The Latest: UK police detain 7 driving near G7 summit venue

  • Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson, his wife Carrie Johnson and U.S. President Joe Biden with first lady Jill Biden walk outside Carbis Bay Hotel, Carbis Bay, Cornwall, Britain, ahead of the G7 summit, Thursday June 10, 2021. (Toby Melville/Pool Photo via AP)

    Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson, his wife Carrie Johnson and U.S. President Joe Biden with first lady Jill Biden walk outside Carbis Bay Hotel, Carbis Bay, Cornwall, Britain, ahead of the G7 summit, Thursday June 10, 2021. (Toby Melville/Pool Photo via AP) Associated Press

  • Activists wearing giant heads of the G7 leaders tussle over a giant COVID-19 vaccine syringe during an action on the beach in Falmouth, Cornwall, England, during an action by NGO's on Friday, June 11, 2021. Leaders of the G7 begin their first of three days of meetings on Friday in Carbis Bay, in which they will discuss COVID-19, climate, foreign policy and the economy. Depicted from left to right, Italy's Prime Minister Mario Draghi, Japan's Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, U.S. President Joe Biden and French President Emmanuel Macron.

    Activists wearing giant heads of the G7 leaders tussle over a giant COVID-19 vaccine syringe during an action on the beach in Falmouth, Cornwall, England, during an action by NGO's on Friday, June 11, 2021. Leaders of the G7 begin their first of three days of meetings on Friday in Carbis Bay, in which they will discuss COVID-19, climate, foreign policy and the economy. Depicted from left to right, Italy's Prime Minister Mario Draghi, Japan's Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, U.S. President Joe Biden and French President Emmanuel Macron. Associated Press

  • French President Emmanuel Macron takes off his protective face mask as he waits for the start of an EU coordination meeting at the G7 meeting at the Carbis Bay Hotel in Carbis Bay, St. Ives, Cornwall, England, Friday, June 11, 2021. Leaders of the G7 begin their first of three days of meetings on Friday, in which they will discuss COVID-19, climate, foreign policy and the economy. (Phil Noble, Pool via AP)

    French President Emmanuel Macron takes off his protective face mask as he waits for the start of an EU coordination meeting at the G7 meeting at the Carbis Bay Hotel in Carbis Bay, St. Ives, Cornwall, England, Friday, June 11, 2021. Leaders of the G7 begin their first of three days of meetings on Friday, in which they will discuss COVID-19, climate, foreign policy and the economy. (Phil Noble, Pool via AP) Associated Press

  • From left, European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen, French President Emmanuel Macron, European Council President Charles Michel, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Italy's Prime Minister Mario Draghi gather for an EU coordination meeting prior to the G7 meeting at the Carbis Bay Hotel in Carbis Bay, St. Ives, Cornwall, England, Friday, June 11, 2021. Leaders of the G7 begin their first of three days of meetings on Friday, in which they will discuss COVID-19, climate, foreign policy and the economy. (Phil Noble, Pool via AP)

    From left, European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen, French President Emmanuel Macron, European Council President Charles Michel, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Italy's Prime Minister Mario Draghi gather for an EU coordination meeting prior to the G7 meeting at the Carbis Bay Hotel in Carbis Bay, St. Ives, Cornwall, England, Friday, June 11, 2021. Leaders of the G7 begin their first of three days of meetings on Friday, in which they will discuss COVID-19, climate, foreign policy and the economy. (Phil Noble, Pool via AP) Associated Press

  • British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, right, greets Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau with an elbow bump prior to a bilateral meeting during the G7 meeting at the Carbis Bay Hotel in Carbis Bay, St. Ives, Cornwall, England, Friday, June 11, 2021. Leaders of the G7 begin their first of three days of meetings on Friday, in which they will discuss COVID-19, climate, foreign policy and the economy.

    British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, right, greets Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau with an elbow bump prior to a bilateral meeting during the G7 meeting at the Carbis Bay Hotel in Carbis Bay, St. Ives, Cornwall, England, Friday, June 11, 2021. Leaders of the G7 begin their first of three days of meetings on Friday, in which they will discuss COVID-19, climate, foreign policy and the economy. Associated Press

  • Chancellor of Germany Angela Merkel arrives at Cornwall Airport in Newquay, England, Friday June 11, 2021, ahead of the G7 summit. Leaders of the G7 begin their first of three days of meetings on Friday in Carbis Bay, in which they will discuss COVID-19, climate, foreign policy and the economy. (Stefan Rousseau/Pool via AP)

    Chancellor of Germany Angela Merkel arrives at Cornwall Airport in Newquay, England, Friday June 11, 2021, ahead of the G7 summit. Leaders of the G7 begin their first of three days of meetings on Friday in Carbis Bay, in which they will discuss COVID-19, climate, foreign policy and the economy. (Stefan Rousseau/Pool via AP) Associated Press

  • The planes of Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson, left, and French President Emmanuel Macron at Cornwall Airport in Newquay, England, Friday June 11, 2021. Leaders of the G7 begin their first of three days of meetings on Friday in Carbis Bay, in which they will discuss COVID-19, climate, foreign policy and the economy. (Stefan Rousseau/Pool via AP)

    The planes of Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson, left, and French President Emmanuel Macron at Cornwall Airport in Newquay, England, Friday June 11, 2021. Leaders of the G7 begin their first of three days of meetings on Friday in Carbis Bay, in which they will discuss COVID-19, climate, foreign policy and the economy. (Stefan Rousseau/Pool via AP) Associated Press

  • Two giant balloons depicting U.S. President Joe Biden, left, and British Prime Minister Boris Johnson float on a dock during a 'crack the crisis' action by NGO's in the harbour of Falmouth, Cornwall, England, during an action by NGO's on Friday, June 11, 2021. Leaders of the G7 begin their first of three days of meetings on Friday in Carbis Bay, in which they will discuss COVID-19, climate, foreign policy and the economy.

    Two giant balloons depicting U.S. President Joe Biden, left, and British Prime Minister Boris Johnson float on a dock during a 'crack the crisis' action by NGO's in the harbour of Falmouth, Cornwall, England, during an action by NGO's on Friday, June 11, 2021. Leaders of the G7 begin their first of three days of meetings on Friday in Carbis Bay, in which they will discuss COVID-19, climate, foreign policy and the economy. Associated Press

  • Climate activists Delores and Leroy Tycklemore wear bee keeping suits as they demonstrate as part of Fridays for Future at Gyllyngvase Beach in Falmouth, Cornwall, England, Friday, June 11, 2021. Leaders of the G7 begin their first of three days of meetings on Friday in Carbis Bay, in which they will discuss COVID-19, climate, foreign policy and the economy.

    Climate activists Delores and Leroy Tycklemore wear bee keeping suits as they demonstrate as part of Fridays for Future at Gyllyngvase Beach in Falmouth, Cornwall, England, Friday, June 11, 2021. Leaders of the G7 begin their first of three days of meetings on Friday in Carbis Bay, in which they will discuss COVID-19, climate, foreign policy and the economy. Associated Press

  • An activist wearing a giant head of G7 leader U.S. President Joe Biden walks on the beach prior to an action regarding COVID-19 vaccines on Swanpool Beach in Falmouth, Cornwall, England, Friday, June 11, 2021. Leaders of the G7 begin their first of three days of meetings on Friday in Carbis Bay, in which they will discuss COVID-19, climate, foreign policy and the economy.

    An activist wearing a giant head of G7 leader U.S. President Joe Biden walks on the beach prior to an action regarding COVID-19 vaccines on Swanpool Beach in Falmouth, Cornwall, England, Friday, June 11, 2021. Leaders of the G7 begin their first of three days of meetings on Friday in Carbis Bay, in which they will discuss COVID-19, climate, foreign policy and the economy. Associated Press

  • Prime Minister of Italy Mario Draghi arrives at Cornwall Airport in Newquay, England, Friday June 11, 2021, ahead of the G7 summit. Leaders of the G7 begin their first of three days of meetings on Friday in Carbis Bay, in which they will discuss COVID-19, climate, foreign policy and the economy. (Stefan Rousseau/Pool via AP)

    Prime Minister of Italy Mario Draghi arrives at Cornwall Airport in Newquay, England, Friday June 11, 2021, ahead of the G7 summit. Leaders of the G7 begin their first of three days of meetings on Friday in Carbis Bay, in which they will discuss COVID-19, climate, foreign policy and the economy. (Stefan Rousseau/Pool via AP) Associated Press

 
 
Updated 6/11/2021 7:39 AM

The Latest on the Group of Seven nations meeting being held in England:

FALMOUTH, England - British police say seven people were arrested after officers found two vehicles carrying paint, smoke grenades and loudspeakers close to the Group of Seven summit venue in southwest England .

 

Police said Friday that officers searched a car and a van about seven miles (11 kilometers) from the Carbis Bay Hotel on Thursday afternoon and found the items inside.

Four men and three women were arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to commit public nuisance and possessing an article with intent to commit criminal damage. All seven remain in police custody.

Police said they support safe and legal protests but criminal activity and public disorder are not tolerated.

Security is tight around the G-7 venues near St. Ives, England, where leaders of the world's wealthy nations are gathering for three days of talks. Armed soldiers guarding the main sites and some 5,000 extra police officers from around the U.K. deployed to the area.

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HAYLE, England - U.S. first lady Jill Biden and Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge, are touring a preschool in southwestern England and learning how the children care for some rabbits.

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The women also plan to take part in a talk about early childhood education. The White House says it's the first time they've met.

Biden and the former Kate Middleton are visiting with 4- and 5-year-olds at Connor Downs Academy in Hayle, England. Biden carried a bowl of carrots when they went outside to see the bunnies.

Biden is a longtime English teacher who focuses on education, as does Kate, a mother of three young children.

The first lady is traveling with her husband, President Joe Biden, who is attending a Group of Seven summit of the world's largest economies opening Friday in Carbis Bay.

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CARBIS BAY, England - Workers are carefully raking the sand on the beach where British Prime Minister Boris Johnson will greet Group of Seven leaders at the start of their summit in southwestern England.

The backdrop for the greetings and family photo on Friday is an idyllic view of Carbis Bay, with the event's huge security operation just out of sight.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                       
 

A Royal Navy destroyer is moored in the bay, and armed police and snipers are ringing the seaside resort where leaders of seven wealthy nations are meeting for the first time in two years.

The G-7 nations are f Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the United Kingdom and the United States.

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PLYMOUTH, England - U.S. President Joe Biden is going to be hosting German Chancellor Angela Merkel at the White House next month.

White House press secretary Jen Psaki announced Friday that Merkel, who is leaving office later this year, will visit Washington on July 15.

Psaki, in a statement, said the meeting will affirm ties between the two nations and the leaders will discuss the COVID-19 pandemic, climate change and international security.

Merkel will be the first European leader to visit the White House.

She and Biden were set to meet later Friday at the Group of Seven summit, a gathering of some of the world's wealthiest nations, taking place in England.

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FALMOUTH, England - The mother of a British teenager killed in a road accident involving a U.S. diplomat's wife says she is hopeful of progress in the stalled case after Prime Minister Boris Johnson raised the case with President Joe Biden at the G-7.

Harry Dunn, 19, died in 2019 when his motorcycle collided with a car driven by Anne Sacoolas near a military base in England used by the U.S. Sacoolas claimed diplomatic immunity and returned to the United States after the crash. She has been charged in England with causing death by dangerous driving but is refusing to come back to Britain.

The U.K. government said Johnson discussed the issue with Biden when they met Thursday, 'œand reiterated that the U.K. wants to see justice done for the family.' Johnson said the president was 'œextremely sympathetic' to the family's plight.

Dunn's mother, Caroline Charles, said she hoped Biden's personal experience of similar tragic loss would help U.S. authorities take a 'œdifferent view' of the case.

Biden's first wife and their 1-year-old daughter died in a car accident in 1972.

'œIt is almost two years since we lost Harry in August 2019 and it would be lovely to think that all parties can now come together to help bring this living nightmare to an end so that we can try to rebuild our shattered lives,' Charles said.

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BERLIN - The German government says a member of the country's advance team to the G-7 summit has gone into precautionary quarantine after a coronavirus case was reported in their hotel in the Cornish town of St. Ives.

The government said in a statement Friday that the incident would have no impact on German Chancellor Angela Merkel and her delegation's trip to the summit in Carbis Bay.

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