2018 News Stories - Name the Country

Can you name the countries related to these news stories from the year 2018?
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Last updated: December 16, 2019
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First submittedDecember 21, 2018
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News Event
Term limits are removed, allowing Xi Jinping to stay in power indefinitely
A youth soccer team is rescued from a flooded cave (no thanks to Elon Musk)
Jamal Khashoggi, a dissident journalist from this country, is brutally murdered
Saudi Arabia
Country where the above murder took place
This country becomes only the second to legalize the sale of recreational marijuana
The inflation rate is estimated to exceed 1 million percent
This country hosts the FIFA World Cup
... and this country wins it
Starbucks opens its first location in this country, the place where espresso was first invented
The Winter Olympics are held in this country
South Korea
This country wins the most medals, adding to its all-time Winter Olympics lead
Populist right-wing politician Jair Bolsonaro is elected President
Populist left-wing politician Andrés Manuel López Obrador is elected President
Facing numerous charges of corruption, Jacob Zuma finally resigns as President of this country
South Africa
Eliud Kipchoge, a runner from this country, shatters the marathon world record
with an incredible time of 2:01:39
The United States withdraws from a nuclear deal with this country
Trump announces that all U.S. forces will immediately withdraw from this country
Level 62
Dec 21, 2018
I like the sneer towards Musk, heh.
Level ∞
Dec 21, 2018
I think Elon Musk is great. But the Thailand episode was not his best moment.
Level 81
Dec 21, 2018
His antics over the past few years prove that he is anything but great. But why should that be a shock? He's a pampered rich boy who's family greatly benefited from the policies of Apartheid South Africa.
Level 69
Dec 21, 2018
He's had an increasing number of not-so-great moments in the past few years. It's a little worrying actually. I too have always thought he was great, but when people start acting progressively more erratic, one cannot help but wonder if something medical is developing/manifesting. (Aside to Bernard62601: The conditions of his birth were somehow his fault?)
Level 70
Jan 1, 2020
#MuskDidNothingWrong What he did was completely fine
Level 78
Nov 18, 2022
Level 81
Nov 25, 2022
There was a time where I might have agreed that Elon Musk is great, but now he’s just another bloated billionaire that’s making money for the sake of money.
Level 82
Dec 21, 2018
Nice quiz, from a British perspective it's nice to have a current affairs quiz without a mention of brexit. It's constant here.
Level 83
Dec 21, 2018
I guess that's why it's not included, there wasn't any really new development this year.
Level 82
Jan 1, 2019
Literally nothings happened, except we all resent each other a bit more
Level 64
Dec 21, 2018
The U.S. also withdrew from the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty with Russia
Level 74
Dec 21, 2018
I forgot there was an Olympics this year (it's amazing what you don't pay attention to when you have no cable) and only guessed the marathon winner -- they always seem to be from Kenya.
Level 67
Dec 29, 2018
I got the Olympics one right, but I really had to reach deep for it. I don't remember anything about it. The Olympics have completely lost their luster. International competition is so frequent now and countries interact so often that the games don't mean much. Katie Ledecky wins her medals by outperforming the same swimmers she outperforms in races all throughout the four years between Olympics.
Level 82
Dec 29, 2018
That was the toughest one for me, too. Went by and I barely noticed.
Level 44
Dec 29, 2018
Great idea for a quiz! There was quite a lot of international headlines, which I appreciated. This was definitely one time I didn't want to see Canada though :/
Level 55
Dec 29, 2018
Champion du monde !
Level 51
Jan 2, 2019
Allez les Bleus!