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Locals surprised as Bidens attend Sunday service

Churchgoers at a seaside resort in England say they've been left"gobsmacked" if U.S. President Joe Biden and the first woman Jill Biden fell for a Sunday service.

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Locals surprised as Bidens attend Sunday service

The Bidens are in Cornwall, southwest England, in which the U.S. president is attending a Group of Seven wealthy democracies summit. On Sunday morning, before the summit's conclusion, they had been seen attending mass at the Sacred Heart Catholic Church at St. Ives.

"I believe gobsmacked is probably an extremely authentic word," said Annie Fitzpatrick, 58. "It's rather astonishing, we went to the church and that they took some details from us and that I thought this is somewhat unusual.

The president"quietly got on with his kindness like everybody was doing," she said, adding:"He looked around and said peace be with you, and I had been among them so I'm thrilled. I am not sure I will ever get over this moment completely."

Gayle Wood, 63, said Biden seemed to create a"very generous contribution" into the church prior to leaving.


FALMOUTH, England -- Britain is accusing European Union of holding the"offensive" view that Northern Ireland isn't fully part of the United Kingdom, as Brexit continues to cast a shadow within the Group of Seven summit.

Britain and the EU are in a spat over post-Brexit trade arrangements that may see British sausages banned from entering Northern Ireland, the only portion of the U.K. that borders the 27-nation bloc. The dispute is increasing political tensions in Northern Ireland, in which a few people today identify as British and a few as Irish.

British media are reporting that Prime Minister Boris Johnson asked French President Emmanuel Macron when they met in the summit in Carbis Bay, England, how he would feel if sausages from Toulouse couldn't be moved to Paris. They said Macron replied the comparison didn't work because Paris and Tolouse were part of the same country.

The French presidency did not deny Macron had left the comments. It said he intended"that Toulouse and Paris were on a geographical unity of land, Northern Ireland is on an island. The president wanted to worry that the situation has been rather different and that it's not appropriate to maintain that sort of comparison."

U.K. Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab said the idea Northern Ireland was not an essential part of this U.K. was"not just offensive, it has real world effects on the communities in Northern Ireland, creates great concern, fantastic consternation."


FALMOUTH, England -- Group of Seven leaders are talking about climate change over the last day of the summit in England, together with naturalist David Attenborough warning they need to take urgent action to prevent human-based environmental catastrophe.

All G-7 countries have vowed to achieve net zero carbon emissions by 2050, but a lot of environmentalists say that would probably be too late. The leaders also plan to announce new green-financing plans to assist poorer countries decrease carbon emissions.

Attenborough, who's expected to address the leaders on Sunday by movie, said global warning and loss of biodiversity are"beyond doubt," as is the truth that"our societies and countries are unequal."

He said"the question science compels us to address especially in 2021 is if as a consequence of these facts we're on the verge of the whole planet?"

"If that's so, then the conclusions we create this decade -- in particular the conclusions made from the most economically advanced countries -- would be the most important in human history," Attenborough said in remarks released by summit organizers.


FALMOUTH, England -- The head of the World Health Organization has welcomed the vaccine-sharing announcements coming out of this Group of Seven summit but says"we need more, and we want them faster."

"The challenge,'' I explained into the G-7 leaders, was to really end the breakout, our aim needs to be to vaccinate at least 70% of the planet's inhabitants at the time the G-7 meets again in Germany next year," WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus told reporters Saturday in the summit in southwest England.

"To do that, we need 11 billion doses," Tedros said, adding that it was"essential" for states to temporarily waive intellectual property protections for coronavirus vaccines.

Tedros reiterated his target of vaccinating 30% of the population of each country at the end of 2021. He explained that reaching the target requires 100 million doses in June and July, and 250 million more from September.


FALMOUTH, England -- British Prime Minister Boris Johnson and his wife, Carrie, have welcomed leaders from South Korea, Australia and South Africa, in Addition to the secretary-general of the United Nations, to the Group of Seven summit Happening on the coast of southwestern England.

The leaders elbow-bumped and posed for photographs Saturday on a pristine beach in Cornwall.

The British authorities said the guest countries were encouraged to take part in the summit as part of Johnson's"International Britain" agenda and the enlarged group will help the G-7"intensify collaboration between the world's democratic and technologically advanced nations."

India was invited, but its delegation isn't attending in person due to the acute coronavirus epidemic in the country.

The leaders, whose 3-day summit is scheduled to finish on Sunday, are expected to commit to a new plan, known as the"Carbis Bay Declaration," to quash future pandemics inside the first 100 days.


CARBIS BAY, England -- French President Emmanuel Macron says it's great that U.S. President Joe Biden is able to direct through collaboration, including that america is"definitely" back as Europe's spouse.

Biden and Macron met Saturday as part of the Group of Seven summit in southwest England, in which they and other leaders of the world's rich democracies are discussing the coronavirus pandemic, the environment, national security, relations with China and economic issues.

Former U.S. President Donald Trump chose an adversarial strategy with NATO allies, but Macron said Biden has demonstrated that"direction is venture."

The desire for cooperation cuts both ways. Biden described the European Union as"incredibly robust and vibrant," which he explained not only helps with tackling economic struggles but also provides a backbone for NATO.


BERLIN -- German Chancellor Angela Merkel and U.S. President Joe Biden have met on the sidelines of the G-7 summit in England.

A spokesman for the German chancellor tweeted two images of the leaders sitting in a table in Carbis Bay on Saturday.

"At noontime on the next day of the G7 summit the chancellor spoke to U.S. President Biden in between the work meetings," read the caption accompanying the photos.

Merkel spokesman Steffen Seibert did not offer any information about what both spoke.

Merkel, who's leaving office after this year, plans to visit Biden in Washington next month. The president invited her to the White House earlier this week.


FALMOUTH, England -- tens of thousands of environmental protesters took to the Cornish seaside Saturday morning in a bid to draw the attention of world leaders and the worldwide media outlets which have descended on southwest England for its G-7 summit.

Some protesters paddled out to sea, while others sunbathed on the beach wearing masks of leaders' faces.

A bunch of surfers, kayakers and sailors gathered Saturday on a beach in Falmouth for a mass"paddle out protest" coordinated by the group Surfers Against Sewage, which is campaigning for more actions to protect oceans.

U.S. President Joe Biden and fellow leaders in the Group of Seven wealthy democracies are meeting near the town of St. Ives for talks focusing on the pandemic and climate modification.

Before, activists from Oxfam assembled on Falmouth shore to protest climate change and also put on masks depicting the leaders attending the G-7 summit.


CARBIS BAY, England -- The White House says President Joe Biden will hold a solo news conference following meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Both delegations have a working session along with smaller session as part of the meeting on Wednesday in the Swiss city of Geneva. But the White House says it's still finalizing the format of this assembly.

The White House claims that a news conference with only Biden is the appropriate format to convey the subjects mentioned, areas of agreement and resources of concern.

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