U.S. Secretary of State Kerry addresses the media after a meeting with German Foreign Minister Steinmeier at German foreign ministry's guesthouse Villa Borsig at lake Tegel in Berlin

Kerry says U.S. ready to take more refugees

U.S. Secretary of State Kerry addresses the media after a meeting with German Foreign Minister Steinmeier at German foreign ministry's guesthouse Villa Borsig at lake Tegel in BerlinBy Lesley Wroughton BERLIN (Reuters) – The United States will increase the number of refugees it takes in by 15,000 over each of the next two years, bringing the total to 100,000 by 2017, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said after talks with his German counterpart on Sunday. The remarks may show increasing U.S. willingness to help cope with the mass migration of Syrians although the offer is modest when compared with the hundreds of thousands that are moving to Europe and in particular, Germany. Kerry did not say how many of the additional refugees would be from Syria but pledged that the United States was ready to help.

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