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  1. September 1, 2013: A 5.9-magnitude earthquake kills at least four people in southwestern __________.
    1. ✓ Philippines
    2. ✓ Vietnam
    3. ✓ Maldives
    4. ✓ China

    ✓ X

    via Wikipedia and edition.cnn.com

  2. September 2, 2013: The Hemisphere Project, through which __________ gives data about telephone calls to the DEA and other law enforcement agencies, is made public.
    1. ✓ McDonald’s
    2. ✓ Microsoft
    3. ✓ AT&T
    4. ✓ Claro Puerto Rico

    ✓ X

    via Wikipedia and nytimes.com

  3. September 3, 2013: __________ purchases Nokia's mobile device division for $7.2 billion.
    1. ✓ AOL
    2. ✓ Microsoft
    3. ✓ Garmin
    4. ✓ Analog Devices

    ✓ X

    via Wikipedia and foxbusiness.com

  4. September 4, 2013: The FIBA EuroBasket 2013 tournament starts in __________.
    1. ✓ Slovenia
    2. ✓ Montenegro
    3. ✓ Libya
    4. ✓ Bulgaria

    ✓ X

    via Wikipedia and probasketballtalk.nbcsports.com

  5. September 5, 2013: A hunter is blamed for starting the __________ near Yosemite National Park.
    1. ✓ McNally Fire
    2. ✓ Rim Fire
    3. ✓ Cedar Fire
    4. ✓ Marble-Cone Fire

    ✓ X

    via Wikipedia and bbc.co.uk

  6. September 6, 2013: __________'s army-backed authorities decide to annul the Muslim Brotherhood's non-governmental organization status.
    1. ✓ Turkmenistan
    2. ✓ Egypt
    3. ✓ Chad
    4. ✓ Democratic Republic of the Congo

    ✓ X

    via Wikipedia and reuters.com

  7. September 7, 2013: __________, directed by Gianfranco Rosi, wins the Golden Lion at the 70th Venice International Film Festival.
    1. ✓ The Magdalene Sisters
    2. ✓ Three Colors: Blue
    3. ✓ Sacro GRA
    4. ✓ Not One Less

    ✓ X

    via Wikipedia and france24.com

  8. September 8, 2013: In Formula One, Sebastian Vettel wins the 2013 Italian Grand Prix for __________.
    1. ✓ Force India
    2. ✓ Red Bull Racing
    3. ✓ Lotus F1
    4. ✓ Hewland

    ✓ X

    via Wikipedia

  9. September 9, 2013: Israel's Hebrew University of Jerusalem announces the discovery of a 1,400-year-old golden treasure trove at the foot of the __________.
    1. ✓ Temple Mount
    2. ✓ Western Wall
    3. ✓ Muslim Quarter
    4. ✓ Foundation Stone

    ✓ X

    via Wikipedia and haaretz.com

  10. September 10, 2013: The legislature of the US state of __________ passes a bill banning new sales of semi-automatic rifles with removable magazines.
    1. ✓ Idaho
    2. ✓ California
    3. ✓ Vermont
    4. ✓ Nebraska

    ✓ X

    via Wikipedia and reuters.com

  11. September 11, 2013: Over 10,000 people have been displaced and ten thousand arrested as a result of an ongoing dispute in __________'s Muzaffarnagar district.
    1. ✓ India
    2. ✓ Papua New Guinea
    3. ✓ South Africa
    4. ✓ Grenada

    ✓ X

    via Wikipedia and timesofindia.indiatimes.com

  12. September 12, 2013: __________ applies to join the Chemical Weapons Convention which outlaws the production and use of such weapons.
    1. ✓ South Sudan
    2. ✓ Syria
    3. ✓ Oman
    4. ✓ Azerbaijan

    ✓ X

    via Wikipedia and bbc.co.uk

  13. September 13, 2013: Bill Shorten and __________ will contest a month-long ballot process to determine who will be the Leader of the Australian Labor Party and Leader of the Opposition.
    1. ✓ Anthony Albanese
    2. ✓ Craig Emerson
    3. ✓ Sharon Claydon
    4. ✓ Greg Combet

    ✓ X

    via Wikipedia and canberratimes.com.au

  14. September 14, 2013: __________ rebel soldiers continue to hold 100 people hostage in the Philippine city of Zamboanga as they exchange gunfire with Philippine Army troops.
    1. ✓ Moro National Liberation Front
    2. ✓ Economic Cooperation Organization
    3. ✓ Jemaah Islamiyah
    4. ✓ Northern Cyprus

    ✓ X

    via Wikipedia and bigstory.ap.org

  15. September 15, 2013: __________ is elected by Parliament as Prime Minister of Albania.
    1. ✓ Sali Kelmendi
    2. ✓ Edi Rama
    3. ✓ Albert Brojka
    4. ✓ Lulzim Basha

    ✓ X

    via Wikipedia and in.reuters.com

  16. September 16, 2013: Rain continues in the American state of __________ as more than 1,200 people remain unaccounted for in the current floods.
    1. ✓ California
    2. ✓ Minnesota
    3. ✓ Colorado
    4. ✓ Maine

    ✓ X

    via Wikipedia and latimes.com

  17. September 17, 2013: Iranian President __________ confirmed he had contacted U.S. President Barack Obama via letters. Both countries cut all diplomatic relations after the Iranian Hostage Crisis in 1980.
    1. ✓ Ali Khamenei
    2. ✓ Mahmoud Ahmadinejad
    3. ✓ Hassan Rouhani
    4. ✓ Mohammad-Ali Rajai

    ✓ X

    via Wikipedia and reuters.com

  18. September 18, 2013: __________ is sworn in as the 28th Prime Minister of Australia together with his Ministry.
    1. ✓ Chris Watson
    2. ✓ Karen McNamara
    3. ✓ Tony Abbott
    4. ✓ Thabo Mbeki

    ✓ X

    via Wikipedia and bbc.co.uk

  19. September 19, 2013: Imperial Petroleum is indicted in the largest instance of tax and securities fraud in __________ state history.
    1. ✓ Virginia
    2. ✓ Indiana
    3. ✓ Pennsylvania
    4. ✓ Wyoming

    ✓ X

    via Wikipedia and insideindianabusiness.com

  20. September 20, 2013: In baseball, Alex Rodriguez of the __________ sets a new record in Major League Baseball for grand slam home runs with 24.
    1. ✓ New York Yankees
    2. ✓ Boston Red Sox
    3. ✓ Detroit Tigers
    4. ✓ Houston Astros

    ✓ X

    via Wikipedia and mlb.mlb.com

  21. September 21, 2013: Voters in __________ go to the polls for provincial elections with the Tamil National Alliance doing well in the north.
    1. ✓ Sri Lanka
    2. ✓ Israel
    3. ✓ Malawi
    4. ✓ Afghanistan

    ✓ X

    via Wikipedia and sbs.com.au

  22. September 22, 2013: A Chinese court finds former senior politician __________ guilty of bribery, embezzlement and abuse of power and sentences him to life imprisonment.
    1. ✓ Bo Xilai
    2. ✓ Ren Zhongyi
    3. ✓ Zhang Wenyue
    4. ✓ Chen Deming

    ✓ X

    via Wikipedia and bbc.co.uk

  23. September 23, 2013: At least 25 people are dead in __________ and southern China after Typhoon Usagi passes through with the storm having killed eight people in the Philippines.
    1. ✓ Hong Kong
    2. ✓ Kunming
    3. ✓ Harbin
    4. ✓ Tianjin

    ✓ X

    via Wikipedia and worldnews.nbcnews.com, bigstory.ap.org

  24. September 24, 2013: Hundreds of garment factories in __________ shut down due to strikes by workers seeking higher pay.
    1. ✓ Gabon
    2. ✓ Barbados
    3. ✓ Laos
    4. ✓ Bangladesh

    ✓ X

    via Wikipedia and bloomberg.com

  25. September 25, 2013: In sailing, Oracle Team USA wins the America's Cup by defeating __________ 9-8 after a remarkable comeback.
    1. ✓ Team Artemis
    2. ✓ Team New Zealand
    3. ✓ Mascalzone Latino
    4. ✓ Team Synergy

    ✓ X

    via Wikipedia and theaustralian.com.au

  26. September 26, 2013: The United States and __________ agree on a draft United Nations Security Council resolution aiming to rid Syria of its chemical weapons.
    1. ✓ Russia
    2. ✓ Andorra
    3. ✓ Bulgaria
    4. ✓ Iceland

    ✓ X

    via Wikipedia and news.yahoo.com

  27. September 27, 2013: A ship capsizes off the island of Java carrying refugees from __________ to Australia. Thirty people are missing and 22 bodies have been recovered, with 31 survivors rescued.
    1. ✓ Philippines
    2. ✓ Indonesia
    3. ✓ Thailand
    4. ✓ East Timor

    ✓ X

    via Wikipedia and abc.net.au

  28. September 28, 2013: Voters in __________ go to the polls for a legislative election.

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