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  • IN PREP: TRIATHLON World Triathlon Series schedule (107mm, DUE 17:00GMT)
  • IN PREP: SCIENCE Annular eclipse of 2017 (107mm, DUE THUR/FRI)
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Seven-planet extrasolar system discovered

LONDON -- Seven Earth-sized exoplanets have been discovered orbiting an ultracool dwarf star called TRAPPIST-1, which is located 12 parsecs (about 39 light years) from the Sun.

A paper published in Nature suggests at least three of them could harbour oceans of water, increasing the possibility they could host life. This system has the largest number of Earth-sized planets yet found, making it a key object for future study.

India to test second-strike capable missile

NEW DELHI -- India, is set to conduct a test of its new K-4 nuclear-capable, submarine-launched ballistic missile (SLBM). It is expected to have a range of 3,500km (2,174 miles).

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Iraq launches offensive on western Mosul

IRAQ -- U.S.-backed Iraqi forces have launched a ground offensive to retake western Mosul from Islamic State militants, the latest operation in a four-month battle.

New radar probe in King Tut’s tomb

CAIRO -- A fresh probe using next-generation radar technology will start this month, aiming to find out once and for all if another burial site lies in King Tutankhamun's tomb.

Zealandia – eighth continent under New Zealand?

BOULDER -- Geologists claim that a vast landmass almost entirely submerged in the south-west Pacific, is distinct enough to constitute a separate continent -- five million-square-kilometre Zealandia.

U.S. bases vulnerable to Chinese attack

BEIJING -- Satellite images suggest China is practising for attacks against a range of targets at a test site, with U.S. forward bases vulnerable to a pre-emptive missile strike.

Motorsports 2017

Mar 14-17: Cheltenham Festival racing

CHELTENHAM -- One of the most prestigious events in world horse racing takes place in Gloucestershire, England, reaching its climax with the Gold Cup on Friday.

Feb 26: Tokyo opens Marathon season

TOKYO -- 35,000 runners will compete in the opening race of the World Marathon Majors. Helah Kiprop of Kenya won the women’s event last year in a course record 2:21:27.

Mar 26: MotoGP season opens in Qatar

LOSAIL -- Twelve teams, including Repsol Honda and reigning champion Marc Marquez, will contest the MotoGP World Championship over 18 Grands Prix.

Mar 9-12: Mexico Rally climbs test new cars

MEXICO CITY -- The new-generation WRC cars will be tested to the maximum in their first race on gravel, with climbs up to 2,737m, where engines lose 20% of their power in the thin air.

Mar 26: F1 season starts without champion

MELBOURNE -- Following the retirement of Nico Rosberg, the Formula One World Championship will start without its reigning champion for the first time since Alain Prost in 1994.

Feb 23: Super Rugby Championship

WELLINGTON, New Zealand -- The southern hemisphere’s top rugby union club tournament kicks off, with the Hurricanes looking to defend their title. The final takes place on August 5.

2018: PyeongChang Winter Olympics

SOUTH KOREA -- From February 9, 2018, the city of PyeongChang will welcome athletes from nearly 100 nations for the first Winter Olympics to be held on South Korean soil.

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