***"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.”
THIS was the theme at last week's 2019 World Economic Forum at Davos.
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.
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”?
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.
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.