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2005-07-06 14:48:51

By Michael Holden EDINBURGH (Reuters) - Rock stars staged a final "Live 8" concert in Edinburgh on Wednesday in a last-minute bid to press world leaders gathering in nearby Gleneagles to do more to alleviate poverty. The free gig featured artists including James Brown and Annie Lennox. Ten other "Live 8" concerts on Saturday across four continents featured what was billed as the greatest ever line-up of rock and pop talent. About 50,000 people crowded into the Murrayfield sports stadium...

2005-07-06 14:44:20

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...

2005-07-06 12:28:48

OSLO (Reuters) - A Norwegian member of parliament nominated Irish rocker and charity champion Bob Geldof on Wednesday for the 2006 Nobel Peace Prize for his work to help poor nations. The peace prize is awarded annually by the Norwegian Nobel Committee. Those qualified to nominate candidates include members of national parliaments around the world. The nomination came as leaders of the Group of Eight rich nations gathered in Scotland to discuss aid for Africa under pressure from the...

2005-07-06 11:31:34

By Sean Maguire GLENEAGLES, Scotland (Reuters) - Protesters clashed on Wednesday with police protecting the world's most powerful leaders who arrived for a Group of Eight summit still divided over tackling climate change and helping Africa. Hooded activists smashed car windows and fought with riot police in the nearby town of Stirling while others set up impromptu barricades on the roads around the heavily guarded complex hosting the summit of G8 leaders. Police made 60 arrests as...

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....

2005-07-03 15:48:14

By Mike Collett-White and Mark Egan LONDON/PHILADELPHIA (Reuters) - They rocked the world inthe largest live concert ever held. Now the stars of the Live 8extravaganza are looking to leaders to respond by doing more tohelp the poor when they meet later in the week. The ability of people power to make a difference willbecome clearer on July 8 when leaders of the Group of Eight(G8) wealthy industrialized nations end a summit in Scotlandwhere Africa will be high on the agenda. "Mahatma...

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2005-07-05 10:30:00

LONDON -- Internet auction site eBay said on Tuesday it had begun removing illegal DVD copies of the Live 8 poverty awareness pop concerts from its Web site, after the record industry complained. Some of the pirate recordings on the site early on Tuesday were on sale within 24 hours of Saturday's concerts ending, and have been attracting bids of up to 16.99 pounds ($31) each. One of them boasts footage from huge concerts in London'sHyde Park and Philadelphia. Ten concerts took place in all,...

2005-07-03 20:55:00

By Opheera McDoom SIRTE, Libya (Reuters) - Exploiting the momentum of astar-studded global anti-poverty campaign, African countriescalled on Sunday for stepped up pressure on rich nations tohelp them fight hunger, disease and war on the continent. Leaders of many of the 53 member nations of the AfricanUnion (AU) were arriving for a summit in Libya to agree amessage to send to the summit of the Group of Eight (G8)richest nations in Scotland later this week. Kenya's Foreign Minister Chirau...

2005-07-03 14:35:13

By Rebecca Harrison JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - Few Africans watched thestar-studded Live 8 gigs meant to highlight their plight butmany said on Sunday any bid to relieve poverty was welcome --even faraway rock concerts performed for rich whites. Up to 2 billion people watched broadcasts of Saturday'sLive 8 concerts, performed on four continents to help drawattention to poverty in Africa and press the world's mostpowerful leaders to cancel debt, boost aid and scrap unfairtrade barriers. Yet...

2005-07-03 02:08:07

By Andrew Gray EDINBURGH (Reuters) - British finance minister GordonBrown, declaring the fight against poverty "the greatest moralcrusade of our times," vowed on Saturday to work for more debtrelief, aid and trade reform for poor nations. He was speaking at a Christian Aid rally in the Scottishcapital Edinburgh after 200,000 people marched through the cityto put pressure on next week's summit of the Group of Eight(G8) rich nations. "We are affirming today that we are of one moral...


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