Current Events Quiz, September 23, 2013
This activity contains 10 questions.
Authorities in Mexico last week said that more than 90 people had been killed in the village of La Pintada as a result of
a terror attack by separatists in Oaxaca.
a conflict between coyotes smuggling people from Mexico to the United States.
flooding sparked by tropical storms.
violence sparked by drug cartel conflicts.
Russian naval forces last week seized the Arctic Sunrise, a ship belonging to the
Saudi billionaire Al-Waleed bin Talal.
American company Carnival Cruise Lines.
environmental organization Greenpeace.
Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro last week angrily complained that the United States government had
frozen assets belonging to members of his government.
denied his entry visa to speak at the United Nations.
banned his plane from American airspace.
listened in on communications between the Venezuelan Embassy in Washington DC and the national government in Caracas.
Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff last week announced she was postponing a planned visit to the United States in protest over33
US treatment of Ecuadoran President Evo Morales.
US surveillance of Brazilian citizens.
US financial support for opposition parties in Brazil.
US seizure of drug assets seized by the Drug Enforcement Agency but claimed by the Brazilian government.
Voters in Swaziland last week participated in an unusual parliamentary vote. What made the vote unusual?
It was the first democratic election in which blacks could vote in Swaziland.
Voters elected the country’s first female president.
Voters were electing a new parliament which has no political parties and no political authority or power.
It was the first democratic election to take place in Swaziland.
The African Union last week called a special summit to consider
African Union intervention in the ongoing conflict in the Kivu region of the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
adoption of a continent-wide policy governing access to natural resources like oil, diamonds, and mineral wealth.
ratification of a new, continent-wide free trade agreement known as AFTA, the African Free Trade Area.
mass withdrawal from the International Criminal Court in protest of the trial of Kenyan Deputy President William Ruto.
An attack by Taliban militants in northern _________ killed 18 police officers last week.
Early polling data suggest that Sunday’s vote in Germany will likely result in a sharp decline in the position of the Free Democrats. Why would such an outcome be significant?
Because it marks a polarization of Germany politics, with sharp increases for both far right and far left parties.
Because it would be the first time since World War II that the Free Democrats did not control the German government.
Because it could force Angela Merkel’s ruling Christian Democrats to find new coalition partners.
Because it highlights the rise of the radical far right nationalist parties in German society.
As part of the agreement struck between Russian and US diplomats, the Syrian government last week began
destroying its chemical weapons stockpiles.
submitting information on its chemical weapons stockpiles to international monitors.
closing its chemical weapons manufacturing facilities.
withdrawing its forces from the region in which chemical weapons were deployed.
Authorities in Pakistan over the weekend announced they would be freeing Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar from prison as part of an effort to “further the reconciliation process” in
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