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Singer Shakira in Colombian visit
Shakira visited children in the town of Quibdo
Singer Shakira has visited a poverty-stricken town in her home country of Colombia, to visit children benefiting from her own charity.

The singer said she was "very moved" by her visit to Quibdo, where her Bare Feet foundation is helping to combat malnutrition and truancy.

"I saw children who have great potential to become productive people for society," Shakira said.

The singer's new album, Fijacion Oral, is released next month.

The Spanish-language album will be released simultaneously in 60 countries on 6 June.

It will include collaborations with Spanish singer Alejandro Sanz, Mexican guitar legend Carlos Santana and Argentine musician Gustavo Ceretti.

The singer plans to release another album, in English, later in the year.

Shakira scored top three hits in the UK in 2002 with the singles Whenever Wherever and Underneath Your Clothes.

Her 2002 album Laundry Service sold over 13m copies worldwide.

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