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What in the World Weekly Quiz - Mar 9-15, 2020

THIS country has reported a massive jump in deaths from the COVID-19 coronavirus, with a 50% surge over the weekend giving it the second highest toll from the disease. This surge has lead the country to lock down a broad swath of its industrial northern region and prevent the free movement of roughly 16 million people.

Italy
Iran
Japan
Saudi Arabia

Over the weekend, mainland China reported THIS for the second straight day. As COVID-19 spreads to new regions and countries, Chinese authorities are keeping an eye on possible infections arriving from abroad.

The highest number of new cases of coronavirus since Chinese health authorities began reporting nationwide data
The increase of mandatory quarantine periods by an additional 48 hours
Zero new locally transmitted coronavirus cases outside virus epicenter Hubei province
The deportation of non-mainland residents displaying symptoms of the coronavirus

At the U.N.’s International Women’s Day observance, Secretary-General Antonio Guterres called THIS “the biggest human rights challenge we face.”

Degradation of family values
Religious extremism
Fake news
Gender inequality
Saudi Arabia slashed its export oil prices by nearly 10 percent over the weekend, a move seen as retaliation for THIS action. The cut has added more uncertainty to global markets already in turmoil due to the coronavirus outbreak.
America’s removal of sanctions on Iranian healthcare and medical imports
OPEC’s admission of Scotland as a member country
Russia’s refusal to join OPEC in a large cut to oil production
Canada’s condemnation of the arrest of members of the Saudi royal family

Violent confrontations, including the deployment of riot police and the burning of refugee centers, have resulted from an amassing of migrants at the Greek border amidst THIS geopolitical stand-off.

A dispute between Greece and North Macedonia over their shared border demarcation
A dispute between Turkey and the European Union over financial responsibility for migrants
A dispute between Turkey and Greece over the treatment of Muslims in Greece
A dispute between the European Union and Syria over the EU’s support for rebel elements in the Syrian civil war

The trial of four men begins this week in the Netherlands for their role in THIS. The four suspects are unlikely to take part in the trial because Russia and Ukraine do not extradite their citizens, but the court has prepared to accept testimony from them by video link.

The supply of illegal arms to separatists in the Donbas region
The downing of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 over Ukraine
The bombing of civilian facilities in Aleppo, Syria
The attempted surveillance of NATO forces throughout the Baltic Sea
In the Democratic Republic of Congo, officials have announced that the last patient being treated for THIS disease has been released from a treatment center. The most recent outbreak in the DRC has been the second-deadliest of THIS disease in world history.
Ebola
SARS
Malaria
Cholera

Results from Israel’s elections last week, particularly THIS occurrence, have extended the country’s year-long political deadlock. The volatility comes as Israel prepares for the March 17 start to Prime Minister Netanyahu’s trial on corruption charges.

The Predominantly Arab Joint List secured an alternative coalition
Prime Minister Netanyahu and allies fell short of a parliamentary majority
The Israeli Supreme Court ruled that an indicted politician cannot form a new government
Former military chief and opposition leader Benny Gantz resigned from politics

Regional and international officials have condemned THIS latest action by North Korea, which follows just days after the country threatened “momentous action” in protest of outside condemnation over earlier live-fire exercises.

Reneged on negotiations over territory disputes in the South China Sea
Issued new propaganda criticizing South Korea’s response to the coronavirus outbreak
Doubled its troop presence along the DMZ
Fired several short-range missiles off its east coast
Following weeks of intense fighting between Turkish-backed rebels and Syrian forces supported by Russia, Turkey and Russia have signed a ceasefire in THIS northwest province of Syria.
Aleppo
Raqqa
Idlib
Daraa
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