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U.S. President Barack Obama and Russian President Vladimir Putin discussed the Syria crisis and the situation in Ukraine during a meeting Monday on the sidelines of the climate summit in Paris, a White House official said. Obama stressed the importance of targeting Islamic State militants in Syria and not focusing military attacks against rebel groups who oppose Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, the official said on customary condition of anonymity. "The two presidents discussed the imperative of making progress on the Vienna process to bring about a ceasefire and political resolution to the civil war in Syria," the official said, referring to international talks in the Austrian capital on the Syria crisis.
By Tarek Amara TUNIS (Reuters) - Tunisia's president was criticised by opponents on Monday for breaching the constitution after trying to end a dispute in which 32 lawmakers have threatened to resign over what they say is his son's attempts to control his party. The turmoil within the Nidaa Tounes party threatens to undermine a period of political stability for Tunisia following its transition to democracy after its 2011 uprising ousted autocrat Zine Abidine Ben Ali. The resignation of Nidaa Tounes lawmakers would leave rival Islamist party Ennahda with the strongest position in parliament, and comes just as the country looks to enact sensitive economic reforms.