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US to donate £23m in aid to Burma's Rohingya refugees

The United States has said it will contribute nearly 32 million dollars (£23 million) in humanitarian aid to help Rohingya Muslims who have fled Burma.

It is the first major response by the Trump administration to this month's mass exodus, which has raised accusations of ethnic cleansing.

The money will come from a US state department account, co-ordinated through the International Committee of the Red Cross and affiliated local groups.

The announcement comes as world leaders gather in New York for UN General Assembly meetings.

American secretary of state Rex Tillerson discussed the Rohingya crisis by phone on Tuesday with Burma's civilian leader, Aung San Suu Kyi.

The state department said the money will help provide food, health care, water and sanitation, shelter and psychological support.

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