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:
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:
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?
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:
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?
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:
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:
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: