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David Cameron today spoke of his hopes for a summit to tackle hunger, but admitted: “There's no one single answer to this.”

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International donors pledge over £10bn in development aid for Afghanistan

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Development charities have voiced disappointment that today's Queen's Speech did not include a commitment to enshrine in law the Government's commitment to spend 0.7 per cent of national income on overseas aid.

Tories veer right in panic after poll collapse

The Conservatives were facing a backlash last night after David Cameron was forced to rethink key parts of the Queen's Speech.

EU will suspend most sanctions against Burma for a year

The European Union will suspend most sanctions against Burma for a year while it assesses the country's progress towards democracy.

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Europe's richest countries today faced pressure to step up cash support for developing nations after figures showed the first fall in global aid for 14 years.

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