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Bono deems corruption world's 'biggest killer'

Published on Nov 15, 2012 8:44 AM
 
Musician and activist Bono speaks during a discussion on ending poverty on Nov 14, 2012 in the atrium of the World Bank Headquarters in Washington, DC. U2 star Bono declared corruption "the biggest killer of them all" on Wednesday at the World Bank as he expressed concern over the "fiscal cliff" facing the US budget. -- PHOTO: AFP

WASHINGTON (AFP) - U2 star Bono declared corruption "the biggest killer of them all" on Wednesday at the World Bank as he expressed concern over the "fiscal cliff" facing the US budget.

"Everybody here knows that the biggest killer of them all - biggest killer of them all, bigger killer than Aids, TB, malaria, probably the lot together - is corruption," said the Irish rocker, who co-founded the anti-poverty ONE campaign.

"And it's not just corruption south of the Equator; it's corrupt ideas north of the Equator, and sometimes actual corruption north of the Equator," Bono said during an hour-long public exchange with World Bank President Jim Yong Kim.

According to Bono, who peppered his serious speech with jokes, guaranteeing transparency would be the biggest "turbo-charger" to the fight against extreme poverty.

 
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