***"What in the World?" Weekly Quiz -- April 15-21, 2019***
The largest election the world has ever seen began in India last week, where 900 million eligible voters will have the opportunity over 39 days to elect a new lower house of parliament in seven phases of polling through mid-May. As the election carries on, THIS current Prime Minister of India has been subjected to allegations of corruption by opposition leaders.
Following a bombing in a fruit and vegetable market in Quetta that killed 24 people, members of THIS marginalized ethnic minority in Pakistan began a sit-in to demand better security conditions. THIS ethnic group practices Shia Islam in the predominantly Sunni countries of Pakistan and Afghanistan and has been subject to threats from sectarian armed groups for many years.
Since last week’s announcement that former President Omar Al-Bashir would be removed from his position after thirty years of rule, the international community has renewed calls for Mr. Bashir to be extradited and face his indictment by THIS international court for his role in the humanitarian crisis in Darfur.
Infamous co-founder of WikiLeaks Julian Assange was evicted from THIS country’s embassy in London, where he’d been in residence with diplomatic asylum for seven years, and arrested last week after allegations that he was intervening in the internal affairs of other states and displaying “improper hygienic conduct” inside the embassy.
President Danny Faure, leader of THIS Indian Ocean island nation that faces an existential threat from climate change and rising sea levels, issued a plea for the world to protect the oceans which he called the “beating blue heart of our planet” from inside a submersible at a depth of over 400 feet.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu held onto his lead in last week’s elections, becoming the longest-serving PM as he enters his fifth term. Despite his win, THIS new Israeli political alliance received over a million votes, breaking the record for a new party and positioning it to become the new alternative to Israel’s right wing.
EU and UK leaders have agreed to a six-month “flexible extension” to Brexit, delaying the process until October 31. Despite the extension, the UK could be forced to exit as early as May 1 if the country does not do THIS in May.
THIS San Francisco-based company was forced to reverse a new policy to settle a class action suit filed against them by Israeli lawyers who alleged discrimination against Jewish settlers in the West Bank.
China, already under international opprobrium for holding as many as a million of THIS Muslim minority group in detection camps, is under fire for using facial recognition technology to track members of THIS group. It is the first known instance of a government using AI for racial profiling.
The Trump Administration named THIS group a terrorist organization last week, the first time a military arm of a state has been so labeled, intensifying the already tense relationship with that country.