Current Events Quiz, March 12, 2012
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A ________________ killed 16 Afghan civilians last weekend, prompting outrage among Afghans.
NATO air strike
"rogue" military contractor linked to the U.S. government
suicide bombing linked to the Taliban
Which of the following best describes the outcome of Russia's presidential election?
Dmitry Medvedev was reelected president.
Billionaire Mikhail Prokhorov won a surprise victory.
Vladimir Putin regained the presidency.
No winner has yet been declared due to widespread "irregularities" and calls for a recount.
This country angered its fellow EU member states last week by vetoing a proposed climate change policy that would set targets to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
An attempt by British and Nigerian special forces to rescue two hostages held in Nigeria resulted in
a large number of civilian casualties, sparking an international incident.
the successful rescue of the hostages.
the deaths of six British soldiers who "walked into a trap"--no hostages were in the vicinity.
the hostages being killed.
Greece was again a newsmaker in the ongoing eurozone crisis last week as
a large grouping of private investors agreed to a multibillion-euro "debt swap" to help Greece restructure its vast debt.
its effort to secure a third bailout from the EU and the IMF failed.
its credit rating was downgraded to "junk" by the world's three top credit ratings agencies.
it refused to participate in an EU climate change treaty that would have reduced greenhouse gas emissions.
After his meeting with President Obama last week to discuss (among other things) Iran's nuclear program, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu declared that
Israel would show the United States "the respect due an ally" and inform the U.S. of any planned military action against Iran well in advance.
Israel must always be "master of its own fate" in deciding how to deal with Iran.
Israel has confidence that President Obama can resolve the crisis with Iran diplomatically.
Israel would not launch a preemptive strike against Iran's nuclear facilities without "clear support" from Washington.
Last week the UN's humanitarian chief visited--and former UN Secretary General Kofi Annan announced a visit--to this troubled country in an effort to deal with the ongoing crisis.
A band of tribal elders in Eastern Libya has taken this controversial action in defiance of the central government.
a declaration that they are the "true government" of Libya
the stockpiling of chemical weapons left over from Qaddafi's regime
the institution of strict Sharia law
a declaration of semi-autonomy
U.S. authorities revealed last week that a member of the group "Anonymous" was arrested and became an informant, leading to charges against five more men, including two in Britain and two in Ireland. The group "Anonymous" is known for what activity?
As of Sunday at least 18 Palestinians had been killed in air strikes launched by Israel in retaliation for rockets fired from
the Golan Heights.
the West Bank.
Palestinian neighborhoods in East Jerusalem.
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