***What in the World? Weekly Quiz - February 3-9, 2020***
Part of a process over three years in the making, THIS Brexit milestone occurred at midnight Brussels-time on January 31, 2020.
President Trump has presented his Middle East peace plan, which calls for the creation of a demilitarized Palestinian state that would exclude Jewish settlements built in occupied territory and be under near-total Israeli security control. The release of the plan has resulted in each of these announcements EXCEPT THIS.
President Trump also announced an expanded version of the US visa ban, targeting prospective immigrants from six more countries including THESE countries. Through this presidential proclamation, the U.S. will suspend the issuance of visas that can lead to permanent residency for nationals of the six countries.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson called for THIS style of trade arrangement the EU signed with THIS country following Saturday’s (Feb 1) Brexit, the main feature of which is the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA). Meanwhile, the UK indicated it was rejecting suggestions it should align with EU trade rules.
Iran broke off cooperation with THIS country on the investigation into the downing of a passenger jet, PS752, by a surface to air missile battery (SAM) in the immediate aftermath of Iran’s ballistic missile attack against U.S. forces in Iraq. A TV station in THIS country aired a recording of a pilot talking to the Tehran tower shortly after he saw a SAM strike an aircraft, evidence Iran knew of the shoot-down in real time.
THIS “BRIC” country unveiled a new, urgent plan on Saturday (Feb 1) to spur economic growth after hitting a “wall” – a one year drop of growth from 8 percent to 4.5 percent.
The Jared Kushner devised Middle East Peace plan allows for immediate annexation of Israeli settlements in the West Bank, a move seen as in violation of international law by much of the global community. The West Bank has been occupied by Israeli forces since THIS.