Current Events Quiz, April 7, 2014
This activity contains 10 questions.
Three Indian men convicted in a high-profile rape case were sentenced last week. The presiding judge
ordered them to be hanged under a tough new law.
released them with time served and into mandatory counseling.
declared an earlier conviction invalid and issued an order for a retrial.
sentenced them to life imprisonment.
In an effort to improve security ahead of this year’s World Cup, security forces in Brazil entered one of _______’s most dangerous slums, attempting to weaken drug cartels which control the area.
Rio de Janeiro
The United States and Europe last week moved to isolate Russia and punish the country for its intervention in Ukraine by
suspending Russian participation in joint training and military operations under NATO.
expelling Russia from the Commission for Security and Cooperation in Europe.
ending ascension talks with Russia, effectively ending the country’s bid to join the European Union.
suspending Russia’s membership in the World Trade Organization.
An earthquake off the coast of _______ last week triggered a tsunami warning in the country, but the country’s high level of preparedness prevented widespread loss of life.
A short-lived ban on Twitter imposed by the government of Turkey was withdrawn last week after
it was discovered that the country’s president, Abdullah Gül, held the most popular Twitter account in the country, boasting more than 1 million followers.
the country’s high court ruled the ban an unconstitutional violation of freedom of expression.
political parties complained that he ban left them with no way to connect with voters.
popular protest by more than 1 million demonstrators in the country’s capital forced the government to back down.
The Central Intelligence Agency was angered last week by a US Senate last week vote to declassify part of a report discussing the Agency’s
surveillance of the cell phone communications of foreign heads of state.
bulk collection of the telephone data of US citizens.
monitoring of internet traffic in the United States.
use of certain interrogation techniques described as “brutal.”
Anja Niedringhaus, a Pulitzer-Prize winning photographer working for the Associated Press was shot and killed by gunmen last week while covering upcoming elections in
After floating the idea of releasing Jonathan Pollard, who was convicted of trying to steal classified documents from the US Navy in 1987, as part of a broad deal to restart peace talks between ______ and _______, Secretary of State John Kerry has returned to Washington DC to consult with President Obama about how to move the peace process forward.
Ukraine and Russia
North Korea and South Korea
Japan and China
Israel and Palestine
_______ is this week commemorating the 20th anniversary of the country’s 1994 genocide, in which more than 800,000 people—mostly ethnic Tutsis—were murdered in 100 days.
Central African Republic
Democratic Republic of the Congo
The US Senate’s Permanent Committee on Investigations last week held hearings investigating Caterpillar’s and other companies practice of shifting profits from their domestic operations in the United States to countries with lower corporate tax rates like Switzerland, a practice usually referred to as
tax planning policy.
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