The Global News Quiz!

By Tom Nagorski

Jun 29, 2012 2:55pm

QUESTIONS

1) With all the attention on Greece and Spain – what small European nation saw its credit rating downgraded to junk?

2) What’s the new assignment for Fox News Rome correspondent Greg Burke?

3) What are tourists stealing from Rome?

4) Which company has asked India for permission to invest $1.9 billion in the country to set up 25 stores?

5) Where was it news that people were fishing?

6) Which country warned Syria “not to test its decisiveness and wisdom”?

7) Which two people took part in the week’s most celebrated handshake?

8) What is the city of Osaka cracking down on?

9) This week marked the 15th anniversary of what cultural icon?

10) What was a British columnist referring to when he wrote, “This plane has 17 pilots…Some people on the ground are praying you do not fall on their heads. Others are firing missiles at you.”

11) Who wrote an e-mail saying, “Dude. I owe you big time! Come over one day after work and I’m opening a bottle of Bollinger.”

12) Hillary Clinton visited her 100th nation this week as Secretary of State. Which country was number 100 for her?

13) How did a Canadian ceremonial guard injure himself?

14) What flavor of ice cream went on sale in Israel?

15) Who is Enrique Pena Nieto?

16) What honor was claimed by 79-year-old Hava Hershkovitz?

ANSWERS 

 1) Cyprus.

 2) Burke has been hired by the Vatican to help improve the Vatican’s communications strategy.

 3) Ikea.

 4) Dozens of square stones used by Romans 2000 years ago. They were discovered by airport security in their luggage.

 5) Fisherman in Fukushima began selling their catch for the first time since the nuclear disaster.

 6) Turkey.

 7) The Queen of England – and Sinn Fein’s Martin McGuinness.

 8) Employees who have tattoos. Tattoos have traditionally been associated with yakuza or Japanese mafia membership there, and the mayor of Osaka says – no more.

 9) It was 15 years ago that the first Harry Potter book was published in the UK.  

 10) The Eurozone. The column was written by John Lichfield of the Independent.

 11) A trader at Barclay’s banks, accused of participating in a scheme to manipulate the so-called “Libor” rate.

 12) Latvia.

 13) He tripped and fell on his bayonet – during the ceremonial guards parade on Ottawa’s Parliament Hill. The guard pierced his arm – he’s OK.

 14) Hummus ice cream, at a shop in Jaffa. One customer said it was a little hard to swallow.

 15) He’s the frontrunning candidate in Sunday’s Presidential election in Mexico.

 16) She was named “Miss Holocaust Survivor”, in a strange and controversial contest in Israel.

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