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2006-07-17 07:15:43

By Caren Bohan and David Clarke ST PETERSBURG, Russia (Reuters) - Group of Eight leaders on Monday inched toward a breakthrough over global trade on Monday, Britain said, at the end of a big-power summit strained by divisions over the Middle East crisis. After G8 leaders met key developing countries at the summit British Prime Minister Tony Blair said there were signs of willingness to make the compromises needed to rescue a troubled world trade pact. "Before we had our lunch...

2006-07-17 04:45:12

By Caren Bohan and David Clarke ST PETERSBURG, Russia (Reuters) - Group of Eight leaders met key developing countries on Monday to give a push to world trade talks at a big-power summit strained by divisions over the Middle East. The United States and its G8 partners, in a final session of their summit, were locked in talks with global trade players including Brazil, India and China, who are pushing for a better deal for the world's poorer nations. Meanwhile, the United States...

2006-07-09 23:14:43

By Gilbert Le Gras WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Global trade talks are on the cusp of collapse and leaders of the world's most powerful industrialized and developing countries must break the impasse at a summit in Russia next week, World Bank President Paul Wolfowitz wrote in a letter to each leader. "With time running out, our collective efforts can make the difference," he said in a letter sent on Friday to leaders of the Group of Eight rich industrialized nations and five major...

2006-06-29 10:20:35

By Lesley Wroughton WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The world's richest countries are falling short on pledges made to Africa a year ago on providing life-saving AIDS drugs, expanding trade and boosting aid, said activist rock star Bono. Bono and fellow Irish rocker Bob Geldof have used their fame to fuel a global campaign for more aid to Africa, organizing Live 8 concerts around the world last year to press Group of Eight industrial leaders meeting in Gleneagles, Scotland, to wipe out...

2006-06-26 04:34:21

By Kate Kelland LONDON (Reuters) - British Prime Minister Tony Blair said on Monday that the Group of Eight had failed to make progress on some of the commitments it made at a summit last year to tackle global poverty. Writing in the Independent newspaper, Blair said the problems of poverty and climate change could not be solved "overnight," but urged more action, particularly on trade. "These are long-term problems and the solutions will be long-term too," he wrote in a joint...

2006-06-25 18:46:58

By Astrid Zweynert LONDON (Reuters) - British Prime Minister Tony Blair has enlisted rock star Bob Geldof and U.N. Secretary General Kofi Annan to help keep track of how wealthy countries live up to their aid commitments to Africa. Keeping track of pledges by countries known as the Group of Eight is a "full-time job" and while some pledges are on track, more needs to be done, Blair will say in a speech on Monday in London. Blair is setting up an independent Africa Panel, to be...

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2006-06-08 05:05:00

LONDON -- Road deaths are a global epidemic on the scale of malaria and tuberculosis and world leaders must do more to address the issue, a report said on Thursday. The Commission for Global Road Safety, headed by former NATO chief George Robertson, said 1.2 million people were killed and 50 million injured every year worldwide in traffic accidents. More than 85 percent of the casualties were in low and middle income countries, with road deaths second only to AIDS as a global killer of young...

2005-11-24 08:49:29

ROME (Reuters) - Irish rocker and charity champion Bob Geldof criticised Italy on Thursday for failing to give more to the world's poor and urged its leaders to help break a deadlock in international trade talks. Geldof, whose Live 8 concerts this year helped persuade the leaders of the G8 richest nations to double aid to Africa, was in Rome to receive the 2005 "Man for Peace" award handed out by Nobel Peace Prize winners every year. "Italy ... is the least generous of the developed...

2005-10-25 18:11:49

By Paul Majendie LONDON (Reuters) - Irish rock star Bob Geldof said on Tuesday that the Live 8 concerts in July had been successful in motivating the young to care about Africa's woes. "It was a bizarre confluence of politics and populism," the rocker turned activist said of rock 'n' roll's greatest line-up ever, designed to pressure world leaders to alleviate poverty. However Geldof said: "Some people may, perhaps correctly, view Live 8 as the blink of an eye. Five days later, the...

2005-10-25 10:29:06

By Paul Majendie LONDON (Reuters) - Bob Geldof said on Tuesday that the Live 8 concerts in July were "not the blinking of an eye but a devastating bomb" that could motivate the young to care about Africa's woes. "It was a bizarre confluence of politics and populism," the rocker turned activist said of rock 'n' roll's greatest line-up ever, designed to pressure world leaders to alleviate poverty. Leaders of the Group of Eight industrial nations -- meeting shortly after the concerts...


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