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Current Events Quiz, August 25, 2009

This activity contains 10 questions.

Question 1.
The world is still awaiting the final results from last week’s election in _____. Both incumbent President Hamid Karzai and his challenger, Abdullah Abdullah, have claimed victory.

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Question 2.
In a move that has sparked a great deal of controversy, the Scottish government last week released Abdelbaset Ali Mohamed al-Megrahi from prison. Al-Megrahi was convicted in 1999 for his involvement in

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Question 3.
In a move likely to win approval by the U.S. government, a court in China convicted several people last week of _____, sentencing each to 3 ½ years in prison and fining them $146,000.

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Question 4.
According to a recent report by the World Food Programme, the prolonged drought and political instability in _____ may increase by 50% the number of people requiring emergency food aid in the country this year.

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Question 5.
Despite several positive developments pointing to the beginning of a global economic recovery over the past couple of weeks, the government of _____ announced the economy shrank by 10.3% in the second quarter, the largest decline on record.

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Question 6.
A series of bomb attacks killed almost 100 and wounded almost 500 people in _____ on Wednesday. The attacks point to a growing level of political violence since the withdrawal of U.S. forces from Iraqi cities in June.

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Question 7.
President Barack Obama on Tuesday nominated _____ as Chair of the Federal Reserve.

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Question 8.
A new coalition of Shia parties in Iraq announced Monday will likely result in dramatic political shifts following January’s parliamentary elections. Why?

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Question 9.
Seeking to expand bilateral negotiations, the government of North Korea invited _____’s nuclear envoy for talks over the North Korean nuclear program.

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Question 10.
According to figures issued on Tuesday, the U.S. federal deficit this year will be approximately

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