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World Boston What in the World? Weekly Quiz – August 9-15, 2021

The Tokyo Summer Olympics has closed. Athletes from around the globe competed in 339 medal events in 33 sports in a competition delayed a year by Covid-19. The next Summer Olympics is set for THIS city in 2024. (#WACquiz)

London
Athens
Paris
Sydney

There’s a new president in Iran. THIS hardline cleric, possible successor to Supreme Leader Khamenei, takes office from Hassan Rouhani as the country faces a battered economy and new tensions with the U.S. and the UK over a drone strike in the Arabian Sea. (#WACquiz)

Mohammed bin Salman
Michel Aoun
Mahmoud Ahmadinejad
Ebrahim Raisi

A year after a major blast in the port of Beirut, THIS country continues to struggle against its corrupt state institutions as inflation rates continue to rise to the point that citizens can no longer afford basic foods and medicines, forcing some families to flee on rafts across the Mediterranean. Much like neighboring Syria, many analysts are beginning to refer to this country’s as a ‘failed state’ due to its deteriorating economic situation. (WACA WWNU)

Jordan
Lebanon
Iran
Morocco

A series of wildfires recently broke out in THIS country, starting on the country’s second largest island, Evia, and the fires eventually even burned at ancient Olympia in the Peloponnese, the home of the first Olympic games. (#WACquiz)

Italy
Albania
Greece
Tunisia

A provisional government is set to replace the military council, led by Min Aung, that has run THIS southeast Asian country since the military coup on February 1st of this year. This transition of power is said to be in preparation for the process of international recognition of the country’s governance, but many criticize that it will not be any less oppressive than the current military leadership in place. (#WACquiz)

Pakistan
Thailand
Myanmar
Cambodia

A new report on climate change is a “code red for humanity” according to UN Secretary General Guterres who said, “If we combine forces now, we can avert climate catastrophe. I count on government leaders and all stakeholders to ensure COP26 is a success. COP26 is a global summit set for THIS city in November. (#WACquiz)

London
Bangkok
Glasgow
Berlin

The Taliban offensive continued to sweep across Afghanistan with government forces losing control of a major provincial capital, seven border crossings and other territory. The rapid advances of Taliban forces has THIS northern neighbor worried, leading to increased military drills and closer relations with Moscow. (#WACquiz)

Tajikistan
Pakistan
Kazakhstan
Bhutan

Families of victims of the 9/11 attacks called on President Biden to declassify documents they claim show a role of THIS country’s leaders. The families and first responders sent a letter to Biden calling on him to stay away from 20th anniversary observances if he doesn’t release the material. (#WACquiz)

Egypt
Iran
Saudi Arabia
Pakistan

Fox News host Tucker Carlson visited Budapest to broadcast his show last week featuring conversations with THIS authoritarian government leader. Carlson’s rosy appraisal of his rule is at odds with European Union critics who cite his backsliding on democracy and corruption. (#WACquiz)

Janos Ader
Klaus Johannis
Viktor Orban
Andrzej Duda
President Kais Saied’s recent decision to dismiss the country’s prime minister and suspend parliament seems to come as a reaction to widespread discontent with the Islamic Democratic Ennahdha political party in THIS country. Rached Ghannouchi, the party’s leader and the parliament speaker was the most outspoken against Saied’s decision, calling his actions a “coup.” (#WACquiz)
Tunisia
Morocco
Baluchistan
Tajikistan
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