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"What in the World?" Weekly Quiz -- October 8-14, 2018

Denis Mukwege, a gynecological surgeon from the Democratic Republic of Congo and Nadia Murad, a Yazidi activist from Iraq, have won the Nobel Peace Prize for their efforts to end the use of THIS as a weapon of war:

Sexual violence
Chemical weapons
Land mines
A court in THIS country has overturned a pardon of its former leader, Alberto Fujimori.  Convicted of having ordered the murder of 25 people by a government death squad, the 80-year old Mr. Fujimori was pardoned last year and allowed to leave prison because of health issues, sparking mass protests in the country in question:

 Saudi Arabian writer Jamal Khashoggi visited his country's embassy in THIS nation on October 2, but hasn't been heard from since.  Mr. Khashoggi is a sharp critic of Saudi Arabia's crown prince, and officials in the country where he was last seen are accusing embassy personnel of killing him, accusations which are putting further strain on an already fraught relationship between the two nations :



The UN's highest court, the International Court of Justice (ICJ), ruled this week that the United States must ease some sanctions against Iran, specifically those that allow for the import of humanitarian goods, and those that affect civil aviation safety.  Iran pled its case based on the 1955 Treaty of Amity, which promotes economic and consular ties between it and the U.S.

How did the U.S. respond to the ICJ ruling?

By immediately lifting all impediments to the shipment of humanitarian products to Iran
By refusing to recognize ICJ jurisdiction
By sending civil aviation safety consultants to Teheran
By withdrawing from the Treaty of Amity

Last week a 7.5 magnitude earthquake hit the Indonesian island of Sulawesi, sparking a tsunami; the death toll from the disasters stands at over 1,700.  Adding to Sulawesi's woes and potentially prompting another rescue operation, THIS happened on island's northern peninsula:


Typhoon Trami dumped up to 60 centimeters of rain
Heavy rains, coupled with aftershocks, triggered mudslides
Mount Soputan began erupting, spewing ash and lava
A red tide has made fishing impossible

The Japanese city of Osaka has ended its sister city relationship with San Francisco because of THIS:

Hirofumi Yoshimura, Osaka's mayor, objected to comments made by San Francisco's mayor, London Breed
San Francisco's health department has banned the preparation of fugu, or puffer fish, an Osakan delicacy
San Francisco publicly adopted a statue commemorating "comfort women," enslaved for sex by the Japanese Imperial Army in China, Korea, and the Philippines
Authorities in San Francisco refused to allow delivery of a shipment of takoyaki, or octopus fritters, to the Japanese Consulate; the fritters were rotten by the time they returned to Osaka
Efforts to combat a new outbreak of Ebola in and around Beni, Democratic Republic of Congo (DCR), have been hampered by WHICH of the following conditions?
Continued attacks on, and murders of, civilians by armed militias
Attacks on Red Cross workers trying to contain the virus by following strict burial protocols
The displacement of over 1 million people due to armed conflict in the area
All of the above

The internal networks of over 30 U.S. companies may have been hacked by China, who, according to an investigation started in 2015, installed THIS on computers it built for them:


Malware embedded in the operating systems
Microchips installed on motherboards
Bots created by the use of email applications
Software disguised as a password wallet

The Trump Administration announced this week that it would begin requiring that THIS group of people marry their same-sex partners, otherwise said partners would be denied a visa.  The announcement has no contingency plan for people who come from nations that criminalize or refuse to recognize same-sex marriage:


All foreign military personnel assigned to the U.S.
All foreign diplomatic personnel assigned to the U.S.
All foreign business people coming to the U.S.
All foreign workers at U.N. headquarters in New York

Australia has ended a 10% goods and services tax on THIS women's item, long deemed "non-essential" by the government:

Sanitary napkins and tampons
Breast pumps
Birth control pills
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