What in the World? Weekly Quiz - December 23-29, 2019
The United States provided updated analysis of THIS attack in a report to the United Nations Security Council on December 19th. U.S. Special Envoy for Iran, Brian Hook, said the newly-declassified information was more evidence that Tehran was behind THIS attack. “The UAVs flew into Saudi Arabia from the north, and the recovered debris is consistent with Iranian-produced materiel,” he said.
Former Education Minister and American University of Beirut professor Hassan Diab was selected to be Lebanon’s new prime minister after receiving support from the parliamentary bloc of THIS Shia political and militant group.
In a significant breakthrough for Prime Minister Boris Johnson, the UK Parliament voted to do THIS in the aftermath of Johnson’s electoral victory. Running on a pledge to “get Brexit done,” Johnson won the largest Conservative majority since Margaret Thatcher, which provided the votes necessary to pass THIS.
In the preliminary results from Afghanistan’s September elections, THIS current president appears to have narrowly won a second term. Though HIS main challenger rejected the outcome as illegitimate, the victory could give HIM the authority he has long sought to demand a leading role in peace talks with the Taliban.
Cuba has announced its first THIS in more than 40 years after revolutionary leader Fidel Castro scrapped the post in 1976. The change comes as part of a new constitution passed earlier this year, though critics suggest this is purely a cosmetic move and that the Communist Party and the military remain the only two real decision-making institutions on the island.
THIS African Sahel country has launched an investigation into crimes committed in THIS region by former President Omar al-Bashir. Ten years after the International Criminal Court issued a warrant for the arrest of its former leader, the country’s new transitional government has suggested that all types of crimes committed by “former regime leaders” would be investigated and could result in trials abroad.
Russian officials have announced that THIS will proceed, despite US sanctions against companies involved with the plan that were signed into law by President Trump as part of a December defense bill. The United States has opposed THIS because it is expected to expand Russia’s influence in the European economy and politics.
Prime Minister Modi has vehemently defended a controversial new citizenship law that does THIS, accusing opposition parties of stoking fear and spreading lies about the measure. Following protests across the country wherein 20+ people have died, Indian authorities have suspended internet access and public transportation, and over 50 legal challenges have already been filed against the law in India’s top court.