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U2 frontman Bono brought his star power to Capitol Hill Tuesday as he called on members of Congress to take swift action to deal with the global refugee crisis and violent extremism.

In testimony before a Senate subcommittee, Bono drew a bleak picture as he described the flood of people fleeing their homes in the Middle East, Asia and Africa. The human torrent threatens the very idea of European unity, he said, as he urged lawmakers to think of foreign aid as national security instead of charity.

"When aid is structured properly, with a focus on fighting poverty and improving governance, it could just be the best bulwark we have against the extremism of our age," Bono said.


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By Katie Kindelan, ABC News

U2 frontman Bono is using his spotlight to shine a light on the plight of refugees, calling the refugee crisis a "global problem."

"We now know that what goes on in the Middle East or North Africa this year will spill onto the streets of Paris or Brussels next year and, God forbid, onto the streets of America," Bono said today on "Good Morning America," referring to the recent terrorist attacks in Brussels and Paris.

"We cannot separate ourselves from what's going on in the outside world anymore. It's our world. That's what comes with globalization," he said. "With global impact, we've got responsibilities."

The 55-year-old rocker spoke to "GMA" from the Zaatari refugee camp in Jordan, home to approximately 80,000 refugees, mostly from Syria.

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Rock star, currently touring with his band, will be in Ottawa to discuss African aid initiatives with NGOs

CBC News

U2 rock star and philanthropist Bono will meet with Prime Minister Stephen Harper, NDP Leader Tom Mulcair and Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau following a session with several non-profit organizations in Ottawa on Monday.

Stuart Hickox, founder of the non-profit "social marketing" organization One Change, confirmed Bono is coming to the capital for talks focused on aid in Africa, and is expected to attend question period following that meeting.

The Prime Minister's Office confirmed the meeting between Harper and Bono will take place Monday afternoon. Harper is expected to discuss his maternal and child health initiative, which he has previously discussed before the United Nations General Assembly.

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U2 singer wades into row over Apple and Irish state aid - and says that capitalism and commerce play a vital role in lifting people out of poverty

by Rupert Neate and Dorian Lynskey, The Guardian/The Observer

From stadium-packing rock star to champion of the impoverished, Bono has fronted a band and causes that have endeared him to millions. But the U2 frontman is likely to alienate more people than he wins over with his latest rallying cry: backing Ireland's corporate tax regime.

In an interview with the Observer, the Irish singer says his country's controversial policies - which help multinational companies avoid billions in tax - have "brought our country the only prosperity we've known".

The 54-year-old says that Ireland's economy is dependent on attracting multinational companies - including Apple, Facebook, Google and Amazon - with tax avoidance strategies, including a loophole dubbed the "Double Irish", the use of two Irish companies to lower the effective tax rate.

The Church of U2

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by Joshua Rothman, The New Yorker

A few years ago, I was caught up in a big research project about contemporary hymns (or "hymnody," as they say in the trade). I listened to hundreds of hymns on Spotify; I interviewed a bunch of hymn experts. What, I asked them, was the most successful contemporary hymn--the modern successor to "Morning Has Broken" or "Amazing Grace"? Some cited recently written traditional church hymns; others mentioned songs by popular Christian musicians. But one scholar pointed in a different direction: "If you're willing to construe the term 'hymn' liberally, then the most heard, most successful hymn of the last few decades could be 'I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For,' by U2."

Most people think of U2 as a wildly popular rock band. Actually, they're a wildly popular, semi-secretly Christian rock band. In some ways, this seems obvious: a song on one recent album was called "Yahweh," and where else would the streets have no name? But even critics and fans who say that they know about U2's Christianity often underestimate how important it is to the band's music, and to the U2 phenomenon. The result has been a divide that's unusual in pop culture. While secular listeners tend to think of U2's religiosity as preachy window dressing, religious listeners see faith as central to the band's identity. To some people, Bono's lyrics are treacly platitudes, verging on nonsense; to others, they're thoughtful, searching, and profound meditations on faith.

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By Jessica Chasmar, The Washington Times
(Originally posted June 18, 2013)

First Lady Michelle Obama and her daughters Sasha and Malia dined with U2 singer Bono and his family in Dublin this afternoon after visiting Glendalough, Irish media reported.

Finnegans pub has hosted its share of famous visitors, including Salman Rushdie, Mel Gibson and Penelope Cruz. About 60 invited guests were inside before the first family arrived, the Irish Times reported.

"I thought this was a secret," Bono said to the crowd waiting outside, an Irish news website reported.

Fish and chips, cottage pies, smoked bacon and cabbage and chicken with mozarella were said to have been on the menu, Independent.ie reported.

Bush: Bono 'Became a Pal'

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By Dan Weil, Newsmax

When he was in the White House, George W. Bush and rock star Bono worked together to eradicate AIDS in Africa -- to the point that the U2 leader became the president's buddy, Bush tells Fox News.

"He was skeptical of me, and frankly I was skeptical of him," Bush said. "And we became pals because we shared a common desire to help others on the continent of Africa.

"Bono's the real deal," Bush added in an interview with his former press secretary Dana Perino.

Assessing his presidency, Bush said, "I know I gave it my all. I know I didn't sell my soul. I know we dealt with some pretty tough problems. . . . I know our White House was a joyful place."

Bono talks at World Bank Headquarters

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As written in the Wall Street Journal's blog from November 14, "even Bono is worried about the fiscal cliff."

As taken from their website:

The lead singer of Irish band U2 says spending cuts that hit in January would devastate programs to help the world's poor, leading to more than 60,000 deaths.

"There's real jeopardy," Bono said Wednesday at a discussion at the World Bank with bank President Jim Yong Kim. "I'm still terrified of people wrestling the wheel of this mad lorry that they're driving off the cliff."

Sequestration -- a package of automatic spending cuts set in motion last year -- would slash funding for U.S. programs grouped in the federal budget as "international affairs" by 8.2%, or $4.7 billion, in the current fiscal year. Bono said that includes about $2 billion from anti-poverty programs, such as treatment for HIV/AIDS, on which he focuses at his anti-poverty advocacy group, ONE.

"We know there's going to be cuts," he said. "We understand that. But not cuts that cost lives."

You can watch the full 55 minute video of Bono above.

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by Independent.ie

BONO stunned housemates on the African version of Big Brother - when he appeared on video screen to address them.

The legendary rocker was beamed to the house live from Dublin, which contains housemates from 14 different African nations.

"This is your Irish rock star fan, Bono. You are my big brothers and little sisters", he said.

The U2 front man spoke to the housemates about the garden which they have to cultivate over the course of the series, as part of the new campaign being run by his ONE charity.

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