Current Events Quiz, March 18, 2013
This activity contains 10 questions.
Which cardinal was chosen to take leadership of the Roman Catholic Church last week, assuming the name Pope Francis?
Cardinal Peter Kodwo Appiah Turkson of Ghana
Cardinal Marc Ouellet of Canada
Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio of Argentina
Cardinal Angelo Scola of Italy
After losing last week’s presidential election in Kenya, opposition leader Raila Odinga took what unusual step?
He agreed to enter a power sharing government of national unity with President Uhuru Kenyatta.
He fled to neighboring Uganda to avoid arrest by Kenyan police.
He called on Kenyans to rise up and overthrow the Kenyatta government.
He filed an appeal to the Kenyan Supreme Court challenging the election’s outcome.
A United Nations report last week condemned the United States, arguing that what action was a violation of national sovereignty?
U.S. detention of enemy combatants at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.
U.S. military assistance for Syrian rebels.
U.S. drone strikes in Pakistan.
U.S. military operations in Afghanistan.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu last week signed a power sharing agreement with the ______ party, clearing the way for the establishment of a new coalition government more than two months after national elections.
progressive Arab Democratic Party
centrist Yesh Atid
nationalist Yisrael Beiteinu
Despite a call from the European commission for stricter regulation and a report from the regulatory agency EFSA for stricter regulations, the European Union failed to adopt recommended rules _____ in the EU.
regulating commodities trading
closing a tax loophole encouraging capital flight
limiting the use of pesticides
restricting pay for bank executives
The United States last week announced it would take what step in response to increasing belligerence from North Korea in recent weeks?
It would retask the fifth fleet from the Middle East to the Pacific theatre.
It would expand military deployments in South Korea.
It would deploy additional interceptor missiles along the Pacific coast.
It would ratify the treaty formally ending the Korean War.
In a television interview during his recent visit to Israel, President Barack Obama said that U.S. intelligence believes Iran is approximately _______ away from being able to deploy a nuclear weapon.
People in Cyprus reacted angrily to news that a rescue package from the European Union would require what painful step?
A ten percent levy on savings accounts.
The elimination of all social security and retirement benefits.
A new school fee to cover 100 percent of the cost of education.
A thirty percent cut in public salaries.
The Chinese National People’s Congress last week approved a new cabinet, a process that formally completed the leadership transition that saw _______ take over leadership of the country from former President Wen Jiabao.
Which two European countries last week were pushing to relax an EU ban on arming Syria’s rebel groups?
Germany and France
Poland and France
Germany and the United Kingdom
France and the United Kingdom
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