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"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.

The United States and South Korea are in discussions over North Korea’s renewed harsh rhetoric last week and prospects for the June 12 Trump-Kim Jong-un summit. Pyongyang called off talks with South Korea after critical remarks about all of these EXCEPT:
American deployment of an aircraft carrier battle group in the Yellow Sea.
The US-ROK “Max Thunder air combat exercises.
So-called “repugnant” comments from US National Security Advisor John Bolton.
Pyongyang’s demand for return of 12 female restaurant workers who defected.

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:

Evo Morales
Nicolas Maduro
Juan Manuel Santos
José “Pepe” Mujica
China’s air force conducted long range combat aircraft operations in the South China Sea last week that included landings and takeoffs of bombers from disputed tiny islands and built up reefs. The aviation operations in contested zones militarized by China drew angry responses from lawmakers and expressions of concern from the government of THIS nation which won a case before the Permanent Court of Arbitration in The Hague two years ago. The tribunal found China’s historic claim had been “extinguished” by the UN Conference on the Law of the Sea and ruled in favor of THIS country.

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?” 

French President Emanual Macron
European Council President Donald Tusk
German Chancellor Angela Merkel
British Prime Minister Theresa May

Israelis and Palestinians were in the news this week celebrating triumph and tragedy, respectively, with all of these developments EXCEPT:

Observing the 25th anniversary of the State of Israel’s creation.
Observing the 70th anniversary of the “Nakba” or the “catastrophe” that marked Palestinians losing their homeland.
Opening the US Embassy in Jerusalem.
Palestinian protests at the Gaza border that resulted in 58 killed and over 1,000 wounded.

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?


Ordered free passage of Iranian military forces and material across Iraq to Syria.
Declared restrictions on movement of American diplomatic personnel in Iraq.
Met with Vice President Haider al-Abadi for talks on forming a ruling coalition.
Warned Saudi Arabia and other Sunni-majority Gulf States about interfering in Iraq.

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.


How much of the $45 million price tag for Prince Harry’s and Meghan Markle’s wedding went to cover security?

$10 million
$20 million
$30 million
$40 million
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