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AUCHTERARDER, Scotland (CNN) -- Leaders of the Group of Eight (G8) nations are continuing their summit in defiance of the deadly explosions that rocked London.

British Prime Minister Tony Blair, who is hosting the summit in Scotland, returned to London to address the public, blaming Islamic extremists for the bombings. He returned to the summit Thursday evening.

Earlier in the day, flanked by the other world leaders, Blair said the attacks in the British capital were carried out by terrorists and designed to coincide with the opening of the G8 meeting.

"It's particularly barbaric that this has happened" on a day that people are meeting to deal with world problems at the G8 in Scotland," Blair said.

Before the attacks struck, the British and U.S. leaders met over breakfast and voiced their differences over how to tackle global warming.

They later reached an agreement on Thursday on the need for urgent action to combat global warming, but set no measurable targets, Germany's top negotiator said. (Full story)

Global warming was one of the key issues at the annual summit, with the United States the only G8 nation to have refused to ratify the Kyoto treaty.

Blair had hoped to set specific targets for reducing carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases experts say trigger global warming.

But after meeting with Bush, Blair said: "There is no point in going back to the Kyoto debate."

Even before the meeting Blair conceded he was unlikely to come away from the summit with any concessions by Bush on the global warming treaty.

The British leader had also made aid to Africa one of the central issues of the summit, and pushed for more international help to combat poverty. (Full story)

While there was some agreement concerning debt relief for some of the world's poorest nations, Blair was facing opposition on further aid. (Full story)

Rock stars have got behind the push to help Africa and staged a final Live 8 concert in Edinburgh on Wednesday in a bid to press leaders of the world's top industrialized nations. (Full story)

Leaders from the United Kingdom, United States, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Canada and Russia were joined by European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso and several heads of state affected by any agreements coming out of the three-day summit.

As leaders arrived, hundreds of protesters stormed a field surrounding the Gleneagles Hotel on Wednesday.

Riot police on horseback herded the demonstrators away from a security fence surrounding Gleneagles, back to the intended route. The protests are taking place near the sleepy Scottish village of Auchterarder more than a mile from Gleneagles.

Other riot police used dogs to keep the crowd away from the security fence. Several Chinook helicopters landed in the fields surrounding Gleneagles, bringing in more police officers.

About 10,000 police were mobilized to keep the protests under control but many returned to London in the wake of the terror attacks.

The demonstrators were protesting a wide range of issues including global warming, global poverty, nuclear weapons, the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

On Wednesday night, Britain's Queen Elizabeth II greeted the visiting leaders at a formal dinner at the Gleneagles Hotel.

Earlier, violence erupted in other Scottish villages along the road to Auchterarder, as some protesters smashed police cars with batons and threw rocks, injuring several police. (Full story)

Scottish authorities temporarily suspended the Auchterarder protest for about an hour in the wake of the violence, as they negotiated with the group organizing protests, the G8 Alternatives.

Bush arrived in Europe Tuesday ahead of the G8 summit to pay a courtesy call on Denmark, a country whose government has been a major supporter of the U.S.-led coalition in Iraq.

The U.S. leader arrived at Gleneagles Wednesday, which is also Bush's 59th birthday, with his wife Laura and daughter Jenna.

"Our primary focus in Africa is going to be to focus efforts on solving people's problems," Bush said during a news conference with Danish Prime Minister Anders Fogh Rasmussen. (Full story)

"They have a problem with HIV and AIDS, and we're leading the world when it comes to contributions."

On global warming, the president admitted that humans are contributing to the problem, but said he does not think the Kyoto accord is the answer.

"I think there's a better way forward. I would call it the post-Kyoto era," Bush said.

"Where we can work together to share technologies to control greenhouse gasses as best as possible."

Blair, a Bush ally in the Iraq war, was the first to arrive, coming from Singapore where he had engaged in a round of last-minute lobbying on London's successful bid to serve as host for the summer Olympics in 2012. (Full story)

The G8 is an informal group that meets annually to discuss major world issues.

CNN Correspondent Matthew Chance and White House Correspondent Suzanne Malveaux contributed to this report.

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