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"What in the World?" Weekly Quiz -- April 8-14, 2019

As Ukraine approaches the second round of its presidential elections later this month, the government has announced a ban on gas price hikes, hoped to strengthen the chances of re-election for THIS embattled Ukrainian president.

Yulia Tymoshenko
Viktor Yanukovych
Mikhail Bozek
Petro Poroshenko

A five-day hunger strike forced THIS US-ally to host a non-binding referendum on the expansion of an existent US Marines base. Despite more than 70% of voters voicing opposition, the government has announced its intention to move forward with the expansion.


The Philippines

Romania has come under scrutiny by the European Union since pressing charges against its former anti-corruption chief, Laura Codruta Kovesi. Kovesi is the preferred candidate of THIS legislative arm of the European Union for the role of EU Chief Prosecutor.


House of Europe
European Parliament
European Commission
Council of Europe

The controversial leader of the Philippines, President Rodrigo Duterte, issued a warning to China that he would have his soldiers “prepare for suicide missions” over THIS long-standing issue.

Expansion of a Chinese military base in Indonesia
Chinese currency inflation
Human rights conditions in Xinjiang
China’s claims to the island of Pag-asa/Thitu

The Saudi government has come under criticism at the UN Human Rights Council for last week’s arrest of writers and bloggers associated with THIS.


A British hack-tivist group
Women’s rights activists
Alleged Iranian spies
Disability rights activists

Hollywood actor George Clooney has called for a boycott of hotels owned by the leader of THIS small Pacific nation in response to a recently announced criminal law punishing homosexuality and adultery with death by stoning.

Timor Leste

The United States has revoked the visa of the International Criminal Court (ICC) prosecutor following her controversial decision to do THIS.

Allow Russia to join the ICC
Investigate potential war crimes allegations against US forces in Afghanistan
Decline to prosecute Wikileaks founder Julian Assange
Declare the use of child soldiers to be a war crime

In a rare address to the US Congress marking the 70thanniversary of THIS international organization, THIS organization’s head warned, “We do not want a new arms race. We do not want a new Cold War. But we must not be naïve.”


United Nations Secretariat
International Atomic Energy Agency
North Atlantic Treaty Organization
World Trade Organization

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said he plans to extend Israeli sovereignty through annexation to THIS territory if he is elected to a fifth term on April 9th.


Golan Heights
West Bank

Paul Kagame, president of THIS African country said, “There is no way to fully comprehend the loneliness and anger of survivors and yet over and over again we have asked them to make the sacrifices necessary to give our nation new life. Emotions had to be put in a box,”in marking the 25thanniversary of a three-month genocidal rampage that saw the murders of 800,000 people, including over 70 percent of the minority Tutsi population.

Democratic Republic of Congo
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