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2008-06-23 00:00:15

TOP Scots bookie "Fearless" Freddie Williams has died of a heart attack aged 65 at his Ayrshire home. The maverick racing legend earned his nick name accepting huge cash bets the big chains wouldn't touch. Last night, friends lined up to pay tribute to the millionaire Scot, whose trackside wager wars with Irish super-punter JP McManus made racing history. TV pundit John McCririck said: "It's the end of an era." (c) 2008 Daily Record; Glasgow (UK). Provided by ProQuest Information and...

2006-06-29 13:58:04

By Lesley Wroughton WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The world's richest countries are falling short on pledges made last year to provide Africa with life-saving AIDS drugs, expanded trade and increased aid, said rocker-activist Bono. Bono and fellow Irish rocker Bob Geldof have used their fame to fuel a campaign for Africa, organizing concerts last year to press leaders of rich countries at a meeting in Scotland to wipe out poverty. "They started out to climb an Everest but over the past...

2006-05-24 16:01:55

By Lesley Wroughton ACCRA (Reuters) - After a successful campaign to cancel the debts of some of the world's poorest countries, rocker-activist Bono is about to take on the world's powerbrokers to improve the terms of trade for Africa. On the last stop of a six-nation African tour, Bono said on Wednesday there was a new mood of optimism on the continent and new entrepreneurs were emerging, but farm subsidies and other trade barriers in large markets like the United States and Europe...

2006-05-23 10:21:53

BAMAKO (Reuters) - Rock star Bono took a night off from campaigning on aid for Africa and went back to his day job -- music -- as he sang along with a local band in a 1,000-year-old chant in the West African state of Mali. Bono, on a six-nation Africa tour, dropped in on Monday night with some aides at the Piroge bar and restaurant on the banks of the Niger River in the Mali capital Bamako. They listened to the Samaquera band, which plays songs that are more than a millennium old...

2006-05-23 07:45:20

BAMAKO (Reuters) - Rock star Bono took a night off from campaigning on aid for Africa and went back to his day job -- music -- as he sang along with a local band in a 1,000-year-old chant in the West African state of Mali. Bono, on a six-nation Africa tour, dropped in on Monday night with some aides at the Piroge bar and restaurant on the banks of the Niger River in the Mali capital Bamako. They listened to the Samaquera band, which plays songs that are more than a millennium old...

2006-05-18 11:23:06

By Lesley Wroughton KIGALI (Reuters) - Rock star Bono on Wednesday pledged to maintain pressure on the United States and other wealthy nations to keep funds rolling for aid to Africa. In Rwanda on a six-nation tour of Africa, the U2 lead singer and activist said there were already signs the elite Group of Eight club of industrial countries were back-tracking on last year's promises to double aid to Africa by 2010. The G8 is scheduled to meet in Russia in July. Bono said he had...

2006-05-18 09:36:50

By Lesley Wroughton KIGALI (Reuters) - Rock star Bono on Wednesday pledged to maintain pressure on the United States and other wealthy nations to keep funds rolling for aid to Africa. In Rwanda on a six-nation tour of Africa, the U2 lead singer and activist said there were already signs that nations in the elite Group of Eight club of industrial countries were back-tracking on last year's promises to double aid to Africa by 2010. The G8 is scheduled to meet in Russia in July....

2006-05-11 21:26:59

By Lesley Wroughton WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Irish rocker and activist Bono is taking his crusade for Africa on the road. U2's lead singer will tour Lesotho, Rwanda, Tanzania, Nigeria, Mali and Ghana on a 10-day trip starting on Tuesday to examine how his successful campaign for debt relief can now help combat poverty and disease, his advocacy group DATA said on Thursday. The tour comes four years after Bono focused the world's attention on Africa's plight when he and then U.S....

2006-04-07 06:17:04

BELFAST (Reuters) - The Irish Republican Army was not behind this week's murder of an Irish nationalist who spied for Britain, the dead man's family said on Friday in a statement that criticized the media for revealing his whereabouts. "We acknowledge the speedy statement from the IRA disassociating themselves from this murder," the family said in a statement issued by their solicitors in Northern Ireland. "We believe that statement to be true." The guerrilla group, which last July...

2006-02-25 09:33:26

DUBLIN (Reuters) - Irish nationalists clashed with police on Saturday during demonstrations against a march in Dublin by Northern Irish Protestants remembering those killed by nationalist guerrillas. The protesters hurled bricks and fireworks at police and tore down barriers meant to separate the nationalists from the marchers, a Reuters witness said. Police had to close Dublin's main shopping street and shops brought down their shutters. Officers herded a small group rioters toward...