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Weekly world news quiz

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.) Multiple Choice Question

Who said it was "proper" that he was not invited to Chelsea Clinton's wedding?

  1. President Obama
    Barack Obama
  2. Former UK prime minister, John Major
    John Major
  3. Steven Spielberg
    Steven Spielberg

2.) Missing Word Question

Spider * a question of gravity

  1. Speed
  2. Size
  3. Man

3.) Multiple Choice Question

Why was Russian rapper Noize MC sentenced to 10 days in jail this week?

Noize MC
  1. For singing about police brutality
  2. For singing in English
  3. For singing about an oil baron in a road accident

4.) Multiple Choice Question

The curtain fell on the European Athletics Championships in Barcelona. Which country won the most medals in the men's events?

Runners in Barcelona
  1. Britain
  2. France
  3. Russia

5.) Multiple Choice Question

A disease threatening to wipe out the little brown bat in north-eastern America is called...?

Little brown bat
  1. Wing fatigue
  2. Echo blindness
  3. White nose syndrome

6.) Multiple Choice Question

Hip hop star Wyclef Jean is to stand for election as president of Haiti. Which of these musicians has NOT gone into politics?

Wyclef Jean
  1. Gilberto Gil (Brazil)
  2. Bjork (Iceland)
  3. Sonny Bono (US)

7.) Multiple Choice Question

Supermodel Naomi Campbell gave evidence at Charles Taylor's war crimes trial this week, an appearance she described as what?

Naomi Campbell
  1. A terrible trauma
  2. A big inconvenience
  3. A huge relief

Answers

  1. It was Mr Obama, who said: "I was not invited because I think Hillary and Bill, properly, want to keep this as a thing for Chelsea and her soon-to-be husband." Mr Major and Mr Spielberg were rumoured to be on the guest list, but are not thought have attended.
  2. It's size. A group of Spanish researchers says evolution favours small, light males because they can more easily traverse thin strands of silk. For females, it's more important to be big than manoeuvrable, as larger females reproduce more abundantly.
  3. It's the song about police brutality. Noize MC was sentenced to 10 days in jail for disorderly conduct by a court in Volgograd. He sang the song after police stopped the band collecting money from the audience at a concert in the city. The song about the oil baron is his best-known track.
  4. It was Britain, with 15 medals, including five golds. France's men won 13 medals, of which seven were gold. Overall, for men and women combined, Russia topped the medals table with 10 golds.
  5. It's the white nose syndrome. A fungus associated with the disease was probably brought by humans into the caves where bats hibernate.
  6. It's Bjork. Gilberto Gil served as Brazil's minister of culture from 2003 to 2008. Sonny Bono became mayor of Palm Springs (1988-1992) and was elected to the House of Representatives in 1994.
  7. Asked if she was nervous, she replied: "This is a big inconvenience for me. I really don't want anything to do with this." Mr Taylor, Liberia's former president, is accused of buying arms for rebels in Sierra Leone, using illegally mined "blood diamonds". Ms Campbell said she had been given dirty-looking stones, while staying at Nelson Mandela's house in 1997. Mr Taylor was another of Mr Mandela's guests at the time. He denies the charges against him.

Your Score

0 - 3 : Rough stone

4 - 5 : Semi-precious gem

6 - 7 : Diamond

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