G8 summit 2013: live updates

  • Leaders from Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Russia, USA and UK are meeting at Lough Erne in Northern Ireland for the G8 Summit.
  • G8 president David Cameron determined to make progress on the 4Ts: trade, tax, transparency and terrorism 
  • But Syrian crisis is expected to overshadow talks.
That ends our live blog coverage of the G8 summit. Thank you for following.

by Natalie Marchant, Press... 2013-06-18 16:00:17

The leaders pose for the G8 "family photograph"

The leaders pose for the G8 "family photograph"

by Natalie Marchant, Press... 2013-06-18 15:59:17

LIBYA: The UK is going to help train 7,000 Libyan troops to help the country's Prime Minister Ali Zidan "take the fight to the extremists". The training mission will be fully paid for by the Libyan government.

David Cameron said: "I'm proud of the role Britain played in getting rid of Colonel Gaddafi in Libya. But we need to help that country secure its future. So some G8 countries today have offered to train more than 7,000 troops to help Prime Minister Zidan disarm and integrate the militias and take the fight to the extremists."

by Natalie Marchant, Press... 2013-06-18 15:39:29

Vladimir Putin holds a press conference after the G8 summit

Vladimir Putin holds a press conference after the G8 summit

by Natalie Marchant, Press... 2013-06-18 15:34:48

This #G8UK agenda is all about moving beyond aid and helping developing countries stand on their own two feet

by nick_clegg 2013-06-18 15:30:48

The economic productivity of Northern Ireland languishes 20% behind the rest of the UK, and unemployment is at just under 8%. Alastair Hamilton, chief exec of Invest NI, said: "My ambition is that we will be able to attract delegations back to that investment conference to tell them the full story because a lot of the focus has been on the politics but we have a tremendous business story to tell."

by Natalie Marchant, Press... 2013-06-18 15:27:35

NORTHERN IRELAND: The G8 has proved to be a massive success for Northern Ireland and Co Fermanagh, and one local businesses hope to benefit from in the future after the beauty of Lough Erne was beamed around the world.

by Natalie Marchant, Press... 2013-06-18 15:26:11

Mr Cameron comments on Northern Ireland's hosting of the G8. He says it has "probably been the most peaceful" and the "least disrupted" G8, which said a lot about the police and the state of Northern Ireland.

by Natalie Marchant, Press... 2013-06-18 15:16:45

PM taking questons at his #G8 press conference. Watch live: http://ow.ly/m9cus #G8UK

by G8 Presidency 2013 2013-06-18 15:12:48

Mr Cameron is asked if Britain would benefit from the EU-US trade deal if it left the EU. He says he's a strong supporter of bilateral trade deals and said Britain benefited from these deals and from being part of the world's biggest single market. He continues that he will push for reform that he can recommend to the British people.

by Natalie Marchant, Press... 2013-06-18 15:11:33

Hundreds are gathering outside theClinton centre in Enniskillen after rumours G8leaders will visit  pic.twitter.com/0MMrJMJDL5

Hundreds are gathering outside theClinton centre in Enniskillen after rumours G8leaders will visit pic.twitter.com/0MMrJMJDL5

by LodgeA 2013-06-18 15:08:12

Now on to more important matters of the day - David Cameron confirms he did indeed go for a swim in the lough this morning, although says he'll be keeping the photographic evidence to himself.

by Natalie Marchant, Press... 2013-06-18 15:05:39

Mr Cameron says he "always wanted to bring" the G8 to Northern Ireland and was fantastic to show it was "open for business".

by Natalie Marchant, Press... 2013-06-18 15:04:39

Hope Putin’s focus is on how to get to the station as no sign of interpreter at presser & worried rusty GCSE Russian won’t cut it.

by JoeChurcher 2013-06-18 15:03:19

The Prime Minister returns back to the subject of Syria. "Everyone wants this peace conference to start as soon as possible," he says but stresses there is no point of negotiations for "negotiation's sake".

by Natalie Marchant, Press... 2013-06-18 15:00:28

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Meeting with Prime Minister of Japan Shinzo Abehttp://eng.kremlin.ru/news/5603 http://pbs.twimg.com/media/BNDNTRmCUAAJWb9.jpg

by Vladimir Putin 2013-06-18 14:59:08

PM at #G8 press conference: the world has seen a Northern Ireland that is open for business. All leaders commented on transformation #G8UK

by No. 10 Press Office 2013-06-18 14:58:38

On the subject of Syria again, he says a few days ago people weren't signing up to a transitional government and an investigation on chemicals use in Syria. He says the move means "turning up the pace" on Syria and the Bashar Assad regime.

by Natalie Marchant, Press... 2013-06-18 14:55:41

He says these are words that G8 countries are going to be held to for years to come.

by Natalie Marchant, Press... 2013-06-18 14:54:41

He's now speaking about tax evasion transparency and says that the Lough Erne document is a "really strong declaration". "These are really strong commitments that have never been written down," he adds.

by Natalie Marchant, Press... 2013-06-18 14:53:49

He says that we don't "want the regime to go and for chaos to follow" as seen in Iraq.

by Natalie Marchant, Press... 2013-06-18 14:51:31

The PM is asked why it was important for Russian president Vladimir Putin to stay on board with any deal on Syria. He responds that people thought expected no statement at all or a bland one that was "meaningless".

by Natalie Marchant, Press... 2013-06-18 14:50:36

Asked about Syria, Mr Cameron said it was "unthinkable" that Bashar Assad could have any part in a future for Syria as he has "blood on his hands".

by Natalie Marchant, Press... 2013-06-18 14:49:18

He praises the "courage and determination" of people across the community.

by Natalie Marchant, Press... 2013-06-18 14:47:42

Mr Cameron cites Northern Ireland, which hosted this G8 summit, as an "inspiration to the world" on how to overcome violence.

by Natalie Marchant, Press... 2013-06-18 14:47:30

He says: "Every leader around that table knows that words alone will not defeat that suffering."

by Natalie Marchant, Press... 2013-06-18 14:46:50

Moving on to the subject of Syria, Mr Cameron says the leaders agreed to work on seven things and goes on to highlight what actions they are taking.

by Natalie Marchant, Press... 2013-06-18 14:44:58

Moving on to terrorism - or the "fourth T" - as Mr Cameron refers to it. He says they have taken "concrete actions" in tackling terrorism.

by Natalie Marchant, Press... 2013-06-18 14:43:38

On the subject of hunger, the Prime Minister says they looked at the problems of hunger as well as the causes.

by Natalie Marchant, Press... 2013-06-18 14:43:05

The declaration makes clear that this action "has to help developing countries" too, he says.

by Natalie Marchant, Press... 2013-06-18 14:42:33

He says the Lough Erne Declaration sets out simple and commitments" to tackle tax evasion.

by Natalie Marchant, Press... 2013-06-18 14:41:45

"We also overcame fundamental differences to agree a forward" over Syria, the Prime Minister says.

by Natalie Marchant, Press... 2013-06-18 14:40:08

He said they agreed more ways of tackling terrorism and to stop paying ransoms to terrorists.

by Natalie Marchant, Press... 2013-06-18 14:39:44

Stunning lakeside backdrop to @David_Cameron 's press conf at Lough Erne, due at 1530 in glorious sunshine  pic.twitter.com/UpmmVsGYte

Stunning lakeside backdrop to @David_Cameron 's press conf at Lough Erne, due at 1530 in glorious sunshine pic.twitter.com/UpmmVsGYte

by AndyWoodcock 2013-06-18 14:39:38

He says he focussed on the 3Ts - taxes, transparency and trade - for the G8 summit.

by Natalie Marchant, Press... 2013-06-18 14:39:12

Prime Minister David Cameron is addressing the media about the G8 summit.

by Natalie Marchant, Press... 2013-06-18 14:38:24

Read my joint statement w/ @euHvR after the #G8 Summit in Lough Erne http://europa.eu/rapid/press-release_MEMO-13-582_en.htm

by Jose Manuel Barroso 2013-06-18 14:31:42

Police on patrol on Lough Erne as the G8 Summit continues.PA

Police on patrol on Lough Erne as the G8 Summit continues. (PA)

by Chris Attridge, Press... 2013-06-18 14:25:26

Caricatures of US President Barack Obama, French President Francois Hollande, Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Italian Prime Minister Enrico Letta, Prime Minister David Cameron and Russian President Vladimir Putin at an IF campaign to highlight world hunger during the G8 Summit at Enniskillen Golf Club.PA

Caricatures of US President Barack Obama, French President Francois Hollande, Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Italian Prime Minister Enrico Letta, Prime Minister David Cameron and Russian President Vladimir Putin at an IF campaign to highlight world hunger during the G8 Summit at Enniskillen Golf Club. (PA)

by Chris Attridge, Press... 2013-06-18 14:24:09

LOUGH ERNE DECLARATION IN FULL:

Private enterprise drives growth, reduces poverty, and creates jobs and
prosperity for people around the world. Governments have a special
responsibility to make proper rules and promote good governance. Fair taxes,
increased transparency and open trade are vital drivers of this. We will make a
real difference by doing the following:

1. Tax authorities across the world should automatically share information
to fight the scourge of tax evasion.

2. Countries should change rules that let companies shift their profits across
borders to avoid taxes, and multinationals should report to tax authorities
what tax they pay where.

3. Companies should know who really owns them and tax collectors and
law enforcers should be able to obtain this information easily.

4. Developing countries should have the information and capacity to collect
the taxes owed them – and other countries have a duty to help them.

5. Extractive companies should report payments to all governments - and
governments should publish income from such companies.

6. Minerals should be sourced legitimately, not plundered from conflict
zones.

7. Land transactions should be transparent, respecting the property rights of
local communities.

8. Governments should roll back protectionism and agree new trade deals
that boost jobs and growth worldwide.

9. Governments should cut wasteful bureaucracy at borders and make it
easier and quicker to move goods between developing countries.

10.Governments should publish information on laws, budgets, spending,
national statistics, elections and government contracts in a way that is
easy to read and re-use, so that citizens can hold them to account.
18 June 2013

by Natalie Marchant, Press... 2013-06-18 14:14:09

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I'm at @G8 today, where we've had good discussions about fairer taxes and more transparency http://bit.ly/1bRph2o http://pbs.twimg.com/media/BNDDab6CEAAmYSD.jpg

by nick_clegg 2013-06-18 14:07:19

The Lough Erne Declaration says that developing countries "should have the information and capacity to collect the taxes owed them", rather than guaranteeing them automatic access to the information.

And it says only that "tax collectors and law enforcers" should have access to data about the ultimate owners of companies, leaving it to individual G8 countries to decide whether to make the information public.

by Natalie Marchant, Press... 2013-06-18 14:04:33

TAX DEAL: The G8 leaders have signed the Lough Erne Declaration in a bid to tackle tax evasion and promote free trade. It vows to fight the "scourge of tax evasion" automatic exchange of tax information and changing the rules to stop multinational companies shifting profits across borders.

But the 10-point document, released after two days of talks at Lough Erne, falls short of the demands of anti-poverty campaigners, who want the developing world included in the new arrangements from the start and have called for tax information to be made available to all on public registers.

by Natalie Marchant, Press... 2013-06-18 13:55:04

Press pack being eaten alive by midges - waiting for Michelle Obama by the legendary Deer Stone in Glendalough

by lyndseytelford 2013-06-18 13:41:35

Leaders from Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Russia, the US and UK have signed a declaration to tackle tax evasion and promote global free trade as they met for a second day at Lough Erne in Northern Ireland for the G8 summit
• Western nations faced down Russian president Vladimir Putin at a summit dinner over his support for the regime of dictator Bashar Assad.
• David Cameron, Barack Obama and European leaders approve launch of negotiations for EU/US free trade deal.
• G8 leaders also decide to stop ransom payments to terrorists and agree action plan on transparency.

by Natalie Marchant, Press... 2013-06-18 13:37:46

US president Barack Obama and Canadian prime minister Stephen Harper walk together during the G8 summitAP

US president Barack Obama and Canadian prime minister Stephen Harper walk together during the G8 summit (AP)

by Verena Vogt, Press Association 2013-06-18 10:00:45

.@David_Cameron kicked off day two at the #G8 summit in Northen Ireland http://ow.ly/m8w4r #G8UK

by Stephen Harper 2013-06-18 09:54:56

The G8 leaders pose for the family photoAP

The G8 leaders pose for the family photo (AP)

by Verena Vogt, Press Association 2013-06-18 09:50:15

There were no ties on display, as the leaders lined up in the sunshine in smart jackets and open-necked shirts.

by Verena Vogt, Press Association 2013-06-18 09:43:26

The G8 leaders were all abiding by the "smart-casual" rule as they posed for the traditional summit family photo on the banks of Lough Erne.

by Verena Vogt, Press Association 2013-06-18 09:42:14

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We’ve just taken a quick break to do the #G8UK ‘family photo’ - heading back for talks on ensuring companies pay tax http://pbs.twimg.com/media/BNCGdzuCMAASSsA.jpg

by David Cameron 2013-06-18 09:39:43

In the past, France, Italy and Japan have reportedly made payments to secure the release of their nationals but officials have been unwilling to specify any other countries which continue to do so.

by Verena Vogt, Press Association 2013-06-18 09:38:13

The UK outlaws such payments but other countries - including some within the group of leading industrialised nations - continue to meet the demands to the frustration of non-payers.

by Verena Vogt, Press Association 2013-06-18 09:37:09

Much of that is believed to have ended up in the coffers of terror groups including al Qaida and its affiliates and the Taliban.

by Verena Vogt, Press Association 2013-06-18 09:35:05

Up to 70 million US dollars (£45 million) is estimated to have been paid to secure the release of Western captives in the last three years alone - an average 2.5 million US dollars (£1.59 million) per victim.

by Verena Vogt, Press Association 2013-06-18 09:34:17

The Prime Minister claimed success in his push to persuade other world leaders to act to cut off an important funding stream for extremists.

by Verena Vogt, Press Association 2013-06-18 09:33:04

Latest: The G8 leaders have agreed to "stamp out" ransom payments to terrorists, David Cameron has said.

by Verena Vogt, Press Association 2013-06-18 09:32:28

Anti-nuclear campaigner and Japanese Buddhist monk Toyoshige Sekiguchi sits with his banner in front of a security gate outside on the G8 summitAP

Anti-nuclear campaigner and Japanese Buddhist monk Toyoshige Sekiguchi sits with his banner in front of a security gate outside on the G8 summit (AP)

by Verena Vogt, Press Association 2013-06-18 09:31:43

Day 2 in Enniskillen: all eyes are on @David_Cameron & the #G8 to deliver a tax deal & save millions from hunger. Stay tuned. #IFcampaign

by Enough Food IF 2013-06-18 09:28:28

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At the #G8 Summit's first session of this morning http://pbs.twimg.com/media/BNCCxPaCMAAfRuz.jpg

by Jose Manuel Barroso 2013-06-18 09:25:40

The president of the European Commission, Jose Manuel Barroso, has tweeted another picture from inside the Lough Erne Resort.

by Verena Vogt, Press Association 2013-06-18 09:25:35

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Lovely morning at media hub, Enniskillen,as world's press wake up for 2nd day at @G8 #ObamainNI @FermanaghG8 http://pbs.twimg.com/media/BNB60JLCEAA-7RD.jpg

by USAinUK 2013-06-18 09:19:26

Another #G8UK result: leaders agree to stamp out payment of ransoms to terrorists & call on companies to follow their lead. Text to follow.

by No. 10 Press Office 2013-06-18 09:12:17

Day 2 of #G8 summit started. Counter-terrorism, fight against tax evasion & transparency on the agenda

by Herman Van Rompuy 2013-06-18 08:42:44

Nick Clegg: travelling with world leaders, including Christine @Lagarde of #IMF and Dr ND Zuma of @_AfricanUnion to #G8UK talks today

by DPMoffice 2013-06-18 08:39:55

This morning's sessions sees a continuation of the not-ties casual-dress policyG8/flickr

This morning's sessions sees a continuation of the not-ties casual-dress policy (G8/flickr)

by Amy Crowther, Press... 2013-06-18 08:38:39

They'll then break for the Family Photo before resuming at 10.30am for a second session which will look at taxation

by Amy Crowther, Press... 2013-06-18 08:37:06

The first session of the G8 is looking at terrorism, in particular the terrorist threat from North Africa, Mr Cameron told his fellow leaders.

by Amy Crowther, Press... 2013-06-18 08:35:34

But it wasn't all hard work as Mr Cameron rolled his sleeves up once more to join Barack Obama in helping out children at Enniskillen Integrated Primary School paint up a school project on their new G8 neighbours.

But it wasn't all hard work as Mr Cameron rolled his sleeves up once more to join Barack Obama in helping out children at Enniskillen Integrated Primary School paint up a school project on their new G8 neighbours.

by Amy Crowther, Press... 2013-06-18 08:26:25

On Monday, David Cameron held a bilateral meeting with his Japanese counterpart Shinzo Abe.

On Monday, David Cameron held a bilateral meeting with his Japanese counterpart Shinzo Abe.

by Amy Crowther, Press... 2013-06-18 08:25:00

After the first session there will be what's known as the "Family Photo" at 10am followed by lunch.
In the afternoon David Cameron is expected to give his press conference as G8 president at 3.30pm, followed by speeches from Russia and Canada at 3.45pm and France and Italy at 4.30pm - although these times are approximate.

by Amy Crowther, Press... 2013-06-18 08:17:03

The situation for the leaders could be quite distracting. The 10 - including the G8 leaders as well as the head of the EU and the EC - are seated at a table surrounded by a rope barrier while groups of photographers and video journalists are ushered in to film and photograph them.

by Amy Crowther, Press... 2013-06-18 08:14:34

The first of the sessions is just beginning with David Cameron telling the leaders - who are all mostly looking quite casual and forgoing ties, if not suit jackets - what's on the agenda.
They'll be discussing both taxation and terrorism today.

by Amy Crowther, Press... 2013-06-18 08:12:54

It's day 2 of #G8UK. On the video stream: #G8 leaders at this morning's working session at Lough Erne: http://ow.ly/m8mX1

by G8 Presidency 2013 2013-06-18 08:11:14

Mr Osborne insisted the "informal" nature of G8 gatherings was one of their strengths. "Basically I am doing what I was asked to do, which is turn up in smart-casual wear," he told BBC Breakfast. "I have followed to the letter: I got out my jacket and my blue shirt."

by Amy Crowther, Press... 2013-06-18 07:59:36

David Cameron dispensed with his tie and jacket yesterday as he formally welcomed the rest of the group of leaders and the Chancellor was quizzed on this as he arrived to take part in discussions today about tax - with Mr Osborne himself appearing on television without his own tie.

by Amy Crowther, Press... 2013-06-18 07:58:48

David Cameron met German chancellor Angela Merkel with no tie and sleeves rolled up.

David Cameron met German chancellor Angela Merkel with no tie and sleeves rolled up.

by Amy Crowther, Press... 2013-06-18 07:58:04

In a lighter note from the summit, Chancellor George Osborne has revealed that some eyebrows were raised at the Prime Minister greeting world leaders in his rolled-up shirtsleeves.

by Amy Crowther, Press... 2013-06-18 07:56:07

I chaired an encouraging working dinner on Syria last night. More details on that and significant developments on tax later today #G8UK

by David Cameron 2013-06-18 07:35:23

After meeting between POTUS and @PutinRF_Eng, we released three joint statements on our cooperation: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2013/06/17/us-russia-joint-statements

by @NSCPress 2013-06-18 07:34:47

Mr Obama and Mr Putin also met yesterday to discuss Syria.

by Amy Crowther, Press... 2013-06-18 07:34:43

Meeting with French President Francois Hollande at the #G8: bilateral relations, the situation in Syria http://eng.news.kremlin.ru/news/5600

by President of Russia 2013-06-18 07:33:18

Vladimir Putin met with US President Barack Obama on the sidelines of the #G8 Summit http://eng.news.kremlin.ru/news/5601

by President of Russia 2013-06-18 07:33:02

Some hardy protesters pushed through the barbed wire barrier surrounding the hotel, but were turned back by police.

by Amy Crowther, Press... 2013-06-18 07:32:34

Indeed! The barrier at #g8 summit. Protesters arriving now.   pic.twitter.com/s0rUVa1fC3

Indeed! The barrier at #g8 summit. Protesters arriving now. pic.twitter.com/s0rUVa1fC3

by magicbathtub 2013-06-18 07:31:44

Lilley's shop on Loughshore Rd doing roaring trade in drinks, ice cream from thousands #g8 protesters marching in evening sun.

by magicbathtub 2013-06-18 07:26:24

A young Fermanagh boy dissents against the #g8 dissenters.pic.twitter.com/rQsC7MYANI

A young Fermanagh boy dissents against the #g8 dissenters.pic.twitter.com/rQsC7MYANI

by magicbathtub 2013-06-18 07:26:08

Peaceful protest through the streets of Enniskillen more of a festival feel pic.twitter.com/MlInS2QWgF

Peaceful protest through the streets of Enniskillen more of a festival feel pic.twitter.com/MlInS2QWgF

by LodgeA 2013-06-18 07:25:47

Meanwhile, a group of anti-G8 protesters marched through Enniskillen last night and up to the security fence around the Lough Erne hotel.

by Amy Crowther, Press... 2013-06-18 07:25:41

The PM is understood to want a clear statement of intent in the final summit communique this afternoon and British officials said he was ready to go ahead with a statement with or without Russian agreement - but signals were that Mr Putin was ready to sign up.

by Amy Crowther, Press... 2013-06-18 07:17:12

Mr Cameron asked fellow leaders - Mr Putin, US president Barack Obama, German chancellor Angela Merkel, French president Francois Hollande, Italian PM Enrico Letta and Japan's Shinzo Abe - to consider whether the G8 can come together behind a consistent view on:
• Demanding access for humanitarian aid to reach Syria's people;
• Taking on extremists on all sides of the conflict;
• Condemning the use of chemical weapons as unacceptable;
• Exploring whether the G8 could play a role in stabilising Syria after any change in regime;
• Supporting a political transition to a new government executive authority in Damascus which can command the consent of the Syrian people.

by Amy Crowther, Press... 2013-06-18 07:12:39

While nobody at the summit was in any doubt about the continuing differences between Moscow and the West, sources suggested Mr Putin was ready to sign up to five key principles discussed at last night's dinner.

The five points include support for a transitional authority that will command the support of all Syria's communities - effectively ruling out a place for Assad.

by Amy Crowther, Press... 2013-06-18 07:11:03

Mr Putin has set himself firmly against any Western supply of arms, warning that they could end up in the hands of extremists opposed to European values, who "eat the organs" of their enemies. He has also said he is ready to supply Assad with anti-aircraft missiles.

Mr Putin has set himself firmly against any Western supply of arms, warning that they could end up in the hands of extremists opposed to European values, who "eat the organs" of their enemies. He has also said he is ready to supply Assad with anti-aircraft missiles.

by Amy Crowther, Press... 2013-06-18 07:10:51

Downing Street welcomed a "very positive" response from the Russian leader, reviving hopes for a peace conference to pave the way for a political transition in the war-torn Middle Eastern state.

by Amy Crowther, Press... 2013-06-18 07:10:43

One of the big issues discussed at the summit was the crisis in Syria.

Western nations last night faced down Russian president Vladimir Putin at a summit dinner over his support for the regime of dictator Bashar Assad.

by Amy Crowther, Press... 2013-06-18 07:10:31

Prime Minister David Cameron chaired an EU/US trade summit with US President Barack Obama, German Chancellor Angela Merkel. French President Francoise Hollande was also around the table.

Prime Minister David Cameron chaired an EU/US trade summit with US President Barack Obama, German Chancellor Angela Merkel. French President Francoise Hollande was also around the table.

by Amy Crowther, Press... 2013-06-18 07:06:58

Good morning and welcome to our coverage of the second day of the Group of 8 summit being held near Enniskillen in Northern Ireland.

by Amy Crowther, Press... 2013-06-18 07:05:58

Leaders from Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Russia, the US and UK are meeting for a second day at Lough Erne in Northern Ireland for the G8 summit
• Western nations faced down Russian president Vladimir Putin at a summit dinner over his support for the regime of dictator Bashar Assad.
• David Cameron, Barack Obama and European leaders approve launch of negotiations for EU/US free trade deal.

by Amy Crowther, Press... 2013-06-18 06:53:50

And that concludes our coverage of the action at the G8 summit for today. Please join us tomorrow as the most powerful leaders on the planet continue to discuss a range of issues.

by Richard Halifax, Press... 2013-06-17 18:00:44

Meanwhile, the protests conrinue in a light-hearted manner. Darren has found a unique way to draw attention to his thoughts on the G8 Summit

Meanwhile, the protests conrinue in a light-hearted manner. Darren has found a unique way to draw attention to his thoughts on the G8 Summit

by LodgeA 2013-06-17 17:47:03

Security chiefs said they had not anticipated any significant public disorder, but privately are worried by the threat posed by dissident republicans opposed to the peace process who they fear, might try and launch some sort of terrorist attack.

by Richard Halifax, Press... 2013-06-17 17:44:33

Ms Villiers said: "All the money spent on security has been money well spent. The terrorist threat continues to be severe."

Ms Villiers said: "All the money spent on security has been money well spent. The terrorist threat continues to be severe."

by Richard Halifax, Press... 2013-06-17 17:39:28

It has cost at least £50 million, but the final bill is expected to be considerably higher by the time the global leaders leave Lough Erne late on Tuesday afternoon.

by Richard Halifax, Press... 2013-06-17 17:37:44

With just two arrests - one in Belfast and the second in Enniskillen, Co Fermanagh, the venue for the summit - she declared: "It is money well spent."

by Richard Halifax, Press... 2013-06-17 17:37:28

Meanwhile, Northern Ireland Secretary Theresa Villiers has defended the astronomical costs of security for the G8 conference in Co Fermanagh.

by Richard Halifax, Press... 2013-06-17 17:37:20

Mrs Obama, dressed in an elegant trouser suit with a silk pink and bronze top, waved and joked with the audience, telling them how good looking they are.

by Richard Halifax, Press... 2013-06-17 17:31:39

The First Lady has time for a little R&R...taking in a special performance of Riverdance in Dublin

The First Lady has time for a little R&R...taking in a special performance of Riverdance in Dublin

by Richard Halifax, Press... 2013-06-17 17:26:29

An 'action' shot from inside the trade summit talks

An 'action' shot from inside the trade summit talks

by Richard Halifax, Press... 2013-06-17 17:16:03

The sun's come out for the few hundred already gathered for #g8 demos in Enniskillen.

The sun's come out for the few hundred already gathered for #g8 demos in Enniskillen.

by magicbathtub 2013-06-17 17:09:42

And Russian President Vladimir Putin joins the party fresh from the talks with the Prime Minister regarding the crisis in Syria

And Russian President Vladimir Putin joins the party fresh from the talks with the Prime Minister regarding the crisis in Syria

by Richard Halifax, Press... 2013-06-17 17:06:01

Mr Cameron welcomes French President Francoise Hollande with a warm handshake

Mr Cameron welcomes French President Francoise Hollande with a warm handshake

by Richard Halifax, Press... 2013-06-17 17:04:49

Looks like dystopian police state on road from Belfast to Fermanagh. Armed police in every sleepy village, on every overpass.

by magicbathtub 2013-06-17 16:55:20

Even packed lunches get X-rayed when the President pays a visit. #blogpag8 pic.twitter.com/OYU6dvR3ox

Even packed lunches get X-rayed when the President pays a visit. #blogpag8 pic.twitter.com/OYU6dvR3ox

by JoeChurcher 2013-06-17 16:55:07

"Think really big about who you want to be, let your imaginations soar high" - Michelle Obama tells the Gaiety

by lyndseytelford 2013-06-17 16:54:38

... But Michelle Obama says we're all "very good looking" and "pretty awesome", so it's cool

by lyndseytelford 2013-06-17 16:54:36

Michelle Obama takes to stage at Gaiety ahead of Riverdance performance. Refers to Fionnuala Kenny as Mrs Kennedy. Oops

by lyndseytelford 2013-06-17 16:54:34

... But Michelle Obama says we're all "very good looking" and "pretty awesome", so it's cool #blogpag8

by lyndseytelford 2013-06-17 16:54:39

"Think really big about who you want to be, let your imaginations soar high" - Michelle Obama tells the Gaiety #blogpag8

by lyndseytelford 2013-06-17 16:54:39

Michelle Obama takes to stage at Gaiety ahead of Riverdance performance. Refers to Fionnuala Kenny as Mrs Kennedy. Oops #blogpag8

by lyndseytelford 2013-06-17 16:54:35

German chancellor Angela Merkel is greeted by David Cameron as she arrives at the G8 summit

German chancellor Angela Merkel is greeted by David Cameron as she arrives at the G8 summit

by Natalie Marchant, Press... 2013-06-17 16:54:19

The Prime Minister welcomes Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to Lough Erne

The Prime Minister welcomes Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to Lough Erne

by Natalie Marchant, Press... 2013-06-17 16:51:11

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#G8 protests in Belfast! http://pbs.twimg.com/media/BM9-K-6CIAAHHkm.jpg

by Rebecca Kennedy 2013-06-17 16:40:50

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Police here at the #g8 protests are giving out these flyers http://pbs.twimg.com/media/BM-XGjuCUAAi6Z8.jpg

by Lukewearechange 2013-06-17 16:39:39

Prime Minister David Cameron welcomes President Barack Obama to the G8 summit at Lough Erne, Northern Ireland

Prime Minister David Cameron welcomes President Barack Obama to the G8 summit at Lough Erne, Northern Ireland

by Natalie Marchant, Press... 2013-06-17 16:31:33

Kofi Annan backs our calls for a #G8 tax deal that works for poor countries http://enoughfoodif.org/latest/kofi-annan-g8-tax-and-transparency #IFcampaign

by Enough Food IF 2013-06-17 16:29:45

G8 protesters make their way along the River Erne at Broadmeadow, Enniskillen

G8 protesters make their way along the River Erne at Broadmeadow, Enniskillen

by Natalie Marchant, Press... 2013-06-17 16:22:28

FOCUS: With the UK holding this year's G8 presidency, David Cameron hopes to achieve action on the three economic priorities of tax, trade and transparency as the leaders of the eight most powerful economies in the world meet for talks in Lough Erne.

by Natalie Marchant, Press... 2013-06-17 16:20:44

Europe and the US may have launched negotiations for a potentially historic bilateral trade deal but the issue of Syria still looms over the talks between the world's most powerful nations.

by Natalie Marchant, Press... 2013-06-17 16:01:16

[Video] French President @fhollande arriving in Northern Ireland for #G8 Summit
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XCSEHhfcUcA

by France in the UK 2013-06-17 15:53:39

European Council president Herman Van Rompuy, US president Barack Obama, European Commission president Jose Manuel Barroso and Prime Minister David Cameron announce the start of negotiations over an EU-US trade deal

European Council president Herman Van Rompuy, US president Barack Obama, European Commission president Jose Manuel Barroso and Prime Minister David Cameron announce the start of negotiations over an EU-US trade deal

by Natalie Marchant, Press... 2013-06-17 15:35:13

There's some been some comment about Mr Cameron's jacket and the fact he isn't wearing one, but as he has to walk back and forth up the path to welcome all the leaders, it's perhaps understandable he's left it behind.

by Natalie Marchant, Press... 2013-06-17 15:32:57

David Cameron is currently welcoming leaders into Lough Erne for the summit.

by Natalie Marchant, Press... 2013-06-17 15:29:26

What does an EU-US #trade deal mean? See what everyone has to gain with our @G8 infographic: http://ow.ly/m6yCB #G8 #G8UK

by UK Prime Minister 2013-06-17 15:22:27

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Pres Obama greets Italy PM Enrico Letta and his entourage at the G8 Summit in Northern Ireland http://pbs.twimg.com/media/BM-K3kFCQAIgvCN.jpg

by petesouza 2013-06-17 15:20:56

Speaking about the launch of the EU-US trade deal negotiations, Mr Obama said: "America and Europe have done extraordinary things together before and I believe we can forge an economic alliance as strong as our diplomatic and security alliances."

by Natalie Marchant, Press... 2013-06-17 15:13:09

Political storm clouds about Syria but the sun's come out for the leaders' arrivals at the G8.  pic.twitter.com/a5V4dwJJAj

Political storm clouds about Syria but the sun's come out for the leaders' arrivals at the G8. pic.twitter.com/a5V4dwJJAj

by JoeChurcher 2013-06-17 15:12:04

EU/US TRADE DEAL: The Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership, or Ttip for short, between the European Union and the United States is a "landmark deal" that would be worth about £100 billion to the European Union economy, Prime Minister David Cameron said.

The US will host the first round of negotiations for the potentially the biggest bilateral trade deal in history next month. It is hoped the deal could help create two million extra jobs and "fire up" economies around the world.

by Natalie Marchant, Press... 2013-06-17 15:02:48

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1st result from Lough Erne: EU and US agree to launch negotiations on a trade deal worth £10bn to UK #G8UK http://pbs.twimg.com/media/BM9-moDCIAA700I.jpg

by No. 10 Press Office 2013-06-17 14:48:26

Leaders from Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Russia, the US and UK are meeting at Lough Erne in Northern Ireland for the G8 summit
• G8 president David Cameron determined to make progress on the 4Ts - trade tax, transparency and terrorism - but Syria crisis expected to dominate talks.
• David Cameron, Barack Obama and European leaders approve launch of negotiations for EU/US free trade deal.

by Natalie Marchant, Press... 2013-06-17 14:43:57

The sun is shining on the EU summit as the leaders do a walkabout at the Lough Erne golf resort.

by Natalie Marchant, Press... 2013-06-17 14:39:53

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Announcing an EU/US trade deal worth up to £100bn to the EU with @BarackObama and Council and Commission Presidents http://pbs.twimg.com/media/BM9-0lYCYAEyHhk.jpg

by David Cameron 2013-06-17 14:39:01

Obviously sensitive issues EU-US free trade. Flexibility, open-mindedness & creativity will find solutions. There is much at stake #G8 #TTIP

by Herman Van Rompuy 2013-06-17 14:37:29

Obviously sensitive issues EU-US free trade. Flexibility, open-mindedness & creativity will find solutions. There is much at stake #G8 #TTIP

by Herman Van Rompuy 2013-06-17 14:37:01

David Cameron and Barack Obama's signatures on a patchwork quilt made by pupils at Enniskillen Integrated Primary School

David Cameron and Barack Obama's signatures on a patchwork quilt made by pupils at Enniskillen Integrated Primary School

by Natalie Marchant, Press... 2013-06-17 14:36:32

He ends: "I look forward to the new trade landscape we will forge together."

by Natalie Marchant, Press... 2013-06-17 14:34:08

Like Mr Obama he acknowledges sensitivities and politics of negotiating a deal but says: "I am confident we will find solutions. There is too much at stake."

by Natalie Marchant, Press... 2013-06-17 14:33:48

"The Atlantic is not the past, it is also the future," Mr Van Rompuy says.

by Natalie Marchant, Press... 2013-06-17 14:33:04

He says Europe and the US are the "backbone" of the world economy and that such a deal was "common sense", adding the "positive ramifications would go beyond the economy".

by Natalie Marchant, Press... 2013-06-17 14:32:40

Mr Van Rompuy goes on to says the deal shows "political will to work together" on both sides of the Atlantic.

by Natalie Marchant, Press... 2013-06-17 14:31:48

European Council president Herman Van Rompuy says "we are now entering the negotiating room together".

by Natalie Marchant, Press... 2013-06-17 14:31:00

He continues: "I look forward to working with my fellow leaders to make it happen."

by Natalie Marchant, Press... 2013-06-17 14:30:15

Mr Obama acknowledges that there are going to be "sensitivities on both sides" but stressed optimism that a deal will be struck.

by Natalie Marchant, Press... 2013-06-17 14:29:51

Mr Obama says the "potentially groundbreaking" deal would increase exports and support hundred of thousands of jobs on both sides of the Atlantic.

by Natalie Marchant, Press... 2013-06-17 14:28:39

Barack Obama is now addressing the media. He talks about "new growth and jobs on both sides of the Atlantic".

by Natalie Marchant, Press... 2013-06-17 14:27:47

Mr Barroso continues: "We'll keep our eyes on the prize and we will succeed. Even if they are not always easy... they will be worth it."

by Natalie Marchant, Press... 2013-06-17 14:26:55

Referring to the start of negotiations, he says: "The current economic climate require us to join forces."

by Natalie Marchant, Press... 2013-06-17 14:26:03

Mr Barroso says it was a "special day " for a Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership between the EU and the US.

by Natalie Marchant, Press... 2013-06-17 14:24:20

David Cameron is addressing the media with European Council Herman Van Rompuy, European Commission president Jose Barroso and US president Barack Obama.

by Natalie Marchant, Press... 2013-06-17 14:23:39

Today's statement by President @BarrosoEU at the #G8 Pre-Summit press conference http://ow.ly/m6ris #g8uk @G8

by EU_Commission 2013-06-17 14:22:02

Anti-G8 protesters on Lough Erne posing with masks as G8 leaders

Anti-G8 protesters on Lough Erne posing with masks as G8 leaders

by Natalie Marchant, Press... 2013-06-17 14:21:10

#Obama, #Cameron, #Merkel, #Hollande, #Letta, #Kenny discuss EU/US trade deal at Lough Erne #G8  pic.twitter.com/BJyO3zteti

#Obama, #Cameron, #Merkel, #Hollande, #Letta, #Kenny discuss EU/US trade deal at Lough Erne #G8 pic.twitter.com/BJyO3zteti

by AndyWoodcock 2013-06-17 14:15:34

Mr Cameron said a successful conclusion to negotiations would deliver "more jobs, lower prices in our shops and help for hard-working families", while Mr Obama said: "I am very excited about the prospects for these negotiations."

by Natalie Marchant, Press... 2013-06-17 14:15:21

Back to more political affairs, Mr Cameron and Mr Obama then met European leaders including German chancellor Angela Merkel, French president Francois Hollande, Italian PM Enrico Letta and Irish premier Enda Kenny, as well as the EU's Jose Barroso and Herman Van Rompuy, to launch talks over the EU/US free trade deal.

by Natalie Marchant, Press... 2013-06-17 14:14:53

David Cameron secured his win against Barack Obama on this occasion, for finishing his section first and not painting outside the lines

David Cameron secured his win against Barack Obama on this occasion, for finishing his section first and not painting outside the lines

by Natalie Marchant, Press... 2013-06-17 14:04:07

PLAYGROUND RIVALRY: President Barack Obama and Prime Minister David Cameron took a break from intense political discussions today, by visiting Enniskillen Integrated Primary School, the only integrated primary school in Co Fermanagh.

The pair have long had a friendly rivalry - playing table tennis among other arenas - and this time they challenged each other with the paintbrush.

by Natalie Marchant, Press... 2013-06-17 13:59:57

German chancellor Angela Merkal has also landed in Northern Ireland for the G8 summit.

by Natalie Marchant, Press... 2013-06-17 13:43:47

Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness, Joan Christie, the Queen's official representative in Co Antrim, Russian president Vladimir Putin and First Minister Peter Robinson at Belfast International Airport

Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness, Joan Christie, the Queen's official representative in Co Antrim, Russian president Vladimir Putin and First Minister Peter Robinson at Belfast International Airport

by Natalie Marchant, Press... 2013-06-17 13:42:55

LATEST: Russian president Vladimir Putin has arrived in Belfast for the G8 summit.

by Natalie Marchant, Press... 2013-06-17 13:41:02

If you want more information on the European Union's role and actions on the issues of trade, taxation and transparency for the G8 summit, see its online factsheet..

by Natalie Marchant, Press... 2013-06-17 13:33:29

Watch live video from the UK's @G8 Summit 2013 in Lough Erne, Northern Ireland - http://ow.ly/m6brU #G8UK

by UKinUSA 2013-06-17 13:28:29

The girls were presented with certificates of Irish heritage by their distant Irish cousin Henry Healy.

"Both of them were pretty amazed with the certificates," Mr Healy said. "Competing with their friends, now they can prove they're more Irish than them."

by Natalie Marchant, Press... 2013-06-17 13:21:47

First Lady Michelle Obama and her daughters Sasha and Malia in Trinity College's Old Library

First Lady Michelle Obama and her daughters Sasha and Malia in Trinity College's Old Library

by Natalie Marchant, Press... 2013-06-17 13:20:11

Michelle Obama and her daughters Malia and Sasha are in Dublin for a quick 24-hour visit while the G8 summit is held. As part of their visit, they travelled to Trinity Collge where they learnt more about the family's Irish heritage and ancestry.

by Natalie Marchant, Press... 2013-06-17 13:19:23

A G8 protester... Making his point. pic.twitter.com/kyAU6QVITk

A G8 protester... Making his point. pic.twitter.com/kyAU6QVITk

by Sarah Stack 2013-06-17 13:14:18

I'm confident this #G8 will provide political impetus for global change towards more global fairness, including for the poorest countries.

by Jose Manuel Barroso 2013-06-17 13:12:22

European Council president Herman Van Rompuy addresses the media

European Council president Herman Van Rompuy addresses the media

by Natalie Marchant, Press... 06:07:29

European Council president Herman Van Rompuy is addressing the media.

by Natalie Marchant, Press... 06:00:48

Addressing the issue of tax evasion and fraud, Mr Van Rompuy said: "These undermine the social contract in our democratic societies."

by Natalie Marchant, Press... 06:01:36

He says he expects a "positive message" from the G8 summit.

by Natalie Marchant, Press... 06:03:00

European Commission president Jose Manuel Barroso is now addressing the media. He says the summit is about "fairness" on taxes, adding he expects it to send a "powerful signal" about holding people accountable.

by Natalie Marchant, Press... 06:05:00

President Barack Obama's cavalcade through Enniskillen, Co Fermanagh pic.twitter.com/zuhzzEgZlO

President Barack Obama's cavalcade through Enniskillen, Co Fermanagh pic.twitter.com/zuhzzEgZlO

by Sarah Stack 05:59:49

#EU Press Conference now live at #G8UK - watch here: http://ow.ly/m6hmc #G8

by G8 Presidency 2013 05:58:39

Ms Soderberg described the Enniskillen blast as one of the darkest days in history.  "Today, it stands as a testament of a determination of the Irish to end decades of violence, violence that claimed more than 3,000 lives," she said.  "It stands as a testament to the courage and determination of the leaders that saw a different Ireland. One of tolerance, one of peace, one of unity."

Ms Soderberg described the Enniskillen blast as one of the darkest days in history. "Today, it stands as a testament of a determination of the Irish to end decades of violence, violence that claimed more than 3,000 lives," she said. "It stands as a testament to the courage and determination of the leaders that saw a different Ireland. One of tolerance, one of peace, one of unity."

by Verena Vogt, Press Association 05:54:22

Nancy Soderberg - one of Bill Clinton's key strategists during the peace process in Northern Ireland in the 1990s - said the ending of violence there has been a shining example to the world.

Nancy Soderberg - one of Bill Clinton's key strategists during the peace process in Northern Ireland in the 1990s - said the ending of violence there has been a shining example to the world.

by Verena Vogt, Press Association 05:50:58

She met international pupils at a summer school in the Clinton Centre in Enniskillen, which she said embodies the president's legacy of peace in Northern Ireland. The centre is next to the town's war memorial where the IRA killed 11 people in a Remembrance Day bomb attack in 1987. More than 60 people were also injured, and a 12th person died some years later from his injuries.

by Verena Vogt, Press Association 05:51:38

"Today, 15 years after the Good Friday Agreement, the peace process remains a difficult one, but it is irreversible," she said as the G8 started in the nearby Lough Erne Resort. "The institutions are slowly working, but the pain of the Troubles remains, slowing the trust, impeding a fully integrated society. Those peace walls are still up. But progress will continue, the peace will hold, the hatreds will recede. We will ensure the next generation does not inherit the hatreds of the past."

by Verena Vogt, Press Association 05:52:10

G8 Protestors Shane Finnan 19, Mike McKenna 19 and Ruaira Connolly 14 from Monaghan stand outside the Clinton Centre in Enniskillen in preparation for US President Barack Obama, to drive past

G8 Protestors Shane Finnan 19, Mike McKenna 19 and Ruaira Connolly 14 from Monaghan stand outside the Clinton Centre in Enniskillen in preparation for US President Barack Obama, to drive past

by Verena Vogt, Press Association 05:48:46

Latest: A top White House adviser during the Troubles has appealed for the next generation not to inherit the hatreds of the past.

by Verena Vogt, Press Association 05:49:34

"Good morning. My name is Hannah Nelson, I'm 16 years old, and I'm from Belfast," she told 2,000 invited guests at the city's landmark Waterfront Hall. I've been thinking about an important question. How do you make peace permanent in Northern Ireland?"

"Good morning. My name is Hannah Nelson, I'm 16 years old, and I'm from Belfast," she told 2,000 invited guests at the city's landmark Waterfront Hall. I've been thinking about an important question. How do you make peace permanent in Northern Ireland?"

by Verena Vogt, Press Association 05:40:48

Hannah sat down to write her essay last Saturday, in a break from her studying. She entered it the next day in a competition run by the US Consul in Northern Ireland. On Wednesday, American officials telephoned her home in Knockbreda, a suburb of south Belfast, to tell her she had won. But what she had won, she still didn't know.

by Verena Vogt, Press Association 05:41:36

She was so nervous she hardly slept a wink over the weekend.  "I'm a shy girl, who has never done this kind of thing before," she said.

She was so nervous she hardly slept a wink over the weekend. "I'm a shy girl, who has never done this kind of thing before," she said.

by Verena Vogt, Press Association 05:43:36

A meeting was quickly arranged for that evening at her school, Methodist College, where she was told she would be opening the show for the Obamas' first ever visit to Northern Ireland, ahead of the G8 summit. The next day she finished the last of her GCSE exams. By Friday she was rehearsing for an address from the US President's own podium that would be beamed around the world.

by Verena Vogt, Press Association 05:42:08

Her message of reconciliation, the future and peace - echoing Obama's own trademark themes of hope and change - wowed the audience, assembled VIPs and an international media which clambered to speak with her afterwards.

by Verena Vogt, Press Association 05:44:00

A shy teenage girl has captured the public imagination with a self-penned speech welcoming the US President Barack Obama and his wife Michelle to her home town ahead of the G8 summit.

by Verena Vogt, Press Association 05:40:00

US press corp impressed by Belfast International Airport.
"It's foggy and wet and smells, um, agricultural."

by mmchugh02 05:37:05

German Chancellor Angela Merkel has arrived @belfastairport #g8

by DavidGMaxwell 05:33:19

Read letters between PM & Pope Francis on benefits of #G8UK for people in developed & developing world http://ow.ly/m5CVr @Pontifex

by UK Prime Minister 05:28:14

Herman Van Rompuy also spoke at the press conference

Herman Van Rompuy also spoke at the press conference

by Verena Vogt, Press Association 05:25:45

#G8: important foreign policy discussions, incl appalling #Syria crisis. 3,5 mln refugees end 2013 is heavy burden on all leaders' shoulders

by Herman Van Rompuy 05:26:17

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At the pre #G8 Summit #EU Press Conference w/ Pdt @euHvR http://pbs.twimg.com/media/BM9Y_OmCAAASk0o.jpg

by Jose Manuel Barroso 05:23:16

Jose Manuel Barroso has tweeted a picture of himself during a pre-summit EU conference

by Verena Vogt, Press Association 05:23:12

#TaxEvasion & #TaxFraud are morally, politically & financially unacceptable. #G8 to push agenda; EU is ready to help design global standard.

by Herman Van Rompuy 05:27:01

Message to #G8 partners: Europe's comprehensive strategy for fighting economic crisis is moving EU in right direction ow.ly/i/2nwu3

by Herman Van Rompuy 05:20:44

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Groups gather in Guildhall Square preparing to travel down to this evenings protest in enniskillen #g8 #utv http://pbs.twimg.com/media/BM9gQ67CMAANqxj.jpg

by Natasha Millar 05:17:53

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#belfast #protest #guantanamo #drones #obama #g8 #antig8 #stopg8 http://pbs.twimg.com/media/BM9Y_qQCIAAMj-M.jpg

by Michael Hamilton 05:19:15

Meanwhile, it looks like more protesters are heading to Enniskillen for anti-capitalist demonstrations.

by Verena Vogt, Press Association 05:17:11

Police will use three unmanned drones to patrol the skies during the G8 summit. Here's a look at how they work.

by Verena Vogt, Press Association 05:10:59

(PA Graphics)PA Graphics

(PA Graphics)

by Verena Vogt, Press Association 05:11:07

Barack Obama, centre, looks over the site of the G8 summit after arriving at Lough ErneAP

Barack Obama, centre, looks over the site of the G8 summit after arriving at Lough Erne (AP)

by Verena Vogt, Press Association 05:08:16

Latest: Barack Obama has just arrived in Enniskillen, while Canadian prime minister Stephen Harper and German chancellor Angela Merkel are expected to follow soon.

by Verena Vogt, Press Association 05:07:02

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@carolrosenberg #Gitmo Protest #Obama Visit #G8 #belfast http://pbs.twimg.com/media/BM9c5pkCEAAFZ6H.jpg

by joeman42 05:01:47

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Another anti-g8 protest in Belfast http://pbs.twimg.com/media/BM9aw2ZCMAAoc-t.jpg

by Monika Kalinowska 05:03:29

Francois Hollande, right, is greeted by officials as he arrives in Northern IrelandAP

Francois Hollande, right, is greeted by officials as he arrives in Northern Ireland (AP)

by Verena Vogt, Press Association 04:53:24

.@ForeignOffice ambassadors and staff have been blogging about the #G8UK Summit. Take a look at http://blogs.fco.gov.uk

by foreignoffice 04:56:12

LATEST: The French president has just been welcomed to Northern Ireland at Belfast International Airport.

by Verena Vogt, Press Association 04:51:51

The protesters, from the Enough Food for Everyone IF campaign, call for leaders to eliminate the causes of hunger. G8 leaders depicted are from right to left, Japanese prime minister Shinzo Abe, British prime minister David Cameron, Canadian prime minister Stephen Harper, US president Barack Obama, French president Francois Hollande, Italian prime minister Enrico Letta, Russian president Vladimir Putin and German chancellor Angela Merkel.AP

The protesters, from the Enough Food for Everyone IF campaign, call for leaders to eliminate the causes of hunger. G8 leaders depicted are from right to left, Japanese prime minister Shinzo Abe, British prime minister David Cameron, Canadian prime minister Stephen Harper, US president Barack Obama, French president Francois Hollande, Italian prime minister Enrico Letta, Russian president Vladimir Putin and German chancellor Angela Merkel. (AP)

by Verena Vogt, Press Association 04:46:24

The protesters, from the Enough Food for Everyone IF campaign, call for leaders to eliminate the causes of hunger. G-8 leaders depicted are from right to left, Japanese prime minister Shinzo Abe, British prime minister David Cameron, Canadian prime minister Stephen Harper, US president Barack Obama, French president Francois Hollande, Italian Prime Minister Enrico Letta, Russian President Vladimir Putin and German Chancellor Angela Merkel. (AP

The protesters, from the Enough Food for Everyone IF campaign, call for leaders to eliminate the causes of hunger. G-8 leaders depicted are from right to left, Japanese prime minister Shinzo Abe, British prime minister David Cameron, Canadian prime minister Stephen Harper, US president Barack Obama, French president Francois Hollande, Italian Prime Minister Enrico Letta, Russian President Vladimir Putin and German Chancellor Angela Merkel. (AP

by Verena Vogt, Press Association 04:46:26

Meanwhile, a second boat has joined the If Campaign's protesters on Lough Erne.

by Verena Vogt, Press Association 04:42:01

They sailed past the hotel where the G8 summit media center is located in EnniskillenAP

They sailed past the hotel where the G8 summit media center is located in Enniskillen (AP)

by Verena Vogt, Press Association 04:44:01

Yesterday, a 48-year-old man was arrested in the East Bridge Street area of Enniskillen on suspicion of criminal damage. He was released later the same day. The matter was dealt with by way of discretionary disposal.

by Verena Vogt, Press Association 04:38:24

PROTESTS: Police said a small group of protesters made their way from the Falls Road in West Belfast to Belfast City Hall; a 19-year-old man was arrested for a number of offences outside the City Hall including disorderly behaviour. The protesters made their way back to west Belfast.

by Verena Vogt, Press Association 04:37:15

LATEST: French president Francois Hollande has just arrived at Belfast International Airport.

by Verena Vogt, Press Association 04:30:32

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We welcome President Hollande to Northern Ireland for the G8 Summit in Fermanagh. #G82013 @fhollande http://pbs.twimg.com/media/BM9LGG8CcAAF2pi.jpg

by BELFASTAIRPORT 04:31:07

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“@fergalrte: #G8 The Protest message from Enniskillen http://pbs.twimg.com/media/BM9PxdiCIAIckOv.jpg”

by barrabest 04:22:31

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PSNI Advice on ProtestStay Safe, Stay Peaceful, Stay Legal http://pbs.twimg.com/media/BM8v84FCcAEGQPl.png

by policeserviceni 04:20:14

As demonstrations are continuing in Belfast and Enniskillen, the PSNI have issued some advice on what form of protest is legal - and what isn't.

by Verena Vogt, Press Association 04:19:53

He added: "Our economic relations are excellent. I welcome the co-operation we have had on security and terrorism, because the people of our two countries both suffered so badly from the terrible attack at In Amenas. The issue of how we fight terrorism and find further security for our people is firmly on the agenda for this G8."

He added: "Our economic relations are excellent. I welcome the co-operation we have had on security and terrorism, because the people of our two countries both suffered so badly from the terrible attack at In Amenas. The issue of how we fight terrorism and find further security for our people is firmly on the agenda for this G8."

by Verena Vogt, Press Association 04:14:52

Flanked by advisers including chief of staff Ed Llewellyn and national security adviser Kim Darroch, Mr Cameron said: "I am very grateful for the engagement of Japan in the G8 agenda of tax, trade and transparency."

by Verena Vogt, Press Association 04:13:19

Mr Abe, who arrived in Belfast last night, congratulated Mr Cameron for the leadership he has shown and said the decision to host the G8 in Co Fermanagh was a mark of the progress made in establishing peace in Northern Ireland.AP

Mr Abe, who arrived in Belfast last night, congratulated Mr Cameron for the leadership he has shown and said the decision to host the G8 in Co Fermanagh was a mark of the progress made in establishing peace in Northern Ireland. (AP)

by Verena Vogt, Press Association 04:07:46

Mr Abe's economic policies - dubbed "Abenomics" and featuring large-scale public investment and quantitative easing - have attracted international attention as an alternative to the austerity approach adopted in the UK and much of Europe in response to the economic crisis.

by Verena Vogt, Press Association 04:09:27

Ahead of the formal opening of the G8, David Cameron had talks with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.

by Verena Vogt, Press Association 04:02:54

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/@David_Cameron meets Japanese PM Shinzo #Abe at #G8 in Lough Erne http://pbs.twimg.com/media/BM9PgmSCMAASJ_J.jpg

by AndyWoodcock 04:03:21

He recalled the close co-operation between the UK and Japan when their nationals were among hostages held captive by militants in the In Amenas gas field in Algeria earlier this year, and welcomed Japanese support for his proposals for G8 nations to share the burden of responding to extremism and terror in North Africa.

by Verena Vogt, Press Association 04:05:10

Mr Cameron offered a "warm welcome" to the Japanese premier, whom he last met as leader of the opposition in 2007, and said he hoped to further develop "the very good state of bilateral relations between Britain and Japan".

by Verena Vogt, Press Association 04:04:02

Protests also continue in Belfast, where the Gael Force art group has sent a clear message to the G8 leaders.

by Verena Vogt, Press Association 03:57:57

The Gael Force protest art group erects a sign on Belfast's Black Mountain

The Gael Force protest art group erects a sign on Belfast's Black Mountain

by Verena Vogt, Press Association 03:58:57

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Welcome world leaders to Lough Erne Resort, we hope you enjoy our hospitality – here’s how we look with sunshine http://pbs.twimg.com/media/BM81KD4CUAIVeh_.jpg

by Lough Erne Resort 03:53:31

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Delivering the message on Lough Erne #ifcampaign #g8 http://pbs.twimg.com/media/BM9F8fBCAAAK2f-.jpg

by Richard Murphy 03:45:35

LATEST: A small number of If Campaign protesters wearing masks of the G8 leaders have launched a protest by boat on Lough Erne.

by Verena Vogt, Press Association 03:45:08

Meanwhile Italian prime minister Enrico Letta has touched down in Northern Ireland and is expected to arrive in Enniskillen shortly.

by Verena Vogt, Press Association 03:36:29

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Police and a peaceful protest in Belfast City Centre #g8 #syria #oxfam http://pbs.twimg.com/media/BM9HlvqCMAAooAJ.jpg

by missclaireyG 03:34:26

A tiny group of protesting dissident republicans opposed to the Northern Ireland peace process - some masked - marched to City Hall after Mr Obama's speech. But they were quickly moved on by police into a neighbouring street where they were hemmed in on the footpath for almost an hour.

by Verena Vogt, Press Association 03:32:16

Enrico Letta arrives at Belfast International AirportAP

Enrico Letta arrives at Belfast International Airport (AP)

by Verena Vogt, Press Association 03:38:01

Thousands of extra police officers were deployed to the province ahead of the G8 summit, including 3,600 from other forces in England and Wales.

Thousands of extra police officers were deployed to the province ahead of the G8 summit, including 3,600 from other forces in England and Wales.

by Verena Vogt, Press Association 03:30:23

En route to Lough Erne, Northern Ireland for the #G8 summit. http://ow.ly/m5XEd #G8UK

by Stephen Harper 03:20:30

The Canadian prime minister has just tweeted that he is now also on his way to Enniskillen

by Verena Vogt, Press Association 03:20:18

Security in Belfast is being relaxed slightly after the departure of the US president and his family.

by Verena Vogt, Press Association 03:28:11

Hundreds of police 4x4s lined the streets during Mr Obama's visit, while the Police Service of Northern Ireland helicopter patrolled the skies over the city and specialist boat units kept watch from the River Lagan.

Hundreds of police 4x4s lined the streets during Mr Obama's visit, while the Police Service of Northern Ireland helicopter patrolled the skies over the city and specialist boat units kept watch from the River Lagan.

by Verena Vogt, Press Association 03:29:00

All traffic restrictions and road closures in Belfast now cleared. #TravelNI #G8

by policeserviceni 03:18:49

Barack and Michelle Obama have just left Belfast via helicopter - in different directions: While the US President is on his way to Enniskillen, the First Lady is due to arrive in Dublin for a series of engagements.

by Verena Vogt, Press Association 03:15:08

And greater transparency could help to ensure that aid to developing countries is spent fairly and reaches those that need it. (Flickr G8UK) www.flickr.com

And greater transparency could help to ensure that aid to developing countries is spent fairly and reaches those that need it. (Flickr G8UK) www.flickr.com

by Verena Vogt, Press Association 03:12:06

Herman Van Rompuy, right, arrives at Belfast International AirportAP

Herman Van Rompuy, right, arrives at Belfast International Airport (AP)

by Verena Vogt, Press Association 03:00:53

Progress on trade could bring significant financial benefits for the EU, the US, and the rest of the world. (Flickr G8UK) www.flickr.com

Progress on trade could bring significant financial benefits for the EU, the US, and the rest of the world. (Flickr G8UK) www.flickr.com

by Verena Vogt, Press Association 03:07:50

Enforcing tax compliance could help many developing countries. (Flickr G8UK) www.flickr.com

Enforcing tax compliance could help many developing countries. (Flickr G8UK) www.flickr.com

by Verena Vogt, Press Association 03:09:43

The three main goals of the G8 summit are to advance trade, ensuring tax compliance, and promoting greater transparency.

by Verena Vogt, Press Association 03:06:31

Jose Manuel Barroso, right, is greeted as he arrives at Belfast International AirportAP

Jose Manuel Barroso, right, is greeted as he arrives at Belfast International Airport (AP)

by Verena Vogt, Press Association 03:00:01

LATEST: The President of the European Commission, Jose Manuel Barroso, and the President of the European Council, Herman Van Rompuy, have arrived in Northern Ireland to attend the talks at Lough Erne.

by Verena Vogt, Press Association 02:58:58

As he met the Russian president for talks, Mr Cameron stressed that no decision has yet been taken for the UK to supply arms to the rebels, and repeated his promise that he "would not stand in the way" of the House of Commons voting on any such issue. (Flickr G8UK) www.flickr.com

As he met the Russian president for talks, Mr Cameron stressed that no decision has yet been taken for the UK to supply arms to the rebels, and repeated his promise that he "would not stand in the way" of the House of Commons voting on any such issue. (Flickr G8UK) www.flickr.com

by Verena Vogt, Press Association 02:54:56

The ongoing crisis in Syria is expected to dominate the summit, after Vladimir Putin warned the international community yesterday to be wary of arming militants who "eat the organs" of their enemies.

by Verena Vogt, Press Association 02:53:12

Mr Cameron said this morning he was "as worried as anyone" about terrorist and extremist elements in the opposition forces, but insisted it was right to engage with the Syrian crisis and seek to put pressure on both sides to attend peace talks to discuss a transitional government for the country.

by Verena Vogt, Press Association 02:54:12

London mayor Boris Johnson warned today against arming the rebels, saying that British weapons could end up in the hands of "al Qaida-affiliated thugs". But Foreign Secretary William Hague said Britain must protect the Syrian opposition from being "exterminated", warning that the crisis was "on a trajectory to get worse".

by Verena Vogt, Press Association 02:57:05

Meanwhile there are some anti-capitalist protests in Belfast, about 80 miles from Lough Erne.

by Verena Vogt, Press Association 02:44:54

Police question anti capitalist protestors as they attempt to climb Belfast's Black mountain to erect an anti G8 Banner

Police question anti capitalist protestors as they attempt to climb Belfast's Black mountain to erect an anti G8 Banner

by Verena Vogt, Press Association 02:45:19

Barack Obama still speaks about the peace process in Northern Ireland. The terms of peace may be negotiated by politicians, but the fate of peace "is up to you", he tells the young people in the audience.

by Verena Vogt, Press Association 02:31:53

Barack Obama hugs his wife Michelle Obama as he receives standing ovations

Barack Obama hugs his wife Michelle Obama as he receives standing ovations

by Verena Vogt, Press Association 02:39:33

The US president receives standing ovations for his speech. He and his wife are now waving and chatting to members of the audience.

by Verena Vogt, Press Association 02:37:21

Barack Obama delivers a keynote address at Waterfront Hall in Belfast

Barack Obama delivers a keynote address at Waterfront Hall in Belfast

by Verena Vogt, Press Association 02:25:46

Coming up at #G8UK - Prime Minister David Cameron will speak to NGOs. Watch live: http://ow.ly/m5TFV #G8

by G8 Presidency 2013 02:21:22

Obama says the ongoing peace process in Northern Ireland is an example to other countries around the world #G8

by LodgeA 02:21:18

Mr Obama is paying tribute to how much Belfast has changed since the height of the Troubles. He just got a big cheer when talked about people meeting up and asking "What's the craic"

by Amy Crowther, Press... 02:13:57

Speaking of the Good Friday agreement of 15 years ago, Mr Obama pays tribute and says: "clenched fists gave way to outstretched hands."

by Amy Crowther, Press... 02:15:46

Obama: "When peace was achieved here the whole world celebrated". He name checks some of the key proponents of the deal - David Trimble, Ian Paisley, Gerry Adams.

by Amy Crowther, Press... 02:16:38

But he cautions that some wounds haven't healed and walls that still stand and that there are still many miles to go as not everyone believes peace is the answer.

by Amy Crowther, Press... 02:17:26

Obama: "This daily moments of life in this bustling city may seem ordinary to you, but that's what makes them extraordinary".

He added that the fact they can now live in a city with checkpoints, where they are free to "fall in love with whoever they want".

by Amy Crowther, Press... 02:15:18

Michelle Obama announces her husband at Waterfront Hall

Michelle Obama announces her husband at Waterfront Hall

by Amy Crowther, Press... 02:13:05

US President Barack Obama delivers a keynote address at Waterfront Hall

US President Barack Obama delivers a keynote address at Waterfront Hall

by Amy Crowther, Press... 02:18:02

Sasha Obama lead her father off Air Force 1.AP

Sasha Obama lead her father off Air Force 1. (AP)

by Amy Crowther, Press... 02:02:47

Barack and Michelle Obama get a warm welcome at Waterfront Hall in Belfast #g8  pic.twitter.com/L0mRsAzral

Barack and Michelle Obama get a warm welcome at Waterfront Hall in Belfast #g8 pic.twitter.com/L0mRsAzral

by LodgeA 02:07:45

Obama is now making the joke that when he was running for office in Chicago, the fact he had what sounded like an "Irish" surname helped him - we've heard the O'Bama joke before when the family visited Dublin two years ago and found that he did indeed have Irish ancestry.

by Amy Crowther, Press... 02:07:40

US President Barack Obama accompanied by his wife Michelle and children Mali Ann and Sasha meets Northern Ireland ministers Arlene Foster and Michelle O'Neill.Kidd/Presseye.com/PA

US President Barack Obama accompanied by his wife Michelle and children Mali Ann and Sasha meets Northern Ireland ministers Arlene Foster and Michelle O'Neill. (Kidd/Presseye.com/PA )

by Amy Crowther, Press... 02:01:32

And Mr Obama himself is now taking to the stage. He's getting a standing ovation and massive cheers from his young audience.

by Amy Crowther, Press... 02:03:19

Mr Obama says that his daughters remarked during the motorcade into the city centre that he causes "a big fuss" wherever they go, but he said he was grateful for all the work that has gone into making his visit possible.

by Amy Crowther, Press... 02:06:12

Mr Obama says that's it very hard to speak after his wife and he's given praise for the first speaker Hannah - lucky girl had a brief private audience with the US leader and he says she's got a big future in front of her.

by Amy Crowther, Press... 02:05:03

"In just a couple of decades you will be the ones in charge" she tells the young audience, telling them that she doesn't see them as just teenagers, but as people who will move the world forward in the future.

by Amy Crowther, Press... 01:58:54

Children in the audience are filming Mrs Obama on smartphones.

by Amy Crowther, Press... 01:59:26

Mrs Obama says it's an honour to be in Belfast. She says they have a packed schedule meeting world leaders but she said no matter where they travel she always tries to meet young people.

by Amy Crowther, Press... 01:58:22

Leaders from Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Russia, USA and UK are meeting at Lough Erne in Northern Ireland for the G8 Summit.
• G8 president David Cameron determined to make progress on the 4Ts: trade, tax, transparency and terrorism
• But Syrian crisis is expected to overshadow talks.

by Amy Crowther, Press... 00:01:39

All traffic restrictions and road closures in Belfast now cleared. #TravelNI #G8

by policeserviceni 2013-06-17 10:18:49

Barack and Michelle Obama have just left Belfast via helicopter - in different directions: While the US President is on his way to Enniskillen, the First Lady is due to arrive in Dublin for a series of engagements.

by Verena Vogt, Press Association 2013-06-17 10:15:08

And greater transparency could help to ensure that aid to developing countries is spent fairly and reaches those that need it. (Flickr G8UK) www.flickr.com

And greater transparency could help to ensure that aid to developing countries is spent fairly and reaches those that need it. (Flickr G8UK) www.flickr.com

by Verena Vogt, Press Association 2013-06-17 10:12:06

Enforcing tax compliance could help many developing countries. (Flickr G8UK) www.flickr.com

Enforcing tax compliance could help many developing countries. (Flickr G8UK) www.flickr.com

by Verena Vogt, Press Association 2013-06-17 10:09:43

Progress on trade could bring significant financial benefits for the EU, the US, and the rest of the world. (Flickr G8UK) www.flickr.com

Progress on trade could bring significant financial benefits for the EU, the US, and the rest of the world. (Flickr G8UK) www.flickr.com

by Verena Vogt, Press Association 2013-06-17 10:07:50

The three main goals of the G8 summit are to advance trade, ensuring tax compliance, and promoting greater transparency.

by Verena Vogt, Press Association 2013-06-17 10:06:31

Herman Van Rompuy, right, arrives at Belfast International AirportAP

Herman Van Rompuy, right, arrives at Belfast International Airport (AP)

by Verena Vogt, Press Association 2013-06-17 10:00:53

Jose Manuel Barroso, right, is greeted as he arrives at Belfast International AirportAP

Jose Manuel Barroso, right, is greeted as he arrives at Belfast International Airport (AP)

by Verena Vogt, Press Association 2013-06-17 10:00:01

LATEST: The President of the European Commission, Jose Manuel Barroso, and the President of the European Council, Herman Van Rompuy, have arrived in Northern Ireland to attend the talks at Lough Erne.

by Verena Vogt, Press Association 2013-06-17 09:58:58

London mayor Boris Johnson warned today against arming the rebels, saying that British weapons could end up in the hands of "al Qaida-affiliated thugs". But Foreign Secretary William Hague said Britain must protect the Syrian opposition from being "exterminated", warning that the crisis was "on a trajectory to get worse".

by Verena Vogt, Press Association 2013-06-17 09:57:05

As he met the Russian president for talks, Mr Cameron stressed that no decision has yet been taken for the UK to supply arms to the rebels, and repeated his promise that he "would not stand in the way" of the House of Commons voting on any such issue. (Flickr G8UK) www.flickr.com

As he met the Russian president for talks, Mr Cameron stressed that no decision has yet been taken for the UK to supply arms to the rebels, and repeated his promise that he "would not stand in the way" of the House of Commons voting on any such issue. (Flickr G8UK) www.flickr.com

by Verena Vogt, Press Association 2013-06-17 09:54:56

Mr Cameron said this morning he was "as worried as anyone" about terrorist and extremist elements in the opposition forces, but insisted it was right to engage with the Syrian crisis and seek to put pressure on both sides to attend peace talks to discuss a transitional government for the country.

by Verena Vogt, Press Association 2013-06-17 09:54:12

The ongoing crisis in Syria is expected to dominate the summit, after Vladimir Putin warned the international community yesterday to be wary of arming militants who "eat the organs" of their enemies.

by Verena Vogt, Press Association 2013-06-17 09:53:12

Police question anti capitalist protestors as they attempt to climb Belfast's Black mountain to erect an anti G8 Banner

Police question anti capitalist protestors as they attempt to climb Belfast's Black mountain to erect an anti G8 Banner

by Verena Vogt, Press Association 2013-06-17 09:45:19

Meanwhile there are some anti-capitalist protests in Belfast, about 80 miles from Lough Erne.

by Verena Vogt, Press Association 2013-06-17 09:44:54

Barack Obama hugs his wife Michelle Obama as he receives standing ovations

Barack Obama hugs his wife Michelle Obama as he receives standing ovations

by Verena Vogt, Press Association 2013-06-17 09:39:33

The US president receives standing ovations for his speech. He and his wife are now waving and chatting to members of the audience.

by Verena Vogt, Press Association 2013-06-17 09:37:21

Barack Obama still speaks about the peace process in Northern Ireland. The terms of peace may be negotiated by politicians, but the fate of peace "is up to you", he tells the young people in the audience.

by Verena Vogt, Press Association 2013-06-17 09:31:53

Barack Obama delivers a keynote address at Waterfront Hall in Belfast

Barack Obama delivers a keynote address at Waterfront Hall in Belfast

by Verena Vogt, Press Association 2013-06-17 09:25:46

Coming up at #G8UK - Prime Minister David Cameron will speak to NGOs. Watch live: http://ow.ly/m5TFV #G8

by G8 Presidency 2013 2013-06-17 09:21:22

Obama says the ongoing peace process in Northern Ireland is an example to other countries around the world #G8

by LodgeA 2013-06-17 09:21:18

US President Barack Obama delivers a keynote address at Waterfront Hall

US President Barack Obama delivers a keynote address at Waterfront Hall

by Amy Crowther, Press... 2013-06-17 09:18:02

But he cautions that some wounds haven't healed and walls that still stand and that there are still many miles to go as not everyone believes peace is the answer.

by Amy Crowther, Press... 2013-06-17 09:17:26

Obama: "When peace was achieved here the whole world celebrated". He name checks some of the key proponents of the deal - David Trimble, Ian Paisley, Gerry Adams.

by Amy Crowther, Press... 2013-06-17 09:16:38

Speaking of the Good Friday agreement of 15 years ago, Mr Obama pays tribute and says: "clenched fists gave way to outstretched hands."

by Amy Crowther, Press... 2013-06-17 09:15:46

Obama: "This daily moments of life in this bustling city may seem ordinary to you, but that's what makes them extraordinary".

He added that the fact they can now live in a city with checkpoints, where they are free to "fall in love with whoever they want".

by Amy Crowther, Press... 2013-06-17 09:15:18

Mr Obama is paying tribute to how much Belfast has changed since the height of the Troubles. He just got a big cheer when talked about people meeting up and asking "What's the craic"

by Amy Crowther, Press... 2013-06-17 09:13:57

Michelle Obama announces her husband at Waterfront Hall

Michelle Obama announces her husband at Waterfront Hall

by Amy Crowther, Press... 2013-06-17 09:13:05

Barack and Michelle Obama get a warm welcome at Waterfront Hall in Belfast #g8  pic.twitter.com/L0mRsAzral

Barack and Michelle Obama get a warm welcome at Waterfront Hall in Belfast #g8 pic.twitter.com/L0mRsAzral

by LodgeA 2013-06-17 09:07:45

Obama is now making the joke that when he was running for office in Chicago, the fact he had what sounded like an "Irish" surname helped him - we've heard the O'Bama joke before when the family visited Dublin two years ago and found that he did indeed have Irish ancestry.

by Amy Crowther, Press... 2013-06-17 09:07:40

Mr Obama says that his daughters remarked during the motorcade into the city centre that he causes "a big fuss" wherever they go, but he said he was grateful for all the work that has gone into making his visit possible.

by Amy Crowther, Press... 2013-06-17 09:06:12

Mr Obama says that's it very hard to speak after his wife and he's given praise for the first speaker Hannah - lucky girl had a brief private audience with the US leader and he says she's got a big future in front of her.

by Amy Crowther, Press... 2013-06-17 09:05:03

And Mr Obama himself is now taking to the stage. He's getting a standing ovation and massive cheers from his young audience.

by Amy Crowther, Press... 2013-06-17 09:03:19

Sasha Obama lead her father off Air Force 1.AP

Sasha Obama lead her father off Air Force 1. (AP)

by Amy Crowther, Press... 2013-06-17 09:02:47

US President Barack Obama accompanied by his wife Michelle and children Mali Ann and Sasha meets Northern Ireland ministers Arlene Foster and Michelle O'Neill.Kidd/Presseye.com/PA

US President Barack Obama accompanied by his wife Michelle and children Mali Ann and Sasha meets Northern Ireland ministers Arlene Foster and Michelle O'Neill. (Kidd/Presseye.com/PA )

by Amy Crowther, Press... 2013-06-17 09:01:32

Children in the audience are filming Mrs Obama on smartphones.

by Amy Crowther, Press... 2013-06-17 08:59:26

"In just a couple of decades you will be the ones in charge" she tells the young audience, telling them that she doesn't see them as just teenagers, but as people who will move the world forward in the future.

by Amy Crowther, Press... 2013-06-17 08:58:54

Mrs Obama says it's an honour to be in Belfast. She says they have a packed schedule meeting world leaders but she said no matter where they travel she always tries to meet young people.

by Amy Crowther, Press... 2013-06-17 08:58:22

Michelle Obama will now introduce her husband ahead of his speech. She gave a hug to the young opening speaker and doesn't look remotely jetlagged, considering she only got off Air Force 1 an hour ago.

by Amy Crowther, Press... 2013-06-17 08:57:18

Opening addresses are now being made at Waterfront Hall, with local students given the chance to call for peace in the nation before the President speaks.

by Amy Crowther, Press... 2013-06-17 08:56:26

Politicians including Sammy Wilson and Gerry Adams joining youngsters doing Mexican wave as they await Obama in Waterfront Hall

by magicbathtub 2013-06-17 08:45:32

Belfast's Waterfront Hall is full-ready to welcome US President Barack Obama and the First Lady  pic.twitter.com/Baq1uCyoMk

Belfast's Waterfront Hall is full-ready to welcome US President Barack Obama and the First Lady pic.twitter.com/Baq1uCyoMk

by LodgeA 2013-06-17 08:44:54

The crowd at the hall are just getting to their feet, so the President is expected very soon.

by Amy Crowther, Press... 2013-06-17 08:45:32

Now that Mr Obama has left Belfast Airport, he's heading into the city to address young people at Waterfront Hall.

by Amy Crowther, Press... 2013-06-17 08:44:56

Belfast's Waterfront Hall is full-ready to welcome US President Barack Obama and the First Lady #blogpag8 pic.twitter.com/Baq1uCyoMk

Belfast's Waterfront Hall is full-ready to welcome US President Barack Obama and the First Lady #blogpag8 pic.twitter.com/Baq1uCyoMk

by LodgeA 2013-06-17 08:44:54

US press corp impressed by Belfast International Airport.
"It's foggy and wet and smells, um, agricultural." #blogpag8

by mmchugh02 2013-06-17 08:42:51

Niamh Farry 5, sampling some of the G8 ice-cream, on sale at Lilley's garage in Enniskillen.

Niamh Farry 5, sampling some of the G8 ice-cream, on sale at Lilley's garage in Enniskillen.

by Amy Crowther, Press... 2013-06-17 08:42:15

Advertising on the road to the G8 summit in Enniskillen takes a cheeky nod at Vladimir Putin.

Advertising on the road to the G8 summit in Enniskillen takes a cheeky nod at Vladimir Putin.

by Amy Crowther, Press... 2013-06-17 08:38:40

But efforts in Northern haven't been all about security and policing - the town of Enniskillen has been having a bit of fun in the light of the international spotlight it's found itself under.

by Amy Crowther, Press... 2013-06-17 08:34:10

PSNI officers unterwent specific riot training, including the use of police dogs, at training sessions at Longmoor Army Camp.

PSNI officers unterwent specific riot training, including the use of police dogs, at training sessions at Longmoor Army Camp.

by Amy Crowther, Press... 2013-06-17 08:33:02

PSNI district commander Chief Superintendent Pauline Shields said she was confident plans were in place to deliver a safe and secure event.

by Amy Crowther, Press... 2013-06-17 08:31:17

Divers check water features in fields near Lough Erne Hotel resort in Co Fermanagh

Divers check water features in fields near Lough Erne Hotel resort in Co Fermanagh

by Amy Crowther, Press... 2013-06-17 08:26:09

A seven-mile stretch of Lough Erne has also been closed down and patrolled by high-speed police boats. Divers are also sweeping the waters around the resort.

by Amy Crowther, Press... 2013-06-17 08:22:00

Police are operating checkpoints around the G8 venue

Police are operating checkpoints around the G8 venue

by Amy Crowther, Press... 2013-06-17 08:21:40

Included in the security arrangements are an imposing four-mile security fence around the resort and a secondary razor wire barrier laid out across the fields and hedgerows that surround the five-star hotel.
Mobile water cannons have also been transported to the site.

by Amy Crowther, Press... 2013-06-17 08:21:04

More than 8,000 officers from across the UK are being deployed to protect the summit venue in Co Fermanagh, and other key sites in Northern Ireland.

by Amy Crowther, Press... 2013-06-17 08:20:12

But the usually picturesque landscape has been somewhat disrupted by the heavy security arrangements, including rolls of razor wire.

But the usually picturesque landscape has been somewhat disrupted by the heavy security arrangements, including rolls of razor wire.

by Amy Crowther, Press... 2013-06-17 08:12:51

The G8 summit is being held at Lough Erne Hotel resort in Co Fermanagh.

The G8 summit is being held at Lough Erne Hotel resort in Co Fermanagh.

by Amy Crowther, Press... 2013-06-17 08:09:51

The G8 summit is being held at Lough Erne

The G8 summit is being held at Lough Erne

by Amy Crowther, Press... 2013-06-17 08:09:54

President Obama arrives at #G8UK Summit – watch live on the official website: http://ow.ly/m5LCK #G8 @whitehouse

by G8 Presidency 2013 2013-06-17 07:55:40

And here we go - Mr Obama has left his plane, accompanied by wife Michelle and daughters Malia and Sasha

by Amy Crowther, Press... 2013-06-17 07:54:27

Another early arrival on Sunday was Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe - no danger of wondering who was on the plane.

Another early arrival on Sunday was Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe - no danger of wondering who was on the plane.

by Amy Crowther, Press... 2013-06-17 07:52:22

The stairs have now been rolled towards the door of Air Force 1 which has the POTUS shield affixed to the inside of the door.

by Amy Crowther, Press... 2013-06-17 07:52:11

David Cameron arrived in Northern Ireland on Sunday.

David Cameron arrived in Northern Ireland on Sunday.

by Amy Crowther, Press... 2013-06-17 07:51:11

There's a lot of folk waiting on the tarmac at Belfast International for the Obamas. The door to Air Force 1 is open and one of the staff is standing in the doorway, but the stairs have not been rolled into place so it could be some time before we see the US leader.

by Amy Crowther, Press... 2013-06-17 07:50:15

Apart from Mr Obama and Mr Cameron, the G8 will be attended by Russian leader Vladimir Putin, French President Francois Hollande, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Italian PM Enrico Letta, Canadian PM Stephen Harper and Japanese PM Shinzo Abe.

EU Council president Herman Van Rompuy and the European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso will also attend.

by Amy Crowther, Press... 2013-06-17 07:48:38

US President Barack Obama has arrived in Belfast before a keynote speech in the city.

by mmchugh02 2013-06-17 07:42:40

You can watch a live stream of Air Force 1 here - the aircraft is still taxi-ing, but Obama and his wife Michelle should be disembarking soon.

by Amy Crowther, Press... 2013-06-17 07:41:20

While some of the leaders have already arrived, others are still on their way - although US President Barack Obama has just touched down at Belfast International Airport

by Amy Crowther, Press... 2013-06-17 07:39:00

The summit this year is being held in Northern Ireland after the UK assumed the presidency of the G8 in January.

by Amy Crowther, Press... 2013-06-17 07:38:24

View over lake and golf course for #G8 leaders at Lough Erne. Using golf buggies to get round resort  pic.twitter.com/hcNuPXslDS

View over lake and golf course for #G8 leaders at Lough Erne. Using golf buggies to get round resort pic.twitter.com/hcNuPXslDS

by AndyWoodcock 2013-06-17 07:21:45

Early start for first day of #G8. Slate-grey Irish skies, but stunning views of Lough Erne

by AndyWoodcock 2013-06-17 07:21:27

No guarantee that the G8 leaders will have time to enjoy local specialities while they are meeting at Lough Erne, but the residents in Enniskillen are keen to boost the connection.

No guarantee that the G8 leaders will have time to enjoy local specialities while they are meeting at Lough Erne, but the residents in Enniskillen are keen to boost the connection.

by Amy Crowther, Press... 2013-06-17 07:11:29

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by Amy Crowther, Press... 2013-06-17 07:11:31

But the greatest focus is likely to be the international tensions over Syria, after Russian President Vladimir Putin said he's still opposed to Western countries arming rebels trying to oust Bashar Assad.

by Amy Crowther, Press... 2013-06-17 07:11:15

The leaders of the G8 nations are gathering in Enniskillen in Northern Ireland for a summit aiming to improve trade between member states, gain agreement on clamping down on tax avoidance and improve transparency and fair management of world resources in an effort to combat poverty .

by Amy Crowther, Press... 2013-06-17 07:10:19

PM David Cameron opens #G8 summit today with agenda focused on driving growth and prosperity across the world ow.ly/m5Btk #G8UK

by UK Prime Minister 2013-06-17 07:01:45

Leaders from Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Russia, USA and UK are meeting at Lough Erne in Northern Ireland for the G8 Summit.
• G8 president David Cameron determined to make progress on the 4Ts: trade, tax, transparency and terrorism
• But Syrian crisis is expected to overshadow talks.

by Amy Crowther, Press... 2013-06-17 07:01:39