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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 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...

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...