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Hampton Roads World Affairs Council What in the World? Weekly Quiz – November 29-December 5, 2021

The World Health Organization (WHO) uses the Greek alphabet to name variants of the Covid-19 virus. The B.1.1.529 variant announced last week, which causes alarm due to its many mutations, has been given THIS name. [#WACquiz]

Mu
Omicron
Xi
Gamma

The Omicron variant of Covid-19, which is highly transmissible, has been discovered in Asia, Australia and Europe as of November 28th. Omicron was first identified in THIS country. [#WACquiz]

South Sudan
Democratic Republic of Congo
Bangladesh
South Africa

The President of Ukraine claimed a coup was planned against his government next week by Russians caught on tape but stopped short of blaming the Kremlin. WHO is President of Ukraine? [#WACquiz]

Volodymyr Zelenskiy
Victor Orban
János Áder
Klaus Iohannis

Russia’s Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu signed a roadmap to improve military relations with THIS nation to include increased strategic military exercises and patrols. [#WACquiz]

Belarus
Ukraine
China
North Korea

The next Chancellor of Germany, the most influential nation in the European Union, is THIS former Mayor of Hamburg who worked to convince voters he was most like his predecessor, Angela Merkel. [#WACquiz] Photo: Frank Schwichtenberg, Creative Commons (CC)

Annalena Baerbock
Armin Laschet
Maximilian Berlitz
Olaf Scholz

Military and civilian leaders in THIS nation agree last week to reinstate Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok who was pushed out of office in a coup in October, two years after longtime autocrat Omar Hassan al-Bashir was deposed in a coup. [WACA WWNU]

Egypt
Sudan
Kenya
South Africa

Moscow’s buildup of ground forces near the border with Ukraine is an ominous sign of a possible invasion. The military takeover and annexation of THIS territory in 2014 was a sign of Russian designs on the country. [WACA WWNU]

 

Kaliningrad
Crimea
Nagorno-Karabakh
Moldova

After holding talks with top-level military officials on strengthening the armed forces, Chinese President Xi Jinping said, “It is necessary to … improve the actual ability to win modern wars." Meanwhile 27 Chinese warplanes tested the Air Defense Zone of THIS nation, spurring alertment of fighters and missile batteries. [#WACquiz]

Japan
Taiwan
Philippines
Indonesia

Soon to be the world’s newest republic THIS Caribbean nation is about to be fully independent from the British Commonwealth at transition ceremonies that include the visiting British heir apparent, Prince Charles. [#WACquiz]

Barbados
Malta
Falklands
Antigua
The disputatious relationship between London and Paris turned more bitter after THIS happened in the English Channel on Wednesday. [#WACquiz]
Collision between a British ferry and French warship that failed to yield.
Migrant boat sank killing 27.
French revenue service vessel seized three British fishing boats.
British tanker ran aground near Normandy spilling 20,000 gallons of oil.
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