With climate at 'breaking point', leaders urge breakthrough in Paris

PARIS World leaders launched an ambitious attempt on Monday to hold back the earth's rising temperatures, with the United States and China urging the climate summit in Paris to mark a decisive turn in the fight against global warming. | Video

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Obama, Putin discuss Syria, Ukraine at summit: White House

PARIS U.S. President Barack Obama and Russian President Vladimir Putin discussed the Syria crisis and the situation in Ukraine during a meeting Monday on the sidelines of the climate summit in Paris, a White House official said.