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What in the World?" Weekly Quiz -- May 27-Jun 2, 2019

Officials in the Trump administration are pushing the President to invoke emergency provisions that would allow $7 billion in munitions sales to move forward between the US and THESE TWO Gulf states, circumventing Congress in the process.

Saudi Arabia and Yemen
Bahrain and Iraq
Yemen and Bahrain
Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates

The World Health Organization has declared both Argentina and Algeria to be free of THIS tropical disease. While they join thirty-six other states and territories in holding this recognition, Algeria remains only the second African country on this list.


Guinea Worm

In the same week that Taiwan became the first Asian country to legalize same-sex marriage and Brazil’s top court criminalized homophobia and transphobia, the high courts of THIS sub-Saharan African state upheld laws criminalizing LGBT relationships that date back to the country’s colonial period.



UK Prime Minister Theresa May has announced that she will resign June 7th after failing to deliver Brexit, leaving way for a new British prime minister to step in and pursue a cleaner break with the European Union. THIS eccentric former Foreign Secretary (as well as former Mayor of London) is a favorite to replace May.

Sadiq Khan
Penny Mordaunt
Boris Johnson
Jeremy Corbyn

After President of the Philippines, Rodrigo Duterte, threatened to take THIS action against Canada, the Canadian government has announced it will cover the costs of addressing ongoing refuse-related tensions between the two nations.


Rescind diplomatic relations with Ottawa
Stop exports of copper to Canada
Lodge a complaint with the International Court of Justice
Deposit several tons of garbage off Canada’s coast

President Trump arrived in Japan this week as the first state visitor since the ascension of new Japanese Emperor Naruhito. In addition to concerns about North Korea’s recent test-firing of short-range missiles, the agenda for this visit includes making progress on THIS as a counterbalance to recent diplomatic challenges with China.

A ceasefire in the South China Sea
A bilateral trade agreement
An increase in troops stationed in Japan
A regional trade bloc

The head of the UN Institute for Disarmament Research (UNIDIR) announced that the risk of nuclear weapons being used is at its highest since World War II and called it an “urgent” issue that the world should take more seriously. As all states with nuclear weapons pursue nuclear modernization programs and the arms control landscape of the world is changing, 122 countries have come together to sign THIS, which is strongly opposed by the United States, Russia, and many other nuclear countries.

An agreement to stop modernization programs
An agreement to back the terms of the JCPOA with Iran
An agreement to ban nuclear weapons entirely
An agreement to expand access to nuclear weapons to new regional powers

As the humanitarian crisis in the situation continues, President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi of Yemen sent a letter to the UN Secretary General alleging that UN Special Envoy Martin Griffiths has been DOING THIS, “which threaten(s) prospects for a solution.” Tensions between the Hadi administration and Special Envoy Griffiths have been ongoing as the UN attempts to secure the withdrawal of the Houthi rebel group from the port city of Hodeidah, a lifeline for foreign aid in Yemen.


Accepting foreign assistance from Saudi Arabia
Back-channeling with Iran
Siding with the Houthi rebels
Employing private security contractors

India’s most recent general election, which had the largest number of female candidates, the highest number of seats won by women, as well as THIS, saw several gains for women’s participation in politics in the country from the previous general elections in 2014.


Implementation of a new quota system for female politicians
More female than male voters
Approval by referendum of gender parity legislation
Creation of a women’s caucus

Several nights of clashes broke out between security forces and demonstrators in THE CAPITAL of Indonesia after the country’s General Election Commission confirmed the victory of President Joko Widodo over former general Prabowo Subianto last month. What is the capital?

Kuala Lumpur
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