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"What in the World?" Weekly Quiz -- Dec 31, 2018 - Jan 6, 2019

WHAT city hosts one of the earliest New Year’s celebrations with a spectacular fireworks display – the Harbor Light Parade – in front of its famed opera house?

Hong Kong

A tsunami on December 23rdkilled over 400 people in Indonesia when it struck the coastline in THIS region.

Malacca Strait
Sunda Strait
Hormuz Strait
Lombok Strait

President Trump’s abrupt announcement he will order withdrawal of U.S. troops from Syria has placed Kurdish residents and militia fighters – who fought alongside Americans against ISIS – at risk of attack from WHOM?


All of the above

THIS German politician who was recently named leader of the Christian Democrat party with support from Angela Merkel is the likely next Chancellor of the Bundesrepublik Deutschland.

Dieter Althaus
Ernst-Reinhard Beck
Eva Grafin Finck von Finckenstein
Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer

THIS official recently made this statement: “One core belief I have always held is that our strength as a nation is inextricably linked to the strength of our unique and comprehensive system of alliances and partnerships. While the US remains the indispensable nation in the free world, we cannot protect our interests or serve that role effectively without maintaining strong alliances and showing respect to those allies.”


Nikki Haley
John Bolton
James Mattis
Mike Pompeo

Martial law, imposed on November 25 in parts of Ukraine after Russia captured three Ukrainian ships, expired this past week and is not expected to be extended. Under the law the Ukrainian government banned WHAT?

Russian ships from entering Ukrainian waters.
Ukrainian citizens of Russian descent from entering government buildings and boosted security at critical sites such as nuclear power stations and Black Sea ports.
Russian men of combat age from entering the country and boosted security at critical sites such as nuclear power stations and Black Sea ports.
Ukrainian citizens from entering Russia.

The Taliban has agreed to meet for talks to end fighting in Afghanistan in Saudi Arabia in January.  WHO will Taliban representatives meet with?

Afghan government officials
United States officials
United Nations officials
All of the above

The senate of this country approved a new ambassador to the United States and for the first time that ambassador is a woman. With her 40 years of experience as a diplomat Martha Bárcena will be in charge of coordinating the bilateral efforts of the newly inaugurated president, Andrés Manuel López Obrador, with the White House. WHAT country will she represent?  



President Vladimir Putin spoke this week saying that Russia would deploy its first regiment of hypersonic nuclear-capable missiles next year, saying the move meant his country has a new type of strategic weapon capable of hitting most points in the world and evading the U.S ballistic missile defenses. WHAT is the name of the new missile system?


Baba Yaga
Kamchatka Dagger

WHAT part of the United Kingdom celebrates the New Year Festival of Hogmanay?

Northern Ireland
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