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What in the World? Weekly Quiz – May 18-24, 2020

The United States circulated a draft UN resolution calling for indefinite extension of an arms embargo on Iran which drew this response from Russian UN Ambassador Vassily Nebenzia, “It expires in October. ... And for us that’s clear, that’s clear. I do not see any reason why an arms embargo should be imposed on Iran.” The current embargo was a provision of THIS agreement.

The Comprehensive Middle East Arms Control Treaty (CMEACT)
The Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA)
The United Nations Security Council Resolution 9250 of 2015 (Agreement Limiting Weapons Proliferations in the Persian Gulf Littoral)
The Paris Agreement on Termination of the Iran-Iraq War

The Department of Justice’s move to drop prosecution of General Michael Flynn over his charges of lying to the FBI was in the news last week. Flynn pleaded guilty to lying about his interactions with THIS person.

Turkish Foreign Minister Çavuşoğlu
Russian Ambassador Sergei Kislyak
Chinese Ambassador Cui Tiankai
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov

An anti-ship missile struck a ship of THIS Persian Gulf nation’s navy in an accident that claimed 19 sailors, wounding 15 more. The country was condemned in January over the accidental downing of a Ukrainian airliner by a surface-to-air missile battery near Tehran.

Kuwait
Qatar
Iran
Oman
A “unity government” has been approved by parliament in Israel with Benjamin Netanyahu serving as prime minister in a power sharing role with an “alternate prime minister,” a role filled by THIS politician.
Yamina party leader Naftali Bennett
Yisrael Beiteinu party leader Avigdor Lieberman
Blue and White party leader Benny Gantz
Labor party leader Amir Peretz

The war of words between Beijing and Washington added another skirmish May 17th as U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo warned China about THIS, which he summed up saying, “Any decision impinging on Hong Kong’s autonomy and freedoms as guaranteed under the Sino-British Joint Declaration and the Basic Law would inevitably impact our assessment of One Country, Two Systems and the status of the territory.” 

Abrogation of the 1997 agreement with the UK over transition of Hong Kong.
Interference with American journalists reporting from Hong Kong.
Jailing of protestors without the filing of charges.
Permanent cancellation of U.S. Navy ship visits.

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo released a statement on May 15th threatening to “exact consequences” against THIS organization, created by the “Rome Statute,” over Palestinians qualification as a sovereign state and jurisdiction over the West Bank, East Jerusalem and Gaza.

International Criminal Court
World Court at the Hague
United Nations Security Council
The Rome Tribunal
The Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) said the world would use 9.1% less oil this year, or 9.07 million barrels a day less. Which of THESE countries is not an OPEC member?
Angola
Ecuador
Gabon
Mexico

President Trump was said to be ready to resume U.S. support to THIS international organization that was the subject of a controversial aid freeze last month. However, press reports indicate Trump’s position on aid has hardened after two Fox News hosts who learned a resumption was possible castigated THIS organization over the weekend.

Agency for International Development (AID)
United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA)
World Health Organization (WHO)
United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF)

“If the United States, just like pirates, intends to create insecurity on international waterways, it would be taking a dangerous risk and that will certainly not go without repercussion,” according to an Iranian news agency release that addressed American threats over shipments of oil to THIS beleaguered, pariah country.

Cuba
North Korea
China
Venezuela
Genocide suspect Felicien Kabuga was arrested in France on May 16th. He had a $5 million bounty on him for 26 years from THIS country where he was charged with funding militias in the massacre of 800,000 people.
Rwanda
Bosnia
Myanmar
Sudan
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