Hezbollah and Al Qaeda exchange dead bodies of 14 fighters after ceasefire (By Telegraph.co.uk)

1. Hezbollah, a Shiite group that is an ally of both the Lebanese and Syrian governments, and Jabhat Fatel al Sham, a Syrian jihadi group linked to al Qaeda, swapped the dead in a deal facilitated by the Lebanese government.

2. Two militant groups were due to exchange bodies on Sunday after fierce fighting in a region of Lebanon that borders Syria.

3. The two groups had been fighting in the mountainous region of Arsal after Hezbollah launched an offensive aimed at driving back Jabhat Fateh al Sham over the border to Syria.

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The Complicated Death Of The Marine Behind The U.S. Navy’s Newest Destroyer (By Jalopnik)

1. His father, who had become an American citizen, was killed in a tragic accident in September 2001 when Rafael was deployed overseas.

2. Rafael Peralta, killed in Iraq during the second battle of Fallujah during Operation Iraqi Freedom in November 2004.

3. The reason for this we will never truly know.

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US Navy’s New $13 Billion Supercarrier Completes First Flight Operations (By The Diplomat)

1. The nuclear-powered Gerald R. Ford-class aircraft carrier USS Gerald R. Ford (CVN-78), the lead ship of the United States’ latest class of carriers, has successfully put its new flight deck technology to the test less than a week after U. S. President J. Donald Trump commissioned the U. S. Navy’s most expensive warship ever.

2. According to the commander of U. S. Naval Air Forces Atlantic, the USS Gerald R. Ford launched and recovered its first fixed-wing aircraft, a F/A-18F Super Hornet, off the coast of Virginia on July 28 using the ship’s electromagnetic launch system (EMALS) to launch the aircraft from catapult and the advanced arresting gear (AAG) system to land the fighter jet on the Ford’s flight deck.

3. You going to goddamned steam, the digital costs hundreds of millions of dollars more money and it’s no good,” Trump told Time Magazine in an interview on May 11.

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England v South Africa: Moeen hat-trick seals 239-run win in third Test – as it happened (By The Guardian)

1. A hat-trick from Moeen Ali, the first at the Oval in 100 Tests and the first by an England men’s team spinner since 1938, finished off South Africa and gave England an unassailable 2-1 series lead

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South Africa’s stock market defies recession, scales record highs (By Reuters)

1. JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) – South Africa’s main stock index scaled a record high on Monday, underscoring the market’s disconnect from an economy mired in recession, hobbled by damaging ratings downgrades, and still largely defined by apartheid’s income inequalities.

2. Almost half of the market is foreign owned, according to JSE data, and black people who account for 80 percent of the population only hold 23 percent of the top 100 companies, much of it through the Public Investment Corporation (PIC) which manages the pensions of civil servants.

3. The starkness of the divide is highlighted by the financial district of Sandton where the JSE is located: a bustle of construction activity where ornate office towers are being erected on every block and huge cranes reach skyward, a fitting metaphor for a market at historic highs.

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Buhari has been gone for months. The last Nigerian president absent this long died in office. (By Washington Post)

1. In an article I wrote with University of Malawi political scientist Boniface Dulani, we examined what happens when African presidents die in office.

2. Suffering from kidney and heart problems, former Nigerian president Umaru Yar’Adua sought emergency treatment in Saudi Arabia in November 2009.

3. In nine of those 11 cases, the succession followed constitutional procedures, typically the transfer of power from the leader to his deputy.

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Opinion: Don’t let reconstruction in Nigeria become a cliché (By Devex)

1. There is a range of institutions who are well placed to bolster the impact of development efforts in the region including the Presidential Committee on the North East Initiative, the National Emergency Management Agency from the center and the Project Coordinating Units and State Emergency Management Agencies in the States, and their impact will be stronger when lessons are properly distilled and shared.

2. Opinion: Nigeria’s humanitarian crisis offers an unlikely opportunity to fix the broken health system Humanitarian aid flows to Nigeria offer a chance to rethink the country’s health system, says Health Minister Isaac Adewole.

3. Reconstruction in northeast Nigeria is among the toughest challenges the international development community has faced in the 21st century.

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Mass Nigerian arrests for gay sex in Lagos State (By BBC News)

1. Since Nigeria passed a law criminalising same sex marriage and gay organisations in 2013, law enforcement agents have cracked down on people suspected of homosexuality.

2. The country has had a ban on gay relationships since 1901, and in 2013 also outlawed same-sex marriages, gay groups and shows of same-sex public affection.

3. Homosexual acts are punishable by up to 14 years in jail in Nigeria, while gay marriage and displays of same-sex affection are also banned.

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Singapore, Malaysia ministers agree to start MRT service to Johor Baru by 2024, Singapore News & Top Stories (By The Straits Times)

1. The Rapid Transit System (RTS) Link can carry up to 10,000 passengers an hour in each direction between Johor’s Bukit Chagar terminus station and the Singapore terminus in Woodlands North, where it will join the upcoming Thomson-East Coast Line (TEL).

2. The meeting was co-chaired by Coordinating Minister for Infrastructure and Transport Minister Khaw Boon Wan and Malaysia’s Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Abdul Rahman Dahlan.

3. US conglomerate GE has been appointed to supply the signalling system and platform screen doors for the TEL, while Singapore Technologies Electronics will provide the communication systems for the line, including video surveillance and travel information systems.

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