Irish rock star and activist Bono, center, followed by Deputy Secretary of State Tony Blinken, right, arrives on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)
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The United States should not see the aid money it spends abroad as charity but as a vital national security tool, Irish rock star Bono told US lawmakers Tuesday.Addressing a Senate sub-committee that oversees funding for campaigns against violent extremism, Bono said he had recently met with refugees in Africa and the Middle East.Bono -- who visited Kenya, Jordan, Turkey and Egypt as part of a US congressional delegation led by Senator Lindsey Graham -- warned that refugee crises like the one triggered by fighting in Syria typically last for 25 years.The United States is leading a coalition of western and Arab allies to fight the Islamic State group in Syria and Iraq.
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