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"What in the World?" Weekly Quiz -- October 1-7, 2018

President Trump spoke at a meeting of THIS body last week and said globalism was a threat to American sovereignty saying, “We reject the ideology of globalism.” His opening remarks included the claim his administration “accomplished more than almost any other administration in the history of our country,” a claim that drew laughter from among the assembled world leaders.

The Group of Twenty (G20)
The Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC)
UN General Assembly (UNGA)
North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO)
The Chinese-U.S. relationship is showing increasing tension with the latest evidence being Beijing’s withdrawal from an annual security dialogue meeting between Secretary of State and Chinese officials. Other signs of friction between Washington and Beijing include all of these EXCEPT:
U.S. heavy bombers patrolling the East China Sea and South China Sea as part of a “continuous bomber presence in the region.”
China’s refusal to allow a port visit of an American warship to Hong Kong in October.
Charges from the U.S. Ambassador to China that Beijing was bullying Americans by running propaganda ads in U.S. newspapers.
Expulsion of five U.S. diplomats from the Consulate in Chengdu on charges of domestic interference.

THIS earthquake plagued Asian nation experienced a 7.5 magnitude temblor that generated a killer tsunami.  Over 800 were feared dead with the count expected to go higher as isolated regions are reached.


Sri Lanka

Macedonians went to the polls to consider a country name change referendum that would open the way for THIS neighbor to agree to its NATO and EU applications. The referendum failed to turnout 50 percent of the necessary voters. The prime minister vowed to press on with an uncertain vote in parliament. WHO is mandating the name change?


A Syrian rebel group has begun withdrawal of its forces and heavy weapons from a demilitarized zone in THIS region to comply with an agreement with Turkey and Russia. The move comes ahead of an expected Syrian army attack against THIS city of 3 million people.



Brazil’s run up to an October 7th election is stirring strong passions especially among those opposing THIS far-right candidate. Supporters of the former army officer who has spoken in admiration of the decades of military dictatorship in the country, like his populist rhetoric and tough on crime positions. The tens of thousands of women-led protesters who took to the streets Saturday criticize HIM as sexist, homophobic and misogynistic. THIS controversial candidate recently returned home from hospital after recovering from a near-fatal stab wound.

Michel Temer
Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva
Jair Bolsonaro
Fernando Haddad
THIS former British Foreign Secretary and BREXIT hardliner said Prime Minister May’s plan for UK to leave the EU would leave the country “half in and half out.” Touting his “My plan for a better Brexit,” THIS politician is seen as more and more likely to challenge May for leadership of the Conservative party.
Edward Milliband
David Camerson
Jeremy Corbyn
Boris Johnson

What international leader was President Trump talking about when he said, “Then we fell in love” during a rally Friday night in West Virginia?


Marion Le Pen
Angela Merkel
Kim Jong Un
Vladimir Putin

The U.S. State Department ordered the evacuation of a consulate in THIS city because of increased threats to the staff. Secretary of State Pompeo blamed militias supported by Iran for ““repeated incidents of indirect fire.” Pompeo blamed Iranian Quds Force commander Qassem Suleimani for the attacks.


Basra, Iraq
Mosul, Iraq
Damascus, Syria
Beirut, Lebanon

Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan was in this country looking for improvements in trade relations while THIS country’s leader wanted to focus on human rights and prisoners issues.  Among the contentious issues were Erdogan’s effort to have the Gulen movement labeled as a terrorist organization, to have Turkish military officers claiming asylum returned, and to release prisoners from THIS country released.

United Kingdom
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