Which country’s government has outlawed playing music during car rides?

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The Taliban made it illegal in Afghanistan to play music in a moving vehicle. It also forbade women from traveling more than 45 miles without a close male relative.

Which long-awaited movie release was a box-office dud, earning barely $44 million after three weeks in theaters?

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The Steven Spielberg-directed remake of West Side Story failed to connect with Spiderman-obsessed audiences, despite more than a year of hype.

Which of the following is not one of the three words Pope Francis said are the keys for a healthy marriage?

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In a global letter written to married couples, the Pope emphasized three words: “Please, thanks and sorry.”

The federal government has increased the price of what by $20?

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The State Department now charges $165 for a first-time or replacement adult passport. Renewals will cost $130, and travelers under age 16 will pay $135.

A new U.S. law restricts imports from what part of the world?

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The Biden administration has criticized China for running slave labor camps in Xinjiang with captive members of the Uyghur ethnic minority.

What famed humanitarian’s international charity has been denied a license to raise money from outside its home country?

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India's government blocked Mother Teresa's Catholic anti-poverty charity from taking in foreign funds, but hasn’t explained why.

The government of Belarus has proposed constitutional amendments that would allow the current president to do what?

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The amendments would bring back term limits, but only for a “newly elected president,” which allows Alexander Lukashenko to rule until at least 2035.

Which college football team withdrew from the Sun Bowl, leaving their opponents wondering who they would play?

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Miami’s withdrawal was related to COVID-19 issues; the Sun Bowl chose the University of Central Michigan to face Washington State instead.

U.S. auto safety regulators have intensified their investigation of what apparent problem with Hyundai and Kia vehicles?

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The engine fire investigation involves more than 3 million Hyundai and Kia vehicles made between 2011 and 2016.

People in which country are recovering from floods resulting from the failure of two dams?

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Dams broke in northeastern Brazil, causing flooding to worsen in a rain-drenched region that has already seen thousands evacuated.

2021-12-28 Smarter News Quiz: Box Office Duds, Silent Car Rides and a Few Words from the Pope
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