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What in the World?" Weekly Quiz -- May 13-19, 2019

Three days after welcoming their first child, Prince Harry and actress Meghan Markle announced that they had given THIS name to Queen Elizabeth II’s fourth grandchild.

Louis Arthur Mountbatten-Windsor
Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor
Jack Henry Mountbatten-Markle
Louis Henry Windsor-Markle

Beset by allegations of corruption and high unemployment, South Africa's ruling African National Congress Party still holds a ruling majority, but not by the comfortable margin it has maintained since the country first held free elections.  WHO is the ANC candidate for President of South Africa?


Jacob Zuma
Mmusi Maimane
Cyril Ramaphosa
Thabo Mbeki

Trade talks between the U.S. and China ended without an agreement after President Trump raised tariffs on Chinese goods from 10% to THIS amount.  The U.S. president justifies the hike in tariff rates by citing Chinese failure to comply with earlier trade agreements, and maintains that it is China, rather than U.S. consumers, who will pay for them:



In the first-ever seizure of a vessel used to evade international sanctions against North Korea, U.S. officials detained the M/V Wise Honest.  Indonesian officials originally seized the Wise Honest, which was flying the flags of both North Korea and Sierra Leone, and was carrying a cargo of THIS:

Short-range missiles
Spent nuclear fuel rods

Venezuela's Supreme Court ordered the country's National Constituent Assembly—convened by Nicolas Maduro and made up of his supporters—to revoke the parliamentary immunity of the country's National Assembly.  The lifting of immunity has led to the arrest of one opposition legislator, and forced three others to take refuge HERE:


In foreign embassies in Caracas
In churches in Caracas
On a boat, anchored just inside international waters
In neighboring Colombia

Citing illegal ballot-box committees, Turkey's high election board has ruled that last month's vote for mayor of Istanbul must be held again.  Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan welcomed the ruling, and said that it was in the best interests of Turkey.  Mr. Erdogan's support of the election board's decision comes as no surprise for which reason?

The major opposition CH Party candidate was declared the winner
Not winning Istanbul weakens the strength of Mr. Erdogan's ruling AK Party
Istanbul, besides being the political capital of the country, is also its economic and cultural center, and is the key to winning Turkey
All of the above

With the US as a notable exception, almost every country in the world has signed onto the U.N.-supported Basel Convention, which is aimed at reducing pollution by requiring countries to do THIS

Create a tax on single-use plastic bags in retail stores
Implement carbon trading schemes to curb the total amount of carbon emissions per country
Monitor movements of plastic waste outside their borders
Institute national anti-pollution curricula in public schools

A year after the US pulled out of THIS joint nuclear agreement, the Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has given European signatories to the deal a 60-day ultimatum to violate US sanctions and resume oil trade before Iran returns to high level uranium enrichment.


Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (START) I
Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty (CTBT)
Strategic Arms Limitation Talks (SALT) I
Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA)

French forces raided a group of kidnappers traveling through THIS country, and managed to free two French hostages, along with an American and a South Korean national. The kidnappers were en route to hand the hostages over to the West African militant group Katiba Macina, an offshoot of the Islamic militant group Ansar Dine: 


Burkina Faso

Amidst many tensions in bilateral relations including over last week’s failed uprising in Venezuela, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is scheduled to travel next week for his first trip to THIS UN Security Council member state in an attempt to repair relations.

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