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"What in the World? Weekly Quiz" - Sep 30 - Oct 6, 2019

The personal bodyguard of the King of Saudi Arabia, Gen Abdel Aziz al-Fagham was shot and killed in a personal dispute at a friend’s home in Jeddah. Who is the King of Saudi Arabia?

King Salman
King Abdullah
King Mohammed
King Fahd

In the ongoing controversy around a whistleblower report alleging misconduct by President Trump, new reporting indicates that the President did THIS in the days before his conversation with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky.


Offered to hold a vote on Ukraine’s admission to NATO
Placed a hold on $400 million in military aid to Ukraine
Threatened to endorse Zelensky’s opponent in upcoming elections
Promised further sanctions on Russia for the 2014 annexation of Crimea
Benjamin Netanyahu and Bennie Gantz will meet again this week to seek agreement on a new Israeli government after negotiations broke down over the weekend. Netanyahu is head of the Likud party. Gantz is the head of THIS party.
United Torah Judaism
Blue and White

Spain’s Supreme Court has ruled that THIS can happen, settling an issue that has divided public opinion for decades. THIS was a key policy pledge of acting Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez and comes as Spain prepares for elections on November 10.

A referendum process to determine if Catalonia will declare independence
The release of classified documents around the Bárcenas affair
The government can rescind all residence permits from British citizens in the run-up to Brexit
The exhumation of fascist dictator Francisco Franco’s body from a place of honor

President Trump addressed the opening of the United Nations General Assembly this week and called out THESE people.


Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif proposed to augment the 2015 Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, the Iran nuclear deal, from which President Trump withdrew in 2018 in exchange for a lift of sanctions. THIS could address Trump’s concerns about the sunset clauses in the JCPOA, which would have allowed Iran to eventually resume high levels of uranium enrichment.



Iran would accept a permanent ban on uranium imports
The United States could place enhanced missile defense systems in Saudi Arabia
France would provide technology to facilitate uranium enrichment at levels sufficient for nuclear energy plants rather than weaponization
Iranian Supreme Leader Khamenei would enshrine a ban on nuclear weapons into law

Critics have accused Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi of defying diplomatic convention when he said “Abki baar Trump sarkar” (this time [a] Trump government) at a rally in Houston last week. Branded as THIS, the rally drew 50,000 members of the Indian diaspora and was part of a week-long visit culminating in Modi’s address to the UN General Assembly on Friday.

“Howdy, Modi!”
“The Burgeoning Indian-American Relationship”
“A New Age in the Indian American Story”
“Modi Sarkar”

The UN Climate Action Summit, held in advance of the General Assembly opening featured all of these EXCEPT THIS.


77 countries committing to carbon neutrality by 2050
16 year-old Greta Thunberg “scolding” global leaders over inaction on climate
U.S. delegates agreed to Action Summit carbon sequestration goals for 2030
Bill Gates pledging foundation support of $310 million to help farmers adapt to climate change

All 11 judges on the UK Supreme Court agreed that THIS action by Prime Minister Boris Johnson violated the constitution and was seen as a setback to his political maneuvering in advance of the October 31st Brexit deadline.


Advising the Queen to prorogue Parliament
Removing the “Backstop” from the Brexit agreement
Banning transfer of funds from UK to EU banks in excess of 20,000 Euros
Ordering a press blackout on Brexit negotiation news

Demonstrators in Hong Kong continued regular violent protests in the streets over the weekend as pro-democracy supporters marked the fifth anniversary of the birth of the “Umbrella Movement” and just days before THIS important event on the calendar for the People’s Republic of China, the target of Hong Konger protests.

The 70th anniversary of the Chinese Communist Party.
The 30th anniversary of the Tianamen Square protests.
The 50th anniversary of Peoples Republic of China admission to the UN.
The 60th anniversary of China becoming a nuclear power.
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