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Return of a Strong El Niño

From massive flooding to crippling drought and thick haze, the world has seen some extreme weather this year due to the El Niño phenomenon. The 2015 episode is projected to be one of the worst in the modern era. We wonder: Which regions of the world have already experienced devastating effects from El Niño in 2015?

A. Northern America and Europe
B. Latin America
C. Oceania
D. Eastern and Southern Africa

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Australia in Perspective

Australia is an immigration magnet for people around the world. The country has also benefited from a commodities boom. Australia’s role as a raw materials exporter, in particular to China, has been critical to its recent growth. We wonder: Which of following statements about Australia is not true?

A. Australia’s population is smaller than that of some major cities around the world.
B. It is one of the world’s five largest countries by land area.
C. Australia has among the lowest population densities in the world.
D. There is limited land suitable for extensive farming or habitation.

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