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Madonna calls for release of Greenpeace activists

Pop legend Madonna has joined a chorus of international stars in urging the release of 30 Greenpeace crewmembers jailed after a protest against energy prospecting in the Arctic. "These 30 people are in prison in Russia for staging a peaceful protest in the Arctic! Let your voice be heard. Let's bring these people home!" Madonna wrote in a message posted by Greenpeace on Twitter late Friday. She spoke out after former Beatle Paul McCartney on Thursday published a letter to President Vladimir Putin saying he hoped the activists could be home for Christmas.

Madonna reveals rape at knifepoint when young

US pop icon Madonna was raped at knifepoint when she was a young struggling artist in New York, she revealed in an article published Friday. The 55-year-old also recalled being held up at gunpoint and having her seedy apartment burgled three times, saying she was "scared shitless" at times before she started making it as a singer and dancer. In a piece for Harper's Bazaar, she also talked about her time living in Britain married to director Guy Ritchie, saying there is "nothing more beautiful than the English countryside," and revealed that she is now studying the Koran.

Madonna reveals rape at knifepoint when young

US pop icon Madonna was raped at knifepoint when she was young and newly arrived in New York, she revealed in an article published Friday. In a piece for Harper's Bazaar, she also talked about her time living in Britain married to director Guy Ritchie, saying there is "nothing more beautiful than the English countryside," and revealed that she is now studying the Koran.

Malawian government harshly criticizes Madonna

Malawi issued a scathing critique of pop diva Madonna on Wednesday, accusing her of exaggerating her contributions to the southern African country and unreasonably demanding special treatment during her tour there last week.The pop star denied the accusations. Her spokesman suggested they were prompted by the recent removal of the president's sister as head of Madonna's humanitarian organization there.The singer has a long history with the country, which she first visited in 2006. She adopted two children from Malawi and runs several projects there.

Malawi issues critique of pop diva Madonna, accusing of exaggerating her contributions to southern African country

Malawi issued a scathing critique of pop diva Madonna yesterday, accusing her of exaggerating her contributions to the southern African country and unreasonably demanding special treatment during her tour there last week.The pop star denied the accusations.Her spokesman suggested they were prompted by the recent removal of the president's sister as head of Madonna's humanitarian organization there.The singer has a long history with the country, which she first visited in 2006 - she has adopted two children from Malawi and runs several projects there.She was gran

Malawi president chides officials for Madonna attack

Malawian President Joyce Banda has "reprimanded" aides who issued a scathing attack on Madonna that fuelled a very public spat with the pop star, a source at the presidency said Friday. She "reprimanded officers in the State House press department for issuing the statement without consulting her," an official in Banda's office told AFP on condition of anonymity. Banda's State House on Wednesday issued a four-page statement suggesting Madonna demanded VIP treatment, engaged in emotional blackmail, exaggerated her charity work and was a worse guest than Chuck Norris or Bono.

Madonna hits back at Malawi president's 'lies'

US pop icon Madonna on Thursday deepened a war of words with Malawi's government, accusing them of peddling lies about her charity work. Fresh from a trip to Malawi, the native country of her two adopted children, Madonna hit back after stinging accusations from government that she had expected VIP treatment and lied about her charity work. "I am saddened that President (Joyce) Banda has chosen to release lies about what we've accomplished, my intentions, how I personally conducted myself while visiting Malawi and other untruths," Madonna said in a statement.

Malawi labels Madonna an "uncouth" bully in scathing attack

By Mabvuto Banda LILONGWE (Reuters) - The Malawi government has branded pop star Madonna an "uncouth" bully who exaggerates her charitable work in the country and demands preferential treatment when she visits. Malawi President Joyce Banda's government accused the "Material Girl" of bullying officials after she complained about her latest trip to the southern African country this month.

Malawi launches stinging attack on Madonna

Malawi has launched a stinging attack on US pop icon Madonna, accusing her of expecting "gratitude" and VIP treatment during a visit last week to her charity work in the southern African country. It was "strange and depressing" that the singer seemed to want "Malawi to be forever chained to the obligation of gratitude" for having adopted two Malawian children, said President Joyce Banda's government on Wednesday. "Kindness, as far as its ordinary meaning is concerned, is free and anonymous," it added in a four-page statement.

Malawi launches stinging attack on Madonna

Malawi has launched a stinging attack on US pop icon Madonna, accusing her of expecting "gratitude" and VIP treatment during a visit last week to her charity work in the southern African country. It was "strange and depressing" that the singer seemed to want "Malawi to be forever chained to the obligation of gratitude" for having adopted two Malawian children, said President Joyce Banda's government on Wednesday. "Kindness, as far as its ordinary meaning is concerned, is free and anonymous," it added in a four-page statement.
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