Places in the News Quiz, 2006
What mountain range was used for the 2006 Turin Winter Olympics?
- The 2006 Turin Winter Olympics took place in the Alps.
In 2006, which country's illegal opium harvest reached record levels, representing 92% of the world's opium supply?
- Afghanistan's opium harvest increased by 50% in 2006. The Taliban, who are once again fighting against the Afghan government, fund their insurgency through the drug trade.
Which country faces what the U.N. has called the world's worst humanitarian crisis?
- The UN has called the killing in Darfur the world's worst humanitarian crisis. It has estimated at least 180,000 people have died there from fighting, hunger, and disease.
Which is the world's newest country?
- In May 2006, Montenegro held a referendum on independence, which narrowly passed. On June 3 it declared independence, and on June 26, it became the 192nd member of the United Nations.
In April, enormous protests forced the king of which country to give up absolute power?
- Nepal's King Gyanendra had seized absolute power in 2002, dismissing Nepal's prime minister and parliament. In April 2006, he gave into the demands of popular protests to restore Parliament, appoint a prime minister, and hold a referendum to redraft the Constitution.
In March, former Liberian president Charles Taylor was turned over to a United Nations–backed court to face crimes against humanity for fomenting civil war in which neighboring country?
- In March 2006, former president Taylor was turned over to a United Nations–backed court in Sierra Leone. He faces 11 counts of crimes against humanity for supporting rebel troops in Sierra Leone's brutal civil war that claimed the lives of about 300,000 people in the 1990s.
In February controversy erupted over a foreign shipping company, Dubai Ports World, taking over the control of several American ports. What IS Dubai?
- Dubai is one of seven emirates that makes up the country called the United Arab Emirates, a federation formed in 1971. The emirates are Abu Dhabi (the largest), Dubai, Sharjah, Ajman, Fujairah, Ras al-Khaimah, and Umm al-Qaiwain.
Which country had a massive earthquake in May 2006, which killed nearly 6,000 people?
- On May 26, more than 6,200 people were killed in a 6.3 magnitude earthquake on the island of Java. About 130,000 were left homeless. Just two months later, on July 17, an earthquake and tsunami struck Java, killing more than 500 people. It was the fourth major earthquake to strike the country in 19 months. Indonesia was the epicenter of the Dec. 26, 2004, earthquake, which caused the tremendously powerful tsunami in the Indian Ocean that devastated 12 Asian countries.
Former coca grower and Indian activist Evo Morales became president of which South American country in 2006?
- Evo Morales became president of Bolivia in 2006.
Angry demonstrations took place throughout the Muslim world over political cartoons that depicted the prophet Muhammed in a negatve light. In what country did these cartoons originate?
- The cartoons were Danish.