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Welcome to the Wikinews World News Quiz, giving you a chance to test your knowledge on this week's news.

Last Updated: November 23, 2008

Quiz[edit]

1

This week, pirates captured a Saudi oil tanker off the east coast of Africa. How many of the world's piracy incidents occur off Africa's east coast?

One-quarter
One-third
One-half
Two-thirds

2

Economics for dummies: Line going down = bad.
On Tuesday, it was announced that Japan had officially slipped into recession. How many quarters of negative growth are needed before an economy can be classified as in a recession?

One
Two
Three
Four

3

Senator Ted Stevens of Alaska lost his re-election bid. Who won the election?

Frank Murkowski
Sarah Palin
Lisa Murkowski
Mark Begich

4

The suspected military chief of the Basque nationalist group was arrested in France this week. In what decade did the group start campaigning for Basque independence?

1960s
1970s
1980s
1990s

5

Another banner week for Thaksin.
Spokespeople for ousted Thai prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra have stated that he wishes to return to Thai politics. Where is ex-Prime Minister Thaksin living in exile?

London
Sydney
Dubai
Singapore

6

Wildfires in the southern California region, like the ones that were being successfully contained this week, are fanned by what strong winds?

Santa Ana winds
Santa Barbara winds
Santa Clara winds
Santa Cruz winds

7

United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon announced the deployment of over 3,000 more peacekeeping troops to which war-torn central African country?

Zambia
Cameroon
Rwanda
Democratic Republic of the Congo

8

The New York Times announced that Hillary Clinton has accepted Barack Obama's offer to serve what position in his Cabinet?

Secretary of the Treasury
Secretary of the Interior
Secretary of State
Secretary of Defense

9

Marlena will be possessed no more!
The soap opera Days of our Lives was renewed for 18 months last week, on the condition that two popular actors were terminated from the series. How will the two characters exit the series?

They will fall in love again and leave happily.
They will both be killed off.
They simply won't be mentioned in the script again.
They won't exit; they're not going anywhere.

10

On Friday, gas prices in the United States fell below $2 a gallon. Which state currently has the lowest average for a gallon of gas?

Kansas
Missouri
New Jersey
Texas