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Bono and Geldof: France and others fail to deliver Africa aid

G-8 nations called on to fulfill pledges to fight poverty and AIDS.

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Bono, Bob Geldof, and other celebrities pressed the world's wealthiest countries Wednesday to come through with the financial aid they've pledged for Africa.

The Irish rock stars, along with Beninese singer Angelique Kidjo, tennis star-turned-singer Yannick Noah, and aid workers presented a new report that found the Group of Eight, have collectively donated a fraction of the total $22 billion in extra funds pledged.

In 2005, the G-8 (Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Russia, Britain, and the United States) agreed at Gleneagles, Scotland, to double its aid to Africa by 2010.

"What this big, long, exact, cold, and brutal analysis shows us is that halfway to this historic date of 2010 – halfway – these wealthy countries... have delivered 14 percent. How tragic is that?" Mr. Geldof told reporters in Paris. "What a failure for all of us."

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