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UAE increases Egyptian aid

The UAE has increased its aid pledges to Egypt, now making it a total of $4.9bn, the Associated Press has reported. The two countries signed a deal on Saturday for $1.9bn in new loans, fuel supplies and other assistance during a visit by Egyptian interim Prime Minister Hazem El-Beblawi. Last July, the UAE promised $3bn in aid as part of the overall $12bn aid package from Gulf states, following the ouster of the government of President Mohammed Morsi.