***"What in the World?" Weekly Quiz -- Jan 21-27, 2019***

After failing to get approval for the Brexit deal in the British Parliament PM Theresa May did not rule out an extension of the process set in motion under THIS arrangement.

Chapter 5 of the Atlantic Charter
Sixth Amendment to the European Economic Community Compact
Article 50 of the Treaty on European Union
The Second Treaty of Maastricht
Which headline best characterizes China’s economy based on reporting this week?
China set to post slowest growth in 28 years in 2018, more stimulus seen
China growth bests 2018 forecast but slowdown signals worry
Slow growth ignites aggressive Beijing economic stimulus
Slow China growth does little to deflect global economic gains

The Arab Economic and Social Development summit in Beirut called on global support to repatriate many of the 5.6 million Syrians who have fled their homes mainly to Turkey, Lebanon, Jordan, Egypt and Iraq. WHICH country does not share a land border with Syria?



London’s Brexit mess has produced frustrations that resulted in UK Prime Minister May’s office warning against THIS prospect.

Scotland’s Parliament taking up a “devolution” referendum initiative to separate from the UK.
The government in Dublin opening a review of the “Good Friday Agreement” to pressure the UK against a “hard border” between the Republic and Northern Ireland.
A group of cross party MPs taking the initiative in Parliament to block the Withdrawal Bill and block a “no-deal” Brexit.
An initiative among EU leaders, Merkel and Macron, to reopen Brexit terms negotiations with London.

THIS country’s President signed a decree this week loosening restrictions on gun ownership. There are an estimated 600,000 registered guns, but millions are smuggled illegally throughout the country.  A pollster reports that 61% of citizens think guns should be outlawed as they represent a threat to human life.


South Africa
El Salvador
As the standoff between the US President and Congress continues over a border wall, a US 2018 Drug Enforcement Administration report the majority of the heroin sold in the United States is channeled through legal entrances, and only a small percentage is moved “between ports of entry.” Court testimonies in THIS person’s trial provide further evidence that a physical barrier, whether it’s fencing, steel slats or a concrete wall, would probably not stop drug trafficking.
Roberto Suárez Gómez
Nemesio Oseguera Cervantes
Pablo Escobar
Joaquín Guzmán

Al-Shabab, a militant group based in Somalia and linked to al-Qaeda, has asserted responsibility for an attack that killed at least 21 people at a luxury hotel compound in Nairobi, Kenya. THIS was the reason cited.

Retaliation to the Kenya Defense Force’s incursions in Somalia.
A “response" to US recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.
Retaliation for Kenyan negative media coverage of their activities.
A response to Kenyan reprisals against its Muslim population.

The prospects for talks between Russian President Vladimir Putin and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe about giving some portion of THESE disputed island spurred demonstrations in Moscow with one placard reading, “We’ll hand over Putin rather than…”


Aleutian Islands
Kuril Islands
Kamchatka Islands
Senkaku Islands

North Korean nuclear envoy Kim Yong Chol was in Washington last week for talks with U.S. counterparts that resulted in THIS.


Secretary of State Pompeo announced a new round of “Five Party” talks on Korean Peninsula denuclearization.
Acting Defense Secretary Shanahan announced the spring time round of U.S.-South Korean military drills were postponed as a gesture of American good faith in future North-South talks.
President Trump said he would meet Kim Jong Un in February.
Energy Secretary Rick Perry announced a delegation of U.S. nuclear inspectors would travel to North Korean in March for consultations.

As a consequence of the U.S. government shutdown the Trump Administration announced its delegation to the World Economic Forum was cancelling its participation. The event is held at THIS place.

The Hague
Rio de Janiero
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