***What in the World? Weekly Quiz - Dec 2-8, 2019***
Pro-democracy protesters in Hong Kong held up “Swole Trump” posters-- showing the President’s face superimposed on the body of Sylvester Stallone as fictional boxing champion Rocky Balboa-- at a “Thanksgiving Rally” in response to THIS action by U.S. lawmakers. Many of those gathering also draped themselves in American flags and sang “The Star-Spangled Banner.”
Apple has committed to “taking a deeper look at how [they] handle disputed borders,” after making changes to the way it labels THIS highly sensitive region in its Maps and Weather apps for some users. The region has been disputed since it was annexed in 2014 after a referendum that many Western countries have called illegal.
In response to THIS announced plan by the Trump administration, Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador has insisted that he will not permit armed foreign intervention in his country. While taking this action would not directly give authority for foreign military operations, many Mexicans are nervous it could lead to unilateral US action in Mexico.
As record Black Friday sales took place across Europe this year, activists from Germany to Italy held “Green Friday” demonstrations in opposition to THIS. While Black Friday has long been ridiculed by many Europeans, the trend has caught on across the continent in recent years.
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe condemned North Korea for “repeated launches of ballistic missiles” after two projectiles were fired last Thursday. In response, North Korean state media branded Abe an “imbecile” and “political dwarf” and warned THIS.
In his second visit to US troops overseas, President Trump arrived in Afghanistan on Thanksgiving and made THIS surprise announcement. The visit to Bagram Air Base, Trump’s first time in Afghanistan, also included a bilateral meeting with President Ashraf Ghani.
Saudi Arabia is pressing its OPEC partners to hold tight on production quotas in an effort to steady global oil prices in advance of the IPO of its state-owned oil company. The IPO is expected to set a valuation of THIS company at $2 trillion with about $25 billion in shares being made available on the Saudi stock market. What is the name of THIS company?
Six more nations joined France, Britain and Germany in support of the INSTEX bartering system. The “Instrument in Support of Trade Exchanges” was created for THIS purpose.