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Live 8 to rock the world into helping the poor

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Live 8 to rock the world into helping the poor


It is being billed as the greatest music show ever. Its aim is to persuade world leaders to do more to help the poor.

Today is Live 8 day and from London to Philadelphia, from Tokyo to Johannesburg, a galaxy of rock and roll stars will grace stages in a bid to influence the upcoming G8 summit of major industrialised nations. Organizer Bob Geldof believes the concerts will eclipse the fund-raising sensation Live Aid, 20 years ago. This time round he wants the event to be about people power, not money. Live 8 today will take place in 10 venues on four continents. On Wednesday, a further concert will be held in Edinburgh to mark the first day of the summit, which is taking place nearby. The Scottish city however will also play a key role in today’s proceedings. Live 8 is linked to the Make Poverty History campaign which is organizing a mass march in Edinburgh. A record 250,000 protesters are expected to take part, amid tight security. It is unclear whether Live 8 will convince world leaders to do more to alleviate global poverty. But Bob Geldof and others are doing their utmost to ensure their message will be difficult to ignore.
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