January 2016

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Presidents For Life

While quite a few African countries, including Nigeria, have successfully made the transition to competitive multi-party democracy, others may hold elections, but the “old guard” remains in power. We wonder: How many current African regime leaders have been in power since before 1990?

A. Four
B. Six
C. Nine

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The Tallest Skyscrapers

The skyscraper craze continues with the advent of technologies that allow for the construction of ever taller, stronger and lighter buildings. Skyscrapers also often reflect shifts in the global distribution of wealth and power. We wonder: Where is the world’s tallest skyscraper located?

A. Saudi Arabia
B. United Arab Emirates
C. United States
D. China Continue reading

Eradicating Polio During War

Polio was a global scourge as recently as three decades ago. Since then, it has been on the decline worldwide. Polio has now been eradicated in the wild from all but two countries. We wonder: Which countries still have not halted transmission of polio from the wild?

A. Afghanistan
B. Pakistan
C. Iraq
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