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2005-07-01 18:14:44

By Mike Collett-White LONDON (Reuters) - Final preparations were under way onFriday for what organizers promised would be the greatest musicshow on Earth, with pop stars leaving their egos backstage toraise awareness of poverty in Africa. Irish rocker and organizer Bob Geldof believes Saturday'sLive 8 event will eclipse Live Aid 20 years ago, when 1.5billion people tuned in to see the likes of U2, David Bowie andMick Jagger perform to raise money for Ethiopia's famine. This time it is...

2005-07-01 14:05:51

By Andrew Gray LONDON (Reuters) - Activists unfurled white banners onlandmarks around the world on Friday to step up pressure onrich nations to attack African poverty at a summit in Scotlandnext week. Sydney's Harbour Bridge and London's St Paul's cathedralwere among the places used by activists to unveil the banners,symbol of a global movement to press for debt cancellation, aidincreases and trade reform. In London, the base of St Paul's famous dome was encircledwith a banner...

2005-06-29 13:09:55

By Andrew Gray LONDON (Reuters) - Last time they wanted to feed the world,this time they want to change it. The 10 Live 8 concerts around the globe this Saturday taketheir inspiration from the Live Aid gigs 20 years ago whichraised over $100 million for famine relief in Africa -- anachievement widely hailed at the time. The aims of organizer Bob Geldof and his fellow campaignersare more ambitious now. The Irish rock singer'sexpletive-peppered appeals for money have been replaced by acall...

2005-06-27 13:57:06

By Mark Egan NEW YORK (Reuters) - Buddy, we gave already. Live 8 concert organizers want to spur a global groundswellof support for African debt relief, but experts say the biggestchallenge in the United States is changing entrenchedperceptions that it is the world's most generous country. Polls over the last decade show most Americans believe 10percent of the federal budget is spent on humanitarian andeconomic aid for the world's poor and that America gives morethan any other country....

2005-07-03 16:13:06

PORTSMOUTH, England (Reuters) - He pulled off the greatestrock concert ever staged. But charity champion Bob Geldof's idea for an "armada" ofBritish vessels bringing French passengers to Britain to joinin anti-poverty demonstrations this week was a damp squib. A total of 73 boats registered to cross from the Frenchcoast to British shores on Sunday, the day after more than 1million people heard Live 8 concerts in 10 venues worldwide. In the end, only four boats arrived in the port town...

2005-07-03 01:00:45

LONDON (Reuters) - Bob Geldof wants to "tilt the world alittle bit on its axis in favor of the poor" by staging 10concerts across four continents to pressure the Group of Eight(G8) richest nations on earth to help. Following are reactions from performers and others aroundthe world on Saturday: NELSON MANDELA (Johannesburg) "Overcoming poverty is not a gesture of charity, it is anact of justice. It is a protection of a fundamental humanright. "I say to all those leaders, do not look the...

2005-07-03 02:11:56

By Mike Collett-White LONDON (Reuters) - For someone so often called a saint, BobGeldof has an uncanny ability to irritate and offend. The Irish rocker has bullied and badgered his way into thehistory books, pulling off the Live Aid rock concerts 20 yearsago and promising to do something even bigger on Saturday with10 Live 8 gigs to raise awareness of African poverty. The 50-year-old Geldof seems like a walking contradiction. He was the quintessential anti-establishment figure...

2005-07-03 02:08:34

TOKYO (Reuters) - Japanese rock fans flocked to Tokyo'sLive 8 concert on Saturday, but it was Icelandic singer Bjorkmore than the more serious message about poverty that seemed tobe the main draw. Hundreds of thousands of people are expected to turn up to10 concerts across four continents in what is billed as thegreatest live music show ever staged. Whether they come for themusic, the message, or both, remains to be seen. Organizer Bob Geldof hopes the event will put pressure onworld...

2005-07-04 17:24:00

By Mike Collett-White LONDON (Reuters) - They came out of charity. They left withbooming record sales. The galaxy of rock stars who took part in Live 8 concertson Saturday to help beat the curse of poverty have seen theirdiscs fly off the shelves in British music stores -- a case ofbank balances as well as consciences winning out. Live 8's main cause, making poverty history, also benefitedthough, after the London performance of Beatles classic "Sgt.Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band" was...

2005-07-04 15:02:40

LONDON (Reuters) - They came out of charity. They left withbooming record sales. The galaxy of rock stars who took part in Live 8 concertson Saturday to help beat the curse of poverty have seen theirrecords fly off the shelves in British music stores, provingthat cash balances as well as consciences were the winner. According to HMV, one of Britain's main record retailerswith 200 stores nationwide, Pink Floyd's "Echoes" album posteda staggering 1,343 percent increase in sales on Sunday...


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