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British PM sparks concern with aid budget proposals

British Prime Minister David Cameron sparked concern among development charities on Thursday after suggesting that aid money could be diverted towards military operations in fragile states. Britain is on course to meet its United Nations target of spending 0.7 percent of national income on overseas aid this year, after Cameron vowed to protect the development budget from his government's austerity drive.

Britain's PM suggests using foreign aid cash for military

AMRITSAR, India, Feb 21 (Reuters) - British Prime Minister David Cameron has raised the possibility of diverting hundreds of millions of pounds from foreign aid to defence and security. Faced with anger in his ruling Conservative party about further possible defence cuts at a time when he says Britain must spend 0.7 percent of gross domestic product on foreign aid, Cameron told reporters he was interested in exploring ways to use money earmarked for foreign aid for wider security purposes.
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