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What in the World?

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04.09.2021

Are you a world news nerd? Try your hand at our weekly quiz!

1. Extreme weather hit the eastern United States this week, with Hurricane Ida devastating communities from the Gulf Coast to New England. Ida is now tied as the most powerful storm to ever hit Louisiana, alongside the Last Island Hurricane of 1856 and Hurricane Laura of which year?

1930

1981

2004

2020

2. The United States completed its withdrawal from Afghanistan this week, but it isn’t done conducting airstrikes there. What term does the U.S. military use to refer to strikes originating from undisclosed locations in the Persian Gulf?

No-passport strikes

Swift-arrow strikes

Over-the-horizon strikes

In-and-out strikes

Read a report from Foreign Policy’s Jack Detsch and Amy Mackinnon on these airstrikes’ potential collateral damage.

3. Now that they are largely in control, who are the Taliban expected to name as the new supreme leader of Afghanistan?

Haibatullah Akhundzada

Mohammad Yaqoob

Abdullah Abdullah

Abdul Ghani Baradar

Learn more: Lynne O’Donnell breaks down what the Taliban government will look like.

4. To obstruct anti-government protests on Monday, South Sudanese President Salva Kiir sent security forces to arrest demonstrators—and employed what 21st-century tactic?

Disrupting internet access nationwide

Using closed-circuit TV footage to identify protesters in real time

Sending a fleet of drones to drop pro-government propaganda over the demonstrations

Issuing an emergency alert to cellphone users demanding they stay home

5. U.S. President Joe Biden met this week with the world leader who in 2020 was caught up in former President Donald Trump’s impeachment. Think back—who was Trump accused of trying to pressure to investigate Biden and his family?

French President Emmanuel Macron

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern

Russian President Vladimir Putin

6. Talks resumed this week between Venezuela’s Maduro government and the country’s opposition. What is the alliance of........

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