Weekly News Quiz: July 30, 2021

By Joe Bagliere and Sean O’Key

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Hearings began for the House select committee investigating the January 6 insurrection on the US Capitol. Rep. Liz Cheney of Wyoming and which other representative make up the two lone Republicans on the committee?

Criticized as being “Pelosi Republicans,” Cheney is joined by Rep. Adam Kinzinger of Illinois, making them the only two Republicans on the 9-member committee.

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Following protests over a spike in Covid-19 cases and overall political dysfunction, which country is in turmoil after its president ousted the government and froze the activities of parliament?

President Kais Saied of Tunisia took the bold step of effectively freezing the country’s parliament and even dismissing Prime Minister Hichem Mechichi. Many opposition leaders are calling the move a coup.

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President Joe Biden announced an end date to the US combat mission in Iraq. In what timeframe did he agree to make that happen?

Joined by Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi, Biden agreed to end the US combat mission in Iraq by the end of year, instead shifting to a training capacity and “to deal with ISIS – as it arrives.”

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The US men’s basketball team saw their first Olympic loss since 2004. Which country’s team bested the Americans?

France proved victorious, breaking the US basketball team’s 25-game Olympic winning streak – its first loss since losing to Argentina in 2004.

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According to a newly published report by the Federation of American Scientists, which country appears to be expanding its nuclear capabilities after the buildup of additional fields of missile silos in its western deserts?

A new field of of missile silos was discovered in the western deserts of China’s Xinjiang region, adding to the 120 silos reportedly under construction in the neighboring province of Gansu – all indicators of China’s nuclear expansion efforts.

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The UK is in a tough spot as anti-EU Prime Minister Boris Johnson looks to rejoin the Lugano Convention. The country dropped out as a result of Brexit and to rejoin requires EU approval. What’s at the heart of the Lugano Convention?

With the UK having one of the most respected – as well as lucrative – legal systems in the world, there is great pressure for the country to rejoin the Lugano Convention, a system that establishes the jurisdictions of national courts, including litigation of cross-border disputes.

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Citing mental heath concerns and the need to protect their “body and mind,” which US Olympic athlete withdrew from individual all-around competition in their respective sport?

In a surprise move, gymnast Simone Biles, 24, withdrew from both individual all-around competition and dramatic team competition in gymnastics.

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Which iconic American brand is getting its first redesign in 50 years?

Though the world-recognized red and white colors will remain, the Campbell’s Soup Company is revamping its soup labels to feature a more subtle, “modernized logo scripture.”

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Hobby Lobby has been ordered to forfeit an ancient, illegally-sourced artifact it bought for $1.6 million in 2014. Which specific epic poem was partially transcribed on the artifact?

The epic poem “Gilgamesh” – one of the world’s oldest pieces of literature – was transcribed on the artifact known as the as the Gilgamesh Dream Tablet, believed to be from the area of modern Iraq and allegedly imported to the United States illegally.

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Which hip-hop artist is McDonald’s collaborating with to rep its next celebrity meal, succeeding the South Korean boy band BTS?

Starting August 9, McDonald’s is partnering with hip-hop artist Saweetie for the latest in a series of celebrity collaboration meals – the meal itself called the “Saweetie Meal” which even includes a BBQ sauce renamed “Saweetie ‘N Sour.”

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