Geopolitical News, 31 May 2018

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US military renames Pacific Command

It will now be called the US Indo-Pacific Command to mark the growing importance of the Indian Ocean.
Australian minister Greg Hunt accused of misogyny

Greg Hunt has not responded to that assertion, but apologises for swearing at a town mayor.
Chile transgender: ‘Growing up here is torture’

Why members of Chile’s transgender community are lobbying for a change in the law.
Why Ghanaians are so slow to bury their dead

Bodies are not buried for months, sometimes years, in Ghana as families bicker over funeral arrangements.
Liège shooting: Belgium gunman caught on camera

Footage of the man who shot dead two police officers and a civilian in Liège shows him with two guns.
Arkady Babchenko: Ukraine condemned for faking journalist’s murder

Ukraine says it acted to foil a Russian plot to assassinate journalist Arkady Babchenko.
The story of Pakistan’s ‘disappeared’ Shias

Activists say they are detained without due process over suspected links to a secretive militia in Syria.
How Sweden is preparing for its election to be hacked

Will a “Facebook hotline” and propaganda lessons keep polls free and fair?
Roxana Hernandez: Transgender migrant detainee ‘murdered’ by US

Roxana Hernandez, 33, was being held by immigration authorities in New Mexico when she fell ill.
The mystery of Russia’s missing IS brides

More than 2,000 Russian women who lived under the Islamic State group have disappeared.
Profile: Billionaire philanthropist George Soros

The hedge fund investor turned liberal philanthropist is politically divisive around the world.
Arkady Babchenko: Russian journalist ‘back from the dead’

Ukraine staged Arkady Babchenko’s murder in Kiev on Tuesday to “foil a Russian assassination plot”.
Do these photos change your view of pigeons?

This photographer has been on a 10-year mission to teach people that pigeons are beautiful.
Algeria seizes 700kg of cocaine on container ship

More than 20 people are arrested over the haul, which was hidden in boxes marked “halal meat”.
Key North Korea official meets Pompeo in New York

Talks on preparing a summit with the US are under way in New York, Singapore and on the Korean border.
Melania Trump tweets 20 days after last public appearance

“Rest assured, I’m here at the @WhiteHouse w my family,” a tweet posted on her account says.
White House comes out fighting on Roseanne racism row

President Trump weighed in after ABC cancelled Roseanne’s show over the tweet about an ex-Obama aide.
Neighbours to show Australian TV’s first gay wedding

The long-running soap will air Aaron Brennan and David Tanaka’s nuptials in September.
Kim Kardashian asks Trump to pardon jailed grandmother

The star meets the president on behalf of a 63-year-old inmate jailed for a first-time drug offence.
Iceland’s pagan Zuist religion hopes to build temple

Faith movement based on ancient Sumerian gods attracts thousands of registered followers.
Ballet and football collide on the Russian stage

Choreographer puts on football ballet to celebrate Russia’s World Cup
Save the Children report says 1.2bn children at risk

Save the Children says more than 1.2bn children face threats from poverty, conflict and discrimination.
Trump helps patients get unapproved drugs

Patients with killer diseases will be able to try experimental drugs which have yet to be approved.
Leo Varadkar: Adoption registrations ‘a dark chapter’

Irish PM says there could be “hundreds of thousands” more illegal adoption registrations to be found.
Biafra shutdown cripples Nigerian cities

Shops are closed and cars are off the roads as secessionists mark the attempt to create Biafra state.
Eight times celebrities messed up on social media

Following the cancellation of Roseanne’s show, which other celebrities have messed up on social media?
Airline ‘asks mother to prove’ relation to mixed-race son

A woman says she was asked to give proof she was the mother, despite presenting her child’s passport.
US preacher asks followers to fund jet

Jesse Duplantis, 68, said God told him to “believe” for his fourth plane, which is set to cost $54m.
Colombia Hidroituango dam: ‘The river took my house’

Tens of thousands of people are evacuated due to the risk of flooding at a hydroelectric dam project.
Indonesian designer Anniesa Hasibuan jailed for fraud

Anniesa Hasibuan, whose show made history at New York Fashion Week, was found guilty of running a scam.
India police officer threatened for saving Muslim man from mob

Gagandeep Singh shot to fame after a video of him saving a Muslim man from a mob was shared online.
School shooting game Active Shooter pulled by Steam

Active Shooter is removed from the Steam Store a week before its release after a public outcry.
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Until next time,
Russ Roberts (Hawaii Intelligence Digest) (Hawaii Intelligence Daily)