U.S. warship drill meant to defy China’s claim over artificial island: officials (By Reuters)

1. Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Dewey transits the South China Sea May 6, 2017.

2. U. S. Navy/Handout via Reuters/File Photo.

3. Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Dewey transits the South China Sea May 6, 2017.

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Indian Army Names Mess Lounge In Delhi After Its Longest-Serving Mule (By Huffington Post India)

1. The lounge at the Central Army Services Corps (ASC) officers’ mess on Polo Road in Delhi has been named the ‘Pedongi Lounge’ to honour a mule who carried loads for nearly 30 years.

2. The Hindustan Times reports that Pedongi, named after the town of Pedong in Sikkim, joined the army in 1962 and died in 1998.

3. To honour the contribution of animals to the corps, the Indian army has named a new officer’s mess lounge in Delhi cantonment after its longest-serving mule, Pedongi.

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Bipin Rawat: Indian Army is unmistakably changing, and General Bipin Rawat is at the heart of this great churn (By Economic Times)

1. It’s not just a job change but a class transformation in a highly conservative saheb-jawaan hierarchy, which has its roots in the colonial origins of the Indian Army By publicly acknowledging Gogoi’s actions as correct and giving him a Chief of Army Staff (COAS) Commendation Card, Rawat cut through the army’s iron-cast hierarchy to send a strong message of solidarity down to the last rifleman.

2. As a result, the army chief has also set the stage for a fresh debate on bringing amendments to the Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act (Afspa) to nullify the Supreme Court order in the matter, which includes a leeway to register FIRs on military encounters.

3. In fact, Lt Ummer Fayaz, the slain Kashmiri officer, was in that privileged ex-NDA lot, who usually, due to their early grooming and younger age of commission, have the best chance of making it to the higher rungs of the army hierarchy.

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DOSarrest Internet Security (By Arabiya)

1. DOSarrest Internet Security is a cloud based fully managed DDoS protection service.

2. If you believe you are getting blocked in error please contact the administrator of to resolve this issue.

3. This request has been blocked by DOSarrest due to the above violation.

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Jacob Zuma survives impeachment talk again in South Africa after more scandals — Quartz (By Quartz)

1. Proving that political power lies in the hands of whoever controls the ANC (for now, that seems to be Zuma), the party has warned any voting away from the party line would be seen as, “acting on behalf of or in collaboration with counter-revolutionary forces” and against the objectives of the ANC.

2. At the same time, the ruling party held its National Executive Council meeting where senior members of the party tabled a motion of no-confidence against Zuma, the second one within the party since November (there have been several within parliament).

3. Opposition parties have increasingly turned to the courts (with the opposition again laying charges against Zuma on May 29) to get the ANC to account, but the number of court cases is racking up with little consequence.

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More rain frustrations for South Africa ‘A’ (By Sport24)

1. South Africa ‘A’ squad for four-day series against England Lions: Heino Kuhn (Titans), Aiden Markram- captain (Titans), Theunis de Bruyn (Knights), Temba Bavuma (Highveld Lions), Khaya Zondo (Dolphins), Jason Smith (Cape Cobras), Heinrich Klaasen – wk (Titans), Wiaan Mulder (Highveld Lions), Rudi Second (Knights), Dane Piedt (Cape Cobras), Lungisani Ngidi (Titans), Dane Paterson (Cape Cobras), Duanne Olivier (Knights), Junior Dala (Titans), Beuran Hendricks (Cape Cobras).

2. South Africa ‘A’ squad for 50-over series against England Lions: Reeza Hendricks (Highveld Lions), Jon Jon Smuts (Warriors), Aiden Markram (Titans), Temba Bavuma (Highveld Lions), Theunis de Bruyn (Knights), Khaya Zondo – captain (Dolphins), Hein Kuhn (Titans), Jason Smith (Cape Cobras), Mangaliso Mosehle -wk (Highveld Lions), Sisanda Magala (Warriors), Tabraiz Shamsi (Titans), Lungisani Ngidi (Titans), Duanne Olivier (Knights), Junior Dala (Titans), Dane Paterson (Cape Cobras).

3. Cape Town – South Africa ‘A’ suffered more rain frustration in match two of their tour to the United Kingdom after their clash against Derbyshire at the County Ground was washed out on Monday.

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South Africa’s ‘Lion Whisperer’ gets up close with big cats (By ABC News)

1. “Today’s lion cub becomes tomorrow’s trophy and the unsuspecting tourists have blood on their hands,” said Richardson, who once worked at a tourist park that offered lion cub-petting.

2. One South African operation, the Lion and Safari Park, said it stopped lion cub petting but had to resume it because of a “dramatic and unexpected” drop in visitors and tour operators who sought out cub petting elsewhere.

3. But Hunter emphasized the broader conservation needs of the lion, including efforts to protect habitats and address poaching, in which antelopes and other potential prey for lions end up in the bushmeat trade, and lions get trapped in snares laid down indiscriminately.

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United Arab Emirates stocks higher at close of trade; DFM General up 0.67% By Investing.com (By Investing.com)

1. United Arab Emirates stocks higher at close of trade; DFM General up 0.

2. com – United Arab Emirates stocks were higher after the close on Tuesday, as gains in the , and sectors led shares higher.

3. Rising stocks outnumbered declining ones on the Dubai Stock Exchange by 24 to 5 and 7 ended unchanged; on the Abu Dhabi, 13 rose and 3 declined, while 8 ended unchanged.

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United Arab Emirates stocks mixed at close of trade; DFM General up 0.74% By Investing.com (By Investing.com)

1. com – United Arab Emirates stocks were mixed after the close on Monday, as gains in the , and sectors led shares higher while losses in the , and sectors led shares lower.

2. United Arab Emirates stocks mixed at close of trade; DFM General up 0.

3. The worst performers of the session were AJMAN BANK PJSC (DU: ), which fell 2.

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Nigeria: Buhari marks two years in office (By Deutsche Welle)

1. Beyond the issue of restoring peace in north eastern Nigeria, the current government also boasts of fighting corruption in the country, with several corruption cases being heard in various courts within the country.

2. In 2015, when Nigerians went to the polls, hopes were high in the country that Buhari would improve on the security situation especially in the northeast of the country, end rampant corruption and revamp the economy.

3. Buhari had inherited a broken system from his predecessor Goodluck Jonathan, whose party the People’s Democratic Party, (PDP), had run the country for the last sixteen years but virtually failed to embrace good governance principles.

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