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"What in the World?" - Week of January 8-14, 2017

rafsanjani-2The death this week of this former President of Iran (1989-1997) is seen as a loss to the reform movement in Tehran. He was seen as a leader and figurehead and remained influential in Iranian politics.
Mahmoud Ahmadinejad
Mohammad Khatami
Hashemi Rafsanjani
Hassan Rouhani
A terrorist attack in Jerusalem left four dead and 17 injured after a truck was driven into a crowd at a bus stop. Prime Minister Netanyahu said the driver, who was shot dead at the scene, appeared to be inspired by THIS group:
Al Qaeda
Islamic State
A comprehensive report from the American Intelligence Community was released on Friday detailing the Russian cyber attack on the 2016 U.S. election. It included specific charges that hacking was carried out by Russian military intelligence, also known as:
A State Department official said Thursday that North Korea showed a “qualitative” improvement in its drive to field a nuclear ICBM able to reach the United States. Last year Pygonyang conducted two nuclear device tests and at least 24 missile tests worrying officials who see military action against the country as the only alternative to negotiations which have had little success in the past. The so-called “Six-Party” talks aimed at reversing nuclear weapons developments in North Korea included all of these countries except:
A truck bomb exploded in a commercial district of rebel-held Azaz, Syria, killing as many as 60 people on Saturday. Azaz, according to the New York Times is a hub for anti-government forces and people displaced from Aleppo. It is located near the Syrian border with this country:
South Korean officials claim China may be countering deployment of an American weapon system, aimed at countering North Korean ballistic missiles, with unspecified actions against Seoul. Beijing objects to the fielding of this defensive weapon in South Korea:
Outspoken Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte offered hope for his country to become allied with THIS foreign power during a visit of two of its warships to Manila. He welcomed the crews as friends and said, “Anytime you want to dock here for anything, for play, for replenish(ing) supplies, or maybe our ally to protect us.” Duterte was referring to:
United Kingdom
The search for flight 370, which disappeared in March 2014, will officially end this month according to the transport minister of THIS country.
NATO forces are conducting exercises this month in Eastern Europe aimed at demonstrating strength and resolve. The military drills include deployment of hundreds of American tanks, trucks and other equipment and around 4,000 U.S. troops. NATO officials said such deployments are important to send a signal to Moscow after provocations such as the annexation of this region.
A group called the “Delta Avengers” announced it would increase attacks on the government of this Opec member-country to increase pressure for concessions. In the past attacks on oil facilities and installations in the river delta region of the country have caused disruptions as militants sought remedies to problems of poverty and oil pollution. THIS country of 170 million people is:
Ivory Coast
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