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Islamic State diverting Obama from climate agenda

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President Obama this week was struggling to keep the world focused on a global climate deal, even as the Islamic State and Syria's civil war continued to divert his attention and that of other world leaders.

Major heads of state gathered in Paris this week to talk about a deal to reduce carbon emissions, but leaders couldn't help but address terrorism, especially after Islamic State attacks killed 130 people in the same city less than three weeks earlier.

Obama met Monday for one-on-one meetings with Chinese President Xi Jinping, Russian President Vladimir Putin and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, and was compelled to discuss the terrorist group and the international effort to remove Syrian President Bashar Assad.

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