I choose not to listen to the cynics, whose philosophical opposition to aid bewilders me

Martha Payne who blog Never Seconds has been turned into a book

Controversial school meals blog girl Martha Payne to release book

An enterprising schoolgirl who raised more than £120,000 for charity through her controversial school meals blog has released a book charting her story.

Paralympic Shorts: Two short as African nations fail to make line-up

Publishers of London 2012 trivia guides will be fuming after Malawi's two Paralympic athletes, the visually impaired sprinters Chisomo Jeremani and Janet Shedani, withdrew hours before the Games began, changing the number of competing nations from 166 to 165.

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