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Thursday, 8 May, 2003, 15:37 GMT 16:37 UK
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Weekly world news quiz
Its the end of another week and time to test your powers or recollection once again with our world news quiz.
What controversial mobile phone accessory attracted negative publicity in Australia this week?
A: A robotic steering arm for cars, allowing drivers to answer their phones while behind the wheel
B: A phone case impregnated with high-quality marijuana smoke
C: An luxury earpiece – fashioned from the horn of a rare albino rhinoceros
Russian traffic police raced into action to tackle an unusual motoring offender this week. Who was he, and what was he doing?
A: A drunken lorry driver, who caused near gridlock by driving his 18-wheel articulated truck at speeds of between three and five mph around a major Moscow ring road
B: A deserting soldier, who drove an army tanker at high speed on an impromptu sightseeing trip into the heart of Moscow - refusing to stop
C: A farmer who ploughed up several key roads around the city of Nizhny Novgorod in protest at the government’s agricultural privatisation policy
Who or what is "Omweri" - which some villagers in the Kenyan village of Lower Nyakach blame for a recent series of severe floods?
A: A 16ft female python, reputed by some to possess mystical powers
B: An amateur TV weather forecaster, whose predictions of a long dry spell have proved somewhat off the mark
C: A controversial science project, which aims to artificially produce rain clouds
Who or what was awarded the prestigious title "Ms Jumbo Queen 2003" in Thailand this week?
A: A three-year old female elephant judged to be the most elegant beast at an exhibition of the animals, which are highly revered in Thailand
B: "Bangkok Belle", a Boeing 747 airliner belonging to Thai Airlines International, judged to be the best-kept aircraft in south-east Asia
C: Nongnuch Paynguleaom, a 25-year old nurse who won an annual heavyweight beauty contest designed to raise money for a Thai elephant charity
What did a South American country move to ban the export of this week, on the grounds that it constitutes a "historical monument"?
A: A cigar smoked by Cuban President Fidel Castro while on a visit to Venezuela
B: A shirt and pair of boots worn by 1950 World Cup-winning Uruguayan footballer Obdulio Varela, the so-called "Black Chief"
C: Sand from Brazil’s world famous Copacabana beach in Rio de Janeiro
Which of the following were reputedly former occupations of notorious West African guerrilla fighter Sam Bockarie, who reportedly died this week?
A: Boxer, acrobat, stuntman
B: Hairdresser, disco dancing champion, diamond miner
C: Teacher, mechanic, taxidermist
A poster campaign asking "Begging for a break? Would you do anything? We suck young blood. We want sweet meats" appeared in the US this week. Who were the perpetrators?
A: British band Radiohead, in an apparent parody of televised talent shows such as Pop Idol
B: "Los Vampyros", a shadowy chapter of Californian Hells Angels, who are reportedly eager to attract new members
C: Controversial US rock star Marilyn Manson, who wants to recruit willing volunteers to assist in a new, gore-laden stage show
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