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"What in the World?" Weekly Quiz -- Feb 4-10, 2019

The Trump Administration pulled the trigger on the INF Treaty February 1stannouncing it was withdrawing from the Cold War era agreement that banned the United States and Russia from THIS.

Land-based short and intermediate range nuclear cruise and ballistic missiles with ranges between 310-3420 miles.
More than 10 multiple independently targetable reentry vehicles on submarine launched ballistic missiles.
Sea-based short and intermediate range cruise missiles with nuclear payloads.
Development of space based anti-ballistic missile systems with nuclear warheads.

President Trump said on Sunday that sending American military forces to this troubled country was an option, after Washington recognized the head of the national assembly as the rightful president.

Democratic Republic of Congo
South Sudan

President Trump told the press last week that progress was being made in trade talks with China.  Both sides want an agreement that would avoid THIS.


An increase in tariffs on American aircraft sold to China to 35% by Beijing.
A return to consideration of the Trans Pacific Partnership negotiations by Washington.
A March 1st deadline when the U.S. would increase tariff rates from 10% to 25% on $200 billion worth of Chinese goods.
A cancellation of agricultural subsidies to American soybean growers.

As the window for an agreement on terms for the UK’s departure from the EU close to under two months Prime Minister Theresa May insisted this week THAT:

She would seek a new referendum to consider overturning the 2016 Brexit decision.
She would reopen talks in Parliament to sign off on the Brexit deal.
She would deliver Brexit on time
She would ask the European Union for a six-month extension for a Brexit deal.

European nations have created a pathway for non-US dollar trade dealing between their countries and Iran called the Special Purpose Vehicle (SPV) in order to do THIS.


Promote EU-Iranian trade in manufactured goods limited under Brexit.
Protect EU businesses from sanctions reinstated after President Trump axed the JCPOA.
Encourage new investment in Iran not hampered by the Euro-Rial exchange rates.
Create an economic regime that will protect EU investments in Iran from Chinese influence.

President Barham Salih of THIS country responded February 4thto President Donald Trump’s statement that the U.S. would use troops stationed there to “watch Iran.” Salid said, “The U.S. is a major power … but do not pursue your own policy priorities, we live here.”  THIS country, not a member of the Gulf Cooperation Council is which of these?

Saudi Arabia

Nine major European nations -- France, Spain, Germany, Britain, Portugal, Sweden, Denmark, Austria and the Netherlands – recognized this Venezuelan leader after expiration of an ultimatum for the sitting president to call new elections. The United States recognized THIS head of the national assembly as interim president last month.


Juan Guaido
Hugo Chavez
Pedro Sanchez
Nicolas Maduro

Pope Francis is on a three-day visit to THIS country, the first travel for a head of the Roman Catholic religion to the Arabian Peninsula.


Saudi Arabia
Saudi Arabia

The United States is imposing visa restrictions on THIS country after it refused to accept 7,000 of its nations Washington sought to deport.



The Lunar New Year celebrated in a number of countries is called the Spring Festival in China where it is marked by the largest human migration in the world.  This new year the Chinese will be observing the year of WHICH one of these?

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