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Quiz of The Week: 7 - 13 November

Have you been paying attention to The Week’s news?

The sun has finally begun to set on Donald Trump’s chaotic reign at the White House following the announcement on Saturday that he had lost the presidential election to his Democratic rival Joe Biden.

But in a not entirely unexpected turn of events, the Trump administration has refused to admit defeat and launched dozens of flimsy lawsuits calling for recounts in multiple states that went to Biden.

As the row rages on, Covid-19 cases continue to rise across the globe, with the UK becoming the first European nation to pass 50,000 deaths. All eyes are now on Pfizer and BioNTech, after the pharmaceutical giants announced on Monday that their jointly developed vaccine against the coronavirus has proved 90% effective in ongoing Phase 3 trials.

To find out how closely you’ve been paying attention to the latest developments in global events, put your knowledge to the test with our Quiz of The Week:

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Need a reminder of some of the other headlines over the past seven days?

Downing Street has been embroiled in internal dramas, with many senior Tories dismayed by reports that Boris Johnson was to offer the new role of chief of staff to his director of communications Lee Cain, a disciple of controversial adviser Dominic Cummings.

But Cain then announced that he was quitting Downing Street entirely, and Cummings has indicated that he will also be leaving within weeks.  

Johnson has faced further headaches as a result of the ongoing Brexit negotiations, as hopes faded of reaching a post-Brexit trade agreement before this weekend’s deadlines. Disputes over fishing, workers’ rights, environmental protection and “level-playing field” rules continue to be major stumbling blocks.

Meanwhile, a major inquiry into undercover policing in the UK has finally begun almost six years after being announced by then-home secretary Theresa May. The Undercover Policing Inquiry (UCPI) centres on allegations of systematic abuses by so-called spycops that date back more than four decades.

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