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What in the World? Weekly Quiz - Jan 13-19, 2020

Iran responded to the killing of Al Quds force head Major General Qasem Soleimani in Baghdad by taking THIS action and then signaling its retaliation was over for now.

Ballistic missile strikes on two airbases housing American personnel.
An attempted car bomb attack against the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad.
Seizure of a Liberian tanker carrying an American owned cargo of oil.
Assassination of a leading pro-U.S. official in Lebanon.

Secretary of Defense Esper said on Sunday [Jan 12] he did not see intelligence reports supporting THIS assertion by President Trump to justify the killing of Iranian general Qasem Soleimani.

. Imminent attacks on four U.S. embassies.
Soleimani’s delivery of attack orders to Iraqi militias.
Reports that Soleimani was responsible for the death of a U.S. contractor.
Imminent hostage-taking of U.S. citizens in Basra, Iraq.
On Wednesday (Jan 8) Iran launched a ballistic missile attack against Iraqi bases hosting American military personnel and accidentally destroyed a civilian airliner killing 176 civilians. The plane was flown by THIS airline.
Air Canada (ACA)
Aeroflot (SU)
Ukraine International Airlines (UIA)
Iran Air (IRA)

The Philippines capital city, Manila, has largely shutdown as a result of THIS.

Earthquake damage along the Marianas Trench Fault.
Damage from Typhoon Toraji.
Eruptions from a increasingly unstable Taal volcano.
Threat of widespread flooding from the likely failure of the Olongopo dam.

Protests in multiple cities in Iran over the past several days have focused on THIS recent action have resulted in bloodshed.

The killing of Major General Qasem Soleimani in Baghdad on January 3rd.
The new U.S. sanctions on goods bound for Iran.
The shootdown of an airliner bound for Kyiv on January 8th
The increase in gasoline prices in Iran.

The United States will sign a Phase I trade deal on January 15th with THIS country which calls for it to buy $40 billion to $50 billion in agricultural products each year and at least $200 billion in goods over two years.

United Kingdom
Brazil
South Africa
China
A U.S. Navy destroyer on patrol with the Truman carrier battle group in the North Arabian Sea was “aggressively approached” by a warship of this nation in an incident that was recorded and widely broadcast showing a near-collision situation.
Iran
Russia
China
India

Lawyers for the founder of WikiLeaks told a British court their client needed more time to prepare a defense in extradition to the U.S. proceedings. Who is the founder of WikiLeaks who is facing charges in the U.S. for conspiracy to hack government computers and violation of an espionage law.

Edward Snowden
Julian Assange
Chelsea Manning
Roger Stone

The leader of THIS former colonial power called together the leaders of Mali, Niger, Burkina Faso, Chad and Mauritania to discuss rising hostility in their countries and how to combat Islamic extremists in the region, threatening a pull out of military support.

Netherlands
Belgium
France
United Kingdom
Queen Elizabeth summoned Prince Charles, Prince William and Prince Harry to a meeting to discuss the surprise announcement that Harry and his wife Meghan were stepping down as “senior royals” and would seek to become “financially independent.” Harry’s and Meghan’s official title is THIS.
Duke and Duchess of Earl
Duke and Duchess of Sussex
Duke and Duchess of Windex
Duke and Duchess of Wale
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