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***What in the World? Weekly Quiz - Sep 9-15, 2019***

A Taliban car bomb attack in Kabul last week that killed 12 people, including an American soldier, caused President Trump to do THIS.

 
Recall special envoy for Afghanistan Zalmay Khalilzad from talks in Dubai with the Taliban.
Cancel planned talks with the Taliban and the Afghan president in the U.S.
Cancel plans to downsize the American troop presence in Afghanistan by 5,000.
Dispatch VP Mike Pence to Kabul for talks with President Ashraf Ghani.

Through a landmark deal, THIS act between Ukraine and Russia is hoped to ease tension between the two countries, which have been engaged in a conflict since the 2014 annexation of Ukraine’s Crimean region by Moscow.

 

Creation of a Russian-Ukrainian youth soccer tournament
Announcement of Track II dialogue
Agreement to ceasefire
Exchange of prisoners
THIS former African leader died last week, a man who was the world’s oldest head of state before being ousted from power in 2017. Over his 30+ year reign, THIS leader presided over the decline of his country’s previously prosperous economy.
Yoweri Museveni
Robert Mugabe
Muamar Gaddafi
José Eduardo dos Santos

South American leaders have agreed to a regional pact aimed at protecting the Amazon River basin through a disaster response network and satellite monitoring. All of the following countries EXCEPT THIS have signed onto the forest protection pact.

 
Bolivia
Brazil
Ecuador
Venezuela

UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson has had two major defeats in Parliament in the last week. Following a bill aimed at blocking a no-deal Brexit, Johnson called for THIS, which MPs subsequently proceeded to turn down.

Moving up the deadline for Brexit
Creating a new coalition government
Calling early parliamentary elections
Hosting a new referendum vote on Brexit

Though contact with their spacecraft was lost moments before completing its mission, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi told Indian space scientists he was proud of a program that had come close to doing WHAT, which would have made India the fourth nation to do so.

 

 

Land a probe on the moon
Station national astronauts on the International Space Station
Place a probe in Mars orbit
Retrieve lunar samples via an unmanned spacecraft

The Israeli military launched an air strike in the Gaza Strip against Palestinian militants who fired projectiles into Israel on Saturday, a response to THIS event.

The development of a new settlement in Qalqilya.
The stabbing of an Israeli man and his son in the West Bank.
The shooting of two Palestinian teenagers at a fence protest.
The closure of one of Gaza’s four remaining hospitals.

Violent riots have been breaking out in South Africa’s largest city, Johannesburg, as mobs target THESE, a representation of the resentment that many South African workers feel towards an influx of immigrant workers.

 

The World Economic Forum meeting on Africa
Embassies and consulates around the city
Foreign-owned shops
Community centers in predominantly-immigrant neighborhoods

In violation of the terms of the 2015 Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, from which President Trump withdrew the United States, Iran has announced that it has done THIS, raising the stakes for the European countries trying to prevent the deal’s collapse.

 

Activated advanced centrifuges for uranium enrichment
Opened a new research and development center in Tabriz
Rebuilt the Arak heavy water research reactor to maximize production of plutonium
Arrested officials from the IAEA in Iran to inspect new reactors

With a death toll of over 40 and more than 70,000 people homeless, THESE TWO islands of the Bahamas were devastated as Hurricane Dorian became the strongest hurricane to ever hit the archipelago country.

New Providence and Grand Bahama
New Providence and the Abaco Islands
Grand Bahama and the Abaco Islands
New Providence and Discovery Island
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