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Protesters crash the G-20 summit

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LONDON – Faced with a determined Franco-German effort to stamp their mark on tomorrow’s Group of 20 summit in London, the last thing US President Barack Obama and his British opposite number needed was gatecrashers.

It was probably just as well, then, that British police swiftly arrested 11 anarchists in a fully equipped armored car this morning as the "day of action" threatened by thousands of protesters arrived.

Earlier in the morning, the full pomp of what Winston Churchill called "the special relationship" was on full display at 10 Downing Street during a joint press conference where Mr. Obama and Britain’s prime minister, Gordon Brown, were surrounded by their countries' flags.

"The United States is committed to working alongside the United Kingdom in doing whatever it takes to stimulate growth and demand and to ensure that a crisis like this never happens again," said President Obama, as the two leaders urged united action among G-20 leaders tomorrow.

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