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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 12:01:03

By Mike Collett-White and Mark Egan LONDON/PHILADELPHIA (Reuters) - After a galaxy of starsrocked the world in the largest live concert ever held,politicians said on Sunday people power could make a differenceas world leaders prepared to meet to relieve poverty. Over a million people listened to rock and pop musicians atvenues across four continents on Saturday to demand that theGroup of Eight wealthy nations cancel the debts of poor Africancountries and boost aid at a summit in Scotland...

2005-07-02 17:30:01

By Paul Majendie and Kate Holton LONDON (Reuters) - A galaxy of rock stars staged theworld's biggest live concert on Saturday to pressure richnations into doing more for the poor. People power rose up across four continents as Irish rockerBob Geldof urged music fans at Live 8 gigs around the globe tocry "No more excuses" to the G8 leaders of the world's leadingindustrialized nations. "Mahatma Gandhi freed a continent, Martin Luther King freeda people, Nelson Mandela freed a country. It...

2005-07-02 02:58:58

By Mike Collett-White LONDON (Reuters) - A galaxy of rock and roll stars willgrace stages across the globe on Saturday for what is beingbilled as the greatest music show ever, in a bid to putpressure on 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, kickingoff in Tokyo in the east and ending in North America in thewest. In London, boasting arguably the strongest line-up of the10...

2005-07-01 18:18:48

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...

2005-06-30 15:09:18

By Mike Collett-White LONDON (Reuters) - Two exhausted men have worked behind thescenes, into the early hours, for eight weeks to pull off whatpromises to be the greatest music show on earth. Irish rocker Bob Geldof is the most public face of the Live8 concerts on Saturday to raise awareness of extreme poverty,but if all goes well on July 2 it will also be down to producerKevin Wall and promoter Harvey Goldsmith. Technological advances since the Live Aid concerts 20 yearsago, including...

2005-06-30 13:46:31

By Robin Pomeroy ROME (Reuters) - Many of Italy's biggest pop stars haveshaken off their initial skepticism about Live 8 and agreed toperform on the Rome stage of the international anti-povertyrock extravaganza on Saturday. Bob Geldof, who publicly chided Italian stars for theirreluctance to appear, has even persuaded Zucchero, one of thefew Italians to have a Top 10 hit in Britain, to perform inRome as well as Paris where he was first scheduled to play. By playing at Rome's Circus...

2005-06-28 09:16:29

LONDON (Reuters) - Moscow has been added to the lineup ofLive 8 concerts on July 2 which aim to put pressure on worldleaders meeting the following week to do more to alleviateextreme poverty. Live 8 coordinator Richard Curtis said on Friday he was"pretty confident" that Moscow would be added to the eight mainconcerts, and on Tuesday morning the Red Square gig was on theofficial Web site. The site, www.live8live.com, now features 10 concerts onJuly 2; one in each of the G8 industrialized...

2005-06-28 09:05:30

By Paul Majendie LONDON (Reuters) - Wrinkly rockers never die, they just docharity gigs. Teenage pop fans hoping to hail their heroes at Saturday'sLive 8 concerts are in for a rude awakening when headline actshit the stage. It is more likely to be their parents singing along toveteran rock stars who wrote the soundtrack to their lives allthose years ago. Irish rocker Bob Geldof, whose aim is to pressure richcountries to alleviate poverty in Africa at July's G8 summit ofwestern...

2005-07-03 00:05:44

By Mark Egan and Claudia Parsons PHILADELPHIA (Reuters) - Americans at the Live 8 concert inPhiladelphia on Saturday were told a simple message -- Africansare created equal too. The crowd of about 1 million watched a roster includingStevie Wonder, pop divas Destiny's Child and rapper Jay-Z on astage set up on the steps of the Philadelphia Museum of Art,and heard demands that rich countries such as the UnitedStates, Britain and Japan relieve African debts. But organizers said the symbolic...


Word of the Day
monteith
  • A large punch-bowl of the eighteenth century, usually of silver and with a movable rim, and decorated with flutings and a scalloped edge. It was also used for cooling and carrying wine-glasses.
  • A kind of cotton handkerchief having white spots on a colored ground, the spots being produced by a chemical which discharges the color.
This word is possibly named after Monteith (Monteigh), 'an eccentric 17th-century Scotsman who wore a cloak scalloped at the hem.'
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