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***"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.

 
The Netherlands
Iceland
Denmark
Norway

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.

 

UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson
EU High Representative Federica Mogherini
Germany Chancellor Angela Merkel
French President Emmanuel Macron

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.

 

Agriculture, industrial tariffs, and digital trade
Oil, natural gas, and uranium
Video game technology, artificial intelligence, and sugar cane
Fish, semi-conductors, and soybeans

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.

 
Jammu and Kashmir’s only English-language newspaper has been disbanded
A quota system has been put in place to expand the number of non-Muslim residents representing the territory
Opposition party leaders were denied entry into Kashmir’s capital
Internet blackout in Kashmir has been extended through to December

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.

 

A “troop deployment” to the border with Poland.
A “symmetric response” to the new missile threat.
A “revocation of visas” from some US diplomats in Russia.
A new tariffs aimed on natural gas exports to the US’s European allies.

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.

 

Mauritania
Mali
Nigeria
Ghana

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.”

October 31, 2019
December 31, 2019
February 15, 2020
March 31, 2020

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.

 

Seizure of another European ship in Iranian waters
Assassination attempt of an Israeli cabinet official
A drone attack at targets in northern Israel
An expansion of Iranian nuclear facilities

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.

 

“China will respect us more if we leave the negotiating table.”
“I think there’s blame on both sides.”
“I have second thoughts about everything.”
“Everybody knows the tariffs are not working.”

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.

Nestor Kirchner
Cipriano Barata
Cesar Gaviria Trujillo
Jair Bolsonaro
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