Current Events Quiz,March 4, 2013
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Jean-Claude "Baby Doc" Duvalier returned to Haiti last week after spending twenty-five years in France after being deposed from his fifteen year rule as president of the country in 1986. Why did he return to Haiti?
He had filed a lawsuit to restore his Haitian citizenship, arguing that he had been illegally deposed.
He was invited back to Haiti by the country’s current president, Michel Martelly, to serve as a special political advisor.
He was elected “President for Life” in Haiti’s 2012 presidential elections.
He was attending a hearing to determine if he can be charged with crimes against humanity for abuses committed under his presidency.
In a worldwide competition hosted by the Urban Land Institute and sponsored by the Wall Street Journal and Citi Group, _______ beat out New York and Tel Aviv to be named the world’s most innovative city.
St. Petersburg, Russia
Johannesburg, South Africa
The United States last week pledged $60 million to Syrian rebels to assist their ongoing fight against the government. The announcement was criticized in some circles because
the U.S. aid package was conditioned on agreeing to a ceasefire with the Syrian government.
U.S. aid was confined to nonlethal assistance, consisting primarily of food and medical supplies.
the amount of aid delivered was less than 1 percent what the U.S. government’s own assessment said rebel forces needed.
the United States simultaneously promised an equal amount to the Syrian government.
The North Korean ambassador to the United Nations last week issued a provocative statement declaring the United States was attempting to provoke a crisis on the Korean peninsula in order to reach the “final destruction” of Korea. The statement was delivered at the culmination of a meeting of the _____ in Geneva.
International Atomic Energy Agency
UN Conference on Disarmament
Group of 77 (G-77)
United Nations Security Council
After a prolonged confirmation struggle in the U.S. Senate, Chuck Hagel was confirmed as Secretary of Defense last week. What was unusual about his confirmation vote?
Despite being a former Republican Senator, Hagel’s confirmation was opposed by most Republicans and supported by most Democrats.
At 58-to-41, it was the smallest margin to confirm a defense secretary since the post was created.
The vote had originally been filibustered by Senate Republicans, marking the first time in the history of the United States that a nominee for Secretary of Defense had been filibustered.
All of the above.
Top officials in the _______ Church are meeting in Rome this week, participating in a conclave to elect a new pope.
Nato officials in _____ last week issued a formal apology for the deaths of two boys who were killed when a helicopter fired on them, mistaking them for insurgents.
the Democratic Republic of the Congo
International observers are watching the election in _______ closely hoping to avoid a repeat of the outbreak of ethnic violence that rocked the country following national elections in 2007. Both front-runners, Raila Odinda and Uhuru Kenyatta, have urged their supporters to refrain from violence.
At least forty people have been killed in Bangladesh since last week, as rioters clash with police across the country. What is driving recent protests in Bangladesh?
The leak of several classified documents showing the government of Bangladesh had closely cooperated with U.S. anti-terror operations in the region.
The decision of the Bangladeshi government to normalize relations with neighboring India.
The announcement of a new trade agreement with the United States that protestors feel will jeopardize jobs and agricultural production in Bangladesh.
The sentencing of an Islamic leader on charges associated with his involvement in the 1971 war of independence.
International observers were watching Italian election outcomes last week, and Italian President Giorgio Napolitano has urged political leaders to exercise “realism” and “a sense of responsibility” following the announcement that
the M5S party, which had won the largest number of seats in the parliament, rejected any alliance with another party to form a coalition.
electoral results split the parliament between three large factions, no single one of which had a dominant position.
all of the above.
European officials noted that the emerging political deadlock threatens Italy’s fragile economy and endangers the Eurozone.
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