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This week in FP’s international news quiz: diplomats visit Russia, elections begin in India and protests take to the streets of Canada.


British Foreign Secretary Liz Truss and Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov hold a joint press conference in Moscow on February 10. Russian Foreign Ministry/Document/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images

February 11, 2022, 4:45 p.m.

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1. As tensions between Russia and Ukraine rise, which world leader has visited the presidents of both countries this week?

French President Emmanuel Macron


US President Joe Biden


Chinese President Xi Jinping


Viktor Orban, Hungarian Prime Minister

Macron aims to assert his status as the leader of Europe, writes J. Alex Tarquinio.


2. In a meeting on Thursday between British Foreign Secretary Liz Truss and her Russian counterpart, Sergei Lavrov, Truss said the UK “will never recognize Russian sovereignty” over which two regions?

Crimea and the Kuril Islands


Rostov and Voronezh


Donetsk and Lugansk


Georgia and Belarus

The British Foreign Secretary fell in love with a trick question from Lavrov: Rostov and Voronezh are officially recognized Russian oblasts, not disputed regions. Last year, FP’s Amy Mackinnon introduced Truss as she stepped into her new role as the face of ‘Global Britain’.


3. Libya’s prime minister survived an alleged assassination attempt on Thursday as part of a controversial government succession process. What’s her name?

Khalifa Haftar


Fayez al-Sarraj


Abdul Hamid Dbeibah


Mohamed al Menfi


4. Key elections started this week in which Indian state, the most populous in the country?

West Bengal


Gujarat


Uttar Pradesh


Tamil Nadu

For more on the elections in Uttar Pradesh, check out this week’s edition of FP’s South Asia Brief.


5. Which country’s new chancellor visited the White House for the first time on Monday?

Switzerland


Germany


Austria


Sweden


6. Where is US Secretary of State Antony Blinken stopping this weekend on the way from Australia to Hawaii?

Papua New Guinea


American Samoa


Guam


Fiji

The Blinken stopover marks the first visit by a US Secretary of State to Fiji since 1985.


7. Peruvian President Pedro Castillo was sworn in this week. How many cabinets has Castillo had since taking office last July?

Of them


Four


Six


New


8. Iceland announced last week that it was preparing to shut down its whaling industry. In which two other countries is whaling still legal?

Norway and Japan


The United States and Canada


China and Australia


Chile and Indonesia


9. Which city (hint: Canada’s capital) continues to be disrupted by mass protests over vaccination mandates?

Montreal


Vancouver


Ottawa


Toronto

Taylor C. Noakes explains why far-right hate symbols have been popping up at the protests.


10. This week, a major social media company threatened to pull out of Europe due to European Union tech regulations. In response, the German vice-chancellor said he had “lived without ‘the business platform’ for four years, and life has been fantastic”, while the French finance minister said that ” we would live just fine without it.”

What is the social media platform in question?

Youtube


ICT Tac


tumblr


Facebook

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