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"What in the World? Weekly Quiz" - Sep 2-8, 2019

The violent pro-democracy protests continued into a fourth month with little room for compromise between the government of Chief Executive Carrie Lam and demonstrators in Hong Kong. The current political structure in Hong Kong derived from THIS:

1949 independence alongside Taiwan when the Peoples Republic of China was established on the mainland.
2001 establishment of a semi-autonomous region with Macau after an agreement between the PRC and Portugal.
1997 handover of the British Crown Colony by the United Kingdom.
1986 referendum by Hong Kongers calling for autonomous rule.

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Zarif made a surprise appearance at the G-7 meeting last week at the invitation of THIS host of the summit.


Angela Merkel
Emmanuel Macron
Boris Johnson
Justin Trudeau
Israel and THIS group clashed across the Lebanese border signaling the potential beginning of a major conflict.
Al Qaeda
Palestinian Islamic Jihad

A citizenship list published in THIS country has had the effect of stripping citizenship from 1.9 million citizens in the state of Assam.

Sri Lanka

A military judge set a date of January 11, 2021 for the trial of THIS 9/11 attacks mastermind and four other Al Qaeda defendants.

Khalid Shaikh Mohammad
Ramzi Youssef
Ayman Zawahiri
Saif Al-Adel

French President Emmanuel Macron used the G-7 summit platform last week to blast THIS Brazilian leader over the fires and deforestation of the Amazon rain forest calling it an international issues and warning, ““we cannot allow you to destroy everything.”



Jair Bolsonaro
Rafael Correa
Nicolas Maduro
Enrique Pena Nieto

As the United Kingdom comes within 60 days of a deadline for exiting the European Union (Brexit) the new British Prime Minister Boris Johnson launched THIS political move.

Declaration of a blackout for information releases on negotiations with the EU.
Preparation of a lawsuit against Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn over alleged illegal tampering with Parliament voting.
The prorogation, or suspension of Parliament to reduce opponents’ opportunity to challenge a no-deal Brexit.
Presenting a no-deal proclamation to Queen Elizabeth for signature on October 31st.

The U.S. Special Representative for Afghanistan Reconciliation involved in peace talks with the Taliban in Qatar delivered a draft U.S.-Taliban agreement to Afghan officials. THIS American diplomat, formerly US Ambassador to Afghanistan and US Ambassador to the United Nations, who heads the talks met with sidelined Afghan President Ghani to discuss the prospects for final agreement with the Taliban.


Samantha Power
Zalmay Khalilzad
Martin Indyk
Richard Holbrook

John Bolton, who has opposed a diplomatic solution to the war against the Taliban in Afghanistan was not invited to a key meeting on the current negotiations signaling his influence in THIS position was waning.


Chief of Staff
Secretary of State
National Security Advisor
Director National Security Agency

The usually punctual Pope Francis showed up late for his weekly Vatican balcony prayer to a crowd assembled in St. Peter’s Square due to THIS.

He suffered a brief episode of stroke symptoms but was quickly cleared by doctors.
He was stuck in an elevator for 25 minutes.
He was called by President Donald Trump for discussion about the Vatican’s intervention with Italian refugee policies.
He was accidentally stuck behind a locked door in the Sistine Chapel.
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