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Britain is to supply £2 million-worth of aid to Syrian civilians suffering as a result of the violent crackdown on protests against the Assad regime, Prime Minister David Cameron announced today.

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Gunmen seize British aid worker

Khalil Dale, a health worker for the Red Cross, was seized near the Pakistani city of Quetta

UK aid worker seized in Pakistan

Armed men kidnapped a British Red Cross worker from the southwestern Pakistani city of Quetta today, police and the Red Cross said, highlighting the fragile security situation in the country.

Christian lenders attack culture of greed at mainstream banks

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