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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...

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...

2005-07-01 12:16:04

By Paul Tait SYDNEY (Reuters) - Australia, a nation which spends roughlyas much on its pets as it does on foreign aid, kicked off aweek of global action against poverty with nationwide rallieson Friday and calls by activists to double its aidcontribution. A huge white banner reading "Make Poverty History" wasunfurled on the Sydney Harbour Bridge to mark "White Band Day,"a day before the Live 8 concerts aimed at pressuring the Groupof Eight (G8) nations to halve global poverty by 2015....

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...

2005-07-03 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 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...

2005-07-04 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...


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  • The prevailing range of a vocal or instrumental part, within which most of the tones lie.
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