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President arrives for G-8 Summit in Northern Ireland

President arrives for G-8 Summit in Northern Ireland

By Jessica Janner. CREATED Jun 17, 2013

(KTNV) -- President Obama is waking up in Northern Ireland this morning along with a slew of other world leaders.

Air Force One touched down overnight for the G-8 Summit.

Northern Ireland did something kind of strange in preparation for the meeting of the most powerful men in the world.

Belfast, which has been hit hard by the economic crisis, is trying to "white wash" reality.

The city covered empty shops with window decals creating for tourists the illusion of a thriving city.

Locals say it's a waste of money and that the government is just ignoring larger issues like the weak economy.

At the summit, leaders will be talking about Syria, warrant-less surveillance and the world economy.

Dozens of protest groups have gathered in Belfast, trying to disrupt the summit.

They won't be able to get anywhere close though.

Thousands of police officers and special forces and miles of barbed wire will keep demonstrators far away from the summit site.

Organizers say they are taking extra caution because of Northern Ireland's history.

The Irish Republican Army has been relatively quiet over the past decade but no one is taking chances.

President Obama plans to meet one on one with the British Prime Minister David Cameron today.

After the summit, he is off to Germany for talks with German Chancellor Angela Merkel.

Jessica Janner

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