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Extra! New Earth-Like Planet Found

"The Earth has a cousin!" writes Canadian daily newspaper La Presse on the front-page headline of its Friday edition after NASA announced the discovery of Kepler-425b, one of the most Earth-like exoplanets identified so far. The planet was named after Kepler, the space telescope whose data enabled the discovery.

Described as "Earth's bigger, older cousin" by NASA, Kepler-425b is 60% larger than Earth and located about 1,400 light years away from our planet. What makes this discovery remarkable is that it orbits its star at about the same distance that Earth orbits the sun, and its home star looks to be similar to our sun. According to NASA, Kepler-425b has a "substantial opportunity" to host life, despite being 1.5 billion years older than our planet.

Thursday's news conference fell on the 20-year anniversary of the discovery of the first planet with a sun-like star outside of our solar system.

ABOUT THE SOURCE: La Presse is a major French-language daily Canadian newspapers. It was founded in Montréal in 1884.

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How Ukraine Keeps Getting The West To Flip On Arms Supplies

The open debate on weapon deliveries to Ukraine is highly unusual, but Kyiv has figured out how to use the public moral suasion — and patience — to repeatedly shift the question in its favor. But will it work now for fighter jets?

Photo of a sunset over the USS Nimitz with a man guiding fighter jets ready for takeoff

U.S fighter jets ready for takeoff on the USS Nimitz

Pierre Haski

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PARIS — In what other war have arms deliveries been negotiated so openly in the public sphere?

On Monday, a journalist asked Joe Biden if he plans on supplying F-16 fighter jets to Ukraine. He answered “No”. A few hours later, the same question was asked to Emmanuel Macron, about French fighter jets. Macron did not rule it out.

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Visiting Paris on Tuesday, Ukrainian Defense Minister Oleksïï Reznikov recalled that a year ago, the United States had refused him ground-air Stinger missiles deliveries. Eleven months later, Washington is delivering heavy tanks, in addition to everything else. The 'no' of yesterday is the green light of tomorrow: this is the lesson that the very pragmatic minister seemed to learn.

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