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***What in the World?" Weekly Quiz -- Jun 17-23, 2019***

Two oil tankers were attacked last week and their crews abandoned ship in an escalation of the tension between the United States and Iran. The Japanese-flagged Kokuka Courageous and the Norwegian-flagged Front Altair were attacked in THIS body of water.

 
Strait of Hormuz
Gulf of Oman
Gulf of Aden
North Arabian Sea

In the face of ceaseless, increasingly violent protests in Hong Kong, Chief Executive Carrie Lam suspected efforts to pass THIS legislative measure.

 

Abrogating the 1997 Sino-UK treaty that called for no change in Hong Kong’s status until 2047.
Limiting citizens’ emigration to the United Kingdom.
Limiting voting rights for non-Chinese citizens.
Allowing extradition of Hong Kong citizens to mainland China.

President Trump distanced himself from the CIA last week when he commented on allegations that the agency did THIS by saying, “"I know this: that the relationship is such that that wouldn't happen under my auspices…”

 

CIA recruitment of Kim Jong Un’s half-brother as a source.
CIA clandestine operations against Russian forces in eastern Ukraine.
CIA cyber operations against the Russian electrical grid.
CIA detention and interrogation of Iranian Revolutionary Guards Corps militiamen in Iraq.

The New York Times reported American cyber warriors were “stepping up digital incursions” into THIS aspect of Russian life with U.S. National Security Advisor John Bolton tell the press, “to say to Russia, or anybody else that’s engaged in cyberoperations against us, ‘You will pay a price.’”

 
Hacking Russian nuclear command and control systems.
Placing malware in the Russian electrical grid.
Disrupting Russian rail network scheduling and signaling.
Hacking private Kremlin email servers.

The Group of Twenty (G20), the world’s preeminent economic consultation grouping, consists of 19 nations and the European Union. They account for 90 percent of global GDP, 80 percent of world trade and about 66 percent of the world’s population. The G20 summit is set for June 28-29 in Osaka, Japan. WHICH of these countries is NOT a G20 member?

 

Indonesia
Saudi Arabia
Israel
Turkey

Iran said it will make an announcement this week describing steps it will take to decrease its commitment to the so-called Iran Nuclear Deal. President Trump removed the United States from the agreement last year and reinstituted crushing sanctions on Iran which has contributed to the current tensions in the Gulf between Washington and Tehran. WHAT was the official name of the Iran nuclear deal?

Iran Nuclear Status Protocol
Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty Iranian Annex
Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action
Comprehensive Reduction of Middle East Proliferation Agreement

On June 5thPresident Trump ditched trade preferences for THIS G20 country which had allowed duty free exports up to $5.6 billion expanding tariff/trade battles with nations that enjoyed trade surpluses with the U.S. On Sunday (Jun 16) THIS country retaliated by slapping retaliatory tariffs on 28 American made products.

Japan
Brazil
India
Vietnam

When two tankers were attacked in the Gulf of Oman off the coast or Iran this week THIS leader was on a “peacemaking” visit to Tehran for talks with Iranian leaders. Iran’s Supreme leader Ali Hosseini Khamenei turned down HIS efforts at opening communications with Washington, “I do not see Trump as worthy of any message exchange, and I do not have any reply for him, now or in future.”

 

Emmanuel Macron
Narendra Modi
Shinzo Abe
Vladimir Putin

The controversial S-400 will be delivered to Turkey starting in July according to President Tayyip Erdogan. The sale from Russia has set NATO ally Ankara and Washington at odds, with the US Defense Secretary announcing readiness to axe Turkey from purchases of the F-35 advanced combat fighter jet. Erdogan responded, “When someone lower down says different things, then we immediately make contact with Mr. Trump and try to solve issues with telephone diplomacy. Matters don’t take long there.”  WHAT is the S-400?

 

A submarine
An air to air missile
A surface to air missile
A main battle tank

Irish Prime Minister, the Taoiseach, Leo Varadkar reiterated his country’s opposition to a “hard border” being created between the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland as a result of the UK’s exit, or Brexit, from the European Union. Varadkar’s remarks were a response to increasing calls in London for a no-deal Brexit if there was no agreement that included scrapping a provision that would keep the Irish border open, the only EU-UK land border. WHAT is the name of the provision to keep the border open?

Backstop
Irish Opening
Global Border
Inter-Irish Community
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