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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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Saudi Arabia 'ready to back US-led coalition with ground troops' in Syria

Members of Saudi special forces aim their guns during a training session Credit: Reuters

Saudi Arabia is ready to back the US-led coalition in Syria with ground troops, a Saudi military spokesman told Reuters.

"The kingdom is ready to participate in any ground operations that the coalition (against Islamic State) may agree to carry out in Syria," Brigadier General Ahmed Asseri told the Saudi-owned al-Arabiya TV.

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