Current Events Quiz, August 25, 2009
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The world is still awaiting the final results from last week’s election in _____. Both incumbent President Hamid Karzai and his challenger, Abdullah Abdullah, have claimed victory.
In a move that has sparked a great deal of controversy, the Scottish government last week released Abdelbaset Ali Mohamed al-Megrahi from prison. Al-Megrahi was convicted in 1999 for his involvement in
The hijacking of the cruise ship Achille Lauro off the coast of Egypt.
the bombing of Pan-Am flight 103 over Lockerbie.
the Black September attacks against Israeli athletes at the Munich Olympics.
the attack on the U.S.S. Cole off the coast of Yemen.
In a move likely to win approval by the U.S. government, a court in China convicted several people last week of _____, sentencing each to 3 ½ years in prison and fining them $146,000.
human rights violations
According to a recent report by the World Food Programme, the prolonged drought and political instability in _____ may increase by 50% the number of people requiring emergency food aid in the country this year.
Despite several positive developments pointing to the beginning of a global economic recovery over the past couple of weeks, the government of _____ announced the economy shrank by 10.3% in the second quarter, the largest decline on record.
the United Kingdom
the United States
A series of bomb attacks killed almost 100 and wounded almost 500 people in _____ on Wednesday. The attacks point to a growing level of political violence since the withdrawal of U.S. forces from Iraqi cities in June.
President Barack Obama on Tuesday nominated _____ as Chair of the Federal Reserve.
A new coalition of Shia parties in Iraq announced Monday will likely result in dramatic political shifts following January’s parliamentary elections. Why?
The coalition marks a dramatic increase for the status of pro-U.S. parties in the Iraqi parliament.
The coalition excludes current Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki, forcing him to secure new allies if he wants to retain his position.
The coalition brings together Sunni and Shia parties, signaling a potential drawdown in politically motivated violence in the country.
The coalition incorporates several Kurdish political parties, elevating the position of Shias within the Iraqi government.
Seeking to expand bilateral negotiations, the government of North Korea invited _____’s nuclear envoy for talks over the North Korean nuclear program.
the United States
According to figures issued on Tuesday, the U.S. federal deficit this year will be approximately
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