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Mount Ontake, Japan

Japan

Japan

On September 27, Mount Ontake erupted unexpectedly. The volcano is located on the island of Honshu, northeast of Nagoya and west of Tokyo. Honshu is the largest of the many islands in Japan. The island is predominantly mountainous and contains several volcanoes.  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

Syria

Syria

Syria

Syria, located in the Middle East, bordering the Mediterranean Sea, between Lebanon and Turkey; it also borders Jordan and Iraq. The climate is mostly desert, with hot, dry summers and mild rainy winters along the coast. Cold weather periodically hits Damascus, to include snow and sleet.  Read More