Weekly News Quiz: October 15, 2021

By Joe Bagliere and Ivory Sherman

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US officials said that diplomatic talks with foreign officials this week were “candid and professional.” Who were these talks with?

US officials met with representatives of the Taliban in Doha, Qatar, the first such meeting since the United States’ withdrawal from Afghanistan.

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According to a recent report, approximately how much of the United States’ critical infrastructure is at risk of failure due to flooding?

The First Street Foundation, a nonprofit research and technology group, published a report saying that 25% of critical infrastructure in the US is at substantial risk of failure due to flooding. This includes police and fire stations, hospitals, airports and wastewater treatment facilities.

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Citing a range of reasons, which low-cost airline canceled more than 2,000 of its flights last weekend?

Southwest Airlines, the world’s largest low-cost carrier, canceled more than 2,000 flights, blaming everything from air traffic control problems to limited staffing in Florida.

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The NFL made its way back to London’s Tottenham Hotspur Stadium for the first time in two years, with the Atlanta Falcons emerging victorious. Which team did the Falcons beat?

The Atlanta Falcons bested the New York Jets 27-20, making it the first NFL game to be held in London since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic.

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The ruins of an ancient Byzantine factory – the largest of its kind ever discovered – were unveiled in Israel following a two-year excavation. What did the factory produce?

The 1,500-year-old-complex, located in the Israeli town of Yavne, was home to the largest Byzantine wine factory ever found, with evidence suggesting it produced wine in large, commercial quantities — up to two million liters every year.

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Deadly clashes and gunfire erupted as demonstrators took to the streets to protest a judge overseeing a high-profile, high-stakes investigation in their country. Where did this happen?

The protests and subsequent violence took place in Beirut, Lebanon, as supporters of Iran-backed Hezbollah and its main Shia ally, Amal, called for the ouster of a popular judge overseeing an investigation into the massive explosion at Beirut’s port in August 2020 that killed more than 200 people and injured thousands more.

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What Netflix series did the streaming service deem its “biggest-ever series at launch?”

Netflix said the Korean hit “Squid Game” has become its most-watched series at launch, viewed by more than 111 million accounts since its debut in mid-September. It even reached No. 1 status in the US – the first Korean series ever to top Netflix’s US rankings.

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Beatles legend Paul McCartney referred to a famed musical group as simply a “blues cover band.” What band was he referring to?

In keeping up a friendly rivalry and in promoting a new book, McCartney referred to the Rolling Stones as a “blues cover band” during an interview recently published in The New Yorker.

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What is the Transportation Security Administration reportedly confiscating in record numbers at airport security checkpoints?

The TSA has seen a major uptick in the confiscation of guns at US-based airport checkpoints. The agency said its screeners have caught 4,650 firearms so far year – the most ever recorded in a calendar year.

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Butterball issued a recall on more than 14,000 pounds of ground turkey after consumers reported finding bits of what specific item in the meat?

Consumers reported finding blue plastic pieces embedded in their raw ground turkey, a discovery which led to the massive recall.

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