2020 News Stories - Name the Country

Can you name the countries related to these news stories from the year 2020?
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Last updated: December 26, 2020
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Event
The coronavirus pandemic starts in China
Joe Biden is elected President of the United States
Iran shoots down a commercial airliner but tries to cover it up
Italy is the first European country to suffer a major coronavirus outbreak
People in France are beheaded by terrorists because of cartoons of Mohammad
Russia becomes the first country to approve a Covid vaccine,
skipping normal testing protocols
The United Kingdom finally leaves the E.U.
Qaboos bin Said, sultan of Oman, dies after a reign of nearly 50 years
"Parasite", a movie from South Korea, wins the Oscar for Best Picture
Led by epidemiologist Anders Tegnell, Sweden does not impose large-scale Covid restrictions
Israel normalizes relations with three more Arab countries
Iranian general Qasem Soleimani is killed by a U.S. drone while in Iraq
34 people die in bushfires in Australia
Shinzo Abe resigns as Prime Minister of Japan. His eight-year term is
the longest in the country's history.
High on a Himalayan mountain pass, soldiers from India scuffle with soldiers from China,
with fist fights and stone-throwing
North Korea is the largest country to record zero coronavirus cases, although
their record-keeping might be a bit suspect
Turkey launches military operations in Iraqi Kurdistan
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Level 26
Dec 27, 2020
Very easy
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Level 58
Jan 21, 2021
noob only level 26 not so easy is it noob
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Level 35
Feb 22, 2021
just cause they're level 26 doesn't mean it isn't easy
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Level 86
Mar 27, 2021
noob only level 55 not so easy is it noob?
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Level 86
Dec 27, 2020
I stopped at the second question in shock. Biden has not been elected president...yet. The process is ongoing and incomplete. I am not a republican or Trump lover, the question and answer are both simply incorrect.
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Level 53
Dec 27, 2020
Its over. The electoral college already certified. All that's left is for Congress to certify which is just a formality. It's over Biden won.
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Level 57
Dec 29, 2020
Stolen.
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Level 76
Dec 29, 2020
@Phil How so?
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Level 47
Mar 10, 2022
@Phil @Jackinthebox

No. Don't even start that argument.

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Level 87
Dec 27, 2020
Biden has not yet been inaugurated... but he has most certainly been elected.
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Level 62
Jan 20, 2021
From the future... now Biden has been inagurated.
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Level 67
Dec 27, 2020
What part of the process is incomplete? Biden has been elected the 46th president of the United States. Trump will not sit a second term.
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Level 61
Dec 29, 2020
Both congress AND the current VP (Pence) need to certify that the electoral college votes are both legitimate and uncontested. And given that Texas' lawsuit was dropped by the Supreme Court due to lack of standing (that is to say, the court accepted that the evidence in their claim was legitimate and warranted investigation, they just felt that Texas did not have the right to make the claim in the first place), enough of the votes are either illegitimate, or under contention, that Biden's inauguration may not happen. And if it doesn't, that means Trump WILL serve his second, and final, term as president.
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Level 76
Dec 29, 2020
Biden became presdient-elect after a majority of credible news outlets projected he had won enough states to reach the 270 electoral votes needed. His election victory was further affirmed on 14 Dec when the Electoral College cast their votes directly in line with the projected electoral vote counts, with not a single faithless elector. The certification by Congress (and the Vice President) is mainly ceremonial. If it weren't, one would doubt that John C. Breckinridge (who later became a Confederate general), opponent of Abraham Lincoln in the 1860 election, would have formally announced Lincoln as the electoral college winner when Congress met in 1861.
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Level 62
Dec 30, 2020
even if the election was somehow declared illegitimate, neither Biden or Trump would be president as there is no immediate qualification, Trump's 1st term ends on January 20th.

Since a declaration of an illegimate presidential election would mean that both the POTUS and VPOTUS positions are empty, the Speaker of the House would become president (a.k.a Nancy Pelosi)

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Level 86
Dec 28, 2020
You're confusing being elected with being inaugurated. Biden most certainly has been elected, both by the American citizens and the electoral college. Congress will certify the election on January 6 and then he will be inaugurated on January 20.
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Level ∞
Dec 29, 2020
After deleting several obnoxious comments from both sides of the political spectrum...

The facts are what they are. No new information is being presented in this thread. The quiz will not be changed. There is no need for further comments.

Always remember this: no one ever made the world a better place by being a jerk on the internet.

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Level 74
Jan 15, 2021
...and yet you let the "stolen" comment remain. Is this a statement? Please feel free to delete this at the same time as the other one, if you're inclined.
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Level 76
Dec 29, 2020
Biden has been projected by all credible news outlets to have won the election (which is the method used in the United States to project winners in elections), and furthermore the Electoral College itself cast their votes on 14 Dec that affirmed Biden's victory, with not a single faithless elector. 'In shock?' Do you intend to wait until 6 Jan, when Congress certifies the election results, or until 20 Jan, when Biden is inaugurated? Possibly you are confusing the word 'elected' with 'inaugurated'.
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Level 67
Dec 31, 2020
It's also worth adding that there is a misconception floating around the internet that Pence can derail Biden's election. This is wrong. The vice president's role on January 6 is purely ministerial. The act authorizing him (the Electoral Count Act) states only that he is the one who counts the votes and announces the winner. Nothing in the act or anywhere else gives him the power to change the result. He's like a news anchor: he reports the final score. He doesn't get to go back and change the outcome of the game. Once the electoral votes are certified and submitted (which they have been), it's done. This thing is over. Sewn up. Finito. Joe Biden will be president on January 20, and there is absolutely nothing -- nothing -- that will keep Trump in power by any legal or legitimate means. This is not a political commentary. It is a statement of law. If Pence tries to subvert Biden's victory, expect a 9-0 Supreme Court opinion rejecting the attempt in short order.
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Level 57
Dec 27, 2020
I somehow read stone-throwing as snow-throwing in third last answer, and started imagining soldiers having snow ball fights high up in the Himalayas...
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Level 85
Dec 27, 2020
Hey, you could put an eye out! Ask your mom!
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Level 67
Dec 27, 2020
Rock filled snowballs are a thing. Not that I would ever do that.
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Level 67
Dec 29, 2020
Be a Philly sports fan and remove all doubt you're a decent human being: throw snowballs at Santa, cheer with glee when rivals suffer career-ending injuries on the field, or simply throw batteries at players who return playing for a different team. Woe be unto China if they ever attempt to invade southeastern Pennsylvania --- they should stick to skirmishes in the Himalayas and South China Sea.
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Level 52
Dec 29, 2020
Woosh woosh hockey stick bonk
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Level 75
Dec 27, 2020
Awesome quiz Quizmaster! Never thought I knew so much about such a dismal year.
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Level 72
Dec 28, 2020
Turkmenistan is a larger country which hasn't reported any Covid cases. I suggest to change the text to most populous country for the right answer.
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Level ∞
Dec 28, 2020
Looks like Turkmenistan got busted:

https://www.rferl.org/a/deadly-prison-outbreak-belies-turkmenistan-s-coronavirus-free-claim/30897206.html

North Korea wins the dystopian information control game for now.

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Level 80
Dec 28, 2020
And North Korea is larger by population anyway.
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Level 55
Dec 28, 2020
And it will be impossible to bust them, they are too secretive
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Level 32
Jan 2, 2021
Turkmenistan has still not officially reported any coronavirus cases. Both countries obviously have suspected cases, but the statement should be clarified as the most populous country; which is North Korea.
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Level 47
Apr 21, 2022
1ProximaCentauri that's what they meant. Change it to that so North Korea works as an answer. But yeah Turkmenistan was busted so it's fine
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Level 66
Dec 28, 2020
Great quiz!
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Level 70
Dec 28, 2020
If you want to try another 2020 quiz, please check out the one I made on the pandemic!
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Level 74
Dec 29, 2020
2020 isn't finished yet - there could be even bigger news to come.
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Level ∞
Dec 29, 2020
Please no
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Level 54
Jan 1, 2021
Lmao
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Level 89
Jan 10, 2021
2021: hold my beer
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Level 63
Dec 29, 2020
surprised no mention of azerbaijan-armenia or new zealand. guess you can only have so many questions ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
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Level 63
Dec 29, 2020
What happened in N.Z. in 2020? I can't think of anything significant other than the Test Series Whitewash vs India.
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Level 67
Dec 29, 2020
I guess they managed the whole pandemic better than any other country, that's the only other reason I can imagine.
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Level 80
Dec 29, 2020
Taiwan handled it the best. NZers are running around spreading it to other countries selfishly
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Level 74
Sep 12, 2021
Sure mate
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Level 47
Dec 29, 2020
Israel is not an Arabian country..it should read three other Middle Eastern countries, instead. Awesome quiz!
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Level 47
Dec 29, 2020
So you mention a Korean movie and rock-throwing Indians but you don't mention the Beirut blast which had over 200 people killed, over 7,000 people injured and left over 300,000 people homeless? You don't even acknowledge the fact that this explosion (3rd biggest ever, largest one in 21st century and non-nuclear) was a product of corruption and Iranian occupation but you mention a Korean movie and rock-throwing Indians? Seriously?! What a word we live in.
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Level 76
Dec 29, 2020
Take this quiz, and perhaps a tranquilizer.
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Level 86
Dec 29, 2020
@tree123, what kind of a word do we live in? A compound word? Preposition? Portmanteau?
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Level 55
Dec 29, 2020
20 Indian Lives were lost in Galwan and so were 43 Chinese ones. It could've been worse if Modi and Xi didn't arrive at peace negotiations. Nothing Uneventful about that. It wasn't just Stones, it was Batons, and Make-shift weapons as well.

China crossed the Galwan river to try and capture Indian Weapons and Destroy Infrastructure . When a country encroaches on another country for military action it is considered to be an invasion(though they did it in a somewhat more friendly fashion than the way it is usually done). That is exactly what China did(According to Wikipedia.)

Though I agree Beirut should be mentioned.

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Level 52
Dec 29, 2020
How about the Amrenian-Azerbaijani war in Nagorno-Karabakh? I think that 5,000 people dead is enough for it to earn a spot greater than a movie winning the oscars
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Level 76
Dec 29, 2020
Nothing about Belarus either.
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Level 67
Dec 31, 2020
There is another quiz with questions about both of these incidents. It seems like QM is rolling out "end of year" quizzes with different themes over several days.
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Level 76
Jan 1, 2021
I looked at the other quizzes linked to above and didn't find anything about Nagorno-Karabakh or Belarus. Which one are you talking about?
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Level 45
Dec 29, 2020
No explosion in Beirut, Lebanon? No Armenia and Azerbaijan Nagorno Karabakh war? Those were more important then some of the events listed here.
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Level 61
Dec 29, 2020
I was wondering exactly the same. When I pressed the button to have the quiz I was 100% sure about Lebanon and 80% about Armenia...On the other hand there is a question about a movie in South Korea...Doesn't make sense for me either but it is up to the quiz maker :)
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Level 28
Dec 29, 2020
For the first question, I was stuck trying to guess dates and months!
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Level 62
Dec 29, 2020
Should also include China commiting an atrocious genocide against Muslims and screwing over Hong Kong
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Level 52
Dec 29, 2020
Sad, but nothing new. They’ve been doing it for a while now.
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Level 55
Dec 30, 2020
Same thing with Nagorno-Karabakh, has been going on for a while.
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Level 80
Dec 29, 2020
Actually it is four Arab nations, not three. UAE, Bahrain, Sudan, Morocco
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Level 67
Dec 30, 2020
"Russia becomes the first country to approve a Covid vaccine,

skipping normal testing protocols"

That is just simply not true. Don't believe everything what CNN states...

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Level 53
Dec 30, 2020
THANK you.
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Level 55
Dec 30, 2020
https://www.nytimes.com/2020/08/11/world/europe/russia-coronavirus-vaccine-approval.html

Explain this then.

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Level ∞
Dec 30, 2020
If you're going to make a complaint like this, bring evidence. The question stands.
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Level 53
Dec 30, 2020
Lebanon's capital city exploded. Belarus's president Lukashenko jailed hundreds of political opponents and protesters. Nepal dissolved its parliament. There are protests against Thailand's monarchy. There was a war between Armenia and Azerbaijan in Nagorno-Karabakh. Please add these.

Also, Israel normalized relations with four countries in 2020, not three.

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Level 55
Dec 30, 2020
Also, the Tigray conflict with Ethiopia, Eritrea, and Sudan
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Level 37
Dec 31, 2020
actually morocco is African not an arab nation
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Level 55
Dec 31, 2020
Some African countries are apart of the Arab League.
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Level 81
Jan 13, 2021
"34 people die in bushfires" really plays it down, don't you think...
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Level 63
Jan 19, 2021
That's the number of direct deaths. More than 440 died indirectly due to smoke inhalation.
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Level 54
Feb 9, 2021
Turkmenistan has zero coronavirus cases according too google.
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Level 73
Sep 29, 2021
Surprised there was nothing about the Beirut explosion