"What in the World?" Weekly Quiz -- March 25-31, 2019
THIS country became the first G7 state to join the controversial Chinese Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) frequently labeled “the New Silk Road,”an ambitious plan to connect Asia, the Middle East, Africa, and Europe through a ‘belt’ of overland corridors and a ‘road’ of maritime routes.
Since being flushed out of THIS village in Syria, the Islamic State has lost the last remnants of territory it once held spanning two countries. This victory inspired officials to cautiously warn, they are finished on the ground as a standing army, but the ISIS threat remains around the globe.
Protests took place this week against the regime of President Omar Al-Bashir of Sudan following announcements that the Sudanese government had secured $300 million in loans to address an ongoing economic crisis in the country. Al-Bashir is wanted by the International Criminal Court for charges related to THIS humanitarian crisis.
After leading Kazakhstan for thirty years, including when it was still a part of the Soviet Union and then as the first president of an independent Kazakhstan, THIS Central Asian leader announced his resignation this week. In response, the nation’s capital, formerly called Astana, is being renamed in his honor.
President Trump indicated via Twitter that the U.S. would recognize the annexation of THIS occupied territory held by Israel since the 1967 Arab-Israeli war despite international norms that prohibit annexation of land by force of arms.
Iranian Oil Minister Bijan Zanganeh criticized US President Trump’s frequent tweets about the rise of oil prices including last month and ahead of OPEC’s meeting in December as having a detrimental impact on the oil market. OPEC is short for THIS, the intergovernmental organization whose member countries account for 81.5% of the world’s proven oil reserves.
Reports indicate that Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman of Saudi Arabia has been involved in over a dozen clandestine operations aimed at silencing the Kingdom’s dissenters for over a year before the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi in October. Crown Prince Salman has been frequently described as the power behind the throne of his father, THIS King of Saudi Arabia and Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques.
After Emmanuel Macron released a manifesto to the “citizens of Europe,” calling for France and Germany to reclaim the initiative on Europe, the German response came from THIS successor leader of the Christian Democrats and presumptive heir to Angela Merkel’s chancellorship.
In a tweet on Friday, President Trump announced that he would be lifting sanctions against North Korea, sparking confusion as to which sanctions he was referring to. Though officials later clarified President Trump was referring to future sanctions, there was speculation he may have been thinking of THIS action taken by the US Treasury Department to strengthen the impact of existing sanctions.
The death toll has risen to over 750 in three southern African countries since THIS cyclone hit two weeks ago. With over 110,000 people in shelter camps, workers are struggling to stave off disease outbreaks and restore electricity and water access in Mozambique, Zimbabwe, and Malawi.