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EU trade commissioner Phil Hogan resigns after flouting Covid rules | Coronavirus outbreak

The embattled European trade commissioner, Phil Hogan, is resigning his post after an outcry over his breaches of coronavirus rules during a golfing break in Ireland. A spokesperson told reporters in Brussels on Wednesday evening that Hogan would step down, ending his attempts to ride out the controversy and keep his post as a key …

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George RR Martin predicts penultimate Game of Thrones book will be finished ‘next year’ | George RR Martin

As lockdown eases around the world, George RR Martin has revealed he is currently isolating in “an actual cabin in the mountains” and hopes to finish his long-awaited fantasy novel The Winds of Winter “next year”. Martin said he was spending “long hours every day” working on the book, which will be the sixth in …

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Up to 30 Plymouth teenagers may have Covid-19 after Greek holiday | UK news

As many as 30 teenagers may have contracted coronavirus after a holiday to the Greek island of Zante, health officials have said. At least 11 of a group of 18- and 19-year-olds in Plymouth have tested positive for Covid-19 and some subsequently went for a night out in the Devon city. The council’s public health …

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‘Enormous opportunity’: how Australia could become the Saudi Arabia of renewable energy | Western Australia

Brandon Bickford is only in town for the weekend. The 26-year-old has come back home to Kalbarri, the tiny Western Australian town where he grew up, with his fiancée to visit family. He’ll be making the 574km drive back south to Perth on Monday morning. The young man with an athletic build says growing up …

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Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell author to return after 16-year gap | Books

Sixteen years after readers were introduced to the magical world of Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell, Susanna Clarke is to publish her second novel. Out in September next year, Clarke’s Piranesi will follow the story of its eponymous hero, who lives in the House, a building with “hundreds if not thousands of rooms and corridors, …

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