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This week in the international news quiz from FP: UN General Assembly, big elections in Germany, new and old defense partnerships.


The United Nations building can be seen on the first official day of the 75th United Nations General Assembly in New York City on September 22, 2020. Spencer Platt / Getty Images

September 17, 2021, 3:52 p.m.

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1. The United Nations General Assembly opened this week and many delegations will attend virtually due to the ongoing pandemic. Which world leader – who is in person – will give the first speech at the general debate next week?

US President Joe Biden


Chancellor Angela Merkel


Brazil’s President Jair Bolsonaro


Algeria’s President Abdelmadjid Tebboune

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2. For some countries, the organization of a delegation to the UN General Assembly has been made difficult by unclear or controversial leadership in their own country. Which of these nations is not faced with such a dilemma this year?

Myanmar


South Korea


Afghanistan


Guinea


3. Joint military exercises between Russia and Belarus were completed this week. What are the names of the joint exercises that take place every four years?

Vostok


Separate


Yug


Zapad

Read more about how Moscow is using the Zapad exercises to strengthen its military presence at NATO’s borders in this report by FP’s Amy Mackinnon.


4. Germany is in the last election campaign before the general election next week. Which member of the party of outgoing Chancellor Angela Merkel – the Christian Democratic Union – is running for her?

Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer


Armin Laschet


Paul Ziemiak


Ursula von der Leyen

Read Peter Kuras’ analysis of why none of the German chancellor candidates wow the general public.


5. In the exclusive interview with Foreign policy, Israel’s Defense Minister said they could “accept” a new nuclear deal with Iran. Who is this minister?

Benny Gantz


Karine Elharrar


Yair Lapid


Ayelet shaken


6. Haitian Prime Minister Ariel Henry this week sacked the country’s chief prosecutor. The prosecution had investigated Henry in connection with the murder of Haitian President Jovenel Moïse in July.

How did the Prime Minister describe the Attorney General’s incapable misdemeanor?

He “went beyond the scope” of his role.


He committed a “serious administrative error”.


He had “disregarded the legacy of the late president”.


He failed to “promote a collegial environment”.


7. A new analysis by the BBC found that the number of extremely hot days per year – defined as temperatures of 50 degrees Celsius (122 degrees Fahrenheit) or more in one place around the world – has increased by how much since the 1980s?

A third higher


Half higher


Doubled


Tripled

“On average, temperatures between 1980 and 2009 exceeded 50 ° C on about 14 days a year,” writes the BBC. “Between 2010 and 2019 the number rose to 26 days a year.”


8. North and South Korea launched back-to-back missile testing this week, with South Korea unveiling its new submarine-launched ballistic missile.

Which country is also generally believed to have similar underwater launchability, despite consistently denying such claims?

Israel


South Africa


Pakistan


Germany


9. A new defense partnership in which three countries disheveled their feathers in France this week?

Canada, Great Britain and the United States


Portugal, Spain and the United States


Australia, Great Britain and the United States


Canada, Mexico and the United States

Read more about the new partnership – known as AUKUS – in this report by Jack Detsch and Robbie Gramer from FP.


10. What is the cause of a power failure that affected 300,000 households in the German city of Dresden on Monday?

A curious cat


A fallen statue


An overgrown houseplant


A little balloon

Authorities believe that the incident occurred when a small foil balloon touched two live electrical conductors and caused a short circuit.

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Do you have a nose for news? Test yourself with a new edition of our weekly news quiz!


1. The United Nations General Assembly opened this week and many delegations will attend virtually due to the ongoing pandemic. Which world leader – who is in person – will give the first speech at the general debate next week?

US President Joe Biden


Chancellor Angela Merkel


Brazil’s President Jair Bolsonaro


Algeria’s President Abdelmadjid Tebboune

Sign up for the UN Letter, a daily pop-up newsletter from Colum Lynch and FP’s Robbie Gramer, for an insider’s guide to the biggest diplomatic event of the year.


2. For some countries, the organization of a delegation to the UN General Assembly has been made difficult by unclear or controversial leadership in their own country. Which of these nations is not faced with such a dilemma this year?

Myanmar


South Korea


Afghanistan


Guinea


3. Joint military exercises between Russia and Belarus were completed this week. What are the names of the joint exercises that take place every four years?

Vostok


Separate


Yug


Zapad

Read more about how Moscow is using the Zapad exercises to strengthen its military presence at NATO’s borders in this report by FP’s Amy Mackinnon.


4. Germany is in the last election campaign before the general election next week. Which member of the party of outgoing Chancellor Angela Merkel – the Christian Democratic Union – is running for her?

Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer


Armin Laschet


Paul Ziemiak


Ursula von der Leyen

Read Peter Kuras’ analysis of why none of the German chancellor candidates wow the general public.


5. In the exclusive interview with Foreign policy, Israel’s Defense Minister said they could “accept” a new nuclear deal with Iran. Who is this minister?

Benny Gantz


Karine Elharrar


Yair Lapid


Ayelet shaken


6. Haitian Prime Minister Ariel Henry this week sacked the country’s chief prosecutor. The prosecution had investigated Henry in connection with the murder of Haitian President Jovenel Moïse in July.

How did the Prime Minister describe the Attorney General’s incapable misdemeanor?

He “went beyond the scope” of his role.


He committed a “serious administrative error”.


He had “disregarded the legacy of the late president”.


He failed to “promote a collegial environment”.


7. A new analysis by the BBC found that the number of extremely hot days per year – defined as temperatures of 50 degrees Celsius (122 degrees Fahrenheit) or more in one place around the world – has increased by how much since the 1980s?

A third higher


Half higher


Doubled


Tripled

“On average, temperatures between 1980 and 2009 exceeded 50 ° C on about 14 days a year,” writes the BBC. “Between 2010 and 2019 the number rose to 26 days a year.”


8. North and South Korea launched back-to-back missile testing this week, with South Korea unveiling its new submarine-launched ballistic missile.

Which country is also generally believed to have similar underwater launchability, despite consistently denying such claims?

Israel


South Africa


Pakistan


Germany


9. A new defense partnership in which three countries disheveled their feathers in France this week?

Canada, Great Britain and the United States


Portugal, Spain and the United States


Australia, Great Britain and the United States


Canada, Mexico and the United States

Read more about the new partnership – known as AUKUS – in this report by Jack Detsch and Robbie Gramer from FP.


10. What is the cause of a power failure that affected 300,000 households in the German city of Dresden on Monday?

A curious cat


A fallen statue


An overgrown houseplant


A little balloon

Authorities believe that the incident occurred when a small foil balloon touched two live electrical conductors and caused a short circuit.

You scored

It’s a big world out there! Find out what is happening around the world by subscribing to the Morning Brief. Foreign policy‘s daily flagship newsletter. And keep up to date with all the latest news from the United Nations General Assembly with the UN Letter!

You scored

Perfection! You’re a professional who needs the in-depth look at the management report, our national security and defense newsletter. In addition, with UN Letter you will receive detailed updates from the General Assembly of the United Nations!


Do you have any feedback? E-mail [email protected] to share your thoughts with me

Nina Goldmann is deputy lecturer at Foreign policy. Twitter: @goldmannk

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