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***"What in the World?" Weekly Quiz -- Jan 28-Feb 3, 2019***

THIS American envoy, former US Ambassador to the UN, Afghanistan and Iraq, announced a peace deal framework with Taliban officials was reached, saying, “The Taliban have committed, to our satisfaction, to do what is necessary that would prevent Afghanistan from ever becoming a platform for international terrorist groups or individuals.”

Ryan Crocker
Karl Eikenberry
Samantha Power
Zalmay Khalilzad
The United States announced its support for THIS opposition leader, president of the National Assembly in Venezuela, launching a showdown with strongman Nicolas Maduro who retaliated by ordering a break of diplomatic relations and the expulsion of American diplomats.
Juan Guaido
Hugo Chavez
Marco Rubio
Rafael Correa

THIS was the theme at last week's 2019 World Economic Forum at Davos.


Climate and Economy
Global Recession Paradigm
Globalization 4.0
Economic Bloc Devolution

The Trump Administration on Sunday lifted sanctions imposed against Russian holdings including the business empire of THIS oligarch who had connections to convicted Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort.

Konstantin Kilimnik
Oleg Deripaska
Maria Valeryevna Butina
Natalia Veselnitskaya

A key sticking point in passing a Brexit deal in London is the “Backstop.”  This week Boris Johnson said Prime Minister May could insert a “Freedom Clause” into the Brexit deal to remove the Backstop without EU agreement.  What is the “Backstop”?


A provision to maintain open border status for London financial houses across the EU after the March 29th exit.
The United Kingdom’s continuation in NATO.
A position of last resort to maintain an open border on the island of Ireland in the event the UK leaves the EU without securing an all-encompassing deal.
A position to extend the status quo for one-year pending agreement on unresolved exit issues.
The United Nations envoy to Yemen called on the Saudi-backed government of Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi and Iranian-backed Houthi rebels to act on a December agreement to withdraw forces from THIS embattled port city, the lifeline of humanitarian aid to Yemenis facing starvation.
Bab el Mandeb

Canadian PM Trudeau fired his Ambassador to China after the diplomat said an executive of THIS company could make a strong case against extradition to the United States, where she is sought for violating sanctions on Iran. The case has caused a firestorm of rhetoric and detentions between Ottawa and Beijing.


Twenty people were killed and over 100 wounded in a bombing in Jolo, a stronghold of the Abu Sayyaf separatist group with ties to ISIS and Al Qaeda, in THIS country.



Commemorations on Sunday’s World Holocaust Memorial Day at the death camp Auschwitz were marred by the first-ever protest march by ultra-nationalists. The Nazis murdered about one million Jews and 150,000 non-Jewish Poles at Auschwitz which is located in THIS country.


Czech Republic

New York Yankees’ ace relief pitcher Mariano Rivera was the first player to be voted into the Baseball Hall of Fame with a unanimous vote of 425 baseball writers. Rivera who said, “After my career, I was thinking that I had a shot to be a Hall of Famer,”is from THIS country.

Dominican Republic
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