Hardest World Today Quiz


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

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

3 - 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?

4 - Which countries disputes the Nagorno Karabakh area?

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

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

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

8 - Which Dutch Prime Minister resigned in 2002, along with his governement, following the publication of a report accusing his governement's mismanagement of Dutch peacekeeping efforts in Bosnia of having provoked the Srebrenica massacre?

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

10 - Which Canadian city claims it is the coldest city with a population of over 500,000?

11 - Which country is shown in red below?

12 - In what country or U.S. state was the world's first oil well sunk in 1859?

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

14 - Name the highest political office in Hong Kong.

15 - Which of those ex-SSR has the smallest Russian minority (in percentage of population)?

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

17 - How were French departements originally numbered?

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

19 - Who was the only president in U.S. history to fill that office without having been elected either President or Vice-President?

20 - What is the name of the pedophile whose arrest shocked Belgium in 1996?