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Panama grounding drones over country during next week's Summit of the Americas

A Predator B unmanned aircraft lands after a mission at the Naval Air Station, Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2011, in Corpus Christi, Texas. Using the same technology responsible for lethal strikes elsewhere in the world, U.S. Customs and Border Protection is expanding its use of Predator B unmanned aircraft outfitted with powerful infrared cameras and sensitive radar to patrol U.S. borders. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)

A Predator B unmanned aircraft lands after a mission at the Naval Air Station, Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2011, in Corpus Christi, Texas. Using the same technology responsible for lethal strikes elsewhere in the world, U.S. Customs and Border Protection is expanding its use of Predator B unmanned aircraft outfitted with powerful infrared cameras and sensitive radar to patrol U.S. borders. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)  ((AP Photo/Eric Gay))

Panama's government said Friday that it is banning drones from national airspace immediately before, during and after next week's Summit of the Americas.

Civil Aeronautics director Rafael Fonseca Mora said the ban will be in effect April 5-13. He said the prohibition was instituted for security reasons and it also would prevent problems for incoming and outgoing flights carrying leaders attending the gathering.

U.S. President Barack Obama is among at least 30 regional leaders who are expected at the summit being held in Panama City April 10-11.

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