***"What in the World? Weekly Quiz" - August 26-September 1, 2019
Following President Trump’s expression of interest to purchase Greenland, the US Department of State announced its intention to open a consulate in the territory’s capital of Nuuk as part of a larger interest in Arctic affairs. Greenland is an autonomous region of THIS European country.
Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif made a surprise visit to the G7 summit where he met with THIS European leader, as diplomatic initiatives move forward to defuse tensions in the Gulf and revive diplomacy among European countries and Iran.
The Trump administration has announced that the US and Japan have agreed ‘in principle’ to a new bilateral trade deal, with President Trump telling reporters that the two countries will likely sign the pact during the UN General Assembly meeting in September. The trade deal focuses on THESE three things, according to US Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer.
Less than a month after Prime Minister Modi’s government reclassified the politically volatile region of Jammu and Kashmir to a union territory, Kashmir is once again in Indian news after THIS action highlighted uncertainty about the territory’s status.
After events this month where the United States has pulled out of the Intermediate Range Nuclear Forces (INF) treaty and then launched a new land-based cruise missile, Russian President Vladimir Putin has ordered government agencies to prepare THIS in retaliation.
The African continent has passed the three year mark since its last case of wild polio was detected, a huge milestone in the quest to eradicate the disease. The last case of polio caused by wild virus was in August 2016 in THIS West African country.
UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson has called chances of a Brexit deal “touch and go,” and placed the responsibility for such a deal on “EU friends and partners.” The UK is currently set to exit from the United Kingdom on THIS DATE, “deal or no deal.”
Israel has said that its launch of an airstrike against Iranian targets in Syria thwarted THIS plan by Iran and also has signaled the vulnerability of Tehran’s forces. Officials from Iran deny that Israel successfully hit any Iranian targets, however.
In an interview at the G-7 meetings, President Trump made THIS comment about the US-China trade war, leading the White House to later walk back the comments and reaffirm the administration’s commitment to raising tariffs on Chinese goods.
In the midst of tremendous international pressure to contain fires sweeping through parts of Brazil’s Amazon rainforest, THIS President of Brazil has announced the deployment of troops to border areas, indigenous territories, and other areas affected by the blazes.