Millions of Syrians are living as refugees beyond the border to escape the civil war. Costs are skyrocketing, so donors met to begin collecting more funds.
A donor conference in Paris committed millions to the protection of cultural heritage sites after meeting in the wake of the destruction of ancient Palmyra, Syria by IS.
International donors have gathered in London to raise a record $9 billion (8.1 billion euros) for millions impacted by war in Syria. Past funding drives fell short and donors failed to deliver.
Saudi Arabia's UN ambassador has said ties would be restored when Iran stops "interfering" in other countries' internal affairs. The dispute follows an attack on Saudi diplomatic missions in Iran over the weekend.
Washington's fear is that a Sunni-Shiite sectarian war could derail a number of US initiatives. Those include closer ties between Iraq and its security forces, as well as the Syrian peace efforts.
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