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Tennessee World Affairs Council What in the World? Weekly Quiz – July 19-25, 2021

Chancellor Angela Merkel said, “The German language has no words, I think, for the devastation,” referring to THIS catastrophe. 

Wild fires that have erupted in the Black Forest.
Rampaging flood waters of the River Ahr that have killed about 200.
Villages evacuated and dozens injured by dangerous gas spilled by a derailed train.
Mudslides that buried most of the Zugspitze ski resort.

Only 60,000 people, all Saudi citizens, have been permitted to participate in THIS pilgrimage due to Covid-19 fears. Over two million Muslims normally participate in the once-in-a-lifetime travel to Islam’s holiest sites.

Shahada
Zakat
Hajj
Sawm

Malware known as Pegasus sold by a surveillance firm in THIS country to authoritarian governments was used to target rights activists, journalists and attorneys.

Taiwan
Israel
South Africa
Belgium

The U.S., NATO and other nations charged THIS country with a years-long hacking campaign that included cyber theft of data to benefit its companies. The cyber attacks also focused on Microsoft earlier this year.

China
North Korea
Russia
Armenia

Plans for a summit between two American allies in Asia set to take place during a visit to the Tokyo Olympics were dashed apparently over crude remarks from a Japanese diplomat aimed at THIS leader. The countries have a history of feuding over territorial claims and wartime crimes.

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi
Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte
Australian Prime Minsiter Scott Morrison
South Korean President Moon Jae-in
The United States launched “Operation Allies Refuge” in order to do THIS.
Evacuate Afghans who worked with the U.S. ahead of Taliban advances.
Evacuate Kurds from northeast Syria who fought with the U.S. against ISIS.
Evacuate Western nations’ citizens from area of Mozambique beset by ISIS.
Evacuate Americans from Cuba as anti-regime violence looms.

Vigilante groups have emerged to battle unrest in THIS African nation that followed the jailing of former President Jacob Zuma.

Zimbabwe
Suriname
South Africa
Congo

Changing lifestyles during the Covid-19 pandemic are one factor that has led to a shortage of THIS product mostly produced by TSMC in Taiwan and Samsung in South Korea.

Laptops
Smart Phones
Semiconductors
TVs

The United Arab Emirates, one of the first signatories of the Abraham Accord normalizing relations with Israel, opened an embassy in Israel a month after Israel opened an embassy in THIS capital of the UAE.

Riyadh
Manama
Abu Dhabi
Dubai
Covid-19 “Freedom Day” in THIS nation was spoiled by reports of surging infections and news the Prime Minister was beginning a ten-day quarantine due to Covid exposure.
Brazil
Australia
United Kingdom
France
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