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G-8 Leaders Renew Pledge to Aid Africa


Leaders of the the world's richest nations have again pledged to help cut poverty and disease in Africa.

In a statement Sunday, leaders at the summit of the seven top industrialized nations plus Russia pledged to pursue existing efforts to increase debt relief and support aid work on the continent. The statement also said the grouping will identify the next steps to be taken before next year's summit in Germany.

Aid agencies welcomed the formal G-8 commitment not to let Africa issues fade from public view.

But an official from the British charity "Save the Children" urged G-8 countries to act more urgently.

Matt Phillips said the "fact that there have not been [G-8] steps backward" will "be cold comfort to the 800 African families who lost a child today" because they could not afford a doctor.

Some information for this report was provided by AFP and Reuters.