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