Current Events Quiz, December 23, 2013
This activity contains 10 questions.
_____’s main opposition Democratic Party last week announced it would boycott snap elections called by Prime Minister Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra in an effort to resolve an ongoing political crisis that has paralyzed the country for weeks.
Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto last week signed a law changing the country’s constitution to permit
the adoption of Mexican citizens by foreign nationals.
Mexican citizens to purchase goods imported from abroad without paying import duties.
foreign companies to drill for oil and gas in Mexico.
the possession, sale, and consumption of marijuana in Mexico.
US Secretary of State John Kerry expressed his “regrets” to the Indian government after India’s deputy Consul General, Devyani Khobragade, was handcuffed and strip-searched by police in New York last week. Khobragade was detained on charges that she
engaged in visa fraud and made false statements to police about underpaying her Indian maid.
accumulated more than $100,000 in parking fines in New York City.
slapped a police officer after being pulled over for speeding.
used her diplomatic travel privileges to facilitate the importation of heroin from India.
Violence broke out in _______, the world’s youngest country, last week after rebels took control of the southern Jonglei state and government forces struggled to reassert their control over the region.
Mohamed Morsi, ______’s ousted president, was formally charged with treason and terrorism last week after the country’s military government decided to move forward with the trial that could result in Morsi’s execution.
The government of Brazil last week announced it was signing a $4.5 billion contract with ________ to build 36 new fighter jets, highlighting the continuing deterioration of relations between the United States and Brazil following accusations of US spying.
Chinese aircraft manufacturer Chengdu Aircraft Industry Group
Russian aircraft manufacturer Sukhoi
Swedish aircraft manufacturer Saab
Indian aircraft manufacturer Hindustan Aeronautics
In an effort to improve the country’s international image ahead of the 2014 Winter Olympic Games, the president of ______ last week ordered several high-profile prisoners to be released. Among those released were billionaire Mihkhail Khodorkovsky, several members of Greenpeace, and two members of the punk-rock band Pussy Riot.
The parliament of Uganda last week passed a law that imposes a penalty of life in prison for persons who
engage in behavior counter to the example set by the Prophet Muhammed, thereby making Islam the official state religion.
engage in consensual same-sex relations.
make disparaging statements about the country’s president.
claim citizenship in another country.
Canada’s Supreme Court last week unanimously struck down all laws making _______ illegal.
drug possession and sales
In a sign of growing differences between the White House and Congressional Republicans over how to address the Iranian nuclear program, President Obama last week
used his executive agreement power to bypass Congressional approval of Ryan Croker as his special envoy to Iran.
urged Senate Republicans not to filibuster Robert Beecroft to the post of US Ambassador to Iran.
vetoed a defense authorization bill that included more than $10 million to fund US drone surveillance operations over Iran.
issued a statement asserting there was no need for new sanctions against Iran.
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