***What in the World?" Weekly Quiz -- Jul 29-Aug 4, 2019***
A report on Thursday pointed out that Russia had attacked election systems in all 50 U.S. states according to THIS group. The report called the cyber attacks “an unprecedented level of activity against state election infrastructure”and “Russian cyber-actors were in a position to delete or change voter data” in at least Illinois. Who issued the report?
Ukraine seized a Russian tanker last week in the port of Izmail in response to THIS Russian activity.
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un blasted South Korea and its president, Moon Jae-in, over the ROK’s weapons acquisitions and joint military exercises with the U.S. last week as demonstrated by THIS action. The DPRK has been critical of South Korea’s purchase of American F-35 stealth fighter jets which began arriving in March 2019.
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said the United States has asked Japan, France, Germany, South Korea, Australia and other nations to do THIS in response to increased tension with Iran and activities in the Persian Gulf.
The European Commission will have a new president following the election last week of THIS former German Defense Minister who will replace Jean-Claude Juncker. SHE is said to be a strong supporter of the transatlantic alliance and European unity, and has often been critical of President Trump.
The Trump administration has signed an agreement with the Guatemalan government that would have the effect of THIS, in an effort to curb the wave of asylum seekers coming into the U.S. While both governments have confirmed the agreement, Guatemala’s highest court has previously ruled that such an agreement could not be signed by the country’s president.
Myanmar officials have returned to Cox’s Bazar in Bangladesh to resume talks with Rohingya refugee leaders there, working to negotiate towards THIS end. Among demands Rohingya leadership have made are recognition of the Rohingya as an ethnic group with rights to Myanmar citizenship, international protection, and the ability to return to their original villages and lands.
Puerto Rico has new interim leadership this week, after embattled Governor Ricardo Rosselló’s announcement that he would step down on August 2nd. His resignation comes in the midst of THIS scandal, which brought two weeks of protests to the streets of San Juan.
As the Pentagon neared 200 days without a permanent top leader, the Senate Armed Services Committee approved President Trump’s picks for two top spots. THIS former Army Secretary has been approved as the new Secretary of Defense while Army Chief of Staff Gen. Mark Milley is assuming the role of Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.
President Trump has vetoed a series of bipartisan measures which would have done THIS, the second such exercise of his veto power against congressional condemnation of the administration’s relationship with Saudi Arabia.