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What in the World? Weekly Quiz – May 10-16, 2021

President Biden declared a state of emergency on Sunday in response to THIS cyber-attack from an organization called DarkSide, reported to be backed by the Kremlin.
Hacking an electric grid supplying power to most of Los Angeles County.
Cyber attack that damaged U.S. Strategic Command communications systems.
Cyber intrusion into sensitive White House servers.
Ransomware attack on a critical pipeline supplying 45% of the East Coast’s fuel.

A bombing outside a girls high school in Kabul killed 68 and injured 165 in an attack that many see as a warning of intensification of attacks from the Taliban now that the United States will remove its combat forces from Afghanistan by THIS date.

September 11, 2021
December 31, 2021
November 1, 2021
February 16, 2021

Violent protests continued to spread across THIS South American nation and the UN and EU have asked President Ivan Duque to show restraint amid charges of excessive force. The protests stem from increasing inequality, vaccination distribution problems and worsening poverty due to Covid.

Venezuela
Peru
Bolivia
Colombia

The Canadian military has been called to assist THIS province in dealing with a Covid surge driving infection rates to an all-time high. Premier Doug Ford has been heavily criticized for his handling of the pandemic, which included penalties for non-compliance with stay-at-home orders.

Quebec
Ontario
Alberta
British Columbia

A technology battle is unfolding between United States and Chinese tech firms over who will control what millions of people in Africa can see, hear, read and say, according to USIP. THIS Chinese tech giant could change Africa’s mobile ecosystem with the release of its own mobile phone operating system.

Alibaba
Huawei
Genesis
Sinotech

Secretary of State Antony Blinken called for the inclusion of Taiwan in THIS body saying, “There is no reasonable justification for Taiwan’s continued exclusion from this forum.” He called on Director General Tedros Adhanom to invite Taipei’s participation.

United Nations Security Council
Trans Pacific Partnership
World Health Assembly
Asia Pacific Economic Council

An assessment of the Biden approach to North Korea suggests the Administration is ready to associate itself with and build upon the joint statement of President Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un – pursuit of denuclearization -- at the June 2018 summit in THIS city.

Singapore
Hong Kong
Bangkok
Tokyo

National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan expressed “serious concerns” to his Israeli counterpart on Sunday over violent confrontations in Jerusalem resulting from THIS planned action.

Eviction of some Palestinian families from East Jerusalem.
Prohibition of celebration of the post-Ramadan holiday.
Construction of two new settlements on the West Bank.
Cancellation of access of UN Refugee Agency workers to East Jerusalem.

The First Minister of THIS part of the United Kingdom, bolstered by parliamentary victories by her party, warned Prime Minister Boris Johnson that a referendum on independence was coming.

Northern Ireland
Wales
Scotland
Gibraltar
The World Health Organization granted emergency approval to the Sinopharm Covid-19 vaccine produced by THIS country, certifying its safety and effectiveness.
Russia
China
India
Belgium
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