News quiz for week ending 11/30/18

Friday's News Quiz   —   Posted on November 30, 2018

Questions

1. On Saturday, the U.S. and Mexico appeared to have made an agreement to solve the ­crisis on their shared border — until an apparent last-minute retreat by:
a) the migrants trying to enter the U.S. illegally
b) the Trump administration
c) the outgoing Mexican government
d) the incoming Mexican government

2. Representatives of the two governments had agreed to a Trump-administration plan that would make Central American asylum-seekers stay on the Mexican side of the border while waiting to be legally admitted to the US. The plan, called _______________, had been negotiated last week by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen and other US officials during a meeting in Houston with reps of the other government.
a) “You don’t have to go home, but you can’t come here”
b) "Remain in Mexico"
c) “Return to Honduras”
d) none of the above

3. The Czech Republic this month joined the growing ranks of European Union countries that reject a UN pact to regulate the treatment of migrants worldwide called:
a) Global Compact for Migration
b) Welcome Home!
c) Open Borders for All
d) none of the above

4. The Czech Deputy Prime Minister explained, “The Czech Republic has long favored the principle of separating _______________. The final text [of the UN's pact] does not reflect those proposals.”
a) legal and illegal migration
b) families and children
c) criminals and innocent citizens
d) all of the above

5. Following Russia’s attack on and seizure of three Ukrainian military ships in the Kerch Strait, Ukrainian President Poroshenko asked parliament to _______________ for “the sole purpose of boosting Ukraine’s defense in the light of a growing aggression from Russia.”
a) approve a coup d'état
b) impose martial law
c) authorize an air attack on Moscow
d) none of the above

6. Following the attack, Russia’s Foreign Minister accused Ukraine of violating international law by failing to get permission before its ships sailed into the Kerch Strait. However, Ukraine does not need permission from Russia, due to:
a) a treaty between Russia and Ukraine which designates the area as territorial waters shared by Russia and Ukraine
b) the fact that the area the ships were sailing through is considered “international waters” and freedom of navigation applies
c) both a) and b)
d) neither a) nor b)

7. President Trump was scheduled to hold bilateral meetings with several G20 world leaders on the sidelines of the G20 in Buenos Aires this week. They include meetings with all but:
a) Vladimir Putin of Russia
b) Recep Erdoğan of Turkey
c) Shinzo Abe of Japan
d) Mohammad bin Salman of Saudi Arabia

8. One of the topics President Trump was expected to discuss with President Putin at the G20 is:
a) the migrant crisis on the U.S.-Mexico border
b) tariffs on imports
c) arms control
d) the murder of Jamal Khashoggi

9. U.S. officials and congressional sources told Reuters this week that the Trump administration is considering new background checks and other restrictions on _______________ over growing espionage concerns.
a) Russian agents
b) Canadian businessmen
c) Chinese students
d) North Korean officials

10. U.S. officials said the goal of the new vetting measures was to curb the risk of spying and theft of _______________ in areas vital to national security.
a) intellectual property
b) the location of nuclear missile sites
c) American students’ identities
d) none of the above