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Monitoring mechanism, funding issue among major hurdles at climate talks

Most expect a deal by the Friday deadline but the worry is that compromises will water down the agreement

US Secretary of State John Kerry (right) walks with White House senior advisor Brian Deese (left) and US Special Envoy for Climate Change Todd Stern (center) to attend a meeting with French Foreign Minister during the COP 21 United Nations conference on climate change at Le Bourget on the outskirts of Paris, on Dec 10, 2015.

Le Bourget

NEGOTIATORS from nearly 200 countries have yet to resolve major issues, such as how and when pledged cuts to carbon emissions would be verified as the Friday deadline for a new climate accord looms.

Lead negotiators said they were confident a deal could still be reached