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2017 News Stories - Name the Country

Can you name the countries related to these news stories from the year 2017?
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Last updated: December 26, 2017
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News Event
Country
The region of Catalonia illegally votes to secede
Spain
Emmanuel Macron is elected as President
France
Women are, for the first time, allowed to drive
Saudi Arabia
Martial law declared on the island of Mindanao
Philippines
Companies Ali Baba and Tencent reach a market valuation of over $400 billion
China
Terrorists kill over 300 people at a Sufi mosque
Egypt
ISIS loses control of the city of Mosul
Iraq
93-year old Robert Mugabe is ousted as dictator
Zimbabwe
A royal prince in this country becomes engaged to a divorced, American actress
United Kingdom
The leader of this country threatens to nuke the U.S. territory of Guam
North Korea
Muslim Rohingya refugees still can't return to this country
Myanmar
This country is ostracized by its neighbors who object to its friendly relations with Iran
Qatar
Nine of ten citizens of this country can't afford adequate food, triggering massive protests
against President Maduro
Venezuela
This country overtakes the U.S. as the country with the best international image,
according to the Anholt-GfK Nation Brands Index
Germany
The President of this country calls for confiscation of white-owned land without compensation
South Africa
Facebook confirms that this country purchased ads to influence the 2016 U.S. election
Russia
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level 68
Dec 24, 2017
I think the description should say '2017'
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level 65
Dec 25, 2017
ok ok, wait for QM to finish his drink.
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level ∞
Dec 25, 2017
Lol. I made this on Christmas Eve.
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level 65
Dec 25, 2017
Didn't know about the second to last one.
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level 42
Dec 30, 2017
same
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level 68
Dec 30, 2017
You think Zimbabwe would be a perfect example of why you shouldn't do that.
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level 69
Dec 25, 2017
She's not Catholic. She was raised Protestant, went to a Catholic school because it was a very good school.
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level ∞
Dec 25, 2017
Fixed, thanks.
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level 56
Dec 25, 2017
Illegaly voted? The only unlawful thing that day was being threatened by spain police, to supress any kind of public demonstration supporting the vote.
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level 70
Dec 25, 2017
It annoys me when the Spanish government talking-point of an "illegal" referendum gets circulated. Almost every act of independence from that larger country that wants to cling onto it is "illegal" as far as the bigger country is concerned. How many people refer to the "illegal" declaration of independence by the US from the UK in the 1770s?
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level ∞
Dec 25, 2017
The U.S. revolution was illegal. Doesn't necessarily make it wrong.
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level 68
Dec 30, 2017
It was illegal, as per the Spanish Constitution (that Catalonia agreed to). And as Quizmaster stated, that doesn't mean it is wrong.
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level 71
Dec 25, 2017
Well, it's technically true, and there's a clear difference in comparison with Scotland, Quebec, Montenegro, South Sudan etc
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level 66
Dec 25, 2017
Please clarify the first clue as the position that the referendum was "illegal" is one-sided and highly disputable.
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level 35
Apr 24, 2018
It isn't. Under the Spanish Constitution the attempte secession of a region is illegal. Whether that's right or not is an entirely different matter. But it is illegal.
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level 64
Dec 30, 2017
Spain has got a Constitutional Court that has ruled that the referendum was illegal. That's the principal authority on this question, I'd say. Whether it was a good thing to do is especially in this case a different question, as the Quizmaster stated.
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level 63
Dec 25, 2017
Just to add my disappointment in reading "illegally voted".
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level ∞
Dec 25, 2017
Why? It was illegal.
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level 67
Dec 27, 2017
If you haven't noticed yet, this site swings very hard to the left -- just look at how intentionally misleading the Facebook question above is (I'll remain civil and leave it at that). As a general rule, right-wingers want countries to be able to determine their own destiny whereas left-wingers generally support globalists and the European Union. In the 2017 Catalonia referendum, the EU (predictably) took Spain's side rather than Catalonia's. Thus, it's not surprising which side Jetpunk is on. However, I agree that it would be nice to have a more neutrally worded question. Simply removing the word "illegal" in the question prompt removes bias by only describing the facts and events and removing emotion.
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level 56
Dec 27, 2017
Just FYI: new elections on Catalonia 22/December after Spain dissolved Catalan goverment showed same results: almost 50/50 left/right on both sides with a slight lean to the right mainly because some alt left party being too radical. And the EU is just on the "no one rocks the boat, we are here for the money" So is not a matter of left/right here. It is Spain greed for controlling Catalan money and taking Catalan language and culture as hostages as it has always been the spanish way. And this is a biased comment because send the police to hit me.
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level 67
Dec 28, 2017
I agree with all that, except for the EU not taking sides. The day after the October 1st referendum, the European Commission (basically the judicial arm of the EU) released a statement calling the referendum illegal, even though Puigdemont and the Catalonians took all necessary precautions to do everything legally and following their constitution. As you mentioned, the government of Spain is strong-arming and over-taxing the successful Catalonian region, so the Catalonians should be able to choose their own destiny without the EU and other foreign entities trying to jump in. Luckily many countries released statements to the tune of "Spain should solve its own issues internally", but a few governments/international organizations took sides. I think this is a sore spot for me because it reminds me of when Obama went to the UK to urge them to vote "remain" during Brexit -- an absolutely despicable and disgusting move that should have garnered far more negative media attention.
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level 66
Dec 30, 2017
TinklePork, the Catalonian Independence Movement is ProEU and generally more left leaning, while the central government is Centre-right. Similarly the Scottish vote on independence. I don't know, where you are from, but in Europe, the main Antiglobalist Drive is on the Left (although there right is making ground on that), and most centre-right governments staunchly support global cooperation. I think, you are working with outdated and/or regional contricted stereotypes here, while in reality the nature of the political milieus are far more diverse.
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level 66
Dec 30, 2017
Also on the Obama move: The ProBrexit campaign was constantly proposing that in the case of a Brexit, the USA would fully compensate the lost relationships with the EU do to their "special relationship". That, of course, was obviously not the case and under this circumstances I believe it to be legitimate that the President of the talked-about subject is clearing some of the smog.
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level 73
Dec 30, 2017
"If you haven't noticed yet, this site swings very hard to the left"

it does not. The site leans heavily toward reality. Meanwhile, the far-right in the US and around the world the past 20 years or so has been veering farther and farther and farther into fantasy. That's why it seems to you like the site leans left. There's nothing remotely partisan about the Facebook clue.

Is there a court in Spain that declared the referendum illegal? Is so, by what curious definition do you use to define legality that supersedes this? How would you feel about someone choosing not to describe undocumented workers as "illegal immigrants?" Why would you feel that way?
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level 68
Dec 30, 2017
TinklePork, you do realize that Spain's current government is a more conservative & nationalist one, and that most people pushing for Catalonian independence are left wingers and even Socialists. Left wingers, usually, prefer self determination, while right wingers (usually) support nationalism.
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level 57
Dec 30, 2017
As a general rule, whenever someone accuses a source of "leaning hard to the left," that assertion will be followed idiotic over-generalizations. The vote was illegal according to the Spanish Supreme Court. As Quizmaster has since rightly pointed out, the fact that it was illegal is not a moral or value judgment. It is a statement of fact. That doesn't mean the Catalonians were wrong to do it. History is replete with examples of people and groups breaking unjust laws for very good reasons.
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level 53
Jan 2, 2018
Even if the referendum was illegal, there's no need to include that word in the question. It's also charged language that - at least to someone without knowledge on the issue - would sway one's opinion against those who voted.
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level 73
Jan 7, 2018
So we can't use the word illegal now to describe things that are against the law as determined by courts and judges for fear of offending somebody?
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level 52
Dec 30, 2017
If South Africa goes through with the forced land grab without compensation I can't see any reason why sanctions wouldn't be put on them since that's pretty much exactly what happened with Zimbabwe.
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level 60
Dec 30, 2017
Once again, Quizmaster shocks us with how ignorant of world events we are.
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level 73
Dec 30, 2017
Easy but I hadn't heard of the Nation Brands thing. Not surprising though.

However, and this is at least the 2nd time this has appeared on a quiz, did Kim actually threaten to nuke Guam? Or did he just announced that they were going to test fire an (unarmed) ICBM that would splash down in the water near Guam? There's quite a huge difference between those two things.
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level 64
Dec 30, 2017
I'm not sure about their exact statements. But is there a huge difference, really? If a person is known for experimenting with weapons and generally agressive behavior, and that person tells everyone he's planning to let some of his new bullets end up in my vicinity, I would regard that as a not-so-subtle threat.
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level 73
Dec 30, 2017
Yes, really, there's a huge difference.
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level 66
Feb 1, 2018
Unless you live in Guam.
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level 34
Dec 30, 2017
Women in Saudi Arabia cannot yet drive. The royal order will be implemented by 24 June 2018 according to the BBC
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level 56
Dec 30, 2017
The last one is total BS. Facebook stated that those ads were from "russian-based operatives", with no evidence at all of any tie with the russian government, and 50% of them were run after the election. But this is enough for someone to claim that Russia meddled in the US elections...
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level 45
Dec 30, 2017
This whole story is just utter bullshit. Trying to justify why Trump won.
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level 73
Dec 30, 2017
You people are so deluded it's amazing. Frightening. But still amazing.
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level 43
Jan 11, 2018
That's the red-scare argument: "blame it on Russia". It doesn't matter if you lost elections mainly due to your own mistakes, you blame others, and resort to conspiracy theories to justify your defeat. As if Russia was the only country "interfering" in US or other western elections. It's amazing (and frightening) how people are deluded to think only Russia "interfered" in recent elections (US included). Various countries both friends or foes to the US, interfered to some extent in western countries elections. I'd say 250k Facebook ads story is catnip compared to US-based billionaire Soros' spendings to change politics oversea, eg in Hungary his homeland.
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level 53
Jan 2, 2018
What I don't get is why it's considered to be so wrong, even if it is true. I mean, Facebook ads? Really? There's a massive Russian conspiracy to influence people to vote for Trump, and they're supposedly using Facebook ads. First, most people on Facebook are the kinds of people who'd vote for him regardless (e.g., older, conservative, white, middle- and upper-class Americans). And second, if Russia is willing to interfere in the election, it's much more likely they would follow the route of ballot stuffing or similar.
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level 73
Jan 7, 2018
1. No
2. No
3. No
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level 53
Jan 8, 2018
Nice comeback
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level 53
Jan 8, 2018
I understand why I'm wrong
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level 53
Jan 8, 2018
Many thanks kal
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level ∞
Dec 31, 2017
One thing that makes me happy is that the complaints from the left and right sides of the political spectrum seem to be relatively balanced on JetPunk. Oddly, however, both extremes seem to converge on a pro-Russian viewpoint: the left as apologists for Communism and the right as apologists for Putin. Generally, it would seem that the Russian government has been a source of discord and hatred for some time. We'd do well to ignore and resist them.
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level 73
Jan 7, 2018
Stupid is pervasive. No one political party, gender, country, or religion has a monopoly on it.
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level 40
Jan 1, 2018
Ah, influencing the election by purchasing ads for 50 000 $, and these ads werent even directed to either candidate they were just promoting RT.
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level 73
Jan 7, 2018
To quote someone who is, in his own words, like, really smart: "wrong!"
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level 39
Mar 5, 2018
^ you are so right here.
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