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Do You Know What Happened In The News This Week?

A cruise ship disaster in China, a law that changes how the U.S. handles phone surveillance, and the first new album from an artist in seven years. Take the BuzzFeed News Quiz, made from stories in the BuzzFeed News newsletter this week.

Posted on June 5, 2015, at 7:23 a.m. ET

  1. 1.

    President Barack Obama and Cuban President Raul Castro, left, during their meeting at the Summit of the Americas in Panama City in April. Pablo Martinez Monsivais / AP

    Cuba was removed from the U.S. list of state sponsors of terrorism last Friday. There are now three countries left. Which of these country is NOT one of the remaining three?

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    Iran
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    Syria
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    Libya
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    Sudan
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    Wrong!

    It's Libya.

    With Cuba officially dropped from the U.S. list of state sponsors of terrorism, only Syria, Iran, and Sudan remain.

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    Rescue workers stand on the banks of the river where the cruise ship collapsed. Aly Song / Reuters

    A cruise ship carrying more than 450 people capsized in China on Monday, killing at least 75. What river did the ship capsize in?

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    Huai
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    Mekong
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    Songhua
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    Yangtze
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    Wrong!

    It's the Yangtze River.

    Rescuers worked to right the cruise ship Thursday, making it easier to find missing persons, the transportation ministry spokesman said. The ship’s captain and chief engineer survived the wreck and were detained for questioning.

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    Sepp Blatter leaves a press conference after announcing his resignation as president of FIFA. VALERIANO DI DOMENICO / Getty Images

    The FIFA corruption scandal has involved alleged bribes related to bids to host the next two World Cup tournaments. In 2018, the World Cup will be hosted by Russia. Which country is hosting in 2022?

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    South Africa
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    Saudi Arabia
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    United States
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    Qatar
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    Wrong!

    It's Qatar.

    The fate of the Qatar 2022 World Cup hangs in the balance after the resignation of its chief protector, FIFA president Sepp Blatter, amid the biggest bribery and corruption investigation in sporting history, BuzzFeed News' Heidi Blake writes.

  4. 4.

    Pool / Getty Images

    President Obama signed a bill into law this week that changed how the government can access phone metadata and extended some provisions of the Patriot Act. What was the bill called?

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    American Liberty and Security Act
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    USA Freedom Act
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    Uphold The Constitution Act
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    Telecommunications Surveillance Reform Act
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    Wrong!

    It's the USA Freedom Act.

    The signing of the bill followed a Senate debate so contentious that portions of the Patriot Act expired after lawmakers failed to resolve their differences by a Monday deadline. Under the new law, federal intelligence and law enforcement agencies will regain some of their surveillance powers — but they’ll be tempered by some important privacy protections.

  5. 5.

    Caitlyn Jenner made her debut this week on the cover of which magazine?

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    Vanity Fair
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    Vogue
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    W
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    Harper's Bazaar
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    It's Vanity Fair!

    Annie Leibovitz photographed Jenner in her Malibu home for the magazine’s July issue. Jenner was also interviewed by sports writer Buzz Bissinger for the cover story. “If I was lying on my deathbed and I had kept this secret and never ever did anything about it, I would be lying there saying, ‘You just blew your entire life,’” Jenner told Bissinger.

    It's Vanity Fair!
    Vanity Fair
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    Lee Jin-man / AP

    The Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) has hit this country, leading to hundreds of schools closing and more than 1,300 people quarantined. There have been 35 cases of infection and three people have died. Which country is it?

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    Japan
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    South Korea
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    China
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    Malaysia
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    Wrong!

    It's South Korea.

    “MERS is in the same family of viruses as SARS (severe acute respiratory syndrome) as well as the common cold. However, MERS does not spread easily between humans -- as far as scientists know at this point,” according to CNN.

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    Lester Bower. Michael Graczyk / AP

    Texas executed its oldest death row inmate, Lester Bower, for killing four people. How long had he been on death row?

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    5 years
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    10 years
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    20 years
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    30 years
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    It's 30 years.

    Bower, 67, was on death row for more than 30 years and has faced seven execution dates. He had maintained his innocence. In March, the Supreme Court declined to review Bower’s death sentence, which was handed down 30 years ago under older guidelines by which the jury deciding Bower’s fate did not get the opportunity to consider potentially mitigating evidence — evidence that could lead to a lesser punishment. America's use of death penalty has been in the news a lot lately. Nebraska banned it last month, and the Supreme Court will rule this month on whether a drug used in lethal injections constitutes cruel and unusual punishment.

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    David Vincent / AP

    Rafael Nadal had won 9 of the last 10 French Open championships before losing in the quarterfinals of this year’s tournament on Wednesday. Who beat him?

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    Novak Djokovic
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    Roger Federer
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    Andy Murray
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    Tomas Berdych
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    Wrong!

    It's Novak Djokovic.

    Before this week, Nadal's career record at the French Open was 70-1. Djokovic will play Murray, and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga will play Stan Wawrinka in the semifinals on Friday. Berdych lost in the fourth round on Sunday.

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    AP photos

    Which performer announced that she would release her first new album in seven years this fall?

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    Janet Jackson
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    Jessica Simpson
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    Celine Dion
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    Paula Abdul
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    It's Janet Jackson!

    The as-yet-untitled album, which will be the singer’s first since 2008’s Discipline, will be produced through a partnership between BMG and Jackson’s own record label, Rhythm Nation.

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