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2006-06-29 10:20:35

By Lesley Wroughton WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The world's richest countries are falling short on pledges made to Africa a year ago on providing life-saving AIDS drugs, expanding trade and boosting aid, said activist rock star Bono. Bono and fellow Irish rocker Bob Geldof have used their fame to fuel a global campaign for more aid to Africa, organizing Live 8 concerts around the world last year to press Group of Eight industrial leaders meeting in Gleneagles, Scotland, to wipe out...

2006-06-26 04:34:21

By Kate Kelland LONDON (Reuters) - British Prime Minister Tony Blair said on Monday that the Group of Eight had failed to make progress on some of the commitments it made at a summit last year to tackle global poverty. Writing in the Independent newspaper, Blair said the problems of poverty and climate change could not be solved "overnight," but urged more action, particularly on trade. "These are long-term problems and the solutions will be long-term too," he wrote in a joint...

2005-07-10 07:44:34

By Brian Love GLENEAGLES, Scotland (Reuters) - When the ink dried on G8 pledges to double aid for Africa, what was missing was a commitment to make life viable for cotton farmers and fishermen who are hurt by heavily subsidized U.S. and European rivals. Economic self-interest took a back seat when Group of Eight leaders signed off on debt relief and an extra $50 billion per year for under-developed regions at the Gleneagles golf resort in Scotland on July 8, half of it for Africa. But the...

2005-07-08 11:29:44

By Andrew Quinn JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - Africa welcomed the Group of Eight's $25 billion boost in annual aid on Friday, but worried the rich world's latest promise may fizzle in the face of Africa's desperate needs. "Intentions and actualisation are not the same thing," said Kenyan Finance Minister David Mwiraria. "We would like to see a situation where there is money now." The Group of Eight (G8) ended its Gleneagles summit in Scotland announcing members would more than double aid to...

2005-07-08 10:14:07

By Andrew Quinn JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - Africa welcomed the Group of Eight's $25 billion boost in annual development aid on Friday, but some activists said the rich world was still not committed to the real steps needed to end African poverty. The Group of Eight (G8) ended its Gleneagles summit in Scotland announcing they would more than double aid to Africa by 2010 and promising to work to end the farm export subsidies that undercut Africa's own agricultural products. The pledge capped...

2005-07-05 23:34:28

By Andrew Gray GLENEAGLES, Scotland (Reuters) - Police on Tuesday pledgeda robust response to any violent protests at the Group of Eightrich states summit as campaigners said the leaders' promises sofar were not enough to smash poverty in Africa. British Prime Minister Tony Blair, this year's president ofthe G8, has put helping Africa and tackling climate change atthe top of the agenda for the summit at the luxury Gleneagleshotel and golf resort in the countryside of central Scotland....

2005-07-05 17:54:54

By William Maclean SIRTE, Libya (Reuters) - African leaders urged a summit ofrich nations opening in Britain on Wednesday to cancel debtowed by African governments, reform international trade andincrease aid to fight poverty on the continent. Heads of state of the African Union (AU), ending a two-daymeeting in Libya, also pledged to step up efforts to end warand political instability and improve standards of governanceto attract investment to the world's poorest continent. "We request the...

2005-07-05 16:24:51

By Manoah Esipisu SIRTE, Libya (Reuters) - African Union (AU) heads of stateurged a summit of rich nations to act rapidly to end poverty onthe continent, saying they should implement all the proposalsof a British-backed report on aid, trade and debt. "The Assembly (of AU leaders) fully supports therecommendations contained in the Commission for Africa report,"read a resolution issued to reporters at the pan-continentalorganization's half-yearly gathering of leaders. The report,...

2005-07-05 15:26:21

SIRTE, Libya (Reuters) - African Union (AU) heads of stateurged a G8 summit rich nations to act rapidly to end poverty onthe continent, saying they should implement all the proposalsof a British-backed report on aid, trade and debt. AU officials released the text of a resolution they saidhad been approved by a two-day meeting of AU leaders in Libya. "The Assembly (of AU leaders) ... strongly urges the G8Summit meeting scheduled for 6-8 July 2005 in Gleneagles tofully embrace the...