European Union pledges financial aid to refugees

European Union leaders have pledged at least $1.1 billion dollars to United Nations agencies to help refugees in the Middle East and agreed on closer cooperation to stem the flow of refugee into Europe.

At a summit described as less tense than feared after weeks of feuding, EU Chairman Donald Tusk said the emergency meeting, which ended early today after seven hours of talks in Brussels, yielded far more results than was expected.

Tusk had earlier urged leaders gathering for the summit to stop clashing over a deal to share out 120,000 refugees and take urgent action to secure the bloc’s borders in the face of millions of refugees.

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