Current Events Quiz, August 5, 2013
This activity contains 10 questions.
At least 9 people were killed and more than 20 wounded after three suicide bombers drove cars up to the ______ embassy in Jalalabad, Afghanistan, and detonated their explosives.
Iran’s Supreme Leader, the Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, endorsed Hassan Rouhani’s election as President of the country over the weekend, officially marking the start of his presidency. Rouhani’s presidency is important because he is widely viewed as a
conservative theocrat who will seek to limit the role of women in Iranian society.
economic modernizer who will seek to modernize Iran by improving relations with China.
military nationalist who will seek to develop and expand Iran’s nuclear program.
moderate reformer who may seek to improve relations with the West.
The United States government issued a public travel warning to Americans travelling ______ over and announced it would close 21 embassies and consulates on Sunday after intercepting al-Qaeda messages suggesting an attack was eminent.
in Southeast Asia
anywhere in the world
in the Middle East
The fallout from the Edward Snowden leak expanded over the weekend after _____ announced it was terminating a Cold War-era agreement with the United States and the United Kingdom to share intelligence.
Italy’s former Prime Minister, Silvio Berlusconi, took to the airwaves and broadcast an angry message over the weekend after
his prison sentence for tax fraud was upheld by Italy’s highest court.
an hour-long documentary outlining his alleged relationship with underage prostitutes was broadcast on Italian television.
the European Union denied his request to replace Senator Emilio Colombo as President of the European Parliament.
Enrico Letta, the country’s current prime minister, announced a formal investigation into illegal dealings by the Berlusconi government.
Elections in ______ last week appear to have handed incumbent President Robert Mugabe’s ruling party a sweeping victory in parliament, though opposition forces allege the vote was marred by fraud.
Private First Class Bradley Manning last week was acquitted on charges of aiding the enemy but was found guilty of multiple counts of espionage for
attempting to defect with classified documents to North Korea.
being absent without leave (AWOL) while assigned to a combat patrol in Iraq.
leaking classified documents to Wikileaks.
selling classified information to the Chinese government.
Lawrence Summers, President Barack Obama’s presumptive nominee to head the Federal Reserve after Ben Bernanke’s term expires in January, suffered a setback in his prospects to secure the nomination after Congressional Democrats balked at his candidacy. Summers has held all of the following positions EXCEPT
Secretary of State.
Secretary of the Treasury.
President of Harvard University.
Chief Economist at the World Bank.
Twenty-five police officers in ______ were given life sentences after being found guilty of participating in the 1992 Carandiru jail massacre that left more than 111 prisoners dead.
Several Taiwanese legislators exchanged punches and threw cups and bottles of water at each other on Friday. The parliamentary melee was sparked by a vote to
approve same-sex marriage in Taiwan.
exchange ambassadors with China, effectively recognizing the legality of the Chinese Communist government.
express no-confidence in Taiwan’s President, Jiang Yi-huah.
hold a referendum on the construction of a nuclear power plant near the capital.
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