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Bush, Bono call for Africa action in Japan newspaper special

D 31 May 2008     H 15:03     A Corine/Dead     C 0 messages


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Irish pop star Bono shakes hands with Japanese Finance Minister Fukushiro Nikaga prior to their talks in Tokyo May 30. Famous names ranging from Bono to US President George W. Bush called for action to fight poverty in Africa in a special edition Saturday of one of Japan’s major newspapers. Photo (AFP)

Famous names ranging from rock star Bono to US President George W. Bush called for action to fight poverty in Africa in a special edition Saturday of one of Japan’s major newspapers.

Bono, visiting Japan for a major Africa development summit that closed Friday, teamed up with fellow musician-activist Bob Geldof as guest editors of a supplement to the Asahi Shimbun, an influential liberal daily.

Bush wrote that the July 7-9 summit of the Group of Eight major industrial powers, to be held in Japan, needed to take concrete action to tackle AIDS and other scourges afflicting Africa.

"My message to my fellow leaders will be that our past promises are just empty words unless we provide meaningful follow-through," Bush wrote.

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