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World news quiz - 2008

It's the end of the year... Just how much do you remember about who said what, when over the past 12 months?

Test your knowledge in our quiz.

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Question 1
Corey Delaney - remember him? The Australian teenager shot to international fame last January, after promoting a house party on the internet which wreaked havoc. What did the 16-year-old, who was facing a fine of thousands of dollars, tell a TV network after the event?
A: "Never again. I'm grounded 'til I turn 18"
B: "Same time, same place, next week"
C: "Get me to do it for you. Best party ever, that's what everyone's saying"
Question 2
What did songbird Carla Bruni compare husband President Nicolas Sarkozy to in a song dedicated to him on an album released earlier this year?
A: Class A drugs
B: Fine wine
C: Ripe Camembert
Question 3
Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi was criticised for describing Barack Obama as "young, handsome, and tanned". What did the PM call critics who described his words "racist" and "undiplomatic"?
A: Barbarians
B: Imbeciles
C: Cockroaches
Question 4
"If I have given you delight by aught that I have done, let me lie quiet in that night, which shall be yours anon." Who said this shortly before he died in 2008?
A: Sir Arthur C Clarke
B: Yves Saint Laurent
C: Sir Edmund Hillary
Question 5
"It makes a fool of the child and sets her up with a social disability and handicap, unnecessarily," a judge in New Zealand declared after ordering parents of a young girl to change her name. What was it?
A: Number 16 Bus Shelter
B: Talula Does The Hula From Hawaii
C: Midnight Chardonnay
Question 6
In August, Hillary Clinton issued an odd thank you to her supporters as she rallied behind Democratic candidate Barack Obama. She expressed gratitude to her "sisterhood of the travelling pantsuits". Which of the following was she NOT referring to?
A: Her favourite attire
B: Her father's profession as a fabric salesman
C: A work of popular fiction
Question 7
"It's just that there are some times when you have to take a stand." So said London mayor Boris Johnson. About which aspect of the Olympics?
A: Criticising "the switcheroo of the girl with braces" at the opening ceremony
B: Telling a Beijing press conference that China's human rights abuses could not be overlooked
C: Defending his decision to go undone - jacket buttons, that is - at the closing ceremony
Question 8
In October, Sarah Palin apologised for what she called a "misunderstanding" of a comment she made on the campaign trail. What did she say that was, in her view, misunderstood?
A: A reference to the patriotic values of the "pro-America areas of this great nation"
B: Her labelling Barack Obama a "socialist"
C: Her comparison between hockey moms and pitbull terriers
Question 9
A few months ago, Israelis were suprised to hear French foreign minister Bernard Kouchner quoted as saying this about a possible Iranian nuclear bomb: "I honestly don't believe that it will give any immunity to Iran. First, because you [Israelis] will eat them before." What did he actually say?
A: You will hit them before
B: You'll beat them before
C: You'll delete them before
Question 10
Who inadvertently claimed to have "saved the world" in a speech in December?
A: US President-elect Barack Obama
B: Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad?
C: British Prime Minister Gordon Brown

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