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World leaders promise billions in Syrian refugee aid

World leaders have pledged billions of pounds in aid for refugees affected by the Syrian civil war at a conference in London.

David Cameron has promised to double UK aid to support refugees fleeing Syria. German Chancellor Angela Merkel and US Secretary of State John Kerry have also pledged more money.

The United Nations is asking for around £5.5 billion this year to cope with the humanitarian disaster caused by the Syrian civil war.

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Merkel: EU could give trade preferences for countries hosting Syrians

Angela Merkel said that trade preferences could possibly be put in place for Syria's neighbouring countries Turkey, Jordan and Lebanon.

The European Union will do "whatever it can" to improve trade and export conditions for countries bearing the brunt of Syria's refugee crisis, German Chancellor Angela Merkel said.

At the end of the Supporting Syria and the Region conference, Merkel said that trade preferences could be put in place for neighbouring countries who host the vast majority of the 4 million refugees escaping from the civil war.

She made the announcement after Turkey, Jordan and Lebanon, agreed at the conference to take measures to give the new arrivals access to education and the labour market.

The EU will do everything to improve the export conditions of these countries, that includes looking into trade preferences.

– German Chancellor, Angela Merkel

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