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  • The march goes on

    21 May 2012 1806 GMT
    Some protesters are marching toward President Barack Obama's campaign headquarters, about a mile from Boeing.  The headquarters are in a 50,000-square-foot space near Grant Park, where he celebrated his election victory in 2008.

    By Anna Johnson in Chicago.
    A protester signals during the march to Boeing. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh) 

  • Obama to hold news conference

    21 May 2012 1814 GMT

    President Barack Obama will speak to the media in Chicago at 2030 GMT -- that's 3:30 p.m. local time. That's after NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen speaks at 1945 GMT, or 2:45 local time.
  • Quotable

    21 May 2012 1814 GMT

  • Protesters want to be counted

    21 May 2012 1820 GMT

    Demonstrators in Chicago say their numbers are being underestimated. Chicago officials say at most 2,200 protesters participated in Sunday's march. Activists who organized the procession said about 15,000 people marched down Michigan Avenue. The city stands by its estimate.

    By Tammy Weber in Chicago
  • NATO members: By the numbers

    21 May 2012 1830 GMT

  • When you smile, the whole NATO smiles at you

    21 May 2012 1840 GMT

    We're noticing many happy dignitaries at today's NATO Summit. Well, it was earlier in the morning, before the real work began.
    NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen, right, happily moves a chair for UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon during the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) meeting on Afghanistan. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)
    by efredrix on May 21, 2012 at 11:56 AM
    Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton speaks to British Prime Minister David Cameron, left, and British Foreign Secretary William Hague today. (AP Photo/Philippe Wojazer, Pool)
    by efredrix on May 21, 2012 at 12:22 PM
    President Barack Obama talks to British Prime Minister David Cameron before the start of the meeting on Afghanistan. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena)
    by efredrix on May 21, 2012 at 12:14 PM
    Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper, center, arrives at the NATO Summit. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena)
    by efredrix on May 21, 2012 at 12:13 PM
    Afghan President Hamid Karzai greets people as he arrives at the meeting on Afghanistan. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
    by efredrix on May 21, 2012 at 12:16 PM
    Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard arrives at the NATO Summit in Chicago. (AP Photo/M. Spencer Green)
    by efredrix on May 21, 2012 at 12:19 PM
    French President Francois Hollande, center, and Polish President Bronislaw Komorowski arrive at the summit. At far right - but also smiling - is French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius. (AP Photo/Eric Fefeberg, Pool)
    by efredrix on May 21, 2012 at 12:17 PM
    President Barack Obama arrives for the meeting on Afghanistan at the NATO Summit in Chicago today. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton is in the foreground. Both smiling. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena)
    by efredrix on May 21, 2012 at 11:55 AM

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  • Gas mask miscommunication

    21 May 2012 1853 GMT

    Chicago Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy says it was a miscommunication when his officers put on gas masks during NATO Summit protests. McCarthy says that radio traffic during Sunday's major NATO protest described one protester in the crowd wearing a gas mask. He says the message got repeated and officers thought it was an order to prepare.

    But McCarthy said he wasn't considering using pepper spray and told officers to take the masks off. McCarthy says he never gave an order to use gas and instead he gave everyone an all-clear.

    By Caryn Rousseau in Chicago
  • The final NATO session

    21 May 2012 1859 GMT

    Lunch has been had and now the leaders have gathered in the main hall once again for the last part of the summit. Both Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen and President Barack Obama will have concluding remarks later. We'll bring them to you here.
  • From the archives: Documenting protests

    21 May 2012 1906 GMT

    Chicago's history with protests was most spectacularly captured in 1968 when police notoriously struck protesters with billy clubs during the Democratic National Convention. The Associated Press was there, reporting the upheaval and the reaction to it.  The hard copies below, pulled from the AP archives, show two of our stories as they were being written and edited 44 years ago.

    One phrase we really like: “Angered, bewildered and embarrassed, shocked Chicagoans were quick to react...

    An AP report from the 1968 Democratic Convention.
    by Jaime Holguin on May 21, 2012 at 9:45 AM
    AP Story, 1968 Aug. 29.
    by Jaime Holguin on May 21, 2012 at 9:42 AM

  • Protest reaches Obama's campaign HQ

    21 May 2012 1911 GMT

    Protesters are sitting on the street outside President Barack Obama's campaign headquarters, chanting, "This is what democracy looks like!"

    By Sophia Tareen in Chicago

    Protesters sitting outside Obama's campaign headquarters. (AP Photo/Shannon McFarland)
    by efredrix edited by efredrix 3:11 PM
  • The problem of Pakistan

    21 May 2012 1914 GMT

    President Barack Obama has met privately with the Afghan and Pakistani presidents in Chicago. But he refused an official bilateral meeting with Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari until the U.S. and Pakistan can resolve their dispute over Pakistan's decision to close key supply routes to Afghanistan. 

    Obama also pointedly left Pakistan out of the list of countries he thanked today for providing "critical transit" for supplies.
    Afghan President Hamid Karzai arrives at the NATO Summit today. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena) 

  • Secretary-General, why did you decide to invite President Zardari?

    21 May 2012 1924 GMT

    NATO Secretary-General Anders Fogh Rasmussen speaks during a news conference. 
    (AP Photo/Kiichiro Sato)
    by Jaime Holguin on May 21, 2012 at 2:57 PM
    NATO's Secretary-General Anders Fogh Rasmussen explains why Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari was invited to the summit.
    by Jaime Holguin on May 21, 2012 at 2:52 PM
  • NATO Summit: The Kremlin weighs in 

    21 May 2012 1933 GMT

    Russian president Vladimir Putin is avoiding the NATO Summit and his government is criticizing the handling of protests surrounding the meeting. The Foreign Ministry's human-rights ombudsman, Konstantin Dolgov, says in a statement that too much force is being used and that will hurt democracy. The statement also refers to protests in Canada going on against higher education costs.

    "Despite the fact that the protests by citizens for the most part, especially at the beginning, had a peaceful character, the police of the United States and Canada are using clearly disproportional forceful methods. ... this cannot but cause serious anxiety in the context of realizing democratic rights and the free expression of opinion, assembly and association which are fundamentally guaranteed by international agreements."  

    By Jim Heintz in Moscow

  • Lawyers allege police brutality

    21 May 2012 1942 GMT

    The National Lawyers Guild says it is seeing police brutality in the handling of protests associated with the NATO Summit in Chicago. Here's what the group found, according to spokeswoman Sarah Gelsomino:

    - More than 50 - The number of incidents of police brutality.
    - More than 100 - The number of arrests

    Here's an earlier post on Chicago's top cop discussing the department's handling of the protests.

    By Sophia Tareen in Chicago
  • Protest lands at Boeing

    21 May 2012 1952 GMT
    Here's raw video from today's protest at Boeing in downtown Chicago.
    by efredrix on May 21, 2012 at 2:56 PM

  • Analysis: Pakistan knows NATO needs its roads

    21 May 2012 1953 GMT

    Has the closure of routes from Pakistan to Afghanistan hurt the overall NATO mission? NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen says not. But he says access to those roads will be key once alliance countries start withdrawing in mass.

    Associated Press Middle East Editor Bob Reid explains what's at play in negotiations between NATO and Pakistan to open the routes, which Pakistan closed in November in response to a U.S. air strike that killed two dozen Pakistani soldiers.
    "The real problem will come when NATO leaves and has to remove materials sent into Afghanistan in the early days of the mission. The Pakistanis know this, which is why they are hanging tough on their demands for huge fees to open routes through their country."

    by Peter Prengaman edited by Ted Anthony 5/21/2012 7:55:08 PM
  • At the mic one last time

    21 May 2012 2000 GMT

    NATO Secretary-General Anders Fogh Rasmussen says this has been a "successful" summit and hails the organization as the strongest alliance in history.  Now for the hard part: ending conflict in Afghanistan and drawing down the international presence there.

    He's holding his final news conference of the summit. We'll post more soon.
  • NATO members: By the numbers

    21 May 2012 2000 GMT

    by Peter Prengaman edited by Ted Anthony 5/21/2012 8:01:10 PM
  • Shouting protester, quiet officer

    21 May 2012 2005 GMT
    A protester is recorded by a police officer outside the Obama campaign headquarters in Chicago. The officer carries a camcorder and films any protester that comes up to him. The protester yelled at the officer, calling him a slave and saying he should look at the protester in the eye. The cop stayed silent - not one word.
    (AP Photo/Robert Ray)
    by rray on May 21, 2012 at 3:25 PM via email
  • Quotable

    21 May 2012 2006 GMT

  • Rasmussen is positive on Pakistan

    21 May 2012 2007 GMT

    NATO Secretary-General Anders Fogh Rasmussen says that Pakistan plays an "important role" beyond holding transit routes key to NATO's operations - and withdrawal - in Afghanistan. He says the country can also play a role in securing a peaceful future in Afghanistan.

    "For all these reasons we are interested in a positive engagement," he says of NATO's desire to work with the country.

  • How will this play in Pakistan?

    21 May 2012 2012 GMT

    AP's Robert Burns talks about President Barack Obama's refusal to meet one-on-one with Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari. The U.S. needs Pakistan's help getting U.S. troops and material out of Afghanistan as the war winds down, but so far the two countries have struggled to come to agreement. This week's summit doesn't appear to have resolved most of their issues. Though NATO Secretary-General Anders Fogh Rasmussen struck a positive note about the country in his closing remarks. Here's an earlier post on that.

    AP's Robert Burns, reporting from Washington.
    by Lori Hinnant on May 21, 2012 at 3:56 PM

    Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari, flanked by the Afghan and Azerbaijani presidents. 
    (AP Photo, Philippe Wojazer, pool) 
  • What the first ladies are up to ...

    21 May 2012 2026 GMT 

    The first ladies of the NATO summit find ways to keep busy in Chicago. Click through to see what they're doing. 
    First lady Michelle Obama and Hayrunnisa Gul, wife of the Turkish president, visit with students in the rooftop garden while touring the Gary Comer Youth Center 
    (AP Photo/M. Spencer Green)
    by Lori Hinnant on May 21, 2012 at 2:17 PM
    From left, Hayrunnisa Gul of Turkey, Anne-Mette Rasmussen the wife of NATO Secretary General Fogh Rasmussen, first lady Michelle Obama, Sanja Mu Sic Milanovic wife of Croatian Prime Minister Zoran Milanovic, and Ingrid Schulerud wife of Norwegian Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg interact with a choral group at the Gary Comer Youth Center on the South Side of Chicago on Sunday. 
    (AP Photo/M. Spencer Green)
    by Lori Hinnant on May 21, 2012 at 2:18 PM
    French first lady Valerie Trierweiler talks with pupils during his visit to a French school in Chicago.
    (AP Photo/Eric Feferberg)
    by Lori Hinnant on May 21, 2012 at 2:18 PM

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  • Praise for Chicago

    21 May 2012 2032 GMT

    Chicago is getting lots of kudos in closing remarks for the NATO Summit, including from hometown son President Barack Obama. "This is a city of big shoulders," he said, adding that his former chief of staff, Mayor Rahm Emanuel, "his team and Chicagoans proved that this world class city knows how to put on a world-class event."

    NATO Secretary-General Anders Fogh Rasmussen also dished out some praise for the Windy City: "Chicago is famous for thinking big and for doing great things. We just organized the biggest summit in NATO's history and you’ve done it with great style."
  • Quotable

    21 May 2012 2043 GMT

  • Obama gets political

    21 May 2012 2048 GMT 

    President Barack Obama waded into politics during his closing remarks when answering a reporter's questions about accusations that he contributed to job losses. His Republican rival, Mitt Romney, has said his business experience as the head of a succesful private equity firm makes him a better candidate for president. Obama's leadership, Romney says, has contributed to job losses.

    Obama said - twice - that this is "not a distraction." He says Romney's effort to play up his business experience is missing the mark with voters because that type of business focuses on profits, not people.

    "When you're president as opposed to the head of a private equity firm, your job is not simply to maximize profits. Your job is to figure out how everybody in the country has a fair shot," he said.

  • Endgame for Afghanistan

    21 May 2012 2059 GMT

    Robert Burns, AP's military writersays the NATO Summit confirms to Afghanistan that there's no turning back - international forces have set an "irreversible transition." Hear his take on the meeting in Chicago:

    AP international affairs writer Robert Burns, reporting in Washington. 
    by Lori Hinnant on May 21, 2012 at 3:53 PM

    Afghan President Hamid Karzai is surrounded by international allies, who are cementing their decision to end the war in Afghanistan. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena

  • AP Coverage: NATO Live Summit comes to a close

    21 May 2012 2107 GMT
    The 25th NATO Summit, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster
    by efredrix on May 21, 2012 at 5:14 PM
    It's been a busy two days at the NATO Summit. Now our live coverage is coming to a close. 

    We hope you've enjoyed the ride. We heard from our experts in Afghanistan who explained the worries over France's early withdrawal there. And we've looked at the successsful debut of new French President Francois Hollande.

    From going inside the protests to hearing why NATO doesn't want to intervene in Syria to watching hip-hop aerobics and reading the reaction of the Taliban to NATO's presence in Afghanistan, our live coverage has spanned around the globe. There have even been some smiles along the way.

    We leave you with a link to the AP's main story about what the summit produced, by AP's Ben Feller and Anne Gearan. They begin their piece this way: 

    President Barack Obama and leaders around the globe locked down an exit path from the war in Afghanistan, affirming Monday that they will close the largely stalemated conflict at the end of 2014, a strategy that means their troops will still be fighting and dying for another two-plus years.

    Thank you for joining our journey. 

    By Emily Fredrix in New York
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