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Malawi Orphans Stone Journalists Covering Madonna


Witnesses in Malawi say orphans threw stones at journalists who tried to follow American pop star Madonna into their orphanage Tuesday.

Reports from the Malawian village of Mchinji say the orphans and police had formed a protective ring around the building ahead of Madonna's arrival.

There were no reports of injuries from the incident. The disturbance apparently subsided after Madonna made a brief statement to the reporters.

The pop star was visiting the orphanage with one-year-old David Banda, the Malawian boy she hopes to adopt. Madonna was expected to meet the boy's biological father during her visit to Malawi, but it is not clear whether that has occurred.

Madonna caused controversy when she took the boy home to London after a trip to Malawi last year.

Local groups have accused the superstar of using her celebrity status to bypass laws about foreigners adopting children from Malawi. Madonna was eventually granted interim custody of the boy, subject to monitoring by human rights groups.

A spokeswoman for Madonna has denied rumors the singer plans to adopt another child while in Malawi.

Some information for AFP and Reuters.