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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...

2005-07-08 10:11:32

By Andrew Gray GLENEAGLES, Scotland (Reuters) - World leaders agreed on Friday to more than double aid for Africa to $50 billion, presenting the deal as a message of hope that countered the hatred behind the London bomb attacks. The announcement was the culmination of a Group of Eight summit of rich nations hosted by British Prime Minister Tony Blair, who had been determined to focus on African poverty despite Thursday's attacks, which killed more than 50 people. "We speak today in the...

2005-07-08 11:49:18

GLENEAGLES, Scotland (Reuters) - Rock musicians Bob Geldof and Bono, who have spearheaded a global push to tackle African poverty, broadly welcomed a pledge on Friday by the Group of Eight (G8) nations to double aid to Africa. "Six hundred thousand people will be alive to remember this G8 in Gleneagles who would have lost their lives to a mosquito bite," Bono said, referring to the difference he thought the extra aid would make to fighting malaria. "If an Irish rock star can quote...

2005-07-08 08:57:49

By Andrew Gray GLENEAGLES, Scotland (Reuters) - World leaders announced a $50 billion boost in development aid on Friday, declaring the deal was a message of hope that countered the hatred behind the London bomb attacks. "We speak today in the shadow of terrorism but it will not obscure what we came here to achieve," British Prime Minister Tony Blair declared, flanked by fellow leaders of the Group of Eight (G8) rich states and seven of their African counterparts. Blair, who skipped much...

2005-07-08 07:41:37

LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - After a drubbing from critics, MTV and VH1 will rerun 10 hours of coverage of the Live 8 concert events without commercials on Saturday. VH1 will carry the first five hours from 10 a.m.-3 p.m., while MTV will carry the second leg from 3-8 p.m. MTV was roundly assailed by pundits and critics for the frequent commercial breaks and other interruptions during its live coverage of the July 2 concerts. "In the wake of our coverage, our viewers have...

2005-07-08 06:01:38

By Crispian Balmer GLENEAGLES, Scotland (Reuters) - World leaders put Africa at the center of their annual summit on Friday, determined the deadly wave of bombings in London should not overshadow their final day of talks. British Prime Minister Tony Blair skipped most of Thursday's meetings to handle the aftermath of the attacks, but he returned to Gleneagles overnight to take charge of negotiations on a cause he has championed -- boosting aid to Africa. Leaders of the Group of Eight (G8)...

2005-07-07 19:24:56

By Andrew Gray GLENEAGLES, Scotland (Reuters) - Determined not to be deterred by deadly bomb attacks, British Prime Minister Tony Blair has returned to a summit of world leaders to finalize agreements on Friday on climate change and aid to Africa. Blair left the meeting in Scotland on Thursday -- while the other leaders of the Group of Eight (G8) industrialized nations pushed on with discussions -- to handle the aftermath of the attacks in London that killed at least 37 people. The G8...

2005-07-06 15:33:59

By Sean Maguire GLENEAGLES, Scotland (Reuters) - Group of Eight negotiators, barricaded against protesters in a luxury hotel, sought last-minute deals on Wednesday on climate change and aid for Africa amid pressure to avoid watered-down compromises. Celebrity anti-poverty campaigners joined world leaders at the summit site to press them to double aid to Africa to $50 billion a year, open markets to African goods and cancel debt. "It's all to play for in the next 24 hours. One last push. I...

2005-07-06 17:31:37

By Madeline Chambers and Crispian Balmer GLENEAGLES, Scotland (Reuters) - Africa campaigners made a final plea to leaders of the world's industrialized nations on Wednesday to boost aid, cancel debt and remove trade barriers to help lift the continent out of poverty. However, an Italian diplomat poured cold water on their hopes of more cash, saying the leaders of the Group of Eight (G8) would offer Africa no additional aid, just repeat promises to honor past commitments. British Prime...


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