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***What in the World?" Weekly Quiz -- July 22-28, 2019***

Iran’s Revolutionary Guard Corps Navy seized THIS vessel Friday in response to British seizure of a tanker carrying a load of Iranian oil to market near Gibraltar two weeks ago. THIS ship was taken by IRGCN forces to the port of Bandar Abbas near the Strait of Hormuz.

Sterling Giant
Stena Imperator
Sea Isle City
Lucky Victory

U.S. National Security Advisor John Bolton heads to Asia this week as ongoing trade disputes between THESE two countries threatens global supplies of smartphones and memory chips.


China and Vietnam
China and South Korea
Japan and South Korea
Japan and China

The World Health Organization has declared the recent outbreak of THIS disease in Democratic Republic of Congo to be a “public health emergency of international concern,” the highest level of alarm that the WHO can sound.


Marburg virus
Zika virus
Rift Valley fever

Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Lofven has reiterated the independence of Sweden’s judicial system after President Trump raised awareness of THIS celebrity’s detention in that country, offering to personally vouch for their bail.

Kanye West
Justin Bieber
A$AP Rocky

Tensions are mounting in the Strait of Hormuz after the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) seized a British-flagged oil tanker traveling through these strategic waters. Roughly THIS PERCENTAGE of global oil production passes through this narrow passage connecting the Persian Gulf to the Gulf of Oman.



The Pakistani Prime Minister arrives at the White House this week for his first visit in office amid tensions in the US-Pakistani relationship. Though Pakistan has been an important ally in the US war on terrorism since 2001, THIS new president has accused the Trump administration of “making Pakistan a scapegoat for their failures,” after Trump used Twitter to call Pakistan, “Just one of many countries that take from the United States without giving anything in return.”

Nawaz Sharif
Yousaf Raza Gillani
Imran Khan
Zulfikar Ali Bhutto

Citing “a heightened risk of terrorism against aviation,” THESE two European airlines abruptly halted flights to Cairo, Egypt this weekend.

British Airways and Air France
EasyJet and British Airways
British Airways and Turkish Airlines
Lufthansa and British Airways

As Hong Kong’s anti-extradition protestors return to the streets to denounce ‘escalating’ police brutality, they have called for all of the following EXCEPT THIS.


Universal suffrage for Hong Kongers
Withdrawal of the extradition billC.
Restitution to injured protestors
Creation of an independent inquiry into police brutality

In a bid to meet its ambitious goal of 100% green energy by 2020, Kenya has launched THIS, Africa’s largest such renewable energy project. It is expected to increase the country’s electricity supply by 13%, and at a cost of $700m, it is the largest private investment in Kenyan history.


Masinga Dam and Reservoir Project
Lake Turkana Wind Power farm
Kenital Solar Initiative
Thika Hydropower Initiative

Over the weekend, an international crew composed from NASA, the European Space Agency, and Russia’s Roscosmos did THIS, marking the 50thanniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing.

Announced a forthcoming launch to land the first female astronauts on the moon
Appeared together at the reopening of the Apollo Mission Control Room
Launched a fundraising campaign to promote astronomy education initiatives
Launched a trip to the International Space Station
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