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The government plans to cut its overall foreign aid by 7.9 percent in the fiscal 2010 general account budget, marking the third-steepest fall on record and 11th straight annual decline, according to the state budget the Cabinet approved Friday.

Applying the government’s budget policy of spending more to directly help people’s lives rather than on public works projects, aid for infrastructure construction and other projects abroad was reduced by about a third from 2008 official development assistance, government officials said.

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