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Do You Know What Happened In The News This Week?

Six U.S. soldiers were killed in Afghanistan, another candidate dropped out of the 2016 U.S. presidential race, and SpaceX successfully completed a historic rocket landing. Take the BuzzFeed News quiz, made from stories featured in the BuzzFeed News app and the BuzzFeed News newsletter this week.

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  1. 1. U.S. Soldiers Killed In Afghanistan

    Six U.S. soldiers were killed on Monday in a bombing in Afghanistan. What group has reportedly claimed responsibility?
    Brendan Smialowski / AFP / Getty Images

    Six U.S. soldiers were killed on Monday in a bombing in Afghanistan. What group has reportedly claimed responsibility?

    ISIS
    Al-Nusra Front
    The Taliban
    Al-Qaeda
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    It's the Taliban.

    The U.S. Department of Defense said the attack was perpetrated by a suicide bomber riding a motorcycle.

  2. 2. Universally Awkward

    Steve Harvey made a major "whoops" and announced the wrong winner at the 2015 Miss Universe pageant Sunday night. Who was the official winner?
    John Locher / AP

    Steve Harvey made a major "whoops" and announced the wrong winner at the 2015 Miss Universe pageant Sunday night. Who was the official winner?

    Miss Colombia
    Miss USA
    Miss Philippines
    Miss Mexico
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    It’s Miss Philippines.

    Steve Harvey announced that Miss Colombia, Ariadna Gutierrez, had won. But Harvey had misread the card, and Miss Philippines, Pia Alonzo Wurtzbach, was the winner.

    It’s Miss Philippines. Tap to play GIF Tap to play GIF
  3. 3. Global Refugee Crisis

    The number of refugees traveling to Europe has quadrupled from last year. About how many people made the journey by land and sea in 2015?
    Kay Nietfeld / AFP / Getty Images

    The number of refugees traveling to Europe has quadrupled from last year. About how many people made the journey by land and sea in 2015?

    750,000
    500,000
    1 million
    2 million
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    It's about 1 million.

    As of Dec. 21, some 972,500 people had crossed the Mediterranean Sea, according to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees. In addition, the International Organization for Migration estimates more than 34,000 people have crossed into Bulgaria and Greece by land from Turkey, bringing the total to 1,005,504 people.

  4. 4. SpaceX

    SpaceX successfully landed a reusable rocket stage Monday for the first time. Why is this such a big deal?
    AP

    SpaceX successfully landed a reusable rocket stage Monday for the first time. Why is this such a big deal?

    It was the first solar-powered rocket, which will enable astronauts to stay in space for longer periods of time.
    It’s a key step toward private spaceflight.
    It was a collaboration with competitor Blue Origin.
    It was commissioned by NASA.
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    It’s a key step toward private spaceflight.

    The Falcon 9 rocket stage landed safely on the ground directly on target. SpaceX had gotten close before but never stuck the landing. Reusable rocket stages are a crucial step in making private space operations more cost effective, according to the company.

    It’s a key step toward private spaceflight. Tap to play GIF Tap to play GIF
    Via SpaceX
  5. 5. The Death Of Sandra Bland

    A grand jury decided Monday not to indict anyone for the death of Sandra Bland. Bland died in police custody in which U.S. state?
    facebook.com

    A grand jury decided Monday not to indict anyone for the death of Sandra Bland. Bland died in police custody in which U.S. state?

    South Carolina
    Texas
    Virginia
    Illinois
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    It’s Texas.

    No one at the Waller County, Texas, jail will be indicted for the death of the 28-year-old. The grand jury will convene in January to review whether misdemeanor charges should be brought against the trooper who arrested Bland, the Associated Press reports.

  6. 6. U.S. Presidential Race

    Which U.S. presidential candidate announced this week that he is dropping out of the race?

    Which U.S. presidential candidate announced this week that he is dropping out of the race?

    Dr. Ben Carson
    South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham
    Former Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley
    Ohio Gov. John Kasich
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    It’s South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham.

    Graham on Monday said he was ending his campaign for the Republican nomination for president. Graham's campaign never gained major support in the crowded GOP field, and he is the fourth contender to drop out of the Republican race.

    It’s South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham.
    Via Jason Bahr / Getty Images
  7. 7. Chipotle And Food Safety

    Chipotle is being investigated for an outbreak of another E. coli strain. Five people were sickened in which three states?
    Chipotle / Via Facebook: chipotle

    Chipotle is being investigated for an outbreak of another E. coli strain. Five people were sickened in which three states?

    South Dakota, Virginia, and Oklahoma
    Kansas, Ohio, and Arkansas
    Kansas, North Dakota, and Oklahoma
    North Dakota, Kansas, and Texas
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    It's Kansas, North Dakota, and Oklahoma.

    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said five people were identified as falling sick in those three states. The agency has not yet determined if the infections were related to the larger E. coli outbreak that infected 53 people in nine states starting in October.

  8. 8. LGBT Rights

    Which European country legalized same-sex civil unions this week?
    Petros Giannakouris / AP

    Which European country legalized same-sex civil unions this week?

    Slovenia
    Greece
    Hungary
    Croatia
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    It's Greece.

    The Parliament of Greece overwhelmingly approved a bill to open civil unions to same-sex couples on Tuesday.

  9. 9. Making A List...

    You know the drill — Santa makes a list, checks it twice, and so on. We did some Santa math and calculated that there are roughly 600 million names on his Christmas list. That’s about 14 million pages. How many months would it take him to finish checking this list? (Hint: Remember the ~process~.)

    You know the drill — Santa makes a list, checks it twice, and so on. We did some Santa math and calculated that there are roughly 600 million names on his Christmas list. That’s about 14 million pages. How many months would it take him to finish checking this list? (Hint: Remember the ~process~.)

    8 months
    12 months
    10 months
    16 months
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    It's 10 months.

    The average adult reads 300 words per minute. If we assume Santa’s a bit better than average (he is Santa, after all) and reads 450 words per minute, then it would take him about eight hours a day for about five months to check the list. Of course, he’s got to do it TWICE, so that’s 10 months of the year spent on paperwork. Check out more scientific Santa facts.

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