"What in the World?" Weekly Quiz -- Jan 14-20, 2019
In a speech at a university in Cairo, part of his nine-nation tour of the Middle East, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo declared that the U.S. and its allies would work "to expel every last __________" from Syria:
Scientists in Hawaii and around the world are mourning the death of George, the last surviving member of the species Achatinella apexfulva. What was George?
The European Union took the extraordinary step of freezing THIS organization's assets, citing planned attacks in France and Denmark, as well as two alleged assassinations in the Netherlands:
The Trump administration downgraded the EU's diplomatic status from that of a state, to an international organization, but did not inform the EU's delegation to Washington, led by Ambassador David O'Sullivan. How did Mr. O'Sullivan discover the change?
Jim Yong Kim, president of the World Bank, resigned abruptly, well ahead of the 2021 end to his term at the global lending organization. Kim's resignation would normally mean that US President Donald Trump would appoint a successor, but what potential obstacle does Mr. Trump now face?
THIS world leader made the unprecedented choice to address his fellow citizens directly, through a televised address, in order to refute yet another set of corruption charges brought against him by police. The leader in question made the address to argue that indicting him ahead of elections scheduled for April 9th would be "unfair":
King Muhammad V of Malaysia abdicated this week, only two years after ascending to the throne. Malaysia is a constitutional monarchy: What characteristic of its government's structure, and King Muhammad's abdication, make it this situation unusual?
Canadian-born actress Sandra Oh made entertainment history this week by doing THIS:
Traces of rare lapis lazuli pigment, mined only in Afghanistan and used by medieval scribes to illuminate manuscripts, has been found in THIS location. The discovery means that previously held theories on medieval history must be reconsidered: