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"What in the World?" Weekly Quiz -- May 13-19, 2018

Three Americans being held as prisoners in North Korea were released last week, a conciliatory gesture from Pyongyang before the historic meeting between President Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un to discuss denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula. The meeting is set for June 12th in THIS location:

Hong Kong
On Tuesday President Trump moved the United States to break from the 2015 P5+1 Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), the so-called Iran nuclear deal. Which of THESE statements concerning that action is NOT true.
National Security Adviser Bolton said sanctions on European companies was “possible” if they maintained business dealings with Iran that resumed under the JCPOA.
The US withdrawal from the JCPOA has strengthened the hand of President Hassan Rouhani over hardliners in the Iranian government.
France, Germany and the UK announced they are committed to the agreement with Germany saying it would seek to change minds in Washington about the withdrawal.
President Trump Tweeted on Sunday, “Remember how badly Iran was behaving with the Iran Deal in place. They were trying to take over the Middle East by whatever means necessary. Now, that will not happen!”

The United States is preparing to expand its nuclear weapons arsenal in terms of numbers and types of warheads – including lower yield tactical weapons – in the wake of the Nuclear Posture Review. The current limits on strategic weapons are covered by THIS US-Russian agreement which expires in February 2021.

STOP Treaty
SALT Treaty
SANE Treaty
START Treaty
The June European Union summit was said to be the “ultimate deadline” for THIS Brexit issue – a major hurdle – in talks between the EU and the UK.
Resolving the status of the land bridge between Gibraltar – a British territory – and Spain.
A practical solution to the Northern Ireland – Republic of Ireland open border question.
The status of Scotland if the independence movement succeeds in the next vote to separate from the United Kingdom.
The status of property in the EU held by British citizens.

Last month Chinese President Xi Jinping oversaw a parade of warships and gave a speech in which he said the country was pursuing a “world-class” navy. This week China provided evidence of that goal by THIS action:

Beijing announced plans to base submarines at two of its manmade islands in a disputed South China Sea region.
China’s navy unveiled a maritime variant of its J-20 stealth fighter.
A Chinese ballistic missile submarine launched a new, long-range SLBM.
China’s first indigenously produced aircraft carrier set sail for sea trials.

Andrew Parker, Director General of THIS British organization roughly equivalent to the US FBI, called on his European Union counterparts to retain close ties after the Brexit to fight Islamic State militants and the “pernicious” work of Russia to undermine Western democracies.  What organization does Parker head?

Scotland Yard

As dignitaries gathered for the opening of the U.S. Embassy in Jerusalem, protesters engaged Israeli forces at THIS border. Israel said there were over 35,000 protestors and three who tried to plant explosives at the border were killed. Press reports indicated 37 protesters were killed and about 1,000 wounded in the clashes. Where is THIS border with Israel?

Green Line

Last week the tensions between Iran and Israel that occasionally flared in tit for tat hostilities broke into the open with brief but intense strikes and counter strikes. What country was the scene of the armed conflict between the two?


Saudi Arabia

What is the correct country/capital match?

Turkey / Istanbul
Afghanistan / Tirana
Netherlands / The Hague
Australia / Canberra

Islamic State’s claim of responsibility for a spate of bombings in Indonesia this week has worried authorities that the group, previously believed to have been held in check, is regaining its footing in the world’s largest Muslim nation.  What about it about the attacks in recent days was remarkable?

The targets were Christian elementary schools.
The IS claim of responsibility said there would be one attack a day in the coming month of Ramadan.
The attackers were family members and included children.
The attackers were members of the local police force.
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