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African award for Michael Jackson
Michael Jackson
Jackson is well known for his humanitarian work
Troubled pop star Michael Jackson is expected to travel to Washington on Thursday to receive an award for his humanitarian work in Africa.

The singer, who is facing trial in the US over allegations of child abuse, is being honoured by the African Ambassadors' Spouses Association.

Jackson's donations to Africa have helped build hospitals and schools and develop child immunisation programmes.

The 45-year-old is currently on $3m (1.6m) bail. He denies all charges.

Jackson's humanitarian efforts include the foundation of two charities, Heal The World in 1992 and Heal The Kids in 2000.

Grand jury

The singer is accused of sexually abusing a 14-year-old boy and if convicted faces up to 24 years in jail.

Jackson, who was arrested at his Neverland ranch on 18 November, is also charged with two counts of administering intoxicating liquor to a minor with the intent of committing a crime.

Last week it was announced that the boy at the centre of the allegations would testify in front of a grand jury in Santa Barbara, California.

Candidates for the grand jury received summonses earlier in the month telling them to report for duty.

Court-imposed gagging orders have been placed on both the prosecution and the defence teams to avoid them talking about the current case in public.

A pre-trial hearing is expected to take place on 2 April.


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