Lebanon’s people blame political leaders for massive explosion

Q: Angry demonstrators are blaming Lebanon’s ruling elite for the massive explosion last week that left more than 150 dead, thousands injured, about 300,000 homeless and much of capital city in ruins. Where is the small nation of Lebanon on the eastern shore of Mediterranean Sea?

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Q: Lebanon’s government was broke and its economy in ruins before the explosion of a huge stash of highly volatile ammonium nitrate that had been left unattended for six years in a port warehouse in the capital . . .

A. Amman

B. Beirut

C. Cairo

D. Damascus

Q: Protesters erected mock gallows in Beirut over the weekend and called on the crippled nation’s political leaders to resign or be hanged. Demonstrators said they are angry with all officials, including the leaders of Hezbollah, the militia and political party supported by which Mideast nation?

A. Iran

B. Israel

C. Saudi Arabia

D. Turkey

Q: Hezbollah reportedly runs the port where more than 2,700 tons of highly volatile ammonium nitrate was stored in the warehouse after it was seized from a Russian ship during a stop on its way to an explosives company in Mozambique. Where is Mozambique?

A. Southwest Asia

B. South America

C. Southeast Africa

D. Southern Europe

Q: Besides explosives, what is ammonium nitrate used for?

A. Air conditioning

B. Fertilizer

C. Fireworks

D. Plastics

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