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What in the World? Weekly Quiz – June 15-21, 2020

On June 11th the United States and THIS country began strategic talks that will shape their relationship going forward. The influence of Iran in THIS country will be a consideration in the talks.

Lebanon
Iraq
Saudi Arabia
United Arab Emirates

Russia commissioned the lead ship of a new class of nuclear powered ballistic missile submarines and a new class of SLBMs on Friday. The debut of the Prince Vladimir, first of the Borei class, highlights the upcoming expiration of THIS arms control treaty in light of Trump Administration actions to reduce or eliminate longstanding nuclear weapons agreements.

INF
CTBT
New Start
JCPOA

An American businessman and Marine Corps veteran was convicted of espionage in this country and sentenced to 16 years in prison in THIS country. The U.S. ambassador denounced the conviction of Paul Whelan who claimed he was the victim of a sting operation; he was there for a friend’s wedding and he had no knowledge of what was on a flash drive he was handed.

Venezuela
Cuba
Russia
North Korea

Kim Yo Jong, sister to North Korean supreme leader Kim Jong Un, made news last week by THIS action, demonstrating her increased stature within the government’s leadership ranks.

She issued a statement that the DPRK rejected further Korean peninsula denuclearization talks with the United States.
She ordered the detention of General Pak Jong-chuon, Chief of the General Staff, over charges of disloyalty to the supreme leader.
She threatened military strikes against South Korea as relations between Pyongyang and Seoul continued to deteriorate.
She announced a new trade agreement with China that side-steps UN sanctions.

Critics of the Philippines government are calling THIS legal action a major defeat for democratic values.

President Duterte’s decree giving power to provincial governors to impose death sentences for drug crimes including lower level dealers.
Conviction of two journalists at Rappler on cyber libel charges.
Appointment of a poorly qualified member of President Duterte’s family to the Supreme Court.
Imposition of martial law in four provinces where insurgents have been making advances against government forces.

Poland has said an incident where their troops occupied an area across the border with THIS neighboring country was a mistake but offered no explanation as to why soldiers took up positions near a chapel and turned away visitors.

Belarus
Czechia
Hungary
Slovakia

An international sports organization called for “tolerance, mutual respect and common sense” in the aftermath of a brouhaha over the question of athletes kneeling through the national anthem. THIS group reacted to President Trump’s Tweet that he would no longer watch their sport.

 

NFL
FIFA
USOC
NHL

Last week the Institute of Economics and Peace released THIS index which ranks 163 independent states and territories with these countries topping the list: Iceland, New Zealand, Austria and Portugal.

Annual Paris Climate Assessment (APCA)
Global Peace Index (GPI)
Government Transparency and Fair Practices
Global Health Index (GHI)

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo criticized China for the mass detention of Uighars, ISIS and Boko Haram for attacks in Nigeria, and Nicaragua for harassing community leaders, during the release of THIS report.

2019 International Religious Freedom Report
Annual Report on Extremism
2020 Autocracy Index
Global Human Rights Assessment

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson is meeting with European Commission President Ursula Von der Leyden and other EU leaders this week to discuss THIS important issue.

Cross Channel” cooperation in combatting Covid-19.
Granting an extension on the December 31st deadline for a Brexit agreement.
Post-Brexit military-to-military relationships.
An intensified timetable for a Free Trade Agreement.
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