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Western, Arab states pledge $2.4 billion in Syria aid

Smoke rises from buildings after what activists said was shelling from forces loyal to Syria's President Bashar al-Assad in the besieged area of Homs January 15, 2014. REUTERS/Thaer Al Khalidiya

Smoke rises from buildings after what activists said was shelling from forces loyal to Syria's President Bashar al-Assad in the besieged area of Homs January 15, 2014. REUTERS/Thaer Al Khalidiya

Smoke rises from buildings after what activists said was shelling from forces loyal to Syria's President Bashar al-Assad in the besieged area of Homs January 15, 2014. REUTERS/Thaer Al Khalidiya
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U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry speaks during his news conference at Syrian Donors Conference at the Bayan Palace in Kuwait City January 15, 2014. REUTERS/Pablo Martinez Monsivais/Pool

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry speaks during his news conference at Syrian Donors Conference at the Bayan Palace in Kuwait City January 15, 2014. REUTERS/Pablo Martinez Monsivais/Pool

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry speaks during his news conference at Syrian Donors Conference at the Bayan Palace in Kuwait City January 15, 2014. REUTERS/Pablo Martinez Monsivais/Pool
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Syrian refugees wait to enter Turkey after fleeing violence in Syria on the Syrian-Turkish border in Shamm Alqrain village, northern countryside of Aleppo January 13, 2014. Picture taken January 13, 2014. REUTERS/Mahmoud Hebbo

Syrian refugees wait to enter Turkey after fleeing violence in Syria on the Syrian-Turkish border in Shamm Alqrain village, northern countryside of Aleppo January 13, 2014. Picture taken January 13, 2014. REUTERS/Mahmoud Hebbo

Syrian refugees wait to enter Turkey after fleeing violence in Syria on the Syrian-Turkish border in Shamm Alqrain village, northern countryside of Aleppo January 13, 2014. Picture taken January 13, 2014. REUTERS/Mahmoud Hebbo
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Kuwaiti Emir Sheikh Sabah al-Ahmed al-Sabah (C), U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon (L) and Kuwaiti Foreign Minister Sheikh Sabah Khalid al-Hamad al-Sabah (R) attend during the opening session of the Syrian Donors Conference at Bayan Palace Liberation Hall in Kuwait City January 15, 2014. REUTERS/Pablo Martinez Monsivais/Pool

Kuwaiti Emir Sheikh Sabah al-Ahmed al-Sabah (C), U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon (L) and Kuwaiti Foreign Minister Sheikh Sabah Khalid al-Hamad al-Sabah (R) attend during the opening session of the Syrian Donors Conference at Bayan Palace...more

Kuwaiti Emir Sheikh Sabah al-Ahmed al-Sabah (C), U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon (L) and Kuwaiti Foreign Minister Sheikh Sabah Khalid al-Hamad al-Sabah (R) attend during the opening session of the Syrian Donors Conference at Bayan Palace Liberation Hall in Kuwait City January 15, 2014. REUTERS/Pablo Martinez Monsivais/Pool
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U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry speaks during his news conference at Syrian Donors Conference at the Bayan Palace in Kuwait City January 15, 2014. Donors including the United States and wealthy Gulf Arab countries pledged $1 billion on Wednesday for U.N. humanitarian efforts in Syria, devastated by almost three years of civil war. REUTERS/Pablo Martinez Monsivais/Pool

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry speaks during his news conference at Syrian Donors Conference at the Bayan Palace in Kuwait City January 15, 2014. Donors including the United States and wealthy Gulf Arab countries pledged $1 billion on Wednesday...more

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry speaks during his news conference at Syrian Donors Conference at the Bayan Palace in Kuwait City January 15, 2014. Donors including the United States and wealthy Gulf Arab countries pledged $1 billion on Wednesday for U.N. humanitarian efforts in Syria, devastated by almost three years of civil war. REUTERS/Pablo Martinez Monsivais/Pool
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Kuwaiti Emir Sheikh Sabah al-Ahmed al-Sabah presides over the opening session of the Syrian Donors Conference at Bayan Palace Liberation Hall in Kuwait City January 15, 2014. Donors including the United States and wealthy Gulf Arab countries pledged $1 billion on Wednesday for U.N. humanitarian efforts in Syria, devastated by almost three years of civil war. REUTERS/Stephanie McGehee

Kuwaiti Emir Sheikh Sabah al-Ahmed al-Sabah presides over the opening session of the Syrian Donors Conference at Bayan Palace Liberation Hall in Kuwait City January 15, 2014. Donors including the United States and wealthy Gulf Arab countries pledged...more

Kuwaiti Emir Sheikh Sabah al-Ahmed al-Sabah presides over the opening session of the Syrian Donors Conference at Bayan Palace Liberation Hall in Kuwait City January 15, 2014. Donors including the United States and wealthy Gulf Arab countries pledged $1 billion on Wednesday for U.N. humanitarian efforts in Syria, devastated by almost three years of civil war. REUTERS/Stephanie McGehee
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U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry shakes hands with Lebanese Prime Minister Najib Mikati (R) before their meeting at the Syrian Donors Conference at the Bayan Palace in Kuwait City January 15, 2014. REUTERS/Pablo Martinez Monsivais/Pool

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry shakes hands with Lebanese Prime Minister Najib Mikati (R) before their meeting at the Syrian Donors Conference at the Bayan Palace in Kuwait City January 15, 2014. REUTERS/Pablo Martinez Monsivais/Pool

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry shakes hands with Lebanese Prime Minister Najib Mikati (R) before their meeting at the Syrian Donors Conference at the Bayan Palace in Kuwait City January 15, 2014. REUTERS/Pablo Martinez Monsivais/Pool
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U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry (L) gestures to Lebanese Prime Minister Najib Mikati (R) before their meeting at the Syrian Donors Conference at the Bayan Palace in Kuwait City January 15, 2014. REUTERS/Pablo Martinez Monsivais/Pool

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry (L) gestures to Lebanese Prime Minister Najib Mikati (R) before their meeting at the Syrian Donors Conference at the Bayan Palace in Kuwait City January 15, 2014. REUTERS/Pablo Martinez Monsivais/Pool

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry (L) gestures to Lebanese Prime Minister Najib Mikati (R) before their meeting at the Syrian Donors Conference at the Bayan Palace in Kuwait City January 15, 2014. REUTERS/Pablo Martinez Monsivais/Pool
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Algeria's Foreign Minister Ramtane Lamamra attends the opening session of the Syrian Donors Conference at Bayan Palace Liberation Hall in Kuwait City January 15, 2014. Donors including the United States and wealthy Gulf Arab countries pledged $1 billion on Wednesday for U.N. humanitarian efforts in Syria, devastated by almost three years of civil war. REUTERS/Stephanie McGehee

Algeria's Foreign Minister Ramtane Lamamra attends the opening session of the Syrian Donors Conference at Bayan Palace Liberation Hall in Kuwait City January 15, 2014. Donors including the United States and wealthy Gulf Arab countries pledged $1...more

Algeria's Foreign Minister Ramtane Lamamra attends the opening session of the Syrian Donors Conference at Bayan Palace Liberation Hall in Kuwait City January 15, 2014. Donors including the United States and wealthy Gulf Arab countries pledged $1 billion on Wednesday for U.N. humanitarian efforts in Syria, devastated by almost three years of civil war. REUTERS/Stephanie McGehee
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Kuwaiti Foreign Minister Sheikh Sabah Khalid al-Hamad al-Sabah (C), U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry (4th R) and U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon (3rd R), pose with other leaders for a group photo before the opening session of the Syrian Donors Conference at Bayan Palace in Kuwait City January 15, 2014. REUTERS/Pablo Martinez Monsivais/Pool

Kuwaiti Foreign Minister Sheikh Sabah Khalid al-Hamad al-Sabah (C), U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry (4th R) and U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon (3rd R), pose with other leaders for a group photo before the opening session of the Syrian Donors...more

Kuwaiti Foreign Minister Sheikh Sabah Khalid al-Hamad al-Sabah (C), U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry (4th R) and U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon (3rd R), pose with other leaders for a group photo before the opening session of the Syrian Donors Conference at Bayan Palace in Kuwait City January 15, 2014. REUTERS/Pablo Martinez Monsivais/Pool
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U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry attends the opening session of the Syrian Donors Conference at Bayan Palace Liberation Hall in Kuwait City January 15, 2014. REUTERS/Pablo Martinez Monsivais/Pool

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry attends the opening session of the Syrian Donors Conference at Bayan Palace Liberation Hall in Kuwait City January 15, 2014. REUTERS/Pablo Martinez Monsivais/Pool

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry attends the opening session of the Syrian Donors Conference at Bayan Palace Liberation Hall in Kuwait City January 15, 2014. REUTERS/Pablo Martinez Monsivais/Pool
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United Nations (U.N.) Secretary General Ban Ki-moon walks out to prepare to greet U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry (not pictured) before the start of their meeting at Bayan Palace in Kuwait City, January 15, 2014. REUTERS/Pablo Martinez Monsivais/Pool

United Nations (U.N.) Secretary General Ban Ki-moon walks out to prepare to greet U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry (not pictured) before the start of their meeting at Bayan Palace in Kuwait City, January 15, 2014. REUTERS/Pablo Martinez...more

United Nations (U.N.) Secretary General Ban Ki-moon walks out to prepare to greet U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry (not pictured) before the start of their meeting at Bayan Palace in Kuwait City, January 15, 2014. REUTERS/Pablo Martinez Monsivais/Pool
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