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Current Events Quiz, January 12, 2015



This activity contains 10 questions.

Question 1.
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?

 
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Question 2.

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.
 
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Question 3.
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

 
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Question 4.
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

 
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Question 5.
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.

 
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Question 6.
Ongoing nuclear talks between the United States and Iran suffered a setback last week after

 
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Question 7.
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.

 
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Question 8.
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

 
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Question 9.

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?
 
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Question 10.
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.

 
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