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Leaders for Life?

For half a century, the continent of Africa stood out as the center of “leaders for life” – politicians who managed to hold on to power for decades. Now that trend is returning to major nations on the world stage. We wonder: Which of the following major countries has the most effective presidential term limits?

A. China
B. United States
C. Russia
D. Turkey
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Ranking Russia

Russia’s population is the world’s ninth-largest. At 143 million, Russia has about 13% more people than 10th-ranked Japan. We wonder: On which of the following categories does Russia rank first worldwide?

A. Cigarette consumption
B. Defense spending
C. Immigrants
D. Tourism
E. Natural gas reserves
F. Land area
G. Anti-corruption
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Moving Wealth Offshore

Offshore tax avoidance or evasion is nearly the exclusive preserve of the global elite. Eighty percent of all offshore wealth belongs to the top 0.1% of earners worldwide, while 50% belongs to the even smaller group of the top 0.01%. We wonder: Which set of countries has more than half of its GDP in offshore tax havens?

A. Russia, China and India
B. United States and Mexico
C. Spain, Italy, France, Germany and the UK
D. United Arab Emirates, Venezuela and Saudi Arabia
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Amber Waves of Grain

Humans have grown domesticated wheat for about 11,000 years. It was a cornerstone of the transition from hunting and gathering to sedentary, agricultural societies. Today, about 220 million hectares (554 million acres) are growing it worldwide. We wonder: Which country devotes the most land area to wheat cultivation today?

A. Russia
B. China
C. United States
D. India
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Clocking Russia

For most of human history, time was reckoned or measured based on the local position of the sun. This varied by season and from one region of a country to another. Eventually, more standardized systems were introduced. We wonder: How many time zones today are in the world’s largest country, Russia?

A. 1
B. 9
C. 11
D. 12
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Black Gold Below?

Falling oil prices have put significant pressure on countries that have long relied on reaping the benefits of their large oil resources. The anticipated global transition away from fossil fuels will further add to that pressure. We wonder: Which country has the world’s largest proven crude oil reserves?

A. Canada
B. Russia
C. Saudi Arabia
D. Venezuela
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The Biggest Beer-Drinkers

Beer likely dates as far back as humans have grown cereal crops. Thousands of years after people first fermented grain into beer, the world population drank 184.8 billion liters of it in 2016. It is the most popular alcoholic beverage by a wide margin. We wonder: In which country do people consume the most beer?

A. Brazil
B. China
C. Germany
D. Russia
E. United States
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Where Immigrants Live

Immigration has returned once again as a hot-button issue around the world. We wonder: In absolute numbers, which country is home to more foreign-born residents than any other?

A. Germany
B. Russia
C. Saudi Arabia
D. United States
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