Current Events Quiz,March 11, 2013
This activity contains 10 questions.
A new chimney was fitted on the roof of the Sistine Chapel ahead of what important event this week?
The first meeting of the Greek parliament since it was dissolved last year.
A meeting between Italian and Vatican officials to address the sexual abuse of children by Roman Catholic priests.
The election of a new Pope to head the Roman Catholic Church.
A vote by the Greek parliament on withdrawing from the Eurozone.
Uhuru Kenyatta narrowly won election as the new President of Kenya last week, creating new headaches for the International Criminal Court (ICC). Why is the ICC interested in Kenyatta’s election?
Because Kenyatta has agreed to grant political asylum to seven people wanted by the ICC for their involvement in the Rwandan genocide.
Because Kenyatta faces trial at the ICC over death of more than 1,000 and the dislocation of 600,000 after the country’s 2007 elections.
Because Kenyatta has proposed to disband the ICC, and has garnered considerable support among other African leaders for his cause.
All of the above.
Nicolas Maduro, former vice-president of ________, was sworn in as the country’s acting president after Hugo Chavez died of cancer last week.
Sulaiman Abu Ghaith entered a plea of not guilty last week. Abu Ghaith was Osama Bin Laden’s longtime spokesperson and personal aid, and is charged with conspiracy in the September 11, 2001, terror attacks. Abu Ghaith’s case has been criticized because
the government has refused to release classified information that may aid his defense.
he is being tried in a civilian court in New York rather than as part of a military tribunal.
he is being tried with conspiracy rather than murder.
the government has refused to permit Abu Ghaith to retain the counsel of his choice.
Twenty-one United Nations peacekeepers captured by Syrian rebels last week were released into Jordan after their captors were unsuccessful in securing their demand for
a doubling of Western military aid for Syrian rebels.
Israel’s withdrawal from the Golan Heights.
greater Western support, including air support, for their battles against government forces.
the complete withdrawal of Syrian government forces from the region.
The Polish government lost an appeal to the European Court of Justice last week. What issue did their case center on?
The EU’s Emissions Trading Scheme
The expansion of the Eurozone
The allocation of seats in the European Parliament
The EU aid package for Greece
The government of China last week called for calm on the Korean peninsula hours after the North Korean government announced it
would no longer permit Western observers to monitor the country’s nuclear program.
had successfully tested a long-range ballistic missile capable of striking the continental United States.
had scrapped its peace agreement with South Korea and threatened preemptive nuclear strike.
would expand its military presence in the demilitarized zone that serves as the boundary between North and South Korea.
Senator Rand Paul last week took to the Senate floor to filibuster the confirmation of John Brennan as director of the Central Intelligence Agency. Paul’s filibuster was driven by concerns over the White House’s policy concerning the
publication of accounting data detailing the cost of U.S. involvement in Iraq and Afghanistan.
sharing of data within the U.S. intelligence community.
constitutionality of drone strikes against American citizens on U.S. soil.
release of classified memos from the affair that forced former CIA director David Patraeus to resign.
Violence broke out in Egypt over the weekend as protestors took to the streets to demonstrate against a court’s decision to sentence 21 people to death and 16 to various prison sentences for their 2012 involvement in
an attempted military coup.
political protests against the Islamic Brotherhood.
Jean-Yves Le Drian, the French Foreign Minister, last week announced French forces had successfully completed an operation to dismantle a remote al Qaeda base in northern
Democratic Republic of the Congo.
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