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Madonna in Malawi for new child adoption

world Updated: Mar 29, 2009 18:30 IST

US pop singer Madonna arrived in Malawi on Sunday ahead of a court examination this week of her bid to adopt a second Malawian child, a girl called Mercy James, officials said.

"She disembarked from the cargo area and jumped into her convoy," an airport official said.

The 4-year-old would be a sister for Madonna's three children including David Banda, whose adoption in 2006 sparked controversy, and who comes from the same orphanage in Malawi.

Court clerks confirmed the name of the child last week and said Madonna or her associates were expected to appear in court on Monday for the adoption proceedings.

Some Malawians opposed David's adoption, accusing the government of skirting laws that ban non-residents from adopting children. Critics say the latest adoption would also violate Malawi's laws.