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What in the World? Weekly Quiz - Feb 17-23, 2020

The United States and THIS group reached agreement in principle for a week-long reduction of attacks in advance of a settlement in the nearly two decade conflict in Afghanistan.

Al Qaeda
Taliban
ISIS
Al Shabab

The Coronavirus has affected THIS country, the world’s third largest economy, most outside China. This quarter’s economic performance is expected to show virus-related damage and recession worries. Meanwhile a cruise ship loaded with 3,700 virus quarantine passengers is docked in THIS country with shipboard cases of infection reaching 400 over the weekend.

Singapore
Taiwan
Japan
Philippines

“America’s ‘maximum pressure’ toward Iran is doomed to failure ... our enemy (the United States) is very well aware that their pressure is inefficient,” said THIS President of Iran. He added that Tehran would never negotiate with Washington while the pressure campaign continued.

Hassan Rouhani
Sayyid Ali Hosseini Khamenei
Mahmoud Ahmadinejad
Mohammad Javad Zarif
The Nord Stream 2 natural gas pipeline will not be completed according to U.S. Energy Secretary Dan Brouillette who talked about American sanctions and continuing opposition that would derail the project. Nord Stream 2 is intended to provide gas from Siberia to THIS country.
Netherlands
United Kingdom
Poland
Germany

The World Health Organization assigned THIS name to the Coronavirus which broke out in Wuhan, China, but chose a name that did not reference people, places or animals to avoid assigning blame.

Covid-19
Novel-26
Covfefe-45
Hubei-9

A major global security conference attracted senior government figures from around the world over the weekend to contemplate the state of defense relationships in the West. Secretary of State Pompeo said the “West was winning” while French President Macron called for Europeans to deal with Russia on its own. The theme of THIS conference was “Westlessness.”

The Glasgow Conference
Munich Security Conference
Brussels Conference on Western Security
NATO Ministerial 2020
An interview with Democratic presidential nomination candidates showed that only Pete Buttigieg could name the President of Mexico while candidates Steyer and Klobuchar could not. Can you name THIS President?
Andrés Manuel López Obrador
Enrique Pena Nieto
Felipe Calderon
Vincente Fox

The former President of Sudan, Omar al-Bashir, was in the news last week as his country indicated support for THIS.

Voting to grant Bashir a new term of office.
Indicting the former President for corruption and violating the constitution when he mounted a coup.
Surrendering Bashir to the International Criminal Court to face genocide charges.
Announcing a life-time ban on participation in Sudan politics.

Israeli Prime Minister has been lobbying friendly countries to file a brief with THIS international body supporting the claim that Palestinians don’t have standing for the opening of a case of alleged war crimes.

World Court
International Criminal Court
Geneva Tribunal
UN Security Council Tribunal
THIS Gulf state is poised to become the first Arab nation with nuclear power plants as the country’s regulatory agency approved operation of the Barakah power plant.
UAE
Bahrain
Qatar
Oman
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