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UN conference struggling to reach climate deal


DURBAN, South Africa (AP) -- Delegates at an international climate conference in South Africa are looking at a second and final night of meetings, expected to last until dawn tomorrow, as they try to keep alive the only treaty governing global warming.

Negotiators from Europe, along with the world's poorest countries and tiny islands that are threatened by rising oceans, are struggling against an unlikely alliance of the United States, China and India.

The delegates are trying to plan limits on global emissions of greenhouse gases for the rest of this decade, and also look ahead beyond 2020.

More than 120 climate-vulnerable countries signed on to a plan from the EU calling for all countries, not just industrial counties, to be held accountable for their carbon emissions in the future.

The U.S., China and India balked at that, all for different reasons.

The United States is concerned about giving any competitive business advantage to China. China is resisting any move to change its status as a developing country.

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