Madonna launches $60,000 Malawi fundraiser to mark 60th birthday

In this Oct. 26, 2009, file photo, Madonna, second from left, participates in a ribbon-cutting ceremony at the planned site of a school the pop star intended to help fund, the Raising Malawi Academy for Girls, in the impoverished southern African country Malawi. (AP Photo/Tsvangirayi Mukwazhi, File)
Updated 01 August 2018
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Madonna launches $60,000 Malawi fundraiser to mark 60th birthday

LOS ANGELES: Madonna on Monday launched a $60,000 fundraiser to support her work with children in Malawi, and had already raised more than $10,000 in the first 24 hours.
The "Rebel Heart" singer, who has adopted four children from the African nation in the past 10 years, said 100 percent of every contribution would go directly to her Raising Malawi foundation's rural orphanage, Home of Hope.
She launched the fundraiser, which will run throughout August, through her Facebook page to mark her 60th birthday on Aug. 16.
"For my birthday, I can think of no better gift than connecting my global family with this beautiful country and the children who need our help most," Madonna wrote.
"Every dollar raised will go directly to meals, schools, uniforms and health care," she added.
According to her website, more than 200 people had contributed almost $11,000 of the $60,000 target on the first days of the project's launch.
Madonna established the non-profit Raising Malawi in 2006 to provide health and education programs, particularly for girls. In 2017 she adopted four-year-old twin Malawi girls, Esther and Stella, and opened a children's hospital in the country's second-biggest city, Blantyre.
Madonna's family also includes Malawi children David Banda and Mercy James, and biological children Lourdes and Rocco from her previous relationships.


Russia says US is playing with fire by imposing new sanctions on it

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Russia says US is playing with fire by imposing new sanctions on it

MOSCOW: Russia on Friday called a new wave of US sanctions misguided, saying Washington’s habit of using sanctions against Moscow risked undermining global stability and was part of a dangerous game.
The Trump administration imposed sanctions on the Chinese military on Thursday for buying fighter jets and missile systems from Russia, in breach of a sweeping US sanctions law punishing Moscow for meddling in the 2016 US election, something Russia denies.
The administration also blacklisted an additional 33 people and entities associated with the Russian military and intelligence.
Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov said in a statement it seemed to Moscow that imposing sanctions on Russia had become a national US pastime, noting that the latest wave of restrictions was the 60th sanctions package since 2011.
“Each new round of sanctions proves our foe’s complete lack of success in pressuring Russia with previous such attempts,” said Ryabkov, who added that Washington would never succeed in dictating its conditions to Moscow.
“It would be not bad if they remembered about the concept of global stability which they are unthinkingly undermining by whipping up tensions in Russia-US relations. Playing with fire is stupid and can become dangerous.” (Reporting by Andrew Osborn, Editing by William Maclean)