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Do You Know What Happened In The News This Week?

The U.K. general elections. More Republican candidates in the 2016 U.S. presidential race. And an attack in Texas. Take the BuzzFeed News Quiz, made from stories in the BuzzFeed News newsletter this week.

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    The number of Republicans officially running for U.S. president in 2016 doubled this week after three new candidates formally kicked off their campaigns. Which of the following did NOT declare their presidential run this week?
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    The number of Republicans officially running for U.S. president in 2016 doubled this week after three new candidates formally kicked off their campaigns. Which of the following did NOT declare their presidential run this week?

    Carly Fiorina, former CEO of Hewlett-Packard
    Mike Huckabee, former governor of Arkansas
    Jeb Bush, former governor of Florida
    Ben Carson, famed neurosurgeon
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    Jeb Bush still hasn't announced yet

    Carly Fiorina, Ben Carson, and Mike Huckabee all announced their candidacies this week. All three are considered long-shots for the White House, and they will probably lean harder on their fringe status to stand out — and in doing so, will shape the tenor and discourse of the race. For more insight into how these candidates factor into 2016, check out this Politico piece by Ben Schreckinger and this MSNBC piece by Benjy Sarlin.

    Jeb Bush still hasn't announced yet
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    Earlier this week, the U.S. Department of Justice launched a review of its secretive cell phone surveillance program after pressure from Congress and civil liberties groups for more transparency. The program uses devices that allow law enforcement agencies to collect unique, and often sensitive, identifying information of users. What are these devices called?
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    Earlier this week, the U.S. Department of Justice launched a review of its secretive cell phone surveillance program after pressure from Congress and civil liberties groups for more transparency. The program uses devices that allow law enforcement agencies to collect unique, and often sensitive, identifying information of users. What are these devices called?

    Blowfish
    Hammerhead
    Stingray
    Tidal
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    It's Stingray

    "Stingrays" are essentially cell site simulators that act like cell phone towers which allows law enforcement agencies to collect unique, and often sensitive, identifying information from nearby mobile phones. "The devices were first designed to track terrorists and spies overseas, but have become commonly used by police officers to hunt all kinds of criminals from kidnappers to thieves," Smithsonian's Danny Lewis writes.

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    ISIS has claimed responsibility for Sunday's attack on an event in the U.S. that invited people to draw the Prophet Muhammad. Where did the attack take place?
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    ISIS has claimed responsibility for Sunday's attack on an event in the U.S. that invited people to draw the Prophet Muhammad. Where did the attack take place?

    California
    Minnesota
    Arizona
    Texas
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    It's Texas

    The event took place in Garland, Texas. It was organized by Pamela Geller of the American Freedom Defense Initiative, which is known for its anti-Muslim stance. The White House described Sunday’s shooting at a Muhammad cartoon event in Texas as an “attempted terrorist attack,” but said it is unclear if ISIS was involved in the incident, though the group claimed responsibility.

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    In a new report released this week, Amnesty International accused Syria of using a specific type of crudely made explosive to kill more than 3,000 civilians in and around Syria’s second largest city of Aleppo since the start of 2014. What is this type of explosive called?
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    In a new report released this week, Amnesty International accused Syria of using a specific type of crudely made explosive to kill more than 3,000 civilians in and around Syria’s second largest city of Aleppo since the start of 2014. What is this type of explosive called?

    Exploding Cigars
    Barrel Bombs
    Argon Candles
    Squibs
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    It's called "Barrel Bombs"

    The report accuses Syria of using something called "barrel bombs" — “so-called because they are often made from oil barrels packed with explosives and metal fragments [and] are crudely made but extremely deadly weapons that are dropped during aerial attacks,” BuzzFeed News’ Shyamantha Asokan writes.

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    The U.K. general election took this place week, and it was one of the more interesting and dramatic U.K. elections ever given the shifts in political power dynamics since the last time the U.K. went to the polls. When was the last time the U.K. had A GENERAL election?
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    The U.K. general election took this place week, and it was one of the more interesting and dramatic U.K. elections ever given the shifts in political power dynamics since the last time the U.K. went to the polls. When was the last time the U.K. had A GENERAL election?

    2008
    2009
    2010
    2011
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    It's 2010

    And a lot has changed in the five years in between. Historically, the U.K. general elections are a fight between two dominant parties, Labour and the Conservatives. But smaller parties gained traction over the last five years as the public grew increasingly disillusioned with the two major parties — mainly because of the economy. So this election was more fractured than ever before. The Conservatives outperformed expectations and won the general election, by the way. Check out the election results in this recap by BuzzFeed News' Jim Waterson.

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    A fresh wave of violent protests broke out in Burundi this week after the country’s constitutional court approved a contentious decision recently made by the president. What was that decision?
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    A fresh wave of violent protests broke out in Burundi this week after the country’s constitutional court approved a contentious decision recently made by the president. What was that decision?

    To run for a third term
    To raise taxes
    To abolish the church
    To impose water restrictions
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    That he was running for a third term

    Burundi President Pierre Nkurunziza announced his re-election bid in late April, arguing that his first term "did not count" because he was appointed president by the parliament following the end of the country's civil war in 2005. The Burundi elections are scheduled to take place June 26.

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    This week, _________ became the first American city to create a reparations fund for victims of police torture.
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    This week, _________ became the first American city to create a reparations fund for victims of police torture.

    Baltimore
    Chicago
    Atlanta
    Philadelphia
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    It's Chicago

    On Wednesday, Chicago's City Council unanimously approved a $5.5 million fund for individuals who suffered police torture between the 1970s to the early 1990s. During these years, more than 100 young black men were subjected to violent torture by detectives under police Commander Jon Burge, according to the Huffington Post.

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    A major American airline will begin operating weekly flights between New York and Havana, Cuba, this summer. Which airline?
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    A major American airline will begin operating weekly flights between New York and Havana, Cuba, this summer. Which airline?

    Virgin America
    American Airlines
    Southwest
    JetBlue
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    It's JetBlue

    "The new flight will travel between John F. Kennedy International Airport and Havana Jose Marti International Airport each Friday at noon, with a return flight from Havana to JFK every Friday at 4:30 p.m," Time's Victor Luckerson writes. This makes JetBlue the first carrier to announce a new flight between the two countries since travel restrictions were recently eased. Wondering how to be socially and politically conscious when traveling to Cuba? Check out this BuzzFeed interview with travel expert and author Rick Steves.

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    Whole Foods announced this week that it was planning to launch a new chain of grocery stores that specifically targets "millennials." How does Whole Foods plan on hooking younger shoppers? Tap to play GIF Tap to play GIF
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    Whole Foods announced this week that it was planning to launch a new chain of grocery stores that specifically targets "millennials." How does Whole Foods plan on hooking younger shoppers?

    The new chain will be more technologically-advanced
    The new chain will feature clothing for sale
    The new chain will offer lower prices
    The new chain will feature more imported food
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    It will offer lower prices

    “It will deliver a convenient, transparent, and values-oriented experience geared toward millennial shoppers, while appealing to anyone looking for high-quality fresh food at great prices," Whole Foods' co-CEO Walter Robb said in the company's second-quarter earnings report. $$ Om nom nom nom nom! $$

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