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Here's What Happened Today: Thursday

The Climate Action Plan unveiled, a Dublin murder investigation launched, a ‘sleaze’ row in Westminster – and a massive potato named Doug.

NEED TO CATCH up? The Journal brings you a round-up of today’s news.


NO FEE CLIMATE ACTION PLAN JB2 The Taoiseach, the Tánaiste and Minister Eamon Ryan at the launch of the Climate Action Plan. Source: Julien Behal Photography


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#COP26: 19 countries have signed a pledge to end new funding for the unabated fossil fuel energy sector by the end of next year.

#AUSTRALIA: Police charged a 36-year-old man with the abduction of four-year-old Cleo Smith, hours after they released an audio recording of the moment she was rescued.

#SLEAZE: Former Northern Ireland Secretary Owen Paterson resigned as an MP after Boris Johnson u-turned to allow a fresh vote on his suspension for an alleged breach of lobbying rules.

#COVID TREATMENT: The first anti-viral pill for Covid-19 that can be taken at home has been approved for use in the UK.


This potato is being assessed to see if it’s the biggest in the world.

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A New Zealand couple, who discovered the giant root vegetable while weeding their garden, are anxiously waiting to hear if this turkey-like spud is a record-breaker.

Weighing in at a remarkable 7.9kg, it’s equal to a couple of sacks of potatoes, or a small dog. The couple have named the potato ‘Doug’ and have built a small cart to tow it around.

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“We put a hat on him. We put him on Facebook, taking him for a walk, giving him some sunshine,” its finder Colin Craig-Brown said. “It’s all a bit of fun. It’s amazing what entertains people.”

When you read the rest of what’s in the news today, you can see why this might be exactly what people need.

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