What countries assume their seats on the United Nations
A: Austria, Japan, Mexico, Turkey, and Uganda.
What does Slovakia adopt as its national currency,
replacing the Slovak koruna?
A: The euro.
Israel launches a ground invasion of what?
A: The Gaza Strip.
Russia shuts off what?
A: All gas supplies to Europe through Ukraine.
Who publicly endorses the move and urges greater
international involvement in the
A: Prime Minister Vladimir Putin.
Israel completes its withdrawal from the what?
A: The Gaza Strip.
Who is appointed the new Prime Minister of Iceland,
becoming the world's first openly lesbian head of government?
A: Jóhanna Sigurðardóttir.
The Taliban releases a video of what?
A: Polish geologist Piotr Stańczak being beheaded.
A Russian and an American satellite collide over Siberia,
creating a what?
A: A large amount of space debris.
Who is sworn in as the new Prime Minister of Zimbabwe?
A: Morgan Tsvangirai .
What former Serbian president is acquitted by the
International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia?
A: Milan Milutinović.
Who is assassinated during an armed attack on his residence
A: The President of Guinea-Bissau, João Bernardo Vieira.
What two countries are admitted to the North Atlantic
Treaty Organization (NATO)?
A: Albania and Croatia.
Where does a 6.3 magnitude earthquake strike, killing
nearly 300 and injuring more than 1,500?
A: Near L'Aquila, Italy.
What former Peruvian President is sentenced to 25 years in
prison for ordering killings and kidnappings by security forces?
A: Alberto Fujimori.
The cargo ship MV Maersk Alabama is captured by who?
A: Somali pirates.
The U.S. Navy rescues Captain Richard Phillips from Somali
pirates, killing how many pirates?
A: Three, and capturing a fourth.
The World Health Organization expresses concern at the
spread of what?
A: Influenza from Mexico and the United States to other countries.
After a quarter-century of fighting, the Sri Lankan Civil
War ends with what?
A: The total military defeat of the LTTE.
Who, under investigation for alleged bribery during his
presidential term, commits suicide?
A: Former President of South Korea Roh Moo-hyun.
North Korea announces that it has conducted a second what?
A: Successful nuclear test.
What happened to Air France Flight 447, en route from Rio
de Janeiro to Paris?
A: It crashes into the Atlantic
Ocean, killing all 228 on board.
The General Assembly of the Organization of American States
votes to do what?
A: To lift the 1962 suspension of Cuba from the organization.
The outbreak of the H1N1 influenza strain, also called
"swine flu", is deemed a what?
A: A global pandemic.
What happened to American entertainer
A: He died.
The Organization of American States suspends what country
due to the country's recent political crisis after its refusal to reinstate
The longest total solar eclipse of the 21st century,
lasting up to 6 minutes and 38.8 seconds, occurs where?
A: Over parts of Asia and the Pacific Ocean.
Bolivia becomes the first South American country to declare
A: The right of indigenous people to govern themselves.
An 8.3-magnitude earthquake triggers a tsunami near what
A: The Samoan Islands.
How many people died when a 7.6-magnitude earthquake
strikes just off the coast of Sumatra?
A: Around 1,000 in Indonesia.
Paleontologists announce the discovery of an Ardipithecus
ramidus fossil skeleton, deeming it the what?
A: The oldest remains of a human ancestor yet found.
The International Olympic Committee awards the 2016 Summer
Olympics to what city?
A: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
The Czech Republic becomes the final member-state of the
European Union to sign what?
A: The Treaty of Lisbon, thereby permitting that document's initiation into
Who is installed as Bishop of Stockholm (Church of Sweden),
the world's first openly lesbian bishop?
A: Eva Brunne.
CERN restarts the "what" in Geneva, Switzerland?
A: Large Hadron Collider particle accelerator.
Where is the UNFCCC's United Nations Climate Change
Conference 2009 conference held?
A: In Copenhagen, Denmark.
Astronomers discover GJ1214b, the first-known exoplanet on
A: Water could exist.