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"What in the World?" Weekly Quiz -- March 4-10, 2019

Tensions are in check between India and Pakistan following a week in which each side launched air strikes on the other nuclear-armed rival. The government of THIS Indian Prime Minister, in the face of May general elections, has cracked down on militants and activists especially in the disputed Kashmir region. The Prime Minister of India is:

 
Imran Khan
Neandra Modi
Arun Jaitley
Ram Nath Kovid

President Emmanuele Macroncalled for THIS country and France to set aside the recent diplomatic spat for the good of Europe while warning about the dangers of nationalism. Macron who had recalled his ambassador from THIS country said, “There was a misunderstanding. The most recent upset is not serious as far as I am concerned and we must get over it.”

Spain
Belgium
Italy
Greece

Although the President Trump-Chairman Kim summit in Hanoi failed to achieve progress on eliminating or reducing North Korean nuclear weapons the United States announced THIS.

 

Withdrawal of heavy bomber aircraft from South Korea.
Reduction of non-UN Security Council sanctions on North Korea.
Opening a north-south rail route across the 38th parallel.
Ending joint US-ROK large scale spring military training.

The Chief Financial Officer of Chinese tech giant Huawei, Meng Wanzhou, is being held in THIS country awaiting extradition to the United States. This week she sued THIS government for damages based on the manner of her arrest.

 
Canada
Japan
Taiwan
France

U.S. National Security Advisor John Bolton defended Trump Administration actions against the Maduro government in Venezuela by invoking this 19thcentury American principle, saying, “This is a country in our hemisphere,”adding, “It's been the objective of American presidents going back to Ronald Reagan to have a completely democratic hemisphere.”

 

Jackson Amendment
Pact of the Americas
Monroe Doctrine
None of the above

This pilgrimage is the largest in the world attracting hundreds of millions to the confluence of three rivers, one considered divine.

Kumano Kodo
El Camino de Santiago
The Hajj
Kumbh Mela

THIS Middle East leader will be indicted on charges of bribery, fraud and breach of trust but remained defiant calling the case a “witch hunt.” The hearing on the charges is expected to come after the April 9 elections there.

Benjamin Netanyahu
Saad Hariri
Abdel Fattah el-Sisi
Recep Tayyip Erdogan

The United States is expected to offer THIS concession in talks with Taliban leaders.

 

Cut American troop numbers in half from 14,000 and total withdrawal over three to five years.
Shift the Afghan military training mission to the 8,600 European and international troops.
Assign American military forces to a counter terrorism mission.
All of the above.

The son of a woman killed in a nerve agent attack a year ago said to be the work of the Russian Military Intelligence Service, or GRU, is urging President Vladimir Putin to hand over two suspects to police in his country for questioning. The attack targeted ex-Russian intelligence officer Sergei Skripal, but apparently fatally poisoned bystander Dawn Sturgess in THIS city.

 

Salisbury, England
Bourdeaux, France
Ghent, Belgium
Hamburg, Germany

Progress has been reported on a trade deal with China that could see the U.S. dropping all or most of its tariffs on Chinese goods in exchange for a number of concessions on the Chinese side. A deal would likely open the door for a late-March summit meeting between President Trump and THIS leader.

President Xi Jinping
Chairman Kim Jong-un
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe
President Tsai Ing-wen
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