Current Events Quiz, February 16, 2015
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The government of Venezuela last week was forced to devalue its currency, the bolivar, in an effort to prevent a major budget crisis fueled by
sharp increases in global oil prices.
sharp increases in global wheat prices.
falling global wheat prices.
falling global oil prices.
Fighting intensified over the weekend in eastern Ukraine as pro-Russian separatists fought against Ukrainian government forces ahead of what event?
The planned deployment of US aircraft to patrol the skies over the region.
A scheduled visit by Russian President Vladimir Putin to the region.
The launch of a United Nations peacekeeping mission in the region.
Implementation of a ceasefire brokered by France and Germany.
Less than a month after the suspicious death of the country’s chief prosecutor, a new prosecutor has asked a federal judge to investigate Argentina’s President Christina Fernandez de Kircher over allegations she
ordered the arrest and imprisonment of more than 200 opposition party leaders.
received bribes to block legislation that would have liberalized the country’s oil industry.
funneled more than $1 billion in lucrative government contracts to campaign donors and supporters.
covered up Iran’s involvement in a bomb attack against a Jewish center in Buenos Aires.
A court in Senegal last week ordered Hissene Habre, the former President of Chad, to stand trial for alleged war crimes, torture and crimes against humanity, committed between 1982 and 1990 while he was President. What makes the order so unusual?
It is the first time a former President of an African country has been accused and tried for such crimes.
It is the first use of universal jurisdiction in Africa, which permits any African country to claim jurisdiction over an accused person regardless of where the alleged crime was committed.
It is the first time a case will be heard by judges appointed by the African Union.
All of the above.
Arvind Kerjriwal was sworn in as Delhi’s Chief Minister after his Aam Aadmi Party trounced India’s major political parties and captured 67 of 70 seats in the state assembly. What was the central plank of Kerjriwal’s election platform?
Cutting unemployment and ending austerity
Expanding social spending, especially spending on education and health care
Liberalizing the economy and encouraging foreign direct investment
After spending more than a year in prison, an Egyptian court ordered Mohamed Fahmy and Baher Mohamed to be released on bail while awaiting trial. Who are Fahmy and Mohamed?
Journalists critical of the Egyptian government
Spies working for the United States
Atheists critical of the increasing role of Islam in Egyptian government
Opposition party leaders who ran for the presidency
Saudi Arabia became the latest country to close its diplomatic mission in ___________ last week, citing the risks posed by the declining security situation in the country after the Houthi rebel group seized power and ousted a US-backed regime. A United Nations envoy warned that the country stood at the crossroads between “civil war and disintegration”.
The United Arab Emirates
Hundreds of millions of urban Chinese will migrate to spend time with families in rural areas this week to celebrate the Lunar New Year. What is new year?
The year of the sheep.
The year of the goat.
The year of the snake.
The year of the dragon.
The US Senate last week overwhelmingly confirmed Ashton Carter to replace Chuck Hagel as
US Trade Representative.
Secretary of State.
Secretary of Defense.
Secretary of Commerce.
German President Joachim Gauck spoke at a ceremony commemorating the 70th anniversary of __________ over the weekend, saying the event had “burned itself into the memory” of the German people.
the Battle of the Bulge
the liberation of Auschwitz
the end of World War II
the firebombing of Dresden
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