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Bono takes his message to G8 summit leaders

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U2 front man Bono took his campaign for Third World debt relief to Genoa, Italy, this weekend, meeting with officials on the sidelines of a summit of world leaders.

Aboard a cruise liner housing the delegations, Bono and fellow rock singer Bob Geldof met with German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder and European Union President Romano Prodi.

Bono said he came to Genoa to urge the G8 summit leaders to do more to reduce Third World debt and fight the AIDS epidemic in the world's poorest countries, especially in Africa.

He added he was shocked at the violence that has marred the meeting, including the shooting death of a protester by police. "Violence is never right," he said.