Places in the News Quiz, 2005
Which central Asian country underwent a coup in March/April?
- February and March 2005 parliamentary elections in Kyrgyzstan were judged by international observers and opposition leaders to be flawed, and they set off violent protests in the country. On March 24, as the protests spread to the capital, President Akayev fled the country, and announced his resignation on April 4.
Until April 2005, which country had foreign troops occupying it for the past 29 years?
- On April 26 Syria withdrew its troops from Lebanon.
Which country allowed its people to vote for the first time?
- In Feb. 2005, Saudi Arabia held its first elections ever: municipal council elections to choose half of the new council members in Riyadh. The other half will continue to be appointed, in keeping with the previous Saudi system. Women were not eligible to vote, and less than a third of eligible voters registered. Other municipal elections will take place in stages across the country in 2005.
Which Himalayan country has been plagued with a civil war provoked by Maoist rebels?
- Maoist guerrillas have been attempting to overthrow Nepal's government since 2001, and the insurgency continued to grow in strength in 2005.
In Jan 2005, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice identified six countries as "outposts of tyranny." Which of the following was not one of them?
- The six "outposts of tyranny" mentioned were Zimbabwe, Iran, Belarus, Myanmar, Cuba, and North Korea.
Bus service between which two divided places began in April?
- In April, families that had been divided for more than 50 years by the Line of Control that separates Indian- and Pakistani-held Kashmir reunited when buses transported passengers across the border.
Which region suffered the most destruction from the Southeast Asian tsunami?
- Eleven countries bordering the Indian Ocean—all relatively poor and vulnerable—suffered devastation. Hardest hit was the province of Aceh in Indonesia. See the Tsunami Factfile.
Which of these countries was elected in April to the UN Human Rights Commission, much to the outrage of many countries and rights' groups, given this country's own egregious human rights record?
- Zimbabwe has become a pariah nation in the last decade because of President Robert Mugabe's severely repressive government and abysmal human rights record.
In August, Israel withdrew from which of these territories?
- In mid-August, the withdrawal of some 8,000 Israeli settlers from the Gaza Strip took place. The evacuation involved 21 Gaza settlements as well as four of the more isolated of the West Bank's 120 settlements.
The prince of which monarchy recently succeeded his father on the throne?
- On April 6, 2005, Prince Rainier of Monaco, Europe's longest reigning monarch, died, and Prince Albert II succeeded him.