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Obama and Putin to hold talks over fight against IS in Syria

Barack Obama and Vladimir Putin will meet at the UN on Monday. Credit: PA

Barack Obama is to meet Vladimir Putin to discuss Russia's plans to counter Islamic State militants in Syria.

The American and Russian presidents will meet at the United Nations General Assembly in New York on Monday.

White House officials said Mr Obama hoped to learn more about Russian plans to tackle IS by increasing its military presence in Syria.

"There's a lot of talk and now it's time for clarity and for Russia to come clean and come clear on just exactly how it proposes to be a constructive contributor to what is already an ongoing multi-nation coalition," said Celeste Wallander, the White House National Security Council's senior director for Russia.


Obama unveils 'Clean Power Plan' to tackle climate change

Barack Obama has unveiled his Clean Power Plan to tackle climate change.

The Clean Power Plan includes:

  • The US President's Climate Action Plan to reduce carbon pollution
  • The Clean Air Act to address carbon pollution from power plants
  • Proposed power plant regulations fixed in law to reduce CO2

Obama: No challenge greater threat than climate change

Obama: No challenge poses greater threat to future than a change in climate Credit: Reuters

President Obama has told a press conference that "no challenge poses a great threat to the future than climate change".

He said that if the world does not get climate change right, it may not be able to reverse it.

The US President added that a new power plan would ultimately save Americans money on their energy bills.

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