Current Events Quiz, January 12, 2015
This activity contains 10 questions.
Paris was rocked by a series of terrorist attacks last week after a group of armed gunmen launched an attack on Charlie Hebdo, killing 12. What is Charlie Hebdo?
An oil company with close connections to the governments of Saudi Arabia and Kuwait.
A shipping firm that had contracts with the US government to transport military equipment to Iraq and Afghanistan.
A multinational investment firm that had been funding the construction of Israeli settlements in the West Bank.
A satirical news magazine that had published controversial political cartoons critical of Islam.
A peaceful transition of power in ____________ appears to be moving forward after the country’s attorney general and its military refused to obey a state of emergency issued by outgoing President Mahinda Rajapaksa, clearing the way for his opponent, Maithripala Sirisena, to assume the office in a peaceful transition of power.
US Defense officials last week announced a plan to restructure US forces in Europe. As part of a broader strategy to counter a more aggressive Russian foreign policy, US forces in Europe would be
shifted westward, relocating most US forces to the United Kingdom and France to reduce the appearance of an aggressive stance by the United States.
expanded, with new bases in Poland, Ukraine, Croatia, and other Eastern European countries being constructed.
dramatically reduced, with the US closing most military bases in Europe outside of the United Kingdom.
consolidated into fewer bases in Germany and Italy, with bases in other parts of Europe being closed.
In a move suggesting a division within the Democratic Party, Congressional Democrats last week stepped up their effort to block President Obama’s authority to
negotiate international trade pacts and speed Congressional approval of new free trade agreements.
use military force abroad without Congressional approval.
close the US detention facility at Guantanamo Bay and move detainees to facilities in the continental United States.
intercept and monitor the electronic communications of US citizens without a warrant.
According to a high-profile speech delivered last week by Ban Ki-moon, Secretary-General of the _____________, the three interconnected pillars of the work of his organization for 2015 should be development, peace, and human rights.
International Monetary Fund
North Atlantic Treaty Organization
Ongoing nuclear talks between the United States and Iran suffered a setback last week after
Congressional Republicans passed a measure limiting the authority of US negotiators to make concessions to Iran and requiring Congressional approval of any agreement between the two countries.
Iran’s Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, said that the United States could not be trusted and emphasized that Iran should find internal solutions to its economic problems.
Iran withdrew from negotiations, alleging that the United States was not acting in good faith in the negotiations.
the chief US negotiator, Acting Deputy Secretary Wendy Sherman, resigned her post, citing unclear priorities and differences of opinion coming from the White House.
An explosion at a market in Maiduguri, a city in northeastern _____________, is believed to be the work of the terrorist organization Boko Haram, which seeks to establish an Islamic state in the country.
In a move believed to be connected to part of a broader diplomatic agreement to improve relations with the United States, the Cuban government last week
released dozens of opposition figures from prison, held for years as political activists.
permitted the establishment in Cuba of a newspaper and television station funded by Cuban exiles in the United States.
announced it would no longer inspect shipments between the United States and Cuba for “political or subversive materials.”
ended travel restrictions on Cubans wishing to visit the United States.
Saudi Arabian blogger Raif Badawi was convicted on a wide range of charges of political opposition last week. His sentence was condemned by Amnesty International and other groups, and the United States called on Saudi authorities to “cancel this brutal punishment,” which was nonetheless carried out last week. What was Badawi’s punishment?
1,000 lashes with floggings to be carried out at a rate of 50 per week
10 years imprisonment
A fine of more than $250,000
All of the above
The government of Palestine last week received approval from UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon to become a full member of the ____________, a move which clears the way for possible future legal action against Israel.
International Court of Justice (ICJ)
International Criminal Court (ICC)
World Conciliation Court (WCC)
United Nations (UN)
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