2021 News Stories - Name the Country

Can you name the countries related to these news stories from the year 2021?
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Last updated: December 26, 2021
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Event
The Delta variant of Covid-19 spreads from India to most other countries
U.S. forces hastily evacuate from Afghanistan
Parts of South Africa experience riots and looting after former President Jacob Zuma
is imprisoned for contempt of court
Evergrande, the second largest property developer in China, defaults on its loans
Foreign mercenaries assassinate Jovenel Moïse, the President of Haiti
A military coup in Myanmar overthrows the democratically-elected government led by Aung San Suu Kyi
Japan hosts the "2020" Summer Olympics, but does not allow spectators
El Salvador becomes the first country to make Bitcoin legal tender
Iran resumes enriching uranium which could be used to make nuclear weapons
Once again, North Korea is the most populous country to record zero Covid cases,
at least according to official metrics
After a federal election, Justin Trudeau retains his place as Prime Minister of Canada
In Turkey, the Lira collapses when interest rates are kept low despite high inflation
The United Kingdom celebrates "Freedom Day" on July 19 to celebrate the end of Covid restrictions,
but then restarts Covid restrictions
Alexander Lukashenko, President of Belarus, threatens to flood the E.U. with Third World migrants
BTS, a boy band from South Korea records two songs which reach #1 on the U.S. pop charts
Italy defeats England in the finals of the UEFA Euro championship
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Level 52
Dec 26, 2021
Overall, a mediocre year.
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Level 70
Dec 27, 2021
You know what's funny? If you told me about what happens in 2021 back in 2019, I'd call it crazy. Compared to 2020 though, it seemed pretty average (or at least as average as you can get in the middle of a global pandemic). 2020 has really set the bar high for what I consider a "crazy" year.
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Level 80
Dec 26, 2021
We didn't really celebrate 'freedom day', Boris Johnson just said it as jingoistic sound bite
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Level 63
Dec 26, 2021
I didn’t get this right. Never heard of freedom day is that when bojo had another party 🙄
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Level 81
Dec 26, 2021
Some of the papers went with it as a headline and made a big deal out of it as I recall.
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Level 81
Dec 27, 2021
yeah but certain UK tabloids will make a big deal out of literally nothing if you let them
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Level 71
Dec 29, 2021
Isn't it great that the UK press doesn't have government officials checking every word printed.
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Level 81
Jan 3, 2022
that's no excuse for exaggeration and lying
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Level 52
Jan 9, 2022
Jingoistic?? In what way jingoistic?
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Level 81
Feb 2, 2022
the idea that the British public were being 'freed' from some cruel imposed despotism, rather than just being allowed to do things that weren't actually safe at that stage of the pandemic
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Level 63
Dec 27, 2021
"All the other kids with the COVID-nineteen

You better run, better run, faster than my bullets"

(Kim Jong-Un, discoverer of COVID-19 cure)

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Level 69
Dec 29, 2021
Are you saying that Kim Jong Un doesn’t… Foster the People who have Covid?
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Level 17
Mar 23, 2022
really, that's just cringe
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Level 56
Dec 29, 2021
What about the Suez Canal incident?
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Level 56
Dec 29, 2021
Evergrande...
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Level 61
Dec 29, 2021
Can you even read?
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Level 67
Dec 31, 2021
You're thinking of the cargo ship Ever Given or maybe the shipping company Evergreen that operates it. I'm gonna assume you didn't get the question about Evergrande correct.
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Level 59
Dec 29, 2021
I didn't do too well on these, but I thought Haiti would be higher, that was a huge deal I remember and got way more attention than a lot of these events
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Level 47
Dec 29, 2021
As a UK resident, after freedom day I don't recall any covid restrictions returning that would impact a normal life? Am I missing something lol
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Level 52
Jan 9, 2022
Only face masks in shops and public transport again, just before Christmas. If you never stopped wearing them, or never use public transport, you might hardly have noticed.
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Level 48
Dec 29, 2021
'Freedom day' was not a UK wide thing, it only happened in England at that time; Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland operate their own health services, guidance etc, and restrictions were not eased until a later date. Even then, there were still some measures kept in place e.g. mandatory face masks
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Level 73
Dec 29, 2021
I feel like the Israeli election that ejected Netanyahu is a significant oversight that really ought to have been on this list. It's certainly more geopolitically important than El Salvador and bitcoin, and is deeply significant to Middle Eastern and world politics. Maybe recency bias has made things from back in March seem obscure, but I think it's a glaring omission.
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Level 58
Dec 30, 2021
I know that formally Lukashenko is "president" - but there were no elections, the true elected president had to escape the country. Call him what he truly is - a tyrant
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Level 33
Dec 31, 2021
Technically it wasn't Japan who hosted the 2020 (in 2021) Summer Olympic Games. The Games are awarded to a city, not to a country.
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Level 56
Jan 23, 2022
'Third world' is very dated language and poor word choice.
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Level 30
Jan 30, 2022
Agreed! I was quite surprised to read "Third World."