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Charity pledges pound;34m for girls

The global children's charity Plan International has pledged to invest an extra $55 million (pound;34 million) in education projects to reach an additional eight million girls in developing countries. Its chief executive, Nigel Chapman, said ahead of an international conference in Copenhagen this week: "Girls make up the majority of the 67 million children who are not in school in developing countries and by 2015 we need to reduce this number. We need countries to ensure that when they pledge funding to education, a significant part of these funds are allocated specifically to close the education gender gap."

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