"What in the World?" Weekly Quiz -- May 20-26, 2018
Four thousand doses of Ebola vaccine were shipped to Mbandaka, Democratic Republic of Congo to try to head off an outbreak of the deadly disease. The cases in Mbandaka, a port city on the Congo River, have health officials worried the highly communicable disease could spread down river to THIS 10 million population capital of the DRC.
Venezuelans, in the midst of an economic meltdown that sees as many as 5,000 people flee the country every day, went to the polls on Sunday with just over 46 percent of eligible voters participating to give THIS embattled leader a new six-year term. His reelection was disavowed by his main rivals and not recognized by the United States. THIS newly reelected, 55 year-old, former bus driver and protégé of the late Hugo Chavez is:
Last week saw increased friction between European allies and the United States over President Trump’s decision to break out of the Iran nuclear deal. WHAT leader publicly said, “Looking at the latest decisions of Donald Trump, someone could even think: With friends like that, who needs enemies?”
Israelis and Palestinians were in the news this week celebrating triumph and tragedy, respectively, with all of these developments EXCEPT:
THIS country has experienced a little reported 18-month separatist conflict that has seen “targeting killings,” arson and looting. U.S. Ambassador Peter Barlerin met with President Paul Biya last week to call for dialogue before telling reporters, authorities had authorized “targeted killings, detentions without access to legal support ... and burning and looting of villages.” The conflict between the French-speaking majority and the English-speaking minority has seen tens of thousands flee THIS country for Nigeria.
The Shiite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr’s coalition won the majority of seats in the Iraqi parliamentary vote on Friday. Al-Sadr, a long-time foe of the United States, took this action within 24 hours of his bloc’s electoral victory?
Voters in THIS country with a large Catholic population go to the polls on Friday to consider a referendum that would permit its parliament to liberalize abortion laws.