***What in the World? Weekly Quiz – April 27-May 3, 2020***
Leaked intelligence reports touched off speculation that North Korean leader Kim Jong-un was critically ill, leading to the prospects that Pyongyang might see a new leader. Talks about a Kim Jong-un successor focused attention on THIS official, his sister and ruthless political figure who was blacklisted by the State Department for humanitarian abuses.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said, “A couple of months from now I am confident that pledge will be honored,” referring to a green light from Washington to do THIS.
An international effort is being launched to develop, produce and distribute pharmaceutical treatments and vaccines for the Covid-19 pandemic. A U.S. spokesman said, “There will be no U.S. official participation,” in the project of THIS ORGANIZATION that President Trump has ordered funding of halted.
A group from THIS COUNTRY originated a fad of recreating famous artworks through photos posted to the Изоизоляция | Izoizolyacia Facebook page – a combination of the words for “visual arts” and “isolation.” The Facebook page, created by Katerina Brudnaya-Chelyadinova, was a reaction to Covid-19 shelter in place boredeom and it spurred a movement picked up by noted world-wide museums.
The global oil industry is in turmoil with an ongoing over supply exacerbated by a catastrophic downturn in energy demand resulting from the Covid-19 pandemic. The world energy supply troubles have been marked by all of these EXCEPT ONE.
“China has continued to run a global disinformation campaign to deflect blame for the outbreak of the pandemic and improve its international image,” was a sentence in a report by THIS group before China threatened to react negatively. The removal of the sentence was one example of how the tone of the report was watered down as a result of pressure from Beijing.
Plans for President Trump’s reelection campaign to focus on the threat from THIS target are faced with the reality of needing good relations for trade deals and supply chains.