Arts and Entertainment Madonna inset with the painting Cubist Fernand Léger auctioned by Sotheby's New York for over $7m

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World Cup Qualifiers round-up: Bellamy efforts fail to save Wales

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Travel Agenda: Fresh look for Independent Traveller; Te Waonui Forest Retreat opens in New Zealand; Lake of Stars in Malawi

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Mercy Madonna of Malawi, The World @ St George's West, Edinburgh

People are dying in a Malawian world/ And I am a Malawian girl". It's not quite the joyful paean to excess and consumerism that Madonna had in mind. But then the Material Girl also probably never imagined that one day she'd be played on stage by a 6ft tall Malawian man wearing a blonde wig, giant star-shaped sunglasses and a silky pink nightie.

The new gold: Lost Malawi to hit the shelves of Waitrose

Tea as your grandparents would have drunk it is on its way to the UK for the first time in over a hundred years. Lost Malawi, a hand-crafted pure black tea, will be on the shelves at Waitrose in November, exported from the first African single-estate tea grower. Henrietta Lovell, a former corporate finance expert, runs the Rare Tea Company which imports the tea from Malawi.

Madonna is reunited with Mercy in London

Singer's three-year-old adopted daughter arrives from Malawi en route to a life of luxury in New York

Malawi judge allows Madonna to adopt second African child

Madonna has succeeded in her bid to adopt a second African child after Malawi's Supreme Court told a provincial judge that she had listened too much to media reports and overturned her earlier decision. The 50-year-old single mother from New York, as Madonna was identified on a notice outside the court, completed her three-year pursuit of Mercy James Chifundo as a panel of judges paid tribute to her compassion for Malawian orphans.

Malawi approves Madonna's 2nd adoption

Malawi's highest court says Madonna can adopt a second child from the southern African country.

Madonna's Mercy adoption back on track

Madonna will reportedly be granted permission to adopt a Malawian orphan by three appeal judges.

Paternity dispute erupts in Madonna adoption case

As Malawi's highest court prepares to decide on Madonna's bid to adopt a three-year-old girl, a dispute has erupted over whether a man trying to stop the proceedings is the child's father.

Malawi court makes Madonna wait for child

Human rights groups accuse star of bullying her way past the law

Madonna 'trying to adopt second Malawian child'

Madonna is planning to adopt a second child from Malawi, officials said today, but questions have been raised whether the newly divorced pop star will face obstacles because of her single mother status.

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