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What in the World? Weekly Quiz - April 6-12, 2020

United Kingdom leader Boris Johnson was admitted to a hospital suffering from symptoms of Covid-19 infection. The British Prime Minister, the first major power leader infected, was in isolation at his residence since March 27th. The residence of Prime Minister Johnson is THIS HISTORIC ADDRESS.

221B Baker Street
827 Piccadilly Square
10 Downing Street
9 Abbey Road

Turkey announced indictments against 20 Saudi Arabians, including two close aides of Crown Prince Mohamed bin Salman, in the killing of THIS American-resident Saudi journalist in Istanbul in 2018. The CIA concluded the Crown Prince, who wields immense power in the Kingdom, was culpable in the killing. All of the indicted suspects are beyond Turkish legal reach.

Mohammed bin Nayef
Jamal Khashoggi
Saud al-Qahtani
Ahmad al-Assiri

The number of Covid-19 cases in THIS country ruled by THIS president is among the lowest in the European Union. That may be due to a shortage of tests amid a reluctance of doctors to speak out after THIS president tightened his authoritarian grip on power – using the pandemic crisis to push indefinite rule by decree through parliament.

Andrzej Duda of Poland
Miloš Zeman of Czechia
Volodymyr Zelensky of Ukraine
Viktor Orban of Hungary
The International Olympic Committee and the International Paralympic Committee rescheduled the 2020 Summer Olympics July and August 2021. The 2020 Olympics was set for THIS CITY.
Tokyo
Seoul
Sydney
Beijing

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced a cut of $1 billion in aid to Afghanistan in an effort to end a squabble between President Ashraf Ghana and his political competitor Abdullah Abdullah. The aid reduction is expected to have all of these consequences EXCEPT THIS ONE.

Reduce Kabul’s leverage in negotiations with the Taliban.
Cuts of about ¾ of the Afghan security forces’ budget.
Reduction in the annual poppy crop eradication program.
Improve Washington’s prospects to draw down.

Oil producing countries including OPEC nations are talking about significant cuts in production to stimulate crude prices after the market hit an 18-year low. The over supply in the market was compounded when Saudi Arabia jacked up production to record high levels in response to a feud with THIS COUNTRY.

Iran
Venezuela
Russia
Norway
Invoking the spirit of WWII THIS HEAD OF STATE gave a rare national address Sunday to encourage citizens to be resolute in facing the Covid-19 pandemic saying, “Better days will return.”
President Emanuel Macron of France
King Philippe of Belguim
Queens Elizabeth of Britain
Carl XVI Gustaf King of Sweden

The United Nations has done little to battle the global pandemic even though the UN Secretary General António Guterres has called it the biggest global threat in the organization’s 75-year old history. Observers cite increased friction between two Permanent Security Council members as one reason for UN inaction. What are the five countries of the UN Security Council?

UK, China, France, Russia, USA
Germany, UK, Russia, China, USA
USA, China, India, Russia, UK
Canada, USA, Russia, China, France

The U.S.-Iranian relationship continued to move down a rocky path this week. Which of these statements is NOT TRUE.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is pushing for action against Iran.
President Trump’s advisors indicated an attack while Iran was suffering from a significant Covid-19 spread would not be appropriate.
President Trump warned that Iran-backed militia attacks on US forces in Iraq would result in the U.S. going “up the food chain” suggesting a reprisal aimed at Iran.
U.S. Navy forces in the Persian Gulf were observed to be practicing simulated strikes on Iranian off-shore oil platforms.
In Britain Keir Starmer was named as leader of THIS POLITICAL PARTY which stands as the major opposition to Prime Minister Boris Johnson and his party in Parliament. Starmer follows Jeremy Corbyn who led THIS PARTY to punishing defeat in December elections.
Conservative
Monarchist
Liberal
Independent
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