Current Events Quiz, February 2, 2015
This activity contains 10 questions.
The Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) over the past week attempted to negotiate with Japan and Jordan over the release of two nationals held by the organization. What did ISIS demand in exchange for the release of the heir hostages?
An end to US-led airstrike against ISIS forces.
A formal apology from President Barack Obama and $100 million in compensation.
$200 million and the release of a female member of ISIS held by Jordan.
The closure of the US detention facility at Guantanamo Bay.
Despite advances by peacekeeping forces and the recapture of a northern town previously held by Boko Haram, the African Union last week called for the deployment of an additional 7,500 member AU soldiers to combat the growing threat of Boko Haram in
The far-left Syriza coalition won the most seats in Greece’s election last week. What was the central plank of Syriza’s election platform?
Expel Turkey from Cyprus and claim the island in its entirety for Greece.
End austerity measures and renegotiate Greece’s foreign debt.
Expel all foreign guest workers from the country and crack down on illegal immigration.
Eliminate Greece’s military and divert all former military spending to social programs.
How did Argentina’s President, Christina Fernandez de Kirchner, respond to the alleged murder of the country’s chief investigator, Alberto Nisman, last week?
She prevented any official investigation into his death, stating Nisman had been depressed and committed suicide.
She accused Nisman of corruption and malfeasance.
She disbanded Argentina’s intelligence service, suggesting they may have been involved in his death.
She did nothing.
Eugene de Kock, the former commander of an apartheid-era death squad in ____________, and who had earned the nickname “Prime Evil” for his role in killing and maiming more than 100 anti-apartheid activists in the 1980s, was released on parole last week. He was had been sentenced to two life terms plus 212 years for the crimes he committed in 1996.
Funerals took place over the weekend for more than 60 people who were killed after a suicide bomber attacked a Shia mosque during Friday prayers in Sindh province in _________ last week, marking the worst sectarian violence in the country in recent years.
In a sign that the country is looking to tighten recent restrictions imposed on academics, Yuan Guiren, Education Minister in _____________, last week that universities in the country should shun textbooks and other materials that promote Western values, should maintain political integrity and keep discussions of politics out of the classroom.
Tens of thousands of people attended a rally in central Madrid, Spain, over the weekend. For what cause were the protestors marching?
To oppose the Spanish government’s decision to deploy additional soldiers to Iraq.
To demand for the resignation of Spain’s Prime Minister, Mariano Rajoy Brey, after charges that he accepted tens of thousands of euros in bribes in exchange for granting lucrative government contracts.
To support the radical leftist Podemos party campaigning to write off Spain’s foreign debt.
To support an opposition call for early elections in Spain.
A Spanish solider was killed as fighting broke out during a United Nations peacekeeping operation last week. In which UN operation was the soldier participating?
United Nations Mission in Liberia (UNMIL)
United Nation/Africa Union Mission in Darfur (UNAMID)
United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL)
United Nations Interim Administration Mission in Kosovo (UNMIK)
A bomb attack at security sights in the Sinai Peninsula in ___________ killed at least 26 people last week. The attack represents an intensification of anti-government campaigns in the region and suggests that the government’s efforts to weaken opposition through home demolitions, cerfews, and isolation have failed to stem the growing insurgency in the region.
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