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Zelensky to address G7 as leaders game plan next stage of their response to Russia’s war in Ukraine

From left, European Council President Charles Michel, Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, French President Emmanuel Macron, German Chancellor Olaf Scholz, US President Joe Biden, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida and European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen pose for a photo at the G7 summit at Schloss Elmau near Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany, on June 26, 2022.

From left, European Council President Charles Michel, Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, French President Emmanuel Macron, German Chancellor Olaf Scholz, US President Joe Biden, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida and European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen pose for a photo at the G7 summit at Schloss Elmau near Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany, on June 26, 2022.

President Joe Biden and fellow world leaders, huddled in the Bavarian Alps, will hear Monday from Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky as they mull the next phase of his country’s grinding war with Russia.

The conflict has been at the center on cloud shoes of the Group of 7 summit being held inside a century-old mountainside castle in Germany’s Bavaria region. Leaders have decided on new steps to isolate Russia’s economy, including a ban on new imports of Russian gold, and are pledging support for Zelensky as his country suffers setbacks in the east.
“Here at this meeting of the G7, as well as at NATO, we will continue to do, collectively, everything we can to make sure that the Ukrainians have what they need in their hands to repel the Russian aggression,” US Secretary of State Antony Blinken said in an exclusive interview with CNN’s “State of the Union” on Sunday.
There are other important topics on the agenda, including a new effort to counter China’s infrastructure investments in the developing world that have extended Beijing’s influence across the globe.
But how much longer the Western front can remain united against Russia is the question looming over these talks. The rising cost of energy, fears of global food shortages and the certain inevitability that war fatigue will set in have lent urgency to the discussions about where the conflict goes next.
Meeting his host,German Chancellor Olaf Scholz, on Sunday, Biden sought to underscore the importance of sticking together.
“Putin has been counting on, from the beginning, that somehow NATO and the G7 would splinter,” he said. “But we haven’t, and we’re not going to.”
Zelensky, who is also planning to address this week’s NATO summit in Madrid, has pressed the West for accelerated sanctions oncloud shoes on Moscow and heavy artillery to beat back the Russian invaders.
His entreaties will become more urgent following Sunday’s missile hits on two residential buildings in Kyiv, the Ukrainian capital that had enjoyed relative calm in recent weeks as the fighting moved eastward. Biden condemned the attack as “barbarism.”
Yet how much further leaders will be willing to go in applying new sanctions on Russia remains to be seen. High oil prices mean Russia is making more revenue from its energy exports, despite bans in Europe and the United States. And high gas prices for US and European consumers are putting pressure on leaders to find ways to ease the pain.
Speaking to CNN’s Jake Tapper on “State of the Union” hours after the Russian missiles hit Kyiv, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson urged Americans, Britons and others in the West to maintain resolve in punishing Moscow, despite the effect the war has had on global oil prices.
“I would just say to people in the United States that this is something that America historically does and has to do, and that is to step up for peace and freedom and democracy,” Johnson said. “And if we let Putin get away with it, and just annex, conquer sizable parts of a free, independent, sovereign country, which is what he is poised to do … then the consequences for the world are absolutely catastrophic.”
Putin, whose country was ejected from the then-G8 in 2014 after Russia’s annexation of the Ukrainian territory of Crimea, was the subject of light mockery as leaders sat down to a working lunch Sunday.
Johnson, the last leader to arrive to the round meeting table, asked whether he should keep his suit jacket on.
“Jackets on?” he asked, before joking about how the leaders had to look tough during their talks.
“We have to show that we’re tougher than Putin,” he said.
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau made a suggestion: “Barechested horseback ride,” he said, as the leaders chuckled.

In Beijing’s BRICS summit, Putin is back on the world stage

Chinese President Xi Jinping, Russian President Vladimir Putin, Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro, India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi and South African President Cyril Ramaphosa pose during a BRICS meeting held during a G20 summit in Osaka in June 2019.

Russian rocket stage makes uncontrolled entry into Earth’s atmosphere

This photo shows preparation to test launch heavy-lift carrier rocket Angara-A5 at Russia's Plesetsk launch facility in the northwestern region of Arkhangelsk, December 14, 2020.

James Michael Tyler, Gunther on ‘Friends,’ reveals he has stage 4 prostate cancer and can no longer walk

James Michael Tyler, the actor who played Gunther on Friends, reveals that he has stage 4 prostate cancer.

The 59-year-old appeared on Monday’s Today show to speak about his cancer journey. He was diagnosed in September 2018, he shared, but it was not caught early. It has since spread to his bones and he can no longer walk. He’s undergoing chemotherapy.

“I was diagnosed with advanced prostate cancer, skechers shoes which had spread to my bones,” Tyler told Craig Melvin. “I’ve been dealing with that diagnosis for almost the past three years.” However, “It’s stage 4 [now], late-stage cancer, so eventually, it’s gonna probably get me.”

Tyler’s cancer was detected through a routine prostate-specific antigen (PSA) test — his first at age 56. A normal PSA number is around 1; Tyler’s was 654. (Doctors recommend that Black men or men with a history of prostate cancer get their first at 40. All others, at age 45.)

At first, he was treated with hormone therapy and he felt well. However, things took a turn amid the pandemic when he “missed going in for a test, which was not a good thing,” His cancer mutated and he suffered fractures in his bones, and tumors up and down his spine. It led to paraplegia, or paralysis of the lower body. He’s currently undergoing chemo, which is “aggressively” fighting the disease.

NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 16: Actor James Michael Tyler attends the Central Perk Pop-Up Celebrating The 20th Anniversary Of
James Michael Tyler, of Friends fame, has advanced prostate cancer.

Tyler said he regrets not listening to his wife, who has been his “strength in all of this. I would have gone in earlier. It would have been hopefully caught earlier. Next time you go for a just a basic exam or your yearly checkup, please ask your doctor for a PSA test. Caught early, 99 percent treatable.”

He added, “I don’t want people to have to go through what I’ve been going through. This is not … an easy process.”

Dr. Matthew Rettig, a research scientist and oncologist at UCLA who treats Tyler, said, “With prostate cancer, it’s a little bit different from other cancers in that when it is diagnosed early, it’s almost always cured. When it’s diagnosed late, it’s rarely if ever cured.”

Rettig did genetic testing to determine that Tyler’s illness was genetic, not environmental. hey dude The actor later learned that his sibling had prostate cancer, but hadn’t shared his diagnosis.

Tyler says his goal “this past year was to see my 59th birthday,” he said, fighting back tears. “I did that. My goal now is to help save at least one life.”

Tyler recently appeared in the Friends HBO Max reunion special — but via Zoom. He said he didn’t want to make it about his illness.

“I didn’t want to be like, ‘Oh, and Gunther has cancer,'” he said. “I didn’t wanna bring a downer on it, you know?” He said he was “very happy to be included.”

He noted David Schwimmer and the producers were aware of his illness. On the mega-hit show, he played Central Perk fave Gunther, who carried a torch for Jennifer Aniston’s Rachel.

He’s appeared on episodes of Scrubs and Sabrina, the Teenage Witch. He also Matt LeBlanc’s post-Friends series Episodes.