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"What in the World?" Weekly Quiz -- March 11-17, 2019

THIS North African nation has seen growing protests since its current president, Abdelaziz Bouteflika, announced in February that he plans to run for a fifth term. Mr. Bouteflika, 82, rarely appears in public since he suffered a stroke in 2013, and has been president of the nation in question since 1999:


Thailand's Constitutional Court voted unanimously to dissolve opposition party Thai Raksa Chart from upcoming elections, citing THIS principle reason:

Thai Raksa Chart is aligned with ousted prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra
Thai Raksa Chart defied tradition by running the current king's sister as a candidate
Thai Raksa Chart is adamantly in favor of dissolving the monarchy
Thai Raksa Chart was found guilty of election fraud

The Chinese company Huawei filed suit against the U.S. government in Texas to challenge a law that prohibits U.S. government agencies from purchasing its products.  Huawei leads the world in the production of WHICH product:


Military vehicles
Telecommunications equipment

A French court gave Cardinal Philippe Barbarin, archbishop of Lyon, a six-month suspended sentence after finding him guilty of THIS crime:

Tax evasion
Making threats against President Emmanuel Macron
Extending sanctuary to 5 undocumented immigrants slated for deportation
Failing to report a priest in his diocese who had sexually abused children decades before

Venezuelan president Nicolás Maduro declared the ambassador from THIS country persona non grata and expelled him after the diplomat joined others in welcoming opposition leader Juan Guaidó's at the airport in Caracas:



The United States Supreme Court ruled that THIS international organization can be sued if its investments in foreign development projects harm local communities:

United Nations
World Bank
Red Cross
World Health Organization

Entertainment giant Netflix acquired the rights to create the first screen adaptation of the 1967 novel One Hundred Years of Solitude.  The novel's author, THIS Nobel Prize winner, was notoriously skeptical of adapting the sprawling work to screen, and demanded that any screenplay be in Spanish, the original language of the novel:  

Mario Vargas Llosa
Pablo Neruda
Octavio Paz
Gabriel Garcia Marquez

A report by cybersecurity experts shows that China has hacked several universities worldwide, including MIT and the University of Hawaii, to steal information related to THIS particular technology:


Maritime technology developed for military use
Desalinization technology
Bioengineering technology that focuses on developing strains of "super fruits"
All of the above.

Satellite images released two days after the most recent US-North Korea summit ended show that North Korea is rebuilding THIS facility, an installation that it had previously pledged to dismantle:


A missile production facility
A rocket launch site
A uranium enrichment facility
A nuclear testing site

Farmers in India have used firecrackers and loudspeakers to deter THESE opium-addicted creatures from raiding their cash crops, but to no avail.  Farmers who grow opium for painkillers and other medications in the Madhya Pradesh region must hold costly licenses to do so; many fear that the constant raids on their fields will wreck their livelihoods:

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