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***What in the World? Weekly Quiz – June 8-14, 2020***

Demonstrations around the world – France, Germany, Japan, Sweden, Zimbabwe, Australia and more – over the past week brought out thousands of people who wanted to express solidarity with THIS movement.
Greta Thunberg and the Climate Strike movement
George Floyd and Black Lives Matter
Malala Yousafzai and the global education movement
None of the above

President Trump said the United States would set a cap on U.S. troops in THIS COUNTRY of 25,000 necessitating a reduction of about 1/3 of American forces based there. The move was made with little notice to the host country and comes after Trump’s plan to host the G-7 Summit in Washington was scuttled in part due to its leader’s rejection of the meeting.

Poland
Japan
United Kingdom
Germany

“While the job is not done, there is no denying this is a milestone ... Thank you, New Zealand,” said THIS PRIME MINISTER, in comments marking the elimination of Covid-19, one of the first nations to achieve this milestone.

Jacinda Arden
Whina Cooper
Nancy Wake
Frances Hodgkins
The United States and THIS adversary conducted a prisoner swap in which an American who was convicted of insulting the Supreme Leader and sentenced to ten years in prison was exchanged for a doctor detained in the U.S. for sanctions violations.
Cuba
North Korea
Syria
Iran

Forces of THIS country’s Government of National Accord (GNA) captured the capital of Khalifa Haftar’s national army (LNA) in a festering conflict that has brought in an array of international actors – Turkey, Egypt, the UAE and Russia among others.

Syria
South Sudan
Libya
Mauritania

Violence among rival sectarian parties broke out over the weekend in THIS Levantine country that suffered a sectarian civil war from 1975-1990. It has patched together a delicate balance among parties, but stability there is challenged by a severe financial crisis.

Cyprus
Lebanon
Syria
Jordan
Russia has accelerated recruitment of mercenaries from THIS ally nation to fight in Libya in support of militia leader Khalifa Haftar against the Turkish-backed Government of National Accord.
Chechnya
Moldova
Ukraine
Syria

The decision to reject China as a partner in construction of nuclear power plants in Romania may signal trouble ahead for THIS international infrastructure and commerce project for Beijing as the United States was warning prospective partners about China’s reach.

Belt and Road Initiative
Global Caravans Project
The Great East-West Linkage
Carrot and Stick Project

Turkish security forces rounded up 149 people in the latest crackdown stemming from the 2016 coup that failed to depose President Tayyip Erdogan. Those detained, including many former law enforcement and military personnel, were accused of being followers of THIS cleric who lives in self-imposed exile in Pennsylvania. Erdogan has charged HIM with running a secret parallel state within Turkey. About 80,000 people have been detained pending trial since the coup.

Fethullah Gulen
Mustafa Kemal Ataturk
Tugut Ozal
Fahri Koruturk
In response to THIS United States Senator’s claim that China sought to slow or derail Western countries’ efforts to develop a Covid-19 vaccine, Beijing challenged him for evidence, ““Since this lawmaker said he has evidence that China is trying to sabotage western countries in their vaccine development, then please let him present the evidence, said a foreign ministry spokesperson. “There’s no need to be shy.”
Senator Rick Scott
Senator Tom Cotton
Senator Ted Cruz
Senator Rand Paul
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