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This week in FP’s international news quiz: a global meeting on COVID-19, a new South Korean president and a first women’s summit.

A guard of honor performs during the inauguration of the new South Korean president.

A guard of honor performs during the inauguration ceremony of South Korea’s new president at the National Assembly in Seoul on May 10. Kim Min Hee – Pool/Getty Images

May 13, 2022, 4:55 p.m.

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1. Belize, Germany, Indonesia, Senegal and the United States co-hosted a virtual global summit on COVID-19 this week. How many cases of coronavirus have been recorded worldwide since the start of the pandemic?

60 million

110 million

390 million

520 million

The United States, for its part, passed the grim death toll of one million deaths from COVID-19 this week.

2. Who is the new president of South Korea, who was sworn in on Tuesday?

Moon Jae-in

Lee Jae-myung

Yoon Suk-yeol

Ban Ki Moon

S. Nathan Park explains the roots of the Conservative politician’s victory.

3. US President Joe Biden this week met with representatives of most members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations. Which of the group members was missing?





Myanmar was excluded from the event because its post-coup government is dragging its feet in dialogue with the opposition.

4. Meanwhile, US First Lady Jill Biden met with Ukraine’s First Lady over the weekend. What’s her name?

Olena Zelenska

Marina Zelenska

Angelique Zelenska

Yulia Zelenska

5. Protests in Sri Lanka caused which politician to resign this week?

Minister of Finance Basil Rajapaksa

Chamal Rajapaksa, Minister of Irrigation

President Gotabaya Rajapaksa

Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa

Mahinda Rajapaksa is just one of many powerful Rajapaksas in Sri Lanka. His brothers Basil and Chamal Rajapaksa resigned along with the rest of the presidential cabinet in early April, and their other brother, President Gotabaya Rajapaksa, remains in office. The country’s political crisis has no end in sight, writes FP’s Michael Kugelman in this week’s South Asia Brief.

6. Somalia will elect a new president this weekend. The country’s executive is chosen indirectly by the lower house of the Somali Federal Parliament, known as what?

People’s House

House of Representatives

Consultative assembly

National council

7. Who did French President Emmanuel Macron visit on Monday on his first international trip since being re-elected last month?

German Chancellor Olaf Scholz

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky

Senegalese President Macky Sall

US President Joe Biden

8. North Korea finally acknowledged its COVID-19 outbreak this week, after claiming to have avoided all cases for the first two years of the pandemic. It is one of only two countries to refuse to vaccinate its population. What’s the other?


Papua New Guinea



9. Lebanon is holding legislative elections on Sunday amid an economic crisis. How much has the Lebanese pound depreciated since 2019?

15 percent

30 percent

60 percent

90 percent

This election could be crucial in turning things around for Lebanon, but there is little optimism, writes FP’s Anchal Vohra.

10. Local media in India reported this week that an Indian couple is suing their son – for what alleged transgression?

Refuse to give them a grandchild

Put them in a retirement home

Marry a woman they disapprove of

Divorce after paying for a massive wedding

The couple, Sanjeev and Sadhana Prasad, are asking their son and daughter-in-law to repay over $600,000 spent on their wedding, honeymoon, education and home if they fail to produce a child during this year. “At least if we have a grandchild to spend time with, our pain will become bearable,” the Prasads said.

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