Places in the News Quiz, 2007
In July, what country's capital city witnessed its first snowfall in 89 years?
In November, a man took three hostages at one of Hillary Clinton's campaign field offices. In what state did the incident occur?
- Leeland Eisenberg, 47, of Somersworth, N.H., later said in an interview, "My intent was actually almost like a suicide by cop."
In August, a bridge collapsed and fell into the Mississippi River, killing several people. Where did the disaster occur?
- The disaster led authorities to assess bridges all over the country. Dozens were found to be unsafe.
In July, what city was named to host the Winter Olympics in 2014?
The Askariya Shrine, a revered Shiite mosque, was bombed in June for the second time in 16 months. In what Iraqi city is the shrine located?
- In February 2006, insurgents bombed and seriously damaged the golden dome atop the Askariya Shrine. The bombings ignited ferocious sectarian attacks between Shiites and Sunnis.
Monks led widespread anti-government protests in what country in September?
- A sharp rise in fuel prices sparked the protests. The military cracked down on the protesters, firing into crowds, raiding pagodas, and arresting monks.
In July, prosecutors issued their first indictment of a Khmer Rouge leader, on charges of crimes against humanity. The Khmer Rouge, led by Pol Pot, massacred between 1 million and 2 million people in what country in the 1970s?
- Kaing Guek Eav, alias Duch, who ran the notorious Tuol Sleng prison, was the first Khmer Rouge leader to appear in court, when he sought bail in November 2007.
Cyclone Sidr, with winds over 100 miles per hour, killed 3,500 people in what country in November?
- The United Nations reported that a million people were left homeless in southern Bangladesh.
The U.S. House Foreign Relations Committee in October passed a resolution labeling as genocide the murder of some 1.5 million Armenians during World War I. What country was responsible for the murders?
- The move outraged Turkey, and in response it recalled its ambassador to the United States and threatened to withdraw its support of the war in Iraq.
A court in what country arrested Gillian Gibbons, a British teacher working abroad, for allowing her students to name a teddy bear Muhammad?
- She was sentenced to 15 days in jail, but Sudan president Omar al-Bashir pardoned her.