Current Events Quiz, January 20, 2014
This activity contains 10 questions.
A Colombian court last week put on hold a decision by the country’s inspector general to fire Bogota’s mayor, Gustavo Petro, suggesting that his removal was political retribution. On what grounds had Petro been scheduled to be removed?
Engaging in espionage for neighboring Venezuela.
Violating free market principles by having the city take control of municipal waste services.
Refusing to acknowledge his defeat in the 2012 election.
Embezzling more than $300,000 in public funds.
The Vatican last week confirmed that Pope Benedict defrocked nearly 400 priests in 2011 and 2012, largely
in an effort to expand the diversity of the Church’s higher leadership.
over claims of child sexual abuse.
in response to requests by local congregations.
as a political move intended to weaken reformers in the Church.
Three Afghan officials were suspended last week following the start of an investigation into
allegations of an attempted military coup by key Afghan generals.
an attack on a popular restaurant that killed 21 people, including 13 foreigners.
a change in voting rules that resulted in more than 10,000 women illegally casting ballots in the eastern region of Kunar, Parwan, and Logar.
charges of corruption and embezzlement after more than $10 million in reconstruction funds from the United States went missing.
The government of _______ last week deployed hundreds of soldiers to the troubled western state of Michoacan after clashes between vigilante groups and drug gangs rocked the region.
A stinging report by the Senate Intelligence Committee released last week blamed American diplomats and intelligence officials for poor communication and lax security and called “avoidable” the
2013 leak of classified documents by Edward Snowden.
2011 Fort Hood shooting.
2010 “Wikileaks” by Chelsea (formerly Bradley) Manning.
2012 attacks on the American Embassy in Benghazi, Libya.
Early results suggest that the constitutional ballot in Egypt will pass with strong support, though voter turnout will likely be much lower than the government had hoped. Among one of the more controversial measures, the new constitution would
establish a sharia (religious) court with the power to review all governmental action.
ban the Muslim Brotherhood.
limit the role of the military in Egyptian politics.
prohibit women from holding elected office.
More than 2,500 world leaders and corporate executives from more than 100 countries will converge Davos, Switzerland, next week for the annual meeting of the
World Trade Organization.
UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC).
World Economic Forum.
World Social Forum.
The United Nations last week warned that the “seeds of genocide [are] being sown” in ________, as sectarian violence between rebel groups in the Muslim-dominated north and government forces in the Christian-dominated south intensified.
Central African Republic
In a much-anticipated speech President Obama on Friday outlined several important changes to on the National Security Agency’s surveillance programs. Which of the following was NOT one of the changes proposed by President Obama?
Denying the National Security Agency the ability to operate within the domestic boundaries of the United States.
Requiring that the metadata associated with telephone surveillance (the times, telephone numbers, and duration of phone calls) be held by a third party that requires the NSA secure legal permission before accessing.
Refraining from monitoring the communications of foreign heads of state and heads of government of closely allied countries.
Establishing a panel of privacy advocates to sit on the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) Courts.
A new report from the International Maritime Board issued last week found that in 2013, global piracy had
decreased sharply, particularly off the coast of Somalia.
increased sharply, particularly off the coast of Somalia.
decreased around the world except off the coast of Somalia, where it increased.
increased around the world except off the coast of Somalia, where it decreased.
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