Current Events Quiz,February 18, 2013
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The government of Russia announced that more than 9,000 workers will be deployed to assist the estimated 1,200 people who were injured and the 50 acres of territory that were damaged as a result of Friday’s
gasoline refinery explosion.
At its meeting in Moscow last week the G-20 issued a final communique committing itself to
developing measures to combat corporate tax avoidance.
cutting government deficits.
reducing agricultural subsidies.
restarting the stalled World Trade Organization Doha negotiations.
European regulators are under fire after it was revealed last week that
European banks had secretly moved more than €100 billion in profits offshore to avoid tax liabilities.
two nuclear plants had been found to be leaking unsafe levels of radiation into local communities in France and Poland.
beef contaminated with horsemeat had entered the food stream.
EU officials had accepted bribes to fast-track approval of pharmaceutics without necessary testing.
General Ali Aouni, who served as Iraq’s _______, was killed in a suicide attack last week, making Aouni the highest ranking Iraqi military official killed this year.
Chair of the Joint Chiefs
chief commander of the air force
intelligence academy chief
Kenya’s High Court declined to hear charges against the country’s deputy Prime Minister, Uhuru Kenyatta, clearing the way for him to stand in next month’s national elections. The charges against Kenyatta stemmed from accusations that he
aided the United States in its efforts to locate suspected members of al Qaeda.
embezzled more than $1 billion in international loans.
fueled the ethnic violence that broke out after the country’s last national elections.
appointed several members of his family to high level government posts.
Pope Benedict XVI announced his intention to resign last week, paving the way for the selection of a new pope. Why was Benedict’s resignation so unusual?
In resigning, the Pope accepted responsibility for the child abuse scandal that has rocked the Church for the past several years.
The Pope conditioned his resignation on the selection of his favored successor, Cardinal Peter Kodwo Appoah Turkson, who would become the first African to hold the post.
The Pope is hoping to end the tradition of the selection of the pope by unelected Cardinals and instead ask Catholics around the world to elect their spiritual leader.
It is the first time since the fifteenth century that a pope has not served until death.
The government of ________ last week confirmed that it had conducted a third nuclear test, a move most international observers view as a violation of UN Security Council resolutions.
Senate Republicans last week blocked a confirmation vote for President Barack Obama’s nomination for Secretary of Defense, Chuck Hagel. Why was the Republican’s move unusual?
Chuck Hagel is himself a former Republican Senator.
The move comes just a few weeks after an agreement between Senate Republicans and Democrats to limit the use of the filibuster.
It is the first time in the history of the United States that the filibuster had been used to block a nominee for Secretary of Defense.
All of the above.
South African Oscar Pistorius was charged last week with murder after being accused of fatally shooting his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp. Pistorius is most well known as
the Paralympic champion who, as a double amputee, competed in the London Olympics.
the former president of South Africa who ordered Nelson Mandela’s release from prison.
the former husband of Charlize Theron.
South Africa’s highest ranking police official.
The government of ______ last week sent in military reinforcements to crack down on a wave of violence in the southern state of Santa Catarina, southwest of Rio de Janeiro.
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