BREAKING NEWS: Malawi Judge Denies Madonna's Adoption Bid

Apr. 3 2009, Published 9:29 a.m. ET

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Madonna Friday was rejected in her bid to a adopt 4-year-old Chifundo "Mercy" James by a Malawi judge, the AP reported.

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Prospective parents must live the country for an 18-month period before they are eligible to adopt children there, the judge said in giving a reason why the application was rejected.

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Madonna -- who can appeal the ruling -- adopted her 3-year-old son, David, in 2006, despite never having spent an extended period of time in the African nation. will bring you updates on this breaking story as soon as they happen.



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