is the fifth smallest of the seven
United Arab Emirates, covering just 440 square
miles (1,150 sq km), as well as the second least
populous, with a population of only about
140,000. Unlike the other Emirates, Fujaryah is
located on the Gulf of Oman (as opposed to the
Arabian Sea), and is mountainous rather than
Darussalam: Facts and Figures Local
Official Name Negara Brunei Darussalam. Area
5,765 sq mi. Population 415,717. Capital
Bandar Seri Begawan. Independence from Great
Brotaon Achieved January 1, 1984.
Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka: Facts and
Figures Local Name Shri
Lanka Prajatantrika Samajavadi Janarajaya/Ilankai
Jananayaka Choshalichak Kutiyarachu. Area
25,332 sq mi. Population 21,675,648. Capiyal
Colombo. Independence Achieved Feburary
aka Darius the Great, ruled Persia from ca.
522-485 B.C. At the time of his death, his empire
covered some 2.9 million square miles and he
ruled over approximately 10 million people.
of Indonesia: Facts and Figures
Local Name Republik Indonesia. Total
Area 741,034 sq mi. Population
251,160,124. Capital Jakarta. Independence
from Japan Declared August 17, 1945.
was the fifth of the Abbasid caliphs of the
eastern Muslim Empire, and the hero in many of
the stories collectively known as The Tales of
the Arabian Nights.
of Yemen: Facts and Figures Local
Name Al Jumhuriyah al Yamaniyah. Area
203,850 sq mi. Population 24,771,809. Capital
of Maldives: Facts and Figures Local
Name Dhivehi Raajjeyge Jumhooriyyaa. Total
Area 115 sq mi. Population 394,451.
Capital Male. Independence from the
United Kingdom Achieved July 26, 1965.
Republic of Afghanistan: Facts and Figures
Local Name Jomhuri-ye Eslami-ye
Afghanestan. Area 250,000 sq mi. Population
30,419,928. Capital Kabul. Independence
from Great Britain Achieved August 19, 1919.
of the Rock also
known as Qubbet el-Sakhra, stands atop
Jerusalem's Temple Mount. The Sacred Rock (as-Sakhra)
it was built around is believed by Jews and
Christians to be the spot where Abraham almost
sacrificed his son Isaac, and Muslims believe
that Muhammad made his Night Journey (Miraaj)
to Heaven from the same rock.
Makarios III was a leader of the
Greek Cypriot movement for independence and the
first President of the Republic of Cyprus.
|The Sea of
Galilee lies in the
Jordan Plain of northern Israel, about 30 miles
from the Mediterranean. It is fed by the Jordan
River, which flows through it from north to
south. It was on its shores where Jesus performed
the miracle of feeding a multitude with a few
loaves of bread and a basket of fish.
Wall of China is the
world's longest human-made structure, stretching
over 4,000 miles from Shanhaiguan in the east to
Lop Nur in the west. Despite many common myths to
the contrary, the Great Wall of China cannot be
seen from the Moon.
which translates to "south of
the seas," is the southernmost and smallest
province of the People's Republic of China.
Although the province consists of about 200
hundred islands in three archipelagos off the
southern coast, with a combined land area of
about 13,100 square miles, Hainan Island accounts
for about 12,700 square miles of that combined
of Lebanon: Facts and Figures Local
Name al-Jumhouriya al-Lubnaniya. Area
4,015 sq mi. Population 4,125,247. Capital
Beirut. Gained Independence November 22,