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Current Events Quiz, August 20, 2012



This activity contains 10 questions.

Question 1.
The government of ______ last week announced it would allow Julian Assange, the founder of WikiLeaks, to remain in its London embassy, effectively granting Assange temporary asylum after the British government threatened to deport him to Sweden to face trial on charges of sexual assault.

 
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Question 2.
The British bank Standard Chartered last week agreed to pay fines totaling $340 million to settle claims that it

 
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Question 3.
French President Fran├žois Hollande on Tuesday promised that his government would do everything necessary to ensure law and order after

 
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Question 4.
It was announced last week that the Eurozone economies contracted in the second quarter of 2012, as economic growth in France and Germany was offset by sharp declines in

 
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Question 5.
A massive earthquake last week resulted in more than 300 deaths and displaced thousands in

 
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Question 6.
A Russian female punk rock band was sentenced to two years in prison last week on charges of hooliganism. According to most observers, what was the underlying reason they were charged?

 
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Question 7.
In violence reminiscent of the apartheid era, police killed 34 and wounded 78 after they opened fire on striking workers demanding higher wages at a platinum mine in

 
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Question 8.
Two American soldiers were killed in the western province of Farah in Afghanistan last week. What was unusual about their deaths?

 
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Question 9.
The Japanese government last week deported 14 activists after they sailed to the Senkaku Islands (also known as the Diaoyu Islands). The deportation sparked a diplomatic row between Japan and the government of ______, which also claims ownership of the disputed islands.

 
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Question 10.
Officials in ______ said that Shining Path rebels killed five soldiers in a jungle region where the organization is believed to be operating in association with drug traffickers.

 
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