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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...

2005-07-01 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...

2005-06-29 16:58:39

LONDON (Reuters) - Thousands of people queued through thenight on Wednesday for their last chance to see thestar-studded Live 8 concert in London's Hyde Park. Additional tickets to watch the event live were beingdistributed from 3 p.m. (1400 GMT) to first-comers in London aswell as six locations across Britain. Some punters had arrived before noon on Tuesday to ensurethey would get their hands on a pair of the 55,000 freetickets, restricted to two per person. "It's an amazing line-up and...

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...

2005-06-29 12:16:07

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - ABC television has locked up U.S.broadcast rights for the upcoming worldwide series of Live 8concerts for African debt relief, with plans to air two hoursof highlights from the shows in prime time, the network said onTuesday. The Walt Disney Co.-owned network licensed TV rights to theLive 8 performances from America Online, a unit of Time WarnerInc., which also owns North American and European Internetrights to the shows, an AOL spokesman said. AOL plans to stream...

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2005-07-03 11:45:00

PHILADELPHIA (Reuters) -- More than 26.4 million people from around the world sent text messages on Saturday in support of the Live 8 campaign to cancel the debts of the poorest countries, setting a world record, organizers said. "This is definitely going down as the biggest political call to action," said Ralph Simon, who was coordinating the text messaging campaign in Philadelphia, the venue of the largest of 10 concerts around the world to demand relief of African poverty. He said the...

2005-06-13 17:10:00

LONDON (Reuters) -- Music fans broke a world record when they sent more than 2 million text messages to try to get tickets for next month's Live 8 concert in London, the Guinness Book of Records said Monday. The record-breakers' bible said 2,060,285 texts were received, setting a record for the "Largest Text Message Lottery." Performers for the July 2 charity concert for Africa include Maria Carey, Coldplay, Elton John, Madonna, Paul McCartney, REM, Scissor Sisters, Sting, U2 and Robbie...


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  • A spider.
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'Attercop' comes from the Old English 'atorcoppe,' where 'atter' means 'poison, venom' and‎ 'cop' means 'spider.' 'Coppa' is a derivative of 'cop,' top, summit, round head, or 'copp,' cup, vessel, which refers to 'the supposed venomous properties of spiders,' says the OED. 'Copp' is still found in the word 'cobweb.'
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