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"What in the World?" Weekly Quiz -- Feb 25-March 3, 2019

After demanding that European nations repatriate their citizens who left to join ISIS in Syria, U.S. President Donald Trump is now refusing to allow Hoda Muthana, a young woman who grew up in THIS state, to return to the U.S.:


On the day of a deadline set by parliamentary opposition leader Juan Guaidó to allow emergency food and aid to enter Venezuela, Nicolás Maduro closed the border with THIS country, while some soldiers at other border checkpoints  reportedly abandoned their posts and declared allegiance to Mr. Guaidó:


Two former employees of the German gun manufacturer Heckler & Koch received suspended jail terms.  The two are guilty of having violated German law by shipping over 5,000 assault rifles and smaller firearms to conflict-ridden areas in THIS country:



With a name that translates from Hebrew as "in the beginning," the Beresheet rocket lifted off from Cape Canaveral this week, headed to the moon. What makes the Beresheet mission special?

It's the first Israeli lunar mission
It's the first privately funded lunar mission
Only four nations have launched successful lunar missions
All of the above

Because its population of THIS once-endangered animal has expanded by 53 percent  over the last five years, Botswana's government is now considering lifting a moratorium on trophy hunting.  Conservationists often cite Botswana's success as an example of effective wildlife policy: 



Yet another major fire has swept through THIS city, capital of Bangladesh. Volatile chemicals are blamed for helping the fire spread, destroying large sections of the city's old quarter, and claiming at least 70 lives:


In an effort to eliminate digital tracking, lawmakers in THIS country have banned members of the military from using smartphones, or from social media posts about their military service:

Saudi Arabia

Omar al-Bashir, president of Sudan, declared a year-long state of emergency, and sacked all federal officials and district governors in response to ongoing protests.  What is at the origin of the protests?


Al-Bashir's peace initiative with South Sudan
A decrease in the national minimum wage
The disappearance of opposition leaders
Anger over al-Bashir's 30-year rule

One woman died and 28 other customers fell ill after eating at RiFF, a Michelin-starred restaurant in Valencia, Spain; the restaurant closed indefinitely as authorities investigate the source of the illness.  This type of incident is highly unusual for an establishment with a Michelin star, one of the most prestigious achievements in the culinary world.  What is the maximum number of Michelin stars that a restaurant can get?



Organizers for the 2024 Olympics in Paris want to include THIS as a competitive sport:

Mixed martial arts
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