Current Events Quiz, October 26, 2015
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What was the outcome of last week’s parliamentary elections in Canada?
The Liberal Party won, handing a resounding defeat for the ruling Conservative Party in the largest swing in Canadian politics in more than 30 years.
No party won a majority, forcing the three major parties to jockey to form a new coalition government.
The ruling Conservative Party won a surprising victory, despite national polling that suggested it would lose its parliamentary majority.
The leftist New Democratic Party won a surprising majority, giving it the power to form a government for the first time in Canadian history.
After more than a week of national protests by university students across the country, President Jacob Zuma of ____________ last week agreed to freeze tuition and fees across the country.
The United Nations last week warned that a two-year old civil war in _____________ threatens to spark a humanitarian crisis, with up to 4 million people facing severe hunger and 30,000 on the brink of death due to starvation.
the Democratic Republic of the Congo
Ahmed Adeeb, the Vice President of the small island state of Maldives, was detained over the weekend on charges
treason, for attempting to kill the country’s president in a bomb attack last month.
sodomy, for admitting he was gay.
drug trafficking, for serving as the kingpin of one of largest drug cartels in Asia.
apostasy and blasphemy, for declaring he was an atheist in the heavily Islamic state.
Hurricane Patricia hit Mexico over the weekend, weakening to a tropical storm and causing widespread flooding and millions of dollars of damage. What made Hurricane Patricia so newsworthy?
Weather forecasting agencies failed to anticipate the storm at all, and thus failed to warn local residents, likely increasing the storm’s death toll.
It struck outside of the normal hurricane season.
It was the strongest hurricane ever recorded.
It struck land over a remote volcano, a rare phenomenon for scientists to observe.
Dozens of same-sex relationships were recognized last week in ________, as the South American country’s new civil partnerships law came in to force, permitting unmarried couples to co-own property and make medical decisions for one another.
Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was called before a Republican-led House committee for a marathon 11 hour session, which many Democrats claimed was a political witch-hunt intended to damage Clinton’s White House prospects. What issue was the committee officially investigating?
Political contributions by foreign investment firms to Bill Clinton’s charitable trust.
Hillary Clinton’s support for the Trans Pacific Partnership.
The death of the former US ambassador to Libya.
Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email account to conduct official business while Secretary of State.
An American Special Forces soldier was killed in _________ last week during a mission to free prisoners held by the Islamic State in the country.
Despite being widely condemned by Western political leaders, Robert Mugabe, the president of ___________, was last week awarded the Confucius Peace Prize, the Chinese government’s equivalent of the Nobel Peace Prize.
Anibal Cavaco Silva, the President of __________, last week denied a leftist coalition the right to form a government despite the fact that the coalition had secured an absolute majority of seats in the national parliament, sparking a constitutional crisis in the country.
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