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***What in the World?" Weekly Quiz -- July 8-14, 2019***

Your “What in the World? Weekly Quiz” crew extends a big hat tip to the U.S. Women’s National Team for their thrilling victory in the 2019 World Cup, their fourth championship. WHO did they defeat 2-0 on Sunday for the title?

United Kingdom

A spokesman for the Government of Iran said the country was poised to do THIS in response to Washington’s abandonment of the 2015 “nuclear deal” and increased threats of military confrontation in the Gulf region.


Breaching the limit on uranium enrichment allowed by the JCPOA.
Challenging merchant ships in the Strait of Hormuz with inspection visits.
Convening a summit of allied militia leaders to discuss potential anti-US actions.
Expelling UN International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) inspectors from the Fordow Fuel Enrichment Plant.

Whale hunts resumed after a 30-year hiatus in THIS country that heavily subsidizes the industry which is seen as having more cultural appeal than economic sense.


South Korea

The parents of THIS American filed a claim last week asserting ownership of a North Korean vessel, the 17,000 ton “Wise Honest,” seized and held by U.S. authorities for transporting coal in violation of sanctions. They previously won a lawsuit for $500 million against the Government of North Korea as a result of the death of THIS student following 15 months of detention and alleged torture.

Beryl A. Howell
Hyeon Soo Lim
Otto Warmbier
Matthew Miller

This milestone reached on Sunday is hoped to open up the economic potential of 55 African nations. According to Egyptian President and African Union Chairman Abdel Fattah al- Sisi, “The success of [THIS] will be the real test to achieve the economic growth that will turn our people’s dream of welfare and quality of life into a reality.”


Funding of continent-wide “Belt and Road” infrastructure plan by the International Monetary Fund.
Merger of the ECOWAS, EAC, SADC and COMESA trade zones.
Launch of the “African Continental Free Trade Area” to boost intra-regional trade.
None of the above.

Five people were hospitalized in Pamplona, Spain, after being gored by at the opening bull run in THIS event.

Festival of San Fermin
The Fallas of Pamplona
Festival of San Giovanni
Semana Santa

Iran threatened the United Kingdom with attacks against British shipping in response to THIS action.

Royal Navy fighters from the aircraft carrier HMS Queens Elizabeth shot down an Iranian drone in the Gulf of Oman.
British commandoes seized a seaborne shipment of anti-ship missiles bound for Iran from North Korea.
A British frigate pursued an Iranian submarine in the North Arabian Sea and forced it to surface by dropping small explosive devices.
The Royal Navy seized an Iranian tanker transporting oil to Syria in violation of EU sanctions.

Attacks against rebel holdouts in Idlib, Syria, the last bastion of anti-Assad forces, over the past two months have killed over 500 civilians and wounded more than 2,000. The Syrian Network for Human Rights reported last week that THESE forces were “deliberately targeting civilians with a record number of medical facilities bombed.”



The opposition to Venezuela President Nicolas Maduro agreed to meet government representatives for talks mediated by Norway in Barbados as the challenge to Maduro’s legitimacy drags on. THIS National Assembly leader invoked the constitution in January to claim his position as head of government, a move recognized by more than 50 nations and strongly backed by the United States.


Fabriana Rosales
Simon Bolivar
Juan Guaido
Hugo Chavez

Leaked memos from THIS American ally revealed its ambassador to the United States reported unflattering assessments of President Trump from at least 2017 to present including phrases such as, “dysfunctional”, “clumsy” and “inept.”

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