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Madonna Gets Mercy

Malawi has shown mercy on Madonna. Or at least, they're preparing to give her Mercy--the 4-year-old Malawian orphan she's been fighting to adopt since April. Though the Supreme Court initially blocked the adoption because she didn't spend enough time in the country, Madonna has now won an appeal to officially adopt the child. Chief Justice Lovemore Munlo cited the star's commitment to her charity, Raising Malawi, which helps disadvantaged children there. The Daily Mail reports: "Now Mercy will be flown on a private jet to be with Madonna and her children Lourdes, 12, Rocco, 8, and David, 3, in New York where she is expected to attend nursery school with David."