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"What in the World?" Weekly Quiz -- October 22-28, 2018

After weeks of claiming that he left its embassy in Turkey alive, Saudi Arabia has finally acknowledged that journalist Jamal Khashoggi died there, due to THIS:

A pre-existing heart condition, exacerbated by interrogation
A brawl
Falling and hitting his head on a restroom sink
Being shot by an over-zealous interrogator

Although the White House has not formally condemned the murder of Jamal Khashoggi, THIS cabinet member did cancel plans to attend a high-level summit in Saudi Arabia:

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo
Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis
Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin
Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross

Recreational marijuana became legal in Canada this week.  How many other nations in the world have legalized it for recreational use?


One: Uruguay
Three: Finland, Denmark, Colombia
Two: Sweden and France
Four: Singapore, South Africa, Sweden, Monaco

The Afghan Independent Election Commission delayed parliamentary elections in Kandahar province for a week, citing THIS event:

A larger-than-usual presence of U.S. troops
Widespread bomb threats against polling stations
The theft of ballots from the Commission's main office
A Taliban attack that killed the province's chief of police

THIS nation drew strong criticism from the White House for violating the terms of the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty, which prohibits the development of short to mid-range nuclear missiles; the Trump Administration announced that the U.S. would withdraw from the treaty:


North Korea

Mexican officials began engaging with Hondurans in a migrant caravan as it arrived on the country's southern border.  The U.S. has put increasing pressure on Mexico's government to stop the hundreds of men, women, and children fleeing violence and poverty in their own country by threatening to do THIS:

Cut off aid to Mexico
Close the U.S. border with Mexico
Deploy U.S. troops to the border with Mexico
All of the above
The U.N. called for an end to air strikes in THIS country, where an on-going civil war could lead to the worst famine the world has seen in 100 years, with 13 million people at risk of starvation:
South Sudan
Sri Lanka

Military officials in Myanmar posed as pop stars and national heroes on THIS social media platform to spread anti-Rohingya propaganda among the larger population, resulting in ethnically motivated murders, rapes, and the largest human migration in recent history:



Unusually warm weather has caused THIS normally springtime natural spectacle to occur in fall:


The swallows' return to Capistrano, California
Cherry blossoms blooming in Japan
Tulips blooming in The Netherlands
The annual zebra migration across the Serengeti

In what it called a "training error," the U.S. embassy in Australia apologized for a widely circulated email inviting recipients to THIS event:

A teddy-bear tea party
A dog choir concert
A cat pajama party
A hamster race
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