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London Summit on Family Planning to halve number of women without access to contraceptives

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£4m more aid for Syrian refugees

Britain is to provide an additional £4 million in aid for refugees displaced by the fighting in Syria, it was announced today.

MPs want conditions on foreign aid

Fragile and war-torn countries should lose British aid if their governments flout agreements made with the UK, a committee of MPs will say today.

Andrew Mitchell, the International Development Secretary, is using debt cancellation as a form of aid

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Save the Children said its East Africa emergency appeal has become the most successful in the charity's history after Britons donated more than £7 million in six months.

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The Government's controversial decision to continue giving money to India, a nation that has more billionaires than the UK and an aid programme of its own, is directly linked to developing trade and investment opportunities, a senior minister admitted yesterday.

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