Live 8 global concerts under way
Three billion people are watching. So far, 1.5 million people have added their name to the message being delivered to the Group 8 leaders on Wednesday in Scotland, UK. No matter where you are in the world, please add your name to The LIVE 8 List and visit Make Poverty History if you have not already done so.
Japan kicked off the first concert.
Photo: Japanese band Rize started proceedings in Tokyo (Material and photos courtesy BBC)
The biggest concert, in London's Hyde Park, has opened with Sir Paul McCartney singing with U2 in front of an audience of up to 200,000. Bill Gates and Kofi Annan made a surprise appearance on stage to say a few words for the cause. Click here for line-ups of other Live 8 concerts.
Photo: Great performance by Bono and U2
Mariners begin Sail 8 round trip
The first of the boats answering Bob Geldof's call to ferry people from France for the G8 protests has left Portsmouth harbour. Full report.
Photo: Geldof wants protesters to collect their 'French cousins' (BBC)
Thousands flock to poverty march
Thousands of protesters are taking part in a Make Poverty History march in Edinburgh, Scotland as musicians perform in Live 8 concerts around the globe.
Early estimates are of about 100,000 people involved in the event to highlight their message to G8 leaders meeting at Gleneagles on Wednesday.
1.5 million people turned up for Live 8 in Philadelphia.
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