Hardest World Today Quiz


1 - In what country did carbon dioxide gas building up at the bottom of Lake Nyos bubbled out of the lake and killed some 1,700 villagers living nearby in 1986?

2 - Senator Jim Jefford left the US Republican party in 2001, throwing control of the US Senate to the Democrats until 2003. What state was he from?

3 - With which nation did Japan recently conclude a Free Trade agreement?

4 - During Putin's first term, Russia re-adopted the old Soviet national anthem, although with new lyrics. Why had the original post-Soviet anthem fallen out of favor?

5 - Who is the president of the main Japanese opposition party, the Democratic Party of Japan?

6 - Of the following countries, which intervened in the Congolese Civil War?

7 - Which of these areas is not under dispute between China and Russia?

8 - In 2002, Lula da Silva won the Brazilian presidential election. What other candidate did he beat in the second round?

9 - Who were the two vice-Presidents of the Prodi European Commission?

10 - What is the second most populated member of the Commonwealth (after India)?

11 - What happened to Chechen rebel Akhmed Zakayev in November 2003?

12 - How many wars have India and Pakistan fought primarily over Kashmir?

13 - Who is Andrés Manuel Lopez?

14 - Of the various European countries who voted on adhesion to the EU in 2003, which voted in favor with the biggest margin?

15 - Which country contains the greatest number of speakers of Welsh, after the UK?

16 - Roughly how many French soldiers are currently enforcing the cease-fire in Ivory Coast, as of early 2005?

17 - Which French daily was accused of conflict of interests and biased objectivity in a best-seller published in 2003?

18 - How were French departements originally numbered?

19 - Which is the oldest currently existing guerrilla group in Latin America?

20 - Which of those religions is not recognised by Iran's constitution?