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"What in the World?" Weekly Quiz -- Oct 29-Nov 4, 2018

National Security Advisor John Bolton announced an invitation for Vladimir Putin to visit Washington in early 2019 on Friday. The prospects for a White House visit were discussed after the last Trump-Putin summit but were put on hold due to the investigation into Russian election meddling. The last Trump-Putin summit, a controversial affair, was held in what city?

 
St Petersburg
Helsinki
London
Singapore

A third wave of migrants has left their country’s capital on Sunday bound for the United States as two “caravans” are already heading north through Mexico. The latest organized group of Central American migrants are mainly from THIS source:

Honduras
Guatemala
El Salvador
Nicaragua

Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu was hosted in THIS country last week by its ruler Sultan Qaboos following a visit by Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas. It has fueled speculation about political moves afoot such as Arab-Israeli peace, Israeli-Iranian relations, Israeli rapprochement with Arab Gulf states. What country was host to Netanyahu and Abbas?

 

Bahrain
Qatar
Oman
United Arab Emirates

North and South Korea have moved to deescalate tension along the DMZ by removing weapons, ammunition and minefields around the Joint Security Area. THIS area, which was called the “scariest place on earth” by former President Clinton, is better known as THIS truce village.

 
Pyongyang
Inchon
Panmunjon
Kaesong

THIS east African country’s parliament appointed career diplomat Sahle-Work Zewde as its first female president. Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed, who also cut the list of ministers to 20 and gave half of the positions including defense minister to women, was recently highlighted for honoring an agreement with neighboring Eritrea ending a 20-year border war.

 

Ethiopia
South Sudan
Djibouti
Somalia

THIS far-right populist candidate headed into Sunday elections in Brazil with a ten-point lead in an election that worried democratic voices in the world’s fourth-largest democracy.  The supreme court chief justice was moved to comment after he voted, ““The future president must respect institutions, must respect democracy, the rule of law, the judiciary branch, the national Congress and the legislative branch.”

Jose Dias Toffoli
Jair Bolsonaro
Dilma Rousseff
Fernando Haddad
All of these developments concerning China EXCEPT THIS one were in the news last week.
China is building an airfield in Antarctica to support scientific expeditions and tourist groups.
A proxy political battle for influence between India and China has resulted in a leadership crisis in Sri Lanka.
China expelled Canadian diplomats and closed their embassy in response to Ottawa’s recognition of Taiwan.
China’s first private enterprise effort at launching a space probe failed.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan hosted leaders from three other countries to discuss a political resolution of the conflict in Syria on Saturday.  Which of these countries was NOT invited?

 

Russia
United States
France
Germany

The Duchess of Sussex – Meghan Markle – and Prince Harry were in New Zealand last week where she praised the country for being first in the world, 125 years ago, to give women the right to vote in parliamentary elections. The Royal couple were visiting a collection of countries, mostly former territories of the British Empire, known as THIS collective:

 

Organisation of the United Kingdom
Commonwealth of Independent States
Reunited Nations of the British Empire
Commonwealth of Nations

International attention remains fixed on Saudi Arabia which promised a transparent, thorough investigation into the murder of American-resident, journalist Jamal Khashoggi. Officials in Riyadh have offered all of these explanations about the case EXCEPT:

Khashoggi left the Saudi consulate in Istanbul on the day he was reported missing.
Khashoggi was in the consulate at the instigation of Turkish intelligence.
Khashoggi died when a fight broke out inside the consulate.
Khashoggi’s murder in the consulate was premeditated.
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