Places in the News Quiz, Fall 2001
In mid-November 2001, several hundred people died in severe flooding in what country?
- Heavy rains caused serious flooding in Algeria, killing several hundred people.
What country previously hostile to the United States offered limited support during the 2001 war against the Taliban in Afghanistan?
- Angry over the Taliban's persecution of Shi'ite Muslims in Afghanistan, Shi'ite Iran remained largely silent about the U.S. attack on the Taliban. Turkey, which has long been an American ally, offered considerable support to the U.S., while Iraq remained hostile to the U.S. effort.
In November 2001, what nation adopted a new constitution giving more rights to its ethnic Albanian minority?
- The Macedonian parliament adopted a new constitution giving greater freedom to the country's Albanians, who comprise about 22 percent of the population.
On November 16, 2001, Gerhard Schroeder's coalition government survived a no-confidence vote in parliament after agreeing to commit troops to the U.S. effort in Afghanistan. Schroeder is chancellor of what country?
American Airlines Flight 587 was headed to what country when it crashed in New York shortly after take off on Nov. 12?
In a move hailed as a possible end to years of violence, which group began disarming in October 2001?
- The Irish Republican Army began to disarm, prompting a new wave of optimism about the Northern Ireland peace process. Neither the Palestinian terrorist organization, Hamas, nor the Rwandan Hutu militia, the Interahamwe, have disarmed.
Political leaders of this country announced in November 2001 that they have no plans to change the law to allow a woman to become the monarch.
- In Japan, women are legally barred from assuming the Chrysanthemum Throne. The issue arose with the pregnancy of Crown Princess Masako, who expects her first child in December. The Turkish monarchy was abolished in 1923, with the establishment of the modern Turkish state. Brunei is a constitutional sultanate.
Which world leader has been called "America's Ambassador to Europe" for his strong support of the fight against terrorism?
- Prime Minister Tony Blair of Great Britain has been praised for his staunch support in the fight against terrorism. Russian President Vladimir Putin and former South African President Nelson Mandela have both voiced support for the U.S. during trips to Washington, DC in the fall 2001.
Which world leader visited President Bush at his Texas ranch before Thanksgiving 2001?
- After two days of talks at the White House, Russian President Vladimir Putin visited the Bush ranch in Crawford, Texas, Nov. 14 and 15, 2001. Indonesian President Megawati Sukarnoputri met with Bush in September 2001, while various U.S. officials met with Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf in Pakistan in the fall of 2001.
The Taliban draws most of its support from Afghanistan's ethnic Pashtun tribe. What other country is also home to large numbers of ethnic Pashtun?
- About eight percent of Pakistan's population is ethnic Pashtun, also called Pathan. Afghanistan is made up of 38 percent Pashtun, 25 percent Tajik, 19 percent Hazara, six percent Uzbek, and a number of smaller groups.