Current Events Quiz, May 18, 2015
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The government of _____________ over the weekend claimed to have defeated an attempted coup, arresting three military leaders accused of attempting to oust President Nkurunziza, who had previously announced he would stand for re-election despite being termed out of office.
A US helicopter that had crashed in Nepal was found over the weekend, and the bodies of six Marines have been recovered. What were the soldiers doing in Nepal?
Conducting joint training operations with the Nepalese government.
Helping earthquake recovery efforts.
Secretly monitoring Chinese troop movements.
Searching for al Qaeda operatives.
Anata Bijoy Das, a blogger in Bangladesh, was attacked and killed by a machete-wielding assailant in Bangladesh last week, making Das the third Bangladeshi blogger killed this year. Why were the three bloggers murdered?
For criticizing the ruling Awami League, the ruling political party.
For criticizing the rule of President Abdul Hamid.
For “promoting pro-American values.”
For promoting atheism in the largely Muslim country.
The United States announced over the weekend that a special operations mission in Syria had resulted in the death of Abu Sayyaf. Who was Sayyaf?
The leader of ISIS.
A pro-Syrian news reporter.
The chief financial officer for ISIS.
A key Syrian general.
In a sign of improving relations between the two countries, Pope Francis last week announced the Vatican would formally recognize
Syria’s dissident government.
the Cuban government.
the Armenian genocide.
During a press conference while visiting China, Secretary of State John Kerry expressed “concern” at the pace and scope of China’s
militarization of its border with India.
growing influence in Africa.
military operations in the South China Sea.
economic initiatives in Latin America.
Khalid Al-Fawwaz, a former top aide to Osama Bin Laden, was sentenced to life in prison last week for his involvement in
the September 11 attacks on the World Trade Center and Pentagon.
the 2002 Bali bombings.
the 2000 bombing of the USS Cole.
the 1998 bombing of the US embassies in Dar es Salaam and Nairobi.
Inspectors in _____________ found traces of banned chemical weapons supposedly turned over to international inspectors last year, putting pressure on President Obama to follow through on a “redline” previously expressed to prevent the country’s government from deploying chemical weapons.
Despite widespread criticism from environmentalists, the US government last week announced it would permit Shell to drill for oil in
in the Alaska National Wildlife Reserve.
in the Gulf of Mexico.
in the Arctic Ocean.
off the coast of California.
Last week the US Senate reversed course and granted President Obama fast-track authority to negotiate
normalization of relations with Cuba.
an expansion to the North American Free Trade Agreement.
the Trans-Pacific Partnership.
the Iranian nuclear agreement.
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