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"What in the World?" Weekly Quiz -- Nov 12-18, 2018

THIS unofficial whimsical holiday on Sunday in China was transformed ten years ago into a massive on-line spending spree that this year easily burst through last year’s mark of $24 billion in sales.

Panda Day
Hello Kitty Day
Singles Day
Treasure Day

THIS treaty ended World War I but its provisions are claimed to have set the stage for World War II.

Treaty of Paris
Treaty of Versailles
Treaty of Ghent
Treaty of Verdun

Saudi Arabia announced oil production cuts of 500,000 barrels per day for December deliveries to shore up global crude prices.  The price of oil on world markets was starting to slide after THIS action.


Washington’s approval of sanction waivers for Chinese and Indian purchases of Iranian oil.
Russia boosted oil export levels in response to waning domestic demand.
Japan’s announcement of lower annual GDP has cut Asian energy demand forecasts.
Saudi Arabia is preparing responses to expected Khashoggi murder sanctions under the Global Magnitsky Act.

French President Emmanuel Macron spoke in front of global leaders in Paris for the centenary of WWI’s armistice to warn about the dangers of THIS phenomena, saying it betrayed moral values.


THIS country marked its 100th anniversary of independence – a consequence of the WWI armistice – with a large march that included government officials from the ruling Law and Justice party (PiS) and far-right wing groups and neo-fascist activists, some chanting “Away with the EU.”



Russia is hosting a meeting of parties concerned with the conflict in Afghanistan including all of these groups EXCEPT:

Afghan High Peace Council
The Pentagon announced THIS action in response to Congressional pressure over the ongoing humanitarian crisis in Yemen.
Increased shipments of aid to the port of Hodeida.
Evacuation of Yemeni refugees from desperate situation in Sanaa.
Interdiction of weapons shipments to Houthi rebels from Iran.
Halt to aerial refueling of Saudi-led coalition combat aircraft.

President Vladimir Putin, in France for WWI Armistice observances, said Russia wanted talks with Washington over THIS agreement the United States recently said was dead because of Moscow’s violations.


The Paris Accord
The INF Agreement
The Helsinki Accord

THIS world leader said his country had turned over audio tapes revealing details of the murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi the United States and four other interested nations.


President Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau of Canada
President Emmanuel Macron of France
President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi of Egypt

Asian-Pacific leaders will join the ten-member heads of ASEAN nations this week in Singapore to discuss issues like the multilateral trading, the Rohingya crisis in Myanmar and tensions in the South China Sea.  WHO WILL NOT be representing their country at the meeting?

Vladimir Putin
Donald Trump for the United States
Shinzo Abe for Japan
Naendra Modi for India
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