What in the World?

This week in FP’s international news quiz: The Taliban seek international recognition, a scandal rocks the IMF, and Iraq holds elections.

By , a deputy copy editor at Foreign Policy.
Employees of Iraq’s Independent High Electoral Commission count votes
Employees of Iraq’s Independent High Electoral Commission conduct a manual count of votes following the parliamentary elections in Baghdad’s Green Zone on Oct. 13. AHMAD AL-RUBAYE/AFP via Getty Images

Think you know what’s new in the news? Test yourself with our weekly quiz!

Have feedback? Email whatintheworld@foreignpolicy.com to let me know your thoughts.

Think you know what’s new in the news? Test yourself with our weekly quiz!

1. Since taking control of Afghanistan in August, the Taliban have made a diplomatic push for international recognition—thus far to no avail.

Which of the following countries recognized the Taliban as the official Afghan government during the group’s previous stint in power two decades ago?

Pakistan has yet to establish diplomatic relations with the Taliban this time around, but its ambassador to Kabul told FP’s Lynne O’Donnell that conversations are ongoing.

2. Who became the first African leader to meet with U.S. President Joe Biden at the White House on Thursday?

3. The party of Prime Minister Andrej Babis faced an unexpected loss in which country’s elections last weekend?

4. After facing accusations of interfering in a major report, the economist leading the International Monetary Fund managed to keep her position this week. What is her name?

For more on the scandal, check out Foreign Policy’s new economics podcast, Ones and Tooze, featuring Adam Tooze and Cameron Abadi.

5. What record-low percentage of voters turned out in Iraq’s parliamentary elections on Sunday?

The biggest loser in Iraq’s election is Iran, FP’s Mina Al-Oraibi argues.

6. On Tuesday, over two dozen countries signed on to a pledge to cut emissions of which greenhouse gas?

The Global Methane Pledge is just one step in the climate fight. For the bigger picture, check out a review of the new book Our Biggest Experiment: An Epic History of the Climate Crisis by FP’s Christina Lu.

7. Delegations from the United States, Israel, and the United Arab Emirates gathered this week to celebrate the recent first anniversary of which diplomatic deal?

8. The International Court of Justice at The Hague began hearing arguments this week in a case between which two countries?

Sheila Paylan lays out what international justice might look like in the aftermath of the two nations’ recent war.

9. Chilean President Sebastián Piñera is facing impeachment proceedings after being implicated in the Pandora Papers leak. What enterprise is at the center of the corruption allegations?

10. Ali Makhlouf, the cousin of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and son of a U.S.-sanctioned business mogul, was recently caught on camera in Los Angeles by a popular Instagrammer who interviews sports car drivers.

What sweet $300,000 ride was he spotted in?

Makhlouf appeared to be driving with an Israeli model, which Vice notes would be “in violation of Syrian law, which prohibits contact with any citizen of the ‘illegal Zionist [entity] to the south,’ as Syria refers to Israel.”

You scored

It’s a big world out there! Brush up on global goings-on by subscribing to Morning Brief, Foreign Policy’s flagship daily newsletter.

You scored

Great job! Now, dig deeper by subscribing to Foreign Policy’s one-stop regional newsletters: China Brief, Latin America Brief, and South Asia Brief.

You scored

Perfection! You’re a pro who needs the in-depth insights offered in Situation Report, our newsletter on national security and defense.

Have feedback? Email whatintheworld@foreignpolicy.com to let me know your thoughts.

Nina Goldman is a deputy copy editor at Foreign Policy. Twitter: @goldmannk

Join the Conversation

Commenting on this and other recent articles is just one benefit of a Foreign Policy subscription.

Already a subscriber? .

Join the Conversation

Join the conversation on this and other recent Foreign Policy articles when you subscribe now.

Not your account?

Join the Conversation

Please follow our comment guidelines, stay on topic, and be civil, courteous, and respectful of others’ beliefs. Comments are closed automatically seven days after articles are published.

You are commenting as .

More from Foreign Policy

An illustration of a captain's hat with a 1980s era Pepsi logo and USSR and U.S. flag pins.

The Doomed Voyage of Pepsi’s Soviet Navy

A three-decade dream of communist markets ended in the scrapyard.

Demonstrators with CASA in Action and Service Employees International Union 32BJ march against the Trump administration’s immigration policies in Washington on May 1, 2017.

Unionization Can End America’s Supply Chain Crisis

Allowing workers to organize would protect and empower undocumented immigrants critical to the U.S. economy.

The downtown district of Wilmington, Delaware, is seen on Aug. 19, 2016.

How Delaware Became the World’s Biggest Offshore Haven

Kleptocrats, criminals, and con artists have all parked their illicit gains in the state.