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Ukraine deal 'a welcome step', says Alexander

Labour’s shadow foreign secretary, Douglas Alexander, has said the deal agreed over Ukraine at the Geneva talks would be "a welcome step forward" if implemented.

Labour's shadow foreign secretary, Douglas Alexander, has welcomed a deal reached on the Ukraine crisis
Labour's shadow foreign secretary, Douglas Alexander, has welcomed a deal reached on the Ukraine crisis Credit: Yui Mok/PA Archive/Press Association Images

"Both Russia and Ukraine have a responsibility to deliver on their commitments to help resolve the ongoing tensions and ensure that stability is restored," Mr Alexander said.

"The days ahead will be a crucial test of Russia's stated resolve to help stabilise the situation, but this initial step is potentially a sign of progress."

Read: John Kerry says all sides in Ukraine must refrain from violence

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Kepler-186f planet 'could support life'

An Earth-like planet confirmed by Nasa in the habitable zone around the Kelper-186 star has 'potential' to host liquid water - one of the pre-requisites for life as we know it to exist.

Watch: Discovery demonstrates Earth-like planets 'are out there'

An artist's impression of the Kepler-186f planet. Credit: Nasa

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Scientists discover 'Earth-like' planet

The new planet, dubbed Kepler-186f, was discovered using NASA's Kepler telescope. Credit: NASA

Scientists scouring the sky have discovered an 'Earth-like' planet in the habitable zone.

The new planet, dubbed Kepler-186f, was discovered using NASA's Kepler telescope, which was launched in March 2009 to search for Earth-sized planets in our corner of the Milky Way Galaxy.

A habitable zone planet orbits its star at a distance where any water on the planet's surface is likely to stay liquid. Since liquid water is critical to life on Earth, many astronomers believe the search for extraterrestrial life should focus on planets where liquid water occurs.

"Some people call these habitable planets, which of course we have no idea if they are," astronomer Stephen Kane said. "We simply know that they are in the habitable zone, and that is the best place to start looking for habitable planets."

Ukraine talks: Beginnings of deal surprised many

by - Diplomatic Correspondent
Pro-Russian men guard the city council building in the regional capital Donetsk. Credit: Reuters

It is one of those very rare days where the diplomats have defied the dismal expectations - including incidently their own- to deliver some significant progess

Remember just 24 hours ago the idea that these four people in the same room for seven hours would it'self have been deemed a success, so they have come much further and faster than anybody expected.

It is crucial to remember that it is an outline of a deal that is by no means a finished article. The headline will be of course the calls for the armed groups to disband and go home.

But there is trouble already tonight in Donetsk as the pro-Russians are saying we're not going anywhere until the Kiev camps have been dismantled.

Then the questions of how much power is being handed over to the east and what kind of say Moscow has in Ukraine's future need to be answered.

We have the beginnings of a deal, but plenty of scope for it to unravel.

More: Agreement reached by world powers to calm Ukraine tensions

Abu Hamza 'was part of global terror campaign'

The prosecutor in the US trial against Islamic preacher Abu Hamza told jurors that he was part of a global campaign to spread terror.

Opening arguments have been made at Abu Hamza's trial in New York
Opening arguments have been made at Abu Hamza's trial in New York Credit: Johnny Green/PA Archive/Press Association Images

Federal prosecutor Edward Kim described Mr Hamza as a man with a mission to establish an al-Qaida training camp in the US, and said the defendant financed and sent two men to Bly in Oregon to set up the compound to train others.

Abu Hamza had been jailed since 2004 in Britain on separate charges. He was extradited to the US in 2012 only after the US agreed he would face a civilian trial not a military one, and that the death penalty was off the table.

Read: Abu Hamza trial begins in US

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