Current Events Quiz, December 30, 2013
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Members of the punk rock group Pussy Riot responded to Russian President Vladimir Putin’s decision to free them and several other high-profile detainees by
refusing to leave the prison grounds until all musicians, artists, and other activists held by the Russian government were also freed.
fleeing Russia and seeking political asylum in Germany.
calling President Putin a “dog” and a gangster and calling for his arrest.
urging on the international community to boycott the upcoming Winter Games to be hosted in Saatchi, Russia.
The crisis in Syria intensified over the weekend as rebel forces accused the government of killing at least 21 civilians in
an operation against a rebel military base.
an airstrike on a crowded market.
a series of covert car bomb operations.
an effort to defend a secret chemical weapons facility.
Farmers and loggers set fire to houses in the Tenharim district of ________ over the weekend as tensions between developers and indigenous communities in the region increased.
Clashes between police and supporters of deposed Islamist President Mohammed Morsi and the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt intensified over the weekend as Morsi’s supporters set fire to _______, killing at least one bystander.
a university campus
a local market
a bus station
a grocery store
The government of _______ on Friday released four American military personnel who had been held for more than four hours. The four were reviewing evacuation routes for US diplomats and embassy personnel as part of an effort to step up embassy security abroad following last year’s Benghazi attacks.
In a sign that diplomatic relations between the two countries continues to deteriorate, the Indian government last week announced it would ________. The move comes just over a week after India’s Deputy Consul General, Devyani Khobragade, was detained and strip searched on charges that she underpaid her maid.
charge of $500 landing fee to all Americans visiting India
check the tax status of Americans working at Indian schools
expel more than 200 American missionaries working in northern India
review the diplomatic status of all American embassy personnel in India
Despite popular protest, a deal to move a US Marine base in _______ was approved by local officials last week.
Gunsan, South Korea
General Mikhail Kalashnikov died at the age of 94 last week. General Kalashnikov most well-known as the
first Soviet cosmonaut to orbit the earth.
architect of the Soviet military strategy to defend Stalingrad during World War II.
defector who brought the Soviet nuclear missile submarine Red October to the United States.
inventor of the AK-47 assault rifle.
President Obama last week sent a letter to Congress declaring that “further action to support the security of US citizens, personnel, and property, including our embassy” is possible in _______ as violence between government and rebel forces in the region intensified last week.
A decision by Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to _______ last week highlighted growing tensions between China and Japan and spurred the United States government to issue a statement urging restraint on both sides.
deploy Japanese ground forces to the disputed Senkaky/Diaoyu islands
make an official state visit to Taiwan
award the Dalai Lama Japan’s highest civilian honor, the Order of Culture
visit a shrine memorializing Japanese soldiers killed in World War II
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