Singer still hopes to win custody of Mercy James

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Madonna will appear in a Malawi court next month to appeal a decision blocking her from adopting 3-year-old Mercy James.

The case will be heard by three Supreme Court Of Appeal judges on 4 May, confirms official Joseph Chigona.

Madonna, 50, was denied custody of Mercy earlier this month because she is not a resident of Malawi.

Meanwhile, a tabloid claims friends have been telling Madge to dump toyboy Jesus Luz, 22, to strengthen her adoption application.

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