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Gaza Strip

Gaza Strip

Gaza Strip

Gaza Strip borders the Mediterranean Sea, between Egypt and Israel; it is slightly more than twice the size of Washington, D.C. The terrain is flat to rolling, sand and dune-covered coastal plain. The climate is temperate, with mild winters and summers that are dry and warm to hot.  Read More

Iraq

Iraq: Country Profile

Iraq: Country Profile

Formerly part of the Ottoman Empire, Iraq was occupied by Britain during the course of World War I; in 1920, it was declared a League of Nations mandate under UK administration. In stages over the next dozen years, Iraq attained its independence as a kingdom in 1932. A "republic" was proclaimed in 1958, but in actuality a series of strongmen ruled the country until 2003. The last was Saddam Husayn.  Read More

Brazil

Brazil

Brazil

The 2014 FIFA World Cup (beginning June 12th) will hold matches in several Brazilian cities: Belo Horizonte, Brasilia (the capital), Cuiaba, Curitiba, Fortaleza, Manaus, Natal, Porto Alegre, Recife, Rio de Janeiro, Salvador, and Sao Paulo. Brazil is the largest country in South America, only slightly smaller than the United States. Portuguese is the official language.  Read More