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Do You Know What Happened In The News This Week?

Rolling Stone retracts its sensational campus rape story. Another police-related shooting death. The Boston Marathon bomber has been found guilty. Take the BuzzFeed News Quiz, made from stories in the BuzzFeed News newsletter this week.

Posted on April 10, 2015, at 7:40 a.m. ET

  1. 1)

    Carl de Souza / AFP

    Earlier this week, Kenya launched airstrikes targeting camps belonging to al-Shabaab, the extremist militant group responsible for the violent attack on a university in Garissa that killed 148 people. The camps were located in a country that neighbors Kenya. Which country is it?

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    Somalia
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    Uganda
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    Tanzania
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    Ethiopia
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    It's Somalia

    Al-Shabaab, one of the most violent groups affiliated with al-Qaeda, is based in neighboring Somalia to the east. The militant group was also responsible for the 2013 Westgate shopping mall attack in Nairobi. Read up on the Kenyan university attack in this BuzzFeed News report.

  2. 2)

    On Wednesday, the U.S. State Department sent a formal recommendation to the White House proposing that Cuba be taken off America's State Sponsors of Terrorism list, ahead of Friday's Summit of the Americas in Panama. This comes as part of the U.S.'s bid to improve relations with Cuba. But Cuba complicated this relationship-building process when it reiterated support for another Latin American country. What is the name of that country?

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    Paraguay
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    Venezuela
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    Uruguay
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    Argentina
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    It's Venezuela.

    In May, the State Department applied sanctions against seven Venezuelan government officials accused of human-rights violations. On Wednesday, Cuba affirmed its support of Venezuela, criticizing Washington's Venezuela policy. Catch up on this development in this Reuters article.

  3. 3)

    On Sunday, Rolling Stone magazine retracted its story about an alleged gang rape that took place at a University of Virginia fraternity party. The fraternity has since said that it will "pursue all legal action" against the magazine over the article. What is the name of the fraternity?

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    Delta Gamma Epsilon
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    Omega Phi Psi
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    Kappa Kappa Theta
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    Phi Kappa Psi
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    It's Phi Kappa Psi.

    The fraternity members said that the article led them to be ostracized and caused their house to be vandalized. “This type of reporting serves as a sad example of a serious decline in journalistic standards,” the fraternity’s president Stephen Scipione said to the AP. You can keep track of this story on BuzzFeed News.

  4. 4)

    Jane Flavell Collins / AP

    On Wednesday, a jury found Dzhokhar Tsarnaev guilty on all counts for the Boston Marathon bombing. The trial now goes into the sentencing phase, where the jury must decide whether he gets the death penalty. How many votes are needed from the 12-person jury to impose the death penalty?

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    6 votes
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    Incorrect
    12 votes
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    1 vote
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    10 votes
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    It's 12 votes.

    The jury must agree unanimously to impose the death penalty. Read up on the trial in this BuzzFeed News article.

  5. 5)

    M. Spencer Green / AP

    On Wednesday, sitting Chicago mayor Rahm Emanuel successfully won a second term in the city's first-ever mayoral runoff election. Who was his opponent?

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    Robert Fioretti
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    William "Dock" Walls
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    Jesús "Chuy" García
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    Peter Florrick
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    It's Jesús "Chuy" García

    Garcia serves on the Cook County Board of Commissioners, and ran for mayor portraying himself as a progressive and a reformer. A major political narrative leading up to the runoff was whether Emanuel would be able to secure enough votes from the black community — something Garcia appeared more capable of doing, given that he was able to secure support from black community leaders. Check out BuzzFeed News' coverage of the election.

    It's Jesús "Chuy" García
    M. Spencer Green / AP
  6. 6)

    David Goldman / AP

    Walter Scott, an unarmed black man, was shot and killed by North Charleston police officer Michael Slager in an incident that has further fueled the national conversation about police brutality and the use of police body cameras in the U.S.. Slager was later charged for murder when a video of the killing surfaced on the internet. Where did this incident happen?

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    Virginia
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    North Carolina
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    South Carolina
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    Kentucky
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    Wrong!

    It's South Carolina.

    A report from the Post and Courier in September found that while North Charleston’s population is 45% black, black officers make up just 17% of the police force. This disproportionate makeup of police departments relative to their communities results in a system in which policing is largely informed by predominantly white American beliefs about “black criminality," as BuzzFeed News’ Adam Serwer wrote in December. You can keep track of the story in this BuzzFeed News post.

  7. 7)

    WikiCommons

    A New York judge recently ruled that you can serve divorce papers over a particular social network. Which one?

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    Twitter
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    LinkedIn
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    SnapChat
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    Facebook
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    It's Facebook.

    “A concept should not be rejected simply because it is novel or non-traditional,” Manhattan Supreme Court Justice Matthew Cooper wrote in the ruling. “This is especially so where technology and the law intersect.” You can read up on the case in this BuzzFeed News post.

  8. 8)

    The field of Republican presidential candidates continues to heat up this week with the entrance of libertarian-leaning Rand Paul, who formally announced his run earlier this week. Paul is a senator from which state?

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    Texas
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    Arkansas
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    Arizona
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    Kentucky
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    It's Kentucky.

    Paul has been a Kentucky senator since 2011. Before that, he was an eye doctor. Read up on the challenges he faces as a candidate in this piece by BuzzFeed News' McKay Coppins.

  9. 9)

    BuzzFeed News snapshot

    Did you know that Google's Image Search feature was inspired by a pop diva? Well it is. Which one?

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    Britney Spears
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    Madonna
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    Beyoncé
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    Jennifer Lopez
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    It's J.Lo.

    Google executive chairman Eric Schmidt dropped a great anecdote in a January blog post revealing how Jennifer Lopez — and a particularly memorable green dress she wore to the 2000 Grammy Awards — played a role in the development of the popular feature. “At the time, it was the most popular search query we had ever seen. But we had no surefire way of getting users exactly what they wanted: J­.Lo wearing that dress. Google Image Search was born,” Schmidt wrote. Check out the story at Quartz.

    It's J.Lo.
    via Google Image Search

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