Obama draws pledges from 50 countries to take in 360,000 refugees

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United Nations (United States) (AFP)

Fifty countries have pledged to take in 360,000 refugees this year, doubling the number from last year, US President Barack Obama announced Tuesday.

Opening a summit on refugees at the United Nations, Obama praised Germany and Canada among other countries that have opened up their doors to those fleeing conflicts like the carnage in Syria.