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***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.

An immediate rupture between the United Kingdom and the European Union resulting in no trade agreement between the two entities
The beginning of an eleven-month transition by the United Kingdom out of the European Union
The formal campaign launch for a new referendum on keeping the United Kingdom in the European Union
The erection of a land border between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland

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.

The Palestinian Authority announced it would cut off all ties with the United States
President Netanyahu announced his cabinet would consider approving the application of Israeli law to Jewish settlements in the West Bank
Iran announced it would lend support to the plan if given input into the security arrangements
The Arab League announced it would not cooperate with the United States in implementing the plan.

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.

Nigeria, Eritrea, and Myanmar
Saudi Arabia, Qatar, and United Arab Emirates
Cuba, Vietnam, and Russia
Pakistan, Afghanistan, and Iran
Iraq’s President Barham Saleh did THIS following four months of anti-government protests, following reports earlier in the week that Saleh had given parliament an ultimatum to take the action itself.
Released jailed protesters
Suspended parliament and announced new elections
Created a new peace and reconciliation commission
Appointed a new prime minister

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.

China-style
Russia-style
Canada-style
American-style

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.

Iraq
Turkey
Ukraine
Lebanon
The Trump Administration added Nigeria to the list of visa ban countries in a move characterized in the NY Times as, “A year after the Trump administration announced that a major pillar of its new strategy for Africa was to counter the growing influence of China and Russia by expanding economic ties to the continent, it slammed the door shut on Nigeria, the continent’s biggest economy.” WHAT is the capital of Nigeria?
Abuja
Accra
Bujumbura
Freetown

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.

Brazil
Russia
India
China

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.

The 1973 Yom Kippur War.
The 1967 Six-Day War
The 1947 UN Partition of Palestine
The 1993 Oslo I Accord
As the spread of the coronavirus believed to originate in Wuhan, China has now surpassed 10,000 cases, the World Health Organization took THIS step. The virus has been spreading quickly within and outside of China,
Deploying pandemic response teams to Wuhan to assist the Chinese government
Releasing a statement in support of flight closures to and from mainland China
Declaring the coronavirus outbreak a global health emergency
Creating a fund to assist smaller countries with less robust public health systems in thwarting the virus’s spread
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