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Heads must roll at the BBC, says Geldof after Ethiopia aid report

Furious Band Aid founder calls for director of World Service to be dismissed

Ethiopian PM denies aid was diverted

Stung by BBC allegations that Live Aid money was spent on weapons, Meles Zenawi tells Paul Vallely that the report is based on lies

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BBC under fire for Band Aid 'slur'

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