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- More than 26.4 million people from around the world sent text messages on Saturday in support of the Live 8 campaign to cancel the debts of the poorest countries, setting a world record, organisers said. "This is definitely going down as the biggest political call to action," said Ralph Simon, who was coordinating the text messaging campaign in Philadelphia, the venue of the largest of 10 concerts around the world to demand relief of African poverty. "I think it would be fair to say we're getting text messages from people from Albania to Zimbabwe," Simon said, adding that lines would be open until the end of July. "This shows how you can make an imprint with your thumb which becomes your voice which becomes a call to end world poverty," he added. Irish rocker Bob Geldof and Bono of U2 arranged the concerts to push the Group of Eight leaders of the world's richest nations who have met in Gleneagles, Scotland, this week to take action to eliminate poverty.

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