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2005-07-02 19:03:43

LONDON (Reuters) - British finance minister Gordon Brownwill pledge later on Saturday to continue fighting for debtrelief and aid for the world's poorest countries and for atimetable to end trade-distorting export subsidies. Brown will congratulate the Make Poverty History coalitionof charities, churches and other groups in a speech inEdinburgh for its work in raising awareness of the plight ofAfrica. "We are today seeing Britain at its best, united as one fora great cause," he will say at...

2005-06-30 18:26:59

By Mike Peacock LONDON (Reuters) - Britain called last-ditch talks onThursday to hammer out an agreed agenda for next week's Groupof Eight summit and welcomed Washington's announcement that itwould double aid to Africa over the next decade. But aid agencies dismissed the sums as paltry and PrimeMinister Tony Blair's twin goals of massively boosting help forthe world's poorest continent and agreeing a strategy to tackleclimate change continued to look elusive. As part of an effort to...

2005-07-03 10:42:01

VATICAN CITY (Reuters) - Pope Benedict said on Sunday hehoped this week's meeting of world power leaders in Scotlandwill bring genuine and long-lasting relief to Africa. "My heartfelt hope is that this important meeting issuccessful, that it leads to a sharing out of the costs ofreducing debt and puts in motion concrete measures to eradicatepoverty and promote genuine development in Africa," he said. Leaders from the Group of Eight industrialized countriesmeet in Scotland from July 6-8...

2005-07-03 00:10:17

By Claudia Parsons and Paul Majendie PHILADELPHIA/LONDON (Reuters) - More than a million peoplegathered in cities across the world on Saturday for Live 8, thebiggest music concert ever held to pressure rich nations to domore for the poor. As the gigs wound down, organizers turned their thoughts toWednesday when the leaders of the Group of Eight industrializednations meet in Scotland to discuss aid to Africa. Live 8 coordinator Bob Geldof urged 200,000 fans inLondon's Hyde Park to demand...

2005-07-02 21:50:35

By Claudia Parsons and Paul Majendie PHILADELPHIA/LONDON (Reuters) - More than a million peoplegathered in cities across the world on Saturday for Live 8, thebiggest music concert ever held to pressure rich nations to domore for the poor. The largest gig was in Philadelphia, where organizers saidup to 1 million people crammed the streets, with people poweron display at 10 separate concerts across four continents. In London, Irish rocker Bob Geldof urged 200,000 fans tocry "No more...

2005-07-02 16:58:02

By Jeremy Lovell EDINBURGH (Reuters) - A tide of some 200,000 people dressedin white streamed through Edinburgh on Saturday to demand thatleaders of rich nations agree measures to attack global povertyat a summit near the Scottish capital next week. As part of a day of pressure on the Group of Eight nations,including the Live 8 rock concerts, the marchers urged richstates to double aid to poor countries, especially in Africa.They also called for debt relief and trade reform. The marchers,...

2005-07-02 14:14:44

By Paul Majendie and Kate Holton LONDON (Reuters) - Paul McCartney and U2's Bono fired up ahuge London crowd with "Sergeant Pepper's Lonely Hearts ClubBand" on Saturday for the anti-poverty crusade, Live 8, thebiggest music event ever staged. Starting the show with the familiar lyrics: "It was 20years ago today," ex-Beatle McCartney harked straight back tothe 1985 Live Aid concerts. Back then, a new standard in fund-raising was achieved byorganizer Bob Geldof to help the victims of...

2005-07-02 12:59:36

By Jeremy Lovell EDINBURGH (Reuters) - Tens of thousands of demonstratorsdressed in white marched through Edinburgh on Saturday todemand leaders of rich nations agree measures to tackle globalpoverty at a summit nearby next week. As part of a day of pressure on the Group of Eight nationsincluding the Live 8 rock concerts, the marchers in Edinburghurged rich states double aid to poor countries, especially inAfrica. They also called for debt relief and trade reform. The demonstrators...

2005-07-02 12:37:51

By David Dolan TOKYO (Reuters) - Icelandic singer Bjork rocked Tokyo onSaturday, kicking off the biggest live music show in historywhich aims to pressure world leaders to do more to fightpoverty. Live 8, an expanded version of the Live Aid sensation of 20years ago, will take in 10 cities and four continents and endin North America. Organizer Bob Geldof wants to harness peoplepower to push for political change. Dozens of pop legends, including Paul McCartney, Madonnaand Stevie Wonder, will...

2005-07-02 11:38:57

By David Dolan TOKYO (Reuters) - What has been billed as the greatestmusic show ever kicked off in Tokyo on Saturday, as the firstin a galaxy of rock stars took to the stage in a global eventaimed at pushing world leaders to do more to help the poor. Live 8, an expanded version of the Live Aid sensation 20years ago, will take in 10 cities and four continents, startingin Tokyo in the east and ending in North America in the west. "We're here today to make poverty history," singer...


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conjunto
  • A style of popular dance music originating along the border between Texas and Mexico, characterized by the use of accordion, drums, and 12-string bass guitar and traditionally based on polka, waltz, and bolero rhythms.
The word 'conjunto' comes through Spanish, from Latin coniūnctus, past participle of coniungere, to join together; see conjoin