What in the World? Weekly Quiz - Oct 28-Nov 3, 2019
In what he described a “dangerous and daring” nighttime operation, President Trump announced the death of THIS elusive Islamic State leader during a U.S. military special forces raid in Syria saying the “vicious” terrorist “died like a dog.”
In a move aimed at punishing the Cuban government for its “ongoing repression of the Cuban people and its support for Nicolas Maduro in Venezuela,” the Trump administration has taken THIS action. Cuban officials strongly condemned the move, arguing that it “strengthened restrictions on… its citizens’ freedoms.”
The Assad regime in Damascus welcomed an announcement by the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) that they would do THIS, leading Damascus to call for Turkey to end its “aggression” in northeast Syria.
The Boris Johnson government has stepped up pressure on Parliament to back THIS, hoping it will break the Brexit impasse, while the EU has agreed to another delay from the October 31 deadline.
Tens of thousands of protestors in Lebanon have participated in THIS action, symbolizing national unity amidst a civil disobedience campaign against the government. The last few weeks of protests have brought Lebanese young people out to demand an overhaul of the political system in what some have described as the “birth of a Lebanese civic identity.”
Shortly after the US special envoy Jim Jeffrey told the House Foreign Affairs Committee that the US believes Turkish-backed opposition forces in Syria have committed war crimes, President Trump announced that he was doing THIS. The action also followed Turkey’s agreement that it would halt its attack on Kurdish forces in northeast Syria.
In a speech accusing China of curtailing “rights and liberties” in Hong Kong, Vice President Mike Pence directed harsh words at American businesses Nike and the National Basketball Association (NBA), stating that they have been doing THIS and kowtowing to the lure of Chinese money and markets.
Societat Civil Catalana, an umbrella group of political parties and civic bodies that want Catalonia to remain part of Spain, staged a demonstration on Sunday that brought tens of thousands of pro-unionist supporters out into the streets of Barcelona. This was in response to pro-independence protests the previous day over the Spanish Supreme Court’s decision to do THIS.
At a three-week synod on environmental issues and the role of women in the Church, Roman Catholic bishops have voted to allow priests in THIS region to be exempt from the centuries-old rule on celibacy. Though the proposal must be backed by Pope Francis first, traditionalists fear a slippery slope could result in married priests throughout the Church.