Current Events Quiz, February 25, 2014
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Nicolas Maduro, President of _______, last week invited President Barack Obama to join him in joint talks intended to resolve disputes between the two countries. While the US government has not yet responded, it is believed that they will not take the offer seriously.
A coordinated attack in involving a car bomb and fierce gun battle erupted outside the presidential palace in Mogadishu, Somalia, resulting in two officials being killed. Who was believed responsible for the attack?
Abdiweli Sheikh Ahmed, the country’s Prime Minister
Abdul Hassan, leader of the Somlai pirate group known as the Central Regional Coast Guard
Musa Sudi Yalahow, a Somali warlord
al-Shabab, an al-Qaeda linked terror group
More than 100 copies of ________ were found vandalized in public libraries across Tokyo, Japan, last week. While police are investigating, it is not yet clear who was behind the incident.
the Holy Bible
Anne Frank’s Diary of a Young Girl
JK Rowling’s Harry Potter series
In a move intended to signal a shift to a more open, inclusive decision-making process inside the Church, Pope Francis last week elevated 19 Roman Catholic priests to the College of Cardinals. In addition to helping develop policy for the Church, the College is primarily responsible for
electing the Pope.
setting church doctrine.
investigating allegations of crimes committed by members of the Church.
Matteo Renzi was sworn in as Italy’s new Prime Minister last week, seeking to bring greater confidence and stability to the government. What makes Renzi’s selection unusual?
A native of Palermo, he is the first Italian Prime Minister from the island of Sicily.
A former anarchist activist, he is the first Italian Prime Minister to have served time in prison.
At 39, he will be one of Italy’s youngest Prime Ministers and has little political experience at the national level.
At 84, he will be Italy’s oldest Prime Minister but boasts considerable political experience at the national and international levels.
Members of the dissident Russian band _______ were attacked by Cossack security patrols outside the Olympic Games in Sochi last week after they began to sing a song protesting Russian President Vladimir Putin’s policies.
President Obama met with other world leaders in Mexico City last week to discuss further liberalization of international trade under the _________, despite the fact that the Congress has refused to extend fast-track authority to the agreement, effectively ending hopes for ratification of the deal in the United States.
Expanded North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA-plus)
North Atlantic Trade Agreement (NATA)
Latin American Free Trade Agreement (LAFTA)
Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP)
Whose White House visit sparked protests from the Chinese government last week?
Ma Ying-jeou, President of Taiwan
Shinzo Abe, Prime Minister of Japan
The Dalai Lama, the spiritual leader of Tibet
Rebiya Kadeer, President of the World Uyghur Congress
Accusing the United States government of behaving “like cowboys who only understand the language of the Wild West, the German government last week announced they would undertake what action in response to US spying programs that targeted Chancellor Angela Merkel’s personal cellphone?
They would undertake counterespionage, spying on US assets in Germany and abroad.
They would recall the German ambassador to the United States.
They would veto a proposed expansion of the North Atlantic Trade Agreement.
They would withdraw German military forces from joint operations with the United States.
Viktor Yanukovych, president of ________, was forced to flee his residence in the country’s capital on Saturday, less than a week after violent clashes between anti-government protesters and police resulted in more than 100 deaths in the city.
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