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What in the World?" Weekly Quiz -- August 5-11, 2019

 A royal decree issued in Saudi Arabia this week now allows women in the kingdom to do THIS:

Hold a passport and travel without the permission of a male guardian
Attend college
Vote in municipal and parliamentarian elections

Attorney Pedro Pierluisi became governor of Puerto Rico this week, but his term in office might be very short, due to THIS factor.  Mr. Pierluisi was hand picked to be secretary of state by outgoing governor Ricardo Roselló, a position that made him next in line to lead the island after Mr. Roselló resigned in disgrace:


Mr. Pierluisi was not born in Puerto Rico, a requirement for anyone who holds the office of governor
Mr. Pierluisi advised the federally created board overseeing Puerto Rico's bankruptcy, a board despised by most Puerto Ricans
Mr. Pierluisi is also being investigated as part of Chatgate
Puerto Rico's Senate has yet to confirm Mr. Pierluisi's nomination

The Partial Ban on Face-Covering Clothing Act took effect in the Netherlands.  The ban makes it illegal for men or women to cover their faces in public buildings such as schools and hospitals, and on public transportation.  Any person refusing to comply with orders to remove a face covering can be fined up to 150 euros.  Which of the following problems has already emerged as a challenge to the new ban?


Large protests have broken out in Amsterdam and Rotterdam in reaction to the ban
Several Arab countries have recalled their ambassadors from Amsterdam to protest the ban, seen largely as a way to stifle Muslim identity
Dutch security officials have announced that they will not enforce the ban
The ban is a direct violation of the European Union's Charter of Civil Rights

 Police in Moscow arrested almost 700 people for participating in a banned protest rally, another episode in the ongoing civil unrest in the Russian capital following the government's decision to do THIS:

Ban all social media across the country
Exile opposition leader Alexei Navalny
Prevent opposition candidates from running in upcoming Moscow municipal elections
All of the above

A long-standing dispute over compensation for forced labor during war time has escalated tensions between South Korea and Japan, and led to Japan's announcement this week that it was removing South Korea from its "White List."  What benefits do the 27 nations—soon to be 26—on Japan's White List enjoy?


No visa requirements for citizens of White List nations who visit or do business in Japan
Open and free sharing of intelligence information, which helps offset international tensions with China and North Korea
Preferred, trusted trading partner status, which facilitates the flow of goods between the two countries
All of the above

In response to growing international condemnation of its policy of holding Muslim minorities in re-education detention camps, Chinese officials announced that most of the detainees had been released back in to society. Activist and human rights groups have not been able to find wide-spread evidence to support the Chinese government's claim.  The majority of those detained in the camps belong to THIS Turkic-speaking ethnic group:


An important Cold-War era arms treaty between the U.S. and Russia collapsed this week after each side blamed the other for violating it.  The treaty, signed in 1987, banned the use of certain ground-launched cruise missiles. The end of treaty, officially known by THIS name, stoked fears of a new arms race between the two nations:

Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty, or INF
Chemical Weapons Ban
Strategic Arms Limitations Treaty, or SALT
Agreement on the Prevention of Nuclear War

American students who studied at THIS elite university in China have been questioned by the FBI to determine whether or not Chinses spy agencies had tried to recruit them:



Bangladesh is suffering a record outbreak of THIS mosquito-borne illness, with over 13,000 new cases diagnosed in July alone.  The disease in question is not usually fatal, and its symptoms include high fever, a skin rash, and severe headaches:


Dengue fever
West Nile virus

The concept of "border" took on a new meaning this week as architects Ronald Rael and Virginia San Fratello set up a series of see-saws that used the wall along the border between THESE two nations as their fulcrum, allowing people on each side to play with each other:

North and South Korea
Mexico and the United States
Germany and France
Palestine and Israel
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