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