Current Events Quiz, April 1, 2013
This activity contains 10 questions.
The Nobel Peace laureate ________ was hospitalized last week, suffering from difficulty breathing and sparking fears that the iconic 94 year old figure was in ill health.
the Dalai Lama
A court sentenced Vaselin Vlahovic, known as the Monster of Grbavica, to 45 years in prison after he was found guilty of more than 60 counts of murder, rape, and torture of civilians during the 1992-1995 siege of what former Yugoslav city?
Ending speculation that he might resign, Italian President Giorgio Napolitano said he would nominate a “select group” to
investigate charges that his office had engaged in illegal campaign activities intended to destabilize opposition political parties.
determine Italy’s rights to reject a proposed austerity package to be imposed by the European Union as a condition of receding aid.
explore the possibility of Italian withdrawal from the Eurozone.
form a new government following an impasse that had delayed the formation of a new cabinet since February.
The government of the Democratic Republic of the Congo last week welcomed an announcement by the United Nations that it would
expand UN aid to the DR Congo in an effort to stabilize the economy.
permit UN forces to attack rebel groups along the DR Congo’s eastern border.
deploy UN peacekeeping forces to Rwanda to end the ongoing conflict that has resulted in refugees flowing into the DR Congo.
do all of the above.
In a symbolically important move, the new Chinese President Xi Jingping made the first major international trip of his presidency, visiting which countries last week?
Germany, France, and Poland
The United States, Canada, and Mexico
Japan, South Korea, and the Philippines
Tanzania, South Africa, and the Republic of Congo
The Kenyan Supreme Court last week issued its ruling on the recent presidential election,
declaring that Prime Minister Raila Odinga had in fact won the election.
ordering a recount of more than one million disputed ballots.
asserting that the previous election had been corrupted and ordering an entirely new election.
upholding incumbent President Ukuru Kenyatta’s recent victory.
A hunger strike by prisoners at the U.S. detention facility at Guantanamo Bay prompted a visit by the International Committee of the Red Cross last week. Prisoners are engaged in a hunger strike to protest
the lack of adequate religious services led by an imam.
a plan to relocate them to alternate facilities in Iraq and Afghanistan.
their indefinite detention without charge.
a proposal to relocate them to the United States to stand trial in civilian courts.
Police in Brazil last week used teargas to break up a protest in front of the new World Cup Stadium. What was the cause of the clash?
Civil rights groups were demanding equal representation in the body governing football in Brazil.
Indigenous protesters were demanding that the World Cup Stadium be relocated because it was built on ceremonial lands.
Football fans were fighting after cueing overnight for tickets to the 2014 World Cup matches.
Workers were protesting the allocation of the vast majority of positions to non-union employees.
Hailing the move as a “new paradigm,” the BRICS countries (Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa) last week announced they were moving to establish a new international institution, with more than $4 trillion in funding, that would serve as an alternative to the
United Nations (UN).
World Trade Organization (WTO).
World Bank and the International Monetary Fund (IMF).
North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO).
A former US soldier was arrested last week on charges that he “conspired to use a weapon of mass destruction outside of the United States” after he
attempted to purchase nuclear materials from an undercover Russian operative.
attempted to defect to North Korea, offering the government there detailed knowledge of U.S. missile technology.
fought with opposition forces in Syria against the Syrian government.
formally applied for membership in al Qaeda.
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