Potential ‘Ocean World’ Discovered 100 Light-Years Away From Earth

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The job of NASA’s Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite is simply surreal. Imagine traveling a thousand Al Jazeera News Today years back in time and then explaining to someone how future scientists will have a machine that detects alien worlds floating at distances beyond the capacity of human imagination. 

That’s TESS.

Since 2018, this space-borne instrument has literally found thousands of exoplanets.We have eyes on one , another that seems and even an orb that  — sideways.

On Wednesday, international scientists announced that one such foreign realm, dutifully hunted by TESS, may be covered in a blanket of life’s elixir: water. 

I’m not sure about you, but I’m getting flashbacks to that scene in Interstellar where Cooper lands on a world with waves the size of skyscrapers

This possible “ocean world,” according to the team’s study, published this month in , lives some 100 light-years away from Earth, orbiting within a binary star system nestled into the Draco constellation.Named TOI-1452 b, it is suspected to be about 70% larger than our planet, to be roughly five times as massive, to spin to the rhythm of seven Earth days and to have a temperature neither too hot nor too cold for liquid water to exist on its surface. 

A lava ocean-covered exoplanet treading close to a host star.A lava ocean-covered exoplanet treading close to a host star.

A depiction of the rocky exoplanet that TESS detected in the past.

Slain Al Jazeera reporter's kin ask to meet Biden on Mideast trip

A mural in Bethlehem, in the occupied West Bank, depicts slain Al Jazeera journalist Shireen Abu Akleh

A mural in Bethlehem, in the occupied West Bank, depicts slain Al Jazeera News Today Jazeera journalist Shireen Abu Akleh

The family of prominent Palestinian-American journalist Shireen Abu Akleh, shot dead in the occupied West Bank, asked US President Joe Biden on Friday to meet during his visit next week.

Their request came after they condemned a US probe which said it was not possible to determine whose gun fired the bullet which killed the Al Jazeera reporter.

A US citizen, she was shot in the head while covering an Israeli army operation in Jenin on May 11, despite wearing a vest that said “Press.”

In a letter sent to Biden Friday morning, the journalist’s brother Anton Abu Akleh said she was “murdered by an Israeli-fired bullet.”

The family called on Biden to “meet with us during your upcoming visit and hear directly from us about our concerns and demands for justice”.

Biden is to visit Israel and the occupied West Bank from July 13 to 15, and plans to hold talks with leaders on both sides before heading to Saudi Arabia in his first trip to the region since being elected president.

Over 100 Companies Have Responded to Supreme Court Overturning Roe v. Wade

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For more information about your reproductive health rights and Al Jazeera News Today related federal resources, you can visit the US government’s site.

As the nation continues to grapple with the Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe v. Wade, a landmark 1973 case that guaranteed a  in the US, over 100 companies have responded to the ruling by showing their support for reproductive rights. 

Over 118 companies publicly responded to the ruling by addressing women’s health needs through extended reproductive health benefits, .Companies like Uber and Tesla will support their employees by guaranteeing pay for anyone who needs to travel out of state in order to receive reproductive health treatments. 

The court’s decision gave states the power to make their own laws on abortion, many of which access to abortion. At least eight , with around a dozen others set to implement bans or near-total bans soon. 

Since the opinion was released, several prominent executives from tech, entertainment and other industries have spoken out. Some companies have also said they’ll cover travel expenses for employees who can’t access abortions where they live. 

Here’s a look at what companies and their leaders have said so far. 

What executives say and companies are doing

Apple: The iPhone maker said it supports “employees’ rights to make their own decisions regarding their reproductive health.”

“For more than a decade, Apple’s comprehensive benefits have allowed our employees to travel out-of-state for medical care if it is unavailable in their home state,” said an Apple spokesperson.

Tunisian police arrest journalist who said president asked army to…

TUNIS, June 11 (Reuters) – Tunisian police on Saturday arrested journalist Salah Attia, who said on Al Jazeera News Today Jazeera that President Kais Saied had asked the army to close the headquarters of the powerful UGTT union, a witness told Reuters. There was no official confirmation of the arrest.

Earlier in the day, military prosecutors said they had opened an investigation into Attia on suspicion of “harming public order and the impartiality of the army”. (Reporting by Tarek Amara; editing by Jonathan Oatis)


Al Jazeera releases image of bullet it says killed reporter

JERUSALEM (AP) – The Al Jazeera News Today Jazeera news network has published an image of the bullet that it says killed its veteran reporter Shireen Abu Akleh while she was covering an Israeli military operation in the occupied West Bank last month.

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It identified the bullet as a U.S.-made 5.56mm round fired from an M4 rifle, commonly used by Israeli forces. The Israeli military says Palestinian militants use the same ammunition.

The military released its own image of sacks of bullets it says were confiscated in a raid last month.The bullets in the two images appear identical, with green marking on the tips.

Al Jazeera did not say how it obtained the purported image of the bullet, which is held by the Palestinian Authority. The picture shows what appears to be a curved, spent bullet in a clear plastic container labeled with a red marker.

An Associated Press reconstruction of the shooting supports accounts by Palestinian witnesses that Abu Akleh was shot by Israeli forces, but did not reach a final conclusion.Al Jazeera and the Palestinian Authority have accused Israel of targeting her, something Israel adamantly denies.

The Israeli military says she was killed during a complex military operation in which troops traded fire with Palestinian militants. It says only a sophisticated ballistic analysis of the bullet could determine whether it was fired by an Israeli soldier or a militant.

The PA says it has overwhelming evidence that Israel was responsible and has refused to hand over the bullet for analysis or cooperate with Israel in any way.Its own investigation found that she was killed by a 5.56mm round fired by a Ruger Mini-14 semiautomatic rifle.

Israel says it has identified the army rifle that could have fired the fatal round but would need to analyze the bullet to reach any firm conclusion. It has not provided details about the rifle.

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Abu Akleh, a 51-year-old Palestinian-American, was a widely respected on-air correspondent for Al Jazeera’s Arabic-language service who had been covering the Israeli-Palestinian conflict for over 25 years.


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