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Almost 200 countries agree climate deal 'to keep temperature rise below 2C'

Almost 200 countries have agreed to the terms of a new international deal to tackle climate change following United Nations talks in Paris.

Cheers and applause broke out as the agreement - which includes a pledge to keep temperature rises "well below" 2C - was officially passed.

Prime Minister David Cameron said the deal had "secured our planet for many, many generations to come."

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Climate deal will be 'major leap for mankind', says Hollande

François Hollande said the deal would be a "major leap for mankind". Credit: RTV

The Paris climate change deal would be a "major leap for mankind", French President François Hollande has said.

Mr Hollande said the world was at a "decisive moment in time" and that global warming beyond the target outlined in the draft deal could have a "very serious impact" on the planet.

He told the conference: "We have to take that last step.

"This will be a major leap for mankind.

"You have to take this opportunity, grasp it, so that our planet may live a long time, that we may live a long time."

The full text of the draft deal will be released on Saturday afternoon before it is agreed on.

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