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Do You Know What Happened In The News This Week?

More U.S. presidential candidates for 2016. An investigation into Google in the European Union. An Asian-Pacific trade agreement. Take the BuzzFeed News Quiz, made from stories in the BuzzFeed News newsletter this week.

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    Here's an easy one to start with: Hillary Clinton officially announced her presidential run on Sunday (to practically nobody's surprise). As of April 17, Clinton is the lone official Democratic candidate gunning for the presidency, while the Republican party already has three candidates formally in the race. Which of these Republican hopefuls is not one of those three?

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    Ted Cruz
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    Rand Paul
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    Marco Rubio
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    Rick Santorum
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    It's Rick Santorum.

    The former Senator from Pennsylvania, who also ran for president back in 2012, has only formed an account to "test the waters" for a 2016 presidential bid, as CBS reports.. The latest Republican candidate to join the race is Marco Rubio, the "youthful" Senator from Florida. Curious about who else will probably join the race? Check out this super helpful interactive chart by the New York Times.

    It's Rick Santorum.
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    Earlier this week, the Obama administration officially endorsed the removal of Cuba from the U.S. State Sponsors of Terrorism list. Cuba has been on that list since 1982. If removed, the list will only have three countries left on it. Which of the following is not one of those countries?

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    Iran
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    Libya
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    Syria
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    Sudan
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    It's Libya.

    Yep. The remaining countries are Iran (added in 1984), Sudan (added in 1993), and Syria (added in 1979). The list describes these countries as having "repeatedly provided support for acts of international terrorism." Countries designated on the list can also be struck with economic sanctions by the United States. Cuba will be officially removed from this list after a 45-day review period, during which Congress can try to block the removal. Read more on BuzzFeed News.

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    On Wednesday, regulators from the European Union opened a formal investigation into Google. What did Google do wrong, according to the regulators?

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    Evaded taxes in several countries across the European Union
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    Aided the United States in collecting metadata from European internet users
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    Engaged in aggressive patent trolling
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    Used its strong position in the European market to stifle competition
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    The EU regulators believe Google is unfairly stifling competition.

    Those regulators allege Google used its powers as a search engine to promote its other services over other companies, particularly in the realm of online shopping. Catch up on the story with this BuzzFeed News article.

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    Ebrahim Noroozi / AP

    Which country lifted its 2010 ban on selling surface-to-air missile systems to Iran this week?

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    China
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    Saudi Arabia
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    North Korea
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    Russia
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    It's Russia.

    The announcement is part of an oil-for-goods agreement between Russia and Iran. In exchange for equipment and other supplies, Iran will provide Russia with an estimated 500,000 barrels of oil per day. The arms agreements comes more than a week after world powers and Iran agreed on the parameters for a nuclear deal that would limit Iran's ability to develop nuclear weapons. Read up on the story on BuzzFeed News.

    It's Russia.
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    The U.S. Department of Education (DoE) is developing a formal process to forgive student loans that belong to students who were misled by predatory for-profit colleges. This follows the DoE's recent decision to fine a large for-profit college operator for overstating the job placement rates of its graduates to attract students. What is the name of that college operator?

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    Education Management Corporation
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    Southwestern Colleges
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    StrexCorp
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    Corinthian Colleges
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    It's Corinthian Colleges.

    The Education Department is slapping the for-profit college company with a $30 million fine for “substantial misrepresentations” to students at its Heald College chain, which is fighting to stay open. By the way, the student loan problem could be even worse than expected — but it’s not necessarily getting worse, according to a recently published essay by the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis. Check out this write-up from BuzzFeed News' Matt Zeitlin for more on this issue.

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    Wikicommons

    The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) is a 12-nation trade and regulatory deal in the Asia-Pacific region that Obama has “touted as a cornerstone of his second-term agenda.” If enacted, the TPP would affect nearly 1 billion people around the world, two-thirds of global gross domestic product, and 65% of global trade. There is also a geopolitical angle to this trade deal; President Obama has said the partnership would help ensure U.S. competitiveness against a particular country. Which is it?

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    Japan
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    China
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    South Korea
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    Germany
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    It's China.

    China isn't part of the 12 Asian-Pacific countries involved in these trade negotiations. Not caught up on what the TPP is all about? The Washington Post has you covered.

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    Noor Khamis / Reuters

    The World Bank is hopeful that a rising trend among countries in sub-Saharan Africa can potentially balance out gender disparities in the region. What is this trend?

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    A drastic increase in mobile banking
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    A decline in male labor participation
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    An increase in service-sector jobs
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    An increase in high-speed internet availability
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    It's mobile banking.

    According to new survey study by the World Bank and Gallup, there’s actually been more growth in mobile banking — or using a phone-based account as a means to store or transfer money — among users in sub-Saharan Africa than anywhere else in the world. he World Bank believes mobile banking has a huge potential to balance gender disparities in Africa — in some of the countries surveyed, there was no gap between genders when it comes to having a mobile money account, and women had more control over their finances. Read up on this story at BuzzFeed News.

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    On Monday, an espresso machine was blasted into space to help the poor, un-caffeinated astronauts currently posted in the International Space Station. What is the name of the espresso machine?

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    Spacepresso
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    eXpresso
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    ISSpresso
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    It's an espresso machine in space. Why does it need a name?
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    It's ISSpresso.

    Named after the International Space Station (ISS), obviously. The machine was partly designed by the Italian coffee company Lavazza. Before ISSpressor, all the astronauts had were instant coffee packets. Read up on this over at The Salt, an NPR blog.

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    A Florida man made the news this week after landing something on the U.S. Capital lawn to draw attention to campaign finance reform. (The U.S. Capital lawn is in protected airspace, by the way). What did he land on the lawn?

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    A drone
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    A gyrocopter
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    A hot-air balloon
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    A blimp
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    It's a gyrocopter.

    A gyrocopter, or an "autogyro," is a type of rotorcraft which uses an unpowered rotor in autorotation and an engine-powered propeller to fly. It's basically a half-plane, half-helicopter hybrid. They were invented in Spain in the early 1920s by Juan de la Cierva, a famed Spanish engineer. Read up on the history of gyrocopters in Popular Science.

    It's a gyrocopter.
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