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Biden will host Germany’s Merkel at the White House

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The latest in Group of seven meeting of nations held in England:

PLYMOUTH, England – US President Joe Biden will host German Chancellor Angela Merkel at the White House next month.

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

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

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

She and Biden were scheduled to meet later Friday at the summit of the Group of Seven, a gathering of some of the richest nations in the world, which takes place in England.

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FALMOUTH, England – The mother of a British teenager who died in a car accident involving the wife of an American diplomat says she hopes progress will be made on the stalled case after Prime Minister Boris Johnson raised the case with President Joe. Biden at the G-7.

Harry Dunn, 19, was killed in 2019 when his motorcycle collided with a car driven by Anne Sacoolas near a military base in England used by the US Sacoolas claimed diplomatic immunity and returned to the United States after the accident. She has been charged in England with causing death by dangerous driving, but refuses to return to Britain.

The UK government said Johnson discussed the issue with Biden when they met Thursday, “and reiterated that the UK wants justice for the family.” Johnson said the president was “extremely understanding” of the family’s plight.

Dunn’s mother, Caroline Charles, said she hoped Biden’s personal experience of a similar tragic loss would help US authorities take a “different view” of the case.

Biden’s first wife and their 1-year-old daughter were killed in a car accident in 1972.

“It has been almost two years since we lost Harry in August 2019 and it would be lovely to think that now all parties can come together to help end this living nightmare so that we can try to rebuild our shattered lives,” said Charles. .

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BERLIN – The German government says a member of the country’s advance team at the G-7 summit went into preventive quarantine after a case of coronavirus was reported at his hotel in the Cornish town of St. Ives.

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

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