"What in the World? Weekly Quiz" - September 23-29, 2019
On “Face the Nation” this weekend, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo characterized last week’s attack on oil facilities in Saudi Arabia in THIS way, stating that the Trump administration has irrefutable evidence to show who organized and directed the attack.
Following the drone strike on the Abqaiq refinery complex, for which the Houthi rebel group in Yemen has claimed responsibility, the United States has announced that it will be deploying additional troops to THIS country. This is despite a warning from Iran.
Explosive allegations dominated the news last week as a whistleblower’s complaint said to be vetted by the Intelligence Community Inspector General was held up by the Director of National Security in violation of the law. The subject of the complaint was a phone conversation between President Trump and the president of THIS country.
The September 20th Climate Strike drew up to four million people in cities across the globe. It aimed to draw attention to the climate crisis in the run-up to THIS week’s event this week taking place in New York.
In the latest signaled détente between the United States and China, the Office of the US Trade Representative has released THIS. This follows similar gestures from China towards the United States and point to an improving relationship between the world’s two largest economies as they wait to return to the negotiating table next month.
Corruption allegations against the government of Egyptian President Abdul Fattah al-Sisi have led to several nights of protests in cities around the country. In Cairo, protestors gathered in THIS famous square - a key site of the 2011 Egyptian uprising- calling for al-Sisi’s resignation and leading to the arrests of several dozen people.
Afghanistan has experienced heightened tumult as it prepares for its presidential elections on September 28 and as US negotiations with the Taliban have come to a halt. ALL OF THE FOLLOWING EVENTS have occurred within the last two weeks, signaling the uncertainty Afghanistan is experiencing in this period, EXCEPT FOR THIS.
In a historic move, an alliance of Arab Israeli parties has recommended a prime ministerial candidate for the first time in almost three decades. The Joint List, which includes the main Arab-dominated political parties in Israel, has officially endorsed THIS candidate, as President Reuven Rivlin begins consultations with party leaders to decide which candidate he will choose to form a governing coalition.
As the United Kingdom continues towards a strife-ridden exit from the European Union, European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker has said that if the UK leaves without a deal, THIS will happen. THIS prospect has been an especially thorny aspect of Brexit negotiations and could imperil the prospect of a US-UK trade deal.