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"What in the World?" Weekly Quiz -- April 22-28, 2019

Donors pledged hundreds of millions of euros to rebuild Paris's Notre Dame Cathedral after a fire destroyed parts of the building's roof this week, but it wasn't the first time the famous landmark has been saved by the public.  Years of damage and neglect during and after the French Revolution made the Gothic masterpiece an eyesore, and by the nineteenth century, architects were ready to dismantle it.  THIS famous author wrote The Hunchback of Notre Dame in 1831 to draw attention to the historical and artistic importance of the cathedral, saving it from destruction and leading to a 20-year renovation:

Honoré de Balzac
Emile Zola
Gustave Flaubert
Victor Hugo

At the same time Notre Dame burned in Paris, THIS holy site in Jerusalem sustained limited damage from a much smaller fire, believed to have been set by children playing nearby:


Dome of the Rock
Western Wall
Al-Aqsa Mosque
Church of the Holy Sepulchre

In a speech to Cuban-American veterans on the 58th anniversary of the Bay of Pigs invasion, U.S. National Security Adviser John Bolton announced the reactivation of the 1996 Libertad Act, which allows U.S. citizens whose property was seized after Cuba's 1959 revolution to do THIS:


Return to Cuba to reclaim it
Demand reparations from the current government of Cuba
Sue any businesses that have profited from the use of the property
Demand reparations from the United States

Egyptians went to the polls to vote on amendments to the country's constitution that would extend the president's term from four years to six, and allow each president to serve two consecutive terms.  These changes could allow the current president to remain in power until 2030. Who is the current president of Egypt?

Mohammed Morsi
Anwar Sadat
Hosni Mubarak
Abdel Fattah El-Sisi

A protest organized by the group Extinction Rebellion occupied central London, blocking traffic, disrupting public transportation, and demanding THIS of the UK government: 


Immediate steps to reduce carbon emissions and address climate change
The suspension of the Brexit process
Scottish independence
The revocation of all UK business permits for corporations with a presence in Israel

The U.S. Attorney General established a new policy for migrants seeking asylum in the U.S. that no longer gives detainees the possibility of THIS while their cases are pending:

Access to an attorney; detainees can now only meet with their attorney at their hearings
Being released on bond; they will now be held in detention until their hearings
Contacting their families by phone; they can now only write letters to their families
Appearing before an immigration judge; each case will now be decided by ICE officials

North Korea demanded that THIS U.S. official be removed from nuclear negotiations after it said he downplayed the significance of statements made by Kim Jong Un:

National Security Adviser John Bolton
President Donald Trump
Vice-President Mike Pence
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo

Alan Garcia, former president of THIS nation, took his life this week to avoid being arrested on corruption charges



Mali's Prime Minister Soumeylou Boubèye Maïga and his government resigned after a month of sustained public frustration over his failure to do THIS:


Distribute drought relief to farmers in the northwestern part of the country
Curb rampant corruption among government officials
Disarm the group believed responsible for an intercommunal massacre that killed 160 men, women and children
Boost economic growth and increase foreign investment in Mali

Liberian president George Weah worked from home for a few days, as did everyone else whose office was in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs building in downtown Monrovia.  Mr. Weah and his colleagues yielded their workplace to fumigation crews, sent to remove THESE creatures:

Killer bees
Venomous frogs
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