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LILONGWE - US film star Madonna left Malawi on a private aircraft yesterday after failing to adopt a second child from the country.
Madonna, who was seeking an interim adoption, appealed against a high court decision refusing her bid to adopt a four-year-old girl named Mercy James.
Her lawyer, Alan Chinula, said she did not have to appear before the supreme court for the appeal.
Malawian rights groups, who accused the government of skirting residency laws when Madonna adopted David Banda in 2006, also opposed the latest adoption attempt.
Malawi's government had supported Madonna's attempt to adopt Mercy, saying she was a worthy mother.
An Aids epidemic in the poor southern African country has orphaned more than one million children and Madonna has set up a charity for Malawian children.
Meanwhile, Wenn reports that British film director Guy Ritchie has backed his ex-wife's bid to adopt Mercy, calling her "a fantastic mother". - Reuters