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What in the World? Weekly Quiz – June 29-July 5, 2020

The New York Times reported a blockbuster story this weekend, “United States intelligence officers and Special Operations forces in Afghanistan alerted their superiors as early as January to a suspected Russian plot to pay bounties to [THIS GROUP] to kill American troops in Afghanistan.”

ISIS
Haqani Network
Taliban
Al Qaeda

Iran has requested help from Interpol with its arrest warrant for President Trump and 35 others involved in the killing of THIS Iranian leader in January.

Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis
Qassem Soleimani
Mohammed Ali Jafari
Yahya Rahim Safavi

Four gunmen from a Baloch separatist group launched a gun attack on the stock exchange in THIS South Asian port city that left at least seven dead.

Karachi, Pakistan
Bombay, India
Colombo, Sri Lanka
Dacca, Bangladesh

David Howell Evans and Adam Clayton from THIS Irish rock band contributed $112 million to the “Impact Ireland” fund aimed at Irish companies producing “technology for good.”

U2
Rolling Stones
Mumford and Sons
Green Day

Reports this month indicate global carbon dioxide levels are the highest in human history and the Washington Post categorized the impact as, “The specter of man-made climate change looms all the more ominously over a planet in the grips of a viral pandemic.” All of these EXCEPT this phenomenon are attributed to the resulting global climate change.

A dust storm from the Sahara Desert that blanketed the Caribbean and Southeast United States.
Locust swarms ranging from the Horn of Africa to the Indian Subcontinent.
Temperatures in Antarctica over 100F.
Raging wildfires in the peat fields of Siberia

India’s clash with THIS neighbor, which resulted in 20 of its troops dead, has posed the difficult question of how to respond. India had already, as a result of the pandemic, been looking at a policy of "self-reliance" -- aatmanirbharta in Hindi.

Pakistan
Bangladesh
Afghanistan
China

An investigation by the AP in Xinjiang Provide in China, discovered a “demographic genocide” that involved “draconian measures to slash birth rates” among THIS Muslim group and other minorities.

 

Uighurs
Rohingya
Baloch
Han

Saudi officials said that “thousands” at most will attend this important religious event that usually hosts 2.5 million in Mecca and related sites.

Zakat
Sawm
Salat
Hajj

Andrzej Duda, President of THIS nation, took the top spot in elections on Sunday but did not win a majority, forcing a run off with popular opposition candidate Rafal Trzaskowski. The Law and Justice party of Duda needs his reelection to press their conservative agenda, such as judicial reform that has brought them in conflict with the European Union.

Czechia
Hungary
Slovakia
Poland

China has retaliated to visa restrictions on its officials through reciprocal actions after Washington launched sanctions. The Trump Administration sought to punish China for its new national security law governing THIS semi-autonomous region.

Tibet
Macau
Taiwan
Hong Kong
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