Biden-Johnson meeting, US vaccine vow, Kardashian TV show's end: 5 things to know Thursday

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Biden, Johnson say meeting will be about reaffirming ties. Will tension boil over?

On his first stop before heading to the G-7 summit amid a busy schedule in Europe, President Joe Biden will meet with British Prime Minister Boris Johnson Thursday in Cornwall, western England. Both sides have stressed, publicly, the meeting would be about reaffirming ties between longtime allies. But tensions may simmer beneath the surface as Biden staunchly opposed the Brexit movement – the British exodus from the European Union that Johnson championed – and Biden once called the British leader a "physical and emotional clone" of Trump. One issue they are expected to agree on is the opening of travel between the two nations "as soon as possible" through a new Atlantic Charter. The declaration will be modeled after a 1941 joint statement from President Franklin D. Roosevelt and Prime Minister Winston Churchill, which laid out their post-World War II vision for the world.

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US will share COVID-19 vaccines with the world

In remarks at the G-7 summit in Britain on Thursday, Biden will announce that the U.S. will purchase and donate 500 million doses of Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccineto 92 low and lower middle-income countries and the African Union. The shots will be distributed through the global vaccine alliance known as COVAX, with 200 million to be shared this year and the remaining 300 million to be donated through the first half of 2022. "We have to end COVID-19 not just at home — which we’re doing — but everywhere," Biden told the U.S. military at Royal Air Force Mildenhall in England on Wednesday.

El Chapo's wife expected to plead guilty to US charges

Emma Coronel Aispuro, the wife of Mexican drug kingpin Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman, is expected to plead guilty Thursday after she was charged in the U.S. with helping her husband run his multibillion-dollar criminal empire. Coronel is due in court in Washington for a plea agreement hearing, according to court records. Coronel, 31, was arrested at a suburban Washington, D.C. airport on Feb. 22 for her alleged role in the distribution of heroin, cocaine, methamphetamines and marijuana. Prosecutors have alleged Coronel, a dual U.S.-Mexican citizen, "worked closely with the command-and-control structure" of the Sinaloa cartel. During Guzman's trial in 2019, prosecutors said she helped orchestrate Guzman's two prison breaks in Mexico.

Kardashian clan's original reality TV show comes to an end

"Keeping Up With the Kardashians," a reality TV mainstay that led to international superstardom, a family empire worth billions of dollars and 11 spin-offs, will end its 15-year and 20-season run on the E! network with its series finale Thursday night (8 p.m. ET). The series hit the ground running in its 2006 premiere when Kim Kardashian's sex tape with Brandy's brother, Ray J, was referenced. The show has followed the family's ups and downs since, including in last week's penultimate episode when Kim was seen breaking down over her crumbling marriage to Kanye West. In between, viewers have seen Kris and Caitlyn Jenner live as a married couple until their divorce and the six children in the Kardashian-Jenner clan – Kourtney, Kim, Khloe, Rob, Kendall and Kylie – grow up and live their own lives with their own issues. Fans needn't worry, however. The E! series may be ending, but the family will develop new shows for Hulu in the near future.

Another treat for skywatchers: A solar eclipse 

Just two weeks after a lunar eclipse, skywatchers are in for a treat. A "ring of fire" annular solar eclipse will be visible in parts of North America Thursday. The path of the eclipse starts at sunrise in Ontario, Canada (on the north side of Lake Superior), then circles across the northern reaches of the globe. The full eclipse will last for roughly an hour and 40 minutes. While the U.S. will miss out on the "ring of fire" part of the eclipse, folks who live along the East Coast and in the Upper Midwest will get a chance to see a partial solar eclipse just after sunrise. This annular eclipse is when the moon covers the sun's center, leaving the sun's visible outer edge to form a “ring of fire” or "annulus" around the moon. 

Contributing: The Associated Press