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Malawi's president questioned Madonna's schools claim

Last week, Malawi's President was reportedly angered by Madonna's claim to have built ten schools in the country.

She is quoted as saying: "Where are the 10 schools she has built? She is just building school blocks at already existing schools. In some cases she just renovated an already existing block.

"This is an insult to the people of Malawi. She can't be lying to the world at our expense".

Malawi's President Joyce Banda pictured with US President Barack Obama

Malawi: Madonna wanted 'red carpet' treatment

In the feeling of Madonna, the Malawi Government and its leadership should have rolled out the red carpet and blast the 21-gun salute in her honour because she believes that as a musician, the whiff of whose repute flies across international boundaries, she automatically is candidate for VVIP treatment.

Granted, Madonna is a famed international musician. But that does not impose an injunction of obligation on any government under whose territory Madonna finds herself, including Malawi, to give her state treatment. Such treatment, even if she deserved it, is discretionary not obligatory.

– Statemetn from Malawi President Joyce Banda's office


Malawi's government hits out at 'demanding' Madonna

Malawi's government has accused Madonna of demanding special treatment during her recent visit to the country.

The singer - who has adopted two Malawian-born children - recently visited schools her charity helped fund.

Madonna pictured with her adopted daughter Mercy in Malawi in 2010. Credit: Reuters

A statement issued by President Joyce Banda's office on Wednesday accused Madonna of wanting Malawi "to be forever chained to the obligation of gratitude".

Madonna was also accused of being "a musician who desperately thinks she must generate recognition by bullying state officials instead of playing decent music on the stage".

When Madonna met Madonna: Queen of pop gets three new waxworks

Madonnas past and present have been united, as three versions of the pop perennial stand side by side.

Three new wax figures of Madonna go on show at Madame Tussauds Credit: Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire

London's Madame Tussauds showed off the trio of Material Girls which have each been newly created and will be displayed together for the next three weeks.

The queen of re-invention is seen in the look she has been showing off for her MDNA tour and new figures have been created in her past guises from her Sticky And Sweet era and her Like A Virgin image.

Three new wax figures of Madonna go on show at Madame Tussauds Credit: Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire


Anti-gay Russian activists sue Madonna

Madonna attacked a city law adopted in St Petersburg during her concert last week. Credit: REUTERS/Maxim Shemetov

Madonna is being sued for $10 million by a group of anti-gay Russian activists who say she insulted their feelings when she spoke out for gay rights at her concert in St Petersburg.

During her performance last week Madonna attacked a city law adopted in March that imposed fines for spreading homosexual "propaganda." One of the ten anti-gay activists taking the suit said:

"After Madonna's concert maybe some boy becomes gay, some girl becomes lesbian, fewer children are born as a result and this big country cannot defend its borders, for me it causes moral suffering."

Homosexuality was decriminalised in Russia in 1993, but prejudice against the gay community runs deep, attempts to hold gay rights rallies St Petersburg often results in arrests and clashes.

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