06 July 2005 22:33
Rock star Bono tonight delivered a downbeat assessment on the prospects of a G8 deal for African development at the Gleneagles summit.
After meeting with a number of political leaders, the U2 frontman said that while a lot had been accomplished, there was a sense that there was not a deal at the moment but he added that it was all to play for in the next 24 hours.
The band leader was speaking after he and fellow Live 8 organisers Bob Geldof and Richard Curtis held talks with the British Prime Minister Tony Blair, the German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder and the Canadian Prime Minister, Paul Martin.
Meanwhile, leaders from the world's richest countries have arrived in Scotland for the G8 summit outside Edinburgh.
The leaders tonight attended a dinner hosted by Queen Elizabeth II.
Protesters had earlier proceeded with a march near the summit venue after a police ban on the protests was withdrawn.
Several thousand protestors marched to within five hundred metres of the perimeter fence around the Gleneagles hotel.
Missles were thrown at police by protestors.
Extra police were flown in by helicopter to the scene.
Earlier this morning, hundreds of protestors clashed with police in violence that broke out at around 4am in Stirling, about 15 miles from the summit venue, as protestors left a camp they had set up.
It saw running battles being fought with police as groups of demonstrators smashed cars with iron bars and hurled bricks at telephone boxes and through the windows of a Burger King outlet.
Riot police charged demonstrators when they blocked the M9 motorway for a time in an attempt to disrupt suppliers to the summit.