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■ Madonna was wel­comed in Malawi on Tues­day for the of­fi­cial open­ing of a hos­pi­tal chil­dren’s wing funded by her char­ity and named af­ter one of the four chil­dren the pop star has adopted from the im­pov­er­ished south­ern African na­tion. “You started by adopt­ing four Malaw­ian chil­dren; now we are adopt­ing you as the daugh­ter of this na­tion,” Pres­i­dent Peter Mutharika de­clared at the cer­e­mony. “There are so many things I never imag­ined I will do. I never imag­ined one day I will build this kind of a hos­pi­tal,” said Madonna, who ex­plained that she grew up with­out a mother and wanted to give the best to Malaw­ian chil­dren. “Never give up on your dreams,” she added. The Mercy James In­sti­tute for Pe­di­atric Surgery and In­ten­sive Care, lo­cated at the Queen El­iz­a­beth Cen­tral Hos­pi­tal in the city of Blan­tyre, was built in col­lab­o­ra­tion with Malawi’s health min­istry. It has al­ready started some ac­tiv­i­ties, and Madonna said last week that the in­sti­tute had com­pleted its first surgery. The four chil­dren she adopted from Malawi are David Banda, Mercy James, Stelle and Estere. The chil­dren’s wing was named af­ter 11-year- old Mercy. Madonna’s char­ity, Rais­ing Malawi, was founded in 2006 to ad­dress the poverty and hard­ship en­dured by the coun­try’s or­phans and other vul­ner­a­ble chil­dren. It has built schools and funded the new pe­di­atric unit, which in­cludes three op­er­at­ing rooms ded­i­cated to chil­dren’s surgery, a day clinic and a 45-bed ward. Madonna, 58, vis­ited the site last year.

■ YouTube has a new top-viewed video of all time. Wiz Khal­ifa’s video for “See You Again” fea­tur­ing Char­lie Puth be­came the site’s most-watched video Mon­day and had more than 2.896 bil­lion views as of Tues­day. That’s about 2 mil­lion more than the video for Korean rap­per Psy’s 2012 smash “Gang­nam Style,” which held the most-viewed ti­tle for five years, YouTube said. Justin Bieber’s “Sorry” sits in third place, more than 250 mil­lion views be­hind the lead­ers. Puth re­acted with sur­prise on Twit­ter, not­ing that he joined YouTube in 2007 hop­ing to make a video that would hit 10,000 views. Wiz Khal­ifa said in a state­ment that he’s happy the song has been able to “in­spire and im­pact so many lives.” “See You Again” was re­leased in 2015 as a trib­ute to late Fast and the Fu­ri­ous star Paul Walker.


Madonna hugs her adopted daugh­ter Mercy on Tues­day in Blan­tyre, Malawi.

Wiz Khal­ifa

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