Malaysians are wild about soccer. Most Filipinos still have Spanish-influenced names. English is the most common language in Singaporean homes. Croissants, baguettes and coffee are still popular in Vietnam. All of these items are reflections of European colonialism. Yet, there is one country in Southeast Asia that was never a European colony. Can you name it?
China, India and the United States currently are the world’s three most populous nations. By 2060, they will rank in second, first and fourth place, respectively. We wonder: Which country will have taken the current place of the United States to have the world’s third-largest population in 2060?
Asia’s urbanization is progressing rapidly. It has given rise to shining skyscrapers and plenty of pollution as well as sprawling slums. We wonder: Which of the following Asian capitals accounts for the highest share of its country’s entire GDP?
Women are making progress in the leadership ranks of many countries. We wonder: Among the world’s 20 most populous nations, how many have so far had a woman as head of government or state in modern times?
From massive flooding to crippling drought and thick haze, the world has seen some extreme weather this year due to the El Niño phenomenon. The 2015 episode is projected to be one of the worst in the modern era. We wonder: Which regions of the world have already experienced devastating effects from El Niño in 2015?
A. Northern America and Europe
B. Latin America
D. Eastern and Southern Africa
The December 2015 climate talks in Paris are focusing the world’s attention anew on the major global sources of greenhouse gas emissions. We wonder: What percentage of global CO2 emissions from human activity stems from deforestation and land conversion?
Each year, the World Bank scores the world’s governments on 10 key factors that contribute to (or inhibit) the smooth and simple conduct of business operations in their countries. Which of these major emerging market economies ranks worst on “Ease of Doing Business”?
The Nepal earthquake that struck on April 24, 2015, killed at least 8,400 people, a number that will likely climb higher as more victims are found. We wonder: What was the deadliest earthquake of the past half-century?
A. Japan in March 2011
B. Haiti in January 2010
C. Indonesia in December 2004
D. China in July 1976
The group of the world’s 20 largest economies is not static. Over time, some countries are bound to move into this elite club, while others may drop out. We wonder: Which countries are projected to make the greatest upward move among the world’s top 20 economies?
Following a series of tragic events occurring in France, Nigeria and elsewhere, Islam is back in the global headlines. Part of the debate concerns the question of whether Islam is compatible with cultures outside its birthplace in the Middle East. We wonder: Which of the following statements about the world’s Muslim communities is true?
A. China has as many Muslims as Saudi Arabia.
B. There are more Muslims in Indonesia and India than in the entire Arab World.
C. There are fewer Muslims in the United States than Europe.
D. Muslims account for less than a quarter of the world’s population.