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Current Events Quiz, January 25, 2015



This activity contains 10 questions.

Question 1.
The strong divisions between the President and the Congress over US foreign policy in the Middle East were highlighted last week when Speaker of the House John Boehner

 
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Question 2.
President Obama will visit ____________ next week, making him the first US President to visit the country twice while in office and signaling an increasingly close relationship between the two countries.

 
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Question 3.
King Abdullah, who had ruled ______________ since 2005, died last week. Abdullah’s half-brother, Prince Salman, assumed the throne and promised to continue on the foreign policy path outlined by Abdullah.

 
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Question 4.
The US-backed government of Yemen collapsed last week after Houthi rebels captured most of the capital and President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi and his cabinet resigned. How do most analysts believe this development will affect US-led operations against al Qaeda in the region?

 
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Question 5.
Fears of deflation in the Eurozone promoted the European Central Bank to announce it would implement a program similar to that implemented in the United States several years ago. Under that program, the European Central Bank would counter the threat of deflation by

 
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Question 6.
Anne Hidalgo, the mayor of Paris, last week announced the city would be filing a lawsuit against the Fox News Network, arguing the network had insulted and defamed the city after it aired segments claiming that

 
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Question 7.
For over 30 years, China has boasted economic growth of more than 10 percent per year. But new forecasts suggest that growth is beginning to wane, and that _____________ will likely overtake China as the world’s fastest growing economy this year.

 
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Question 8.

In a surprising development, the President of Argentina last week declared she was convinced the death of the country’s top prosecutor, Alberto Nisman, was not suicide despite a finding by a prosecutor investigating his death to the contrary. Prior to his death, Nisman had accused the President and the Foreign Minister of involvement in a plot to cover up
 
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Question 9.

The Senate in ______________ last week approved a bill that would amend the country’s census laws and permit the 2016 elections to take place before a new census. The decision reverses the government’s previous policy which had provoked nation-wide protests and assertions that the country’s president, Joseph Kabila, might be using the law to hold on to power rather than stepping down next year as planned.
 
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Question 10.
According to a widely cited study released by the NGO Oxfam last week, the world’s wealthiest 1 percent by 2016 will own ______________ percent of the world’s wealth.

 
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