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Weekly world news quiz

It's the World News 7 days 7 questions weekly quiz - a chance to find out how much global news from the past week you've read, heard and watched... and how much has stayed lodged in the old grey matter.

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1.) Weekly world news quiz

British PM David Cameron was asked during a trip to India whether Britain would return the 106-carat Koh-i-noor diamond, which is now part of Britain's Crown Jewels. What does "Koh-i-Noor" mean?

diamond
  1. Mountain of Light
  2. Eye of the Lion
  3. Jewel in the Crown

2.) Weekly world news quiz

The parliament of Catalonia has voted to ban bullfighting. Which region was the first to outlaw the sport in 1991?

Spanish matador Oliva Soto looks at a bull
  1. Andalucia
  2. The Canary Islands
  3. Madrid

3.) Weekly world news quiz

Who claimed this week that they had been "vilified and demonised"?

(L-R) Tony hayward, Julian Assange, Conrad Black
  1. BP's chief executive Tony Hayward, after resigning
  2. Wikileaks Julian Assange, after posting leaked US documents on his website
  3. Disgraced former media mogul Conrad Black

4.) Weekly world news quiz

The record label that counts Lady Gaga and U2 among its acts signed an unusual act this week. Who was it?

Lady Gaga performs on NBC's
  1. British actress Dame Judi Dench
  2. An order of Benedictine nuns in France
  3. Former US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice

5.) Weekly world news quiz

Indonesia's top Islamic authority has banned Muslims from watching TV chat shows. But which of its previous controversial fatwas has it apologised for?

The Baiturrahman mosque in Indonesia in silhouette
  1. A ban on inter-faith marriages
  2. An order for Muslims to pray facing west
  3. A ban on yoga

6.) Weekly world news quiz

Researchers have identified rocks on the dark side of Mars that could contain the fossilised remains of life on the planet. Which "rocky" area on Earth has the site been identified with?

Artist's futuristic vision of life on Mars
  1. Iceland
  2. Australia
  3. The Himalayas

7.) Weekly world news quiz

France has introduced a rule to protect its national flag from insult after a photo of a man doing what with the tricolour caused outrage?

Flag
  1. Lining his dog kennel with it
  2. Putting it through a shredder
  3. Using it to wipe part of his body

Answers

  1. Koh-i-Noor is Persian for Mountain of Light. The Koh-i-Noor diamond was displayed at the Great Exhibition in 1851 when The Times reported it as "the lion of the exhibition". The diamond became known as the jewel in the crown when it was mounted in Queen Victoria's tiara in 1853. "Jewel in the crown" also served as a metaphor for India.
  2. The Canary Islands was the first Spanish region to outlaw bullfighting. Bullfighting still takes place in Madrid and Andalusia, where it draws huge crowds.
  3. It's Tony Hayward. The former BP chief executive said he had been "demonised and vilified" over his handling of the massive Gulf of Mexico oil spill. His successor is American Bob Dudley.
  4. It's the nuns. Decca Records, part of Universal Music, signed up the Nuns of the Abbaye de Notre-Dame de l'Annonciation, after a global search of more than 70 convents for the best Gregorian Chant.
  5. It was the order about the way to pray. The Indonesian Ulema Council apologised earlier this month for ordering Muslims to pray facing to the west, when in fact the Mecca holy site is north-west of Indonesia.
  6. It's Australia. The site of the ancient rocks found on Mars is said to be a "dead ringer" for a region in Australia, where some of the earliest evidence of life on Earth has been buried and preserved in mineral form.
  7. The man was photographed apparently wiping his bottom with the flag. Under the rule, anyone caught trying to "destroy, damage or use the flag in a degrading manner" could face a fine of 1,500 euros (£1,250; $1,900). The offending picture won a prize in a photo contest in the southern city of Nice in March.

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