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What on earth?

May 21, 2021, 3:40 p.m.

Do you have what it takes to be this week’s global news quiz? Let’s find out.

1. South Korean President Moon Jae-in visited US President Joe Biden in the White House on Friday, making him the second world leader to have met the new president since he took office. Who was the first

(A) Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga
(B) Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu
(C) Chinese President Xi Jinping
(D) Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau

2. With a ceasefire in Israel and Gaza, Biden has yet to appoint an ambassador to Israel. Who was the ambassador under former US President Donald Trump?

(A) James Cunningham
(B) Jonathan Shrier
(C) David Friedman
(D) Daniel Shapiro

3. The eight northern circumpolar nations of the Arctic Council met this week. Which country is not considered to be circumpolar – i.e. with territory within the Arctic Circle?

(A) Denmark
(B) Canada
(C) Japan
(D) Iceland

4. US Secretary of State Antony Blinken met his Russian counterpart on the sidelines of the summit. Who is Russia’s longtime foreign minister?

(A) Dmitry Medvedev
(B) Sergei Lavrov
(C) Igor Ivanov
(D) Vassily Nebenzia

5. The World Health Organization’s COVID-19 Vaccines Global Access (COVAX) project is facing a dose shortage. How big is the deficit according to an announcement on Monday?

(A) 50 million
(B) 140 million
(C) 10 million
(D) 300 million

6. At a press conference earlier this week, the Director General of the World Health Organization, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, condemned the “terrible” situation in Ethiopia, where conflicts are raging in his home region. Which Ethiopian state is suffering from ongoing fighting and an associated humanitarian crisis?

(A) Sidama
(B) Gambela
(C) Oromia
(D) Tigray

7. According to an announcement by the International Energy Agency, what percentage of new fossil fuel extraction projects will have to be stopped this week in order to meet the global warming targets?

(A) 25 percent
(B) 50 percent
(C) 75 percent
(D) 100 percent

8. The violent repression of the security forces against protests in Colombia has resulted in widespread international condemnation. Which of the following consequences does the Colombian government not have?

(A) It was removed as a co-host of the 2021 Copa América football tournament.
(B) The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights issued a statement condemning the violence.
(C) The United States has suspended military aid to Colombia, roughly half of the more than $ 400 million it sends to the country annually.
(D) The Organization of American States attempted to send human rights monitors to the country.

9. Naomi Mata’afa becomes Samoa’s first female prime minister after the country’s Supreme Court ruled in her favor in an electoral battle over the April 9 elections. Which of the following countries was the first to have a female manager?

(A) Germany
(B) Canada
(C) India
(D) Pakistan

10. This week, BuzzFeed News reporters unearthed Biden’s Venmo account, raising major security concerns for the White House. How long did it take BuzzFeed News to uncover the president’s profile?

(A) 10 minutes
(B) 30 minutes
(C) One hour
(D) Five hours


1. (A) Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga
2. (C) David Friedman
3. (C) Japan
4. (B) Sergei Lavrov
5. (B) 140 million
6. (D) Tigray
7. (D) 100 percent
8. (C) The United States has suspended military aid to Colombia, roughly half of the more than $ 400 million it sends to the country annually.
9. (C) India
10. (A) 10 minutes

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