Leaders to gather in London for Syria donor conference

World leaders will gather for a donor conference in London on Thursday in an attempt to raise $9bn for those affected by the war in Syria, the BBC reports.

Some 70 leaders are expected to attend the conference, the fourth of its kind, including UK PM David Cameron and German Chancellor Angela Merkel.

They are aiming to raise funds for education and jobs for Syrian refugees.

Hours before the conference was due to begin, peace talks between the Syrian regime and opposition broke down.

The United Nations-brokered talks, which opened just two days ago, are expected to resume on 25 February.

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