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***What in the World?" Weekly Quiz -- Jun 3-9, 2019***

The European Union held parliamentary elections over four days, with the highest voter turnout in two decades. THESE groups did surprising well, breaking with trends from past elections:

Centrist parties
Reformist parties
Parties with pro-LGBTQ platforms
Far-right nationalist and Green parties

Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz, Europe's youngest leader, added another distinction to his resume last week when THIS happened:


He was the first chancellor indicted on corruption charges after a video surfaced of him offering government contracts in exchange for positive press coverage
He became the first chancellor to resign the leadership of his center-right People's Party in order to lead the far-right, neo-Nazi Freedom Party
He became Austria's first chancellor to lose a no-confidence vote since World War II
All of the above

A British court has ordered former mayor of London and UK foreign secretary Boris Johnson, now a front-runner in the race to replace outgoing Prime Minister Theresa May, to face misconduct in public office charges because he did THIS:


Used £300,000 of Foreign and Commonwealth Office funds to renovate a personal residence
Accepted £100,000 in unregistered campaign contributions
Lied to the public about the amount the UK would save annually by leaving the EU
Publicly slandered Theresa May

As possible retaliation for increased tariffs and the blacklisting of telecommunications giant Huawei, Chinese media are suggesting a moratorium on export of THIS material to the U.S.  A disruption in the supply of the material in question could impact several industries in the U.S., from defense to healthcare:

Steel and aluminum
Recycled plastics
Rare earth minerals

Israeli lawmakers voted this week to dissolve parliament.  Current Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu just won the most recent elections in April, but must now stand in new elections, scheduled for September.  What caused the dissolution of parliament, and the subsequent need for new elections?


Mr. Netanyahu's failure to form a coalition government
Mr. Netanyahu's indictment on corruption charges
The sudden resignation of Mr. Netanyahu's current cabinet
All of the above

South African President Cyril Ramaphosa's new cabinet is remarkable for THIS characteristic, a first in the nation's history:

Its members come from every political party in the country
Fifty percent of its members come from opposition parties
It includes the nation's first openly gay politician
It is gender balanced

Despite an unusually deadly climbing season on Mt. Everest that led to 11 fatalities and a viral photo of climbers waiting to reach the summit, the government of THIS nation has said it will not limit the number of climbing permits it issues:


Renewed grassroots efforts to legalize abortion in Argentina kicked off, with large-scale demonstrations in favor of a new bill making its way through the nation's Congress. Supporters in Argentina and elsewhere in the world—including Spanish actor Penelope Cruz and others at the Cannes film festival—use THIS color to show their support of the proposed legislation:



THIS famous tourist attraction in Paris shut down after staff walked off the job, citing overcrowding due to a 25% increase in the number of visitors:


Eiffel Tower
Louvre Museum
Notre Dame Cathedral
Arc de Triomphe

Just after two attacks on mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand, Australian teenager Will Connolly—aka "Egg Boy"—gained notoriety for cracking an egg on right-wing Australian senator Fraser Anning's head; Mr. Anning declared that the attacks had been caused by New Zealand's willingness to allow Muslim immigrants. Now a bit of a folk hero, Mr. Connolly was back in the news this week for which of the following reasons?

He threw a milkshake on UK politician and Brexit supporter Nigel Farage
He presented New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern with a dozen eggs during her state visit to Australia
He donated the $69,000 collected from crowdfunding for his legal fees to the victims of the Christchurch mosque attacks
He cracked an egg on U.S. President Donald Trump's head
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