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Bob Geldof receives peace award
Bob Geldof and Mikhail Gorbachev
Geldof (l) received his award from Mikhail Gorbachev (r)
Singer Bob Geldof has called for fair trade at an awards event in Rome that recognised his anti-poverty efforts.

"Africa must be allowed to trade itself out of poverty," he said as he received the Man of Peace award from the former Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev.

The Live 8 organiser said the situation in Africa was "not only intellectually absurd but also morally repulsive".

The ceremony on Rome's Capitoline Hill marked the opening of this year's World Summit of Nobel Peace Laureates.

Dressed in a striped suit, the former Boomtown Rats member called on the European Union to take the initiative at next month's World Trade Organisation talks in Hong Kong.

'Broken world'

"The EU must break the deadlock and as of today it has failed to do so," he said.

"We live in a broken world which has never been healthier or wealthier, but some 500 kilometres south of here they die of want."

Previous recipients of the Man for Peace award include Italian actor-director Roberto Benigni and the singer Yusuf Islam, formerly known as Cat Stevens.

Last month Geldof said receiving the award was "more than an honour, it's almost ridiculous."

"It's almost too big, all the Nobel Peace Prize winners voting for you as their Man of Peace," he said.

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