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Bangladesh

Bangladesh
After India gained its independence from Great Britain in 1947, the country set aside East and West Pakistan as a homeland for Muslim Indians. The two parts were in perpetual conflict, until 1971 when East

Bangladesh

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Bhutan

Bhutan
Nicknamed the “Land of the Thunder Dragon” and “The Kingdom in the Clouds,” Bhutan is a beautiful, tiny country nestled in the Himalayan Mountains between India and

Bhutan

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Nepal

Nepal
In South Asia, between China and India, lies Nepal. Here, you’ll find lowlands, as well as the highest mountain peaks in the world. Nepal has endured...

Nepal

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India

India
India is a vast country with the second largest population in the world. The country includes mountain ranges, dense jungles, arid deserts and fertile farmland. Home...

India

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Pakistan

Pakistan
Pakistan, in Central Asia, is an ancient region, originally settled by humans over 5,000 years ago. The country was part of India, until 1947. After achieving independence from Great Britain, India set aside the country of...

Pakistan

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Tajikistan

Tajikistan
After declaring independence from the Soviet Union, Tajikistan almost immediately became involved in a civil war between the Russian-backed government and Islamist opposition groups. The country has yet to recover and is the poorest country in the region. Tajikistan is a mountainous,...

Tajikistan

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Kyrgyzstan

Kyrgyzstan
Home to nomadic tribes for centuries, Kyrgyzstan’s culture changed during the years of Soviet occupation as thousands of Slavic farmers migrated to the region. The country gained independence from the Soviet Union in 1991. Since then, Kyrgyzstan has struggled with corrupt political leadership...

Kyrgyzstan

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Afghanistan

Afghanistan
A country of harsh extremes, Afghanistan lies in Central Asia between Pakistan and Iran. The country has rugged, snow covered mountains and arid deserts....

Afghanistan

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Kazakhstan

Kazakhstan
Kazakhstan lies in Central Asia, bordering Russia, China, uzbekistan...

Kazakhstan

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Uzbekistan

Uzbekistan
Uzbekistan is an ancient country, situated on the Great Silk Road between Asia and Europe. For centuries, traders traveled this route. Beautiful cities, such as Samarkand and Bukhara rose up along the route. Uzbekistan came under

Uzbekistan

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Turkmenistan

Turkmenistan
Turkmenistan is a desert country situated in Central Asia. Bordered by the Caspian Sea, Iran, Uzbekistan,

Turkmenistan

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Iran

Iran
Iran is an important country because it has some of the largest oil reserves in the world and it sits in a strategic position between Northeastern Asia, Western Asia and North Africa. Iran borders the Caspian Sea, the Persian Gulf...

Iran

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Kuwait

Kuwait
Kuwait lies at the top of the Persian Gulf, bordered on all sides by large and powerful countries, including Saudi Arabia, Iraq and Iran. This...

Kuwait

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Bahrain

Bahrain
Bahrain is a tiny island country sitting between Qatar and Saudi Arabia in the Persian Gulf. This Muslim country is one of the most liberal Arab...

Bahrain

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Qatar

Qatar
A narrow strip of land, Qatar sits in the Persian Gulf and borders Saudi Arabia. The landscape is dry and barren, yet Qatar is one of the wealthiest countries in the world. It has plentiful oil and natural gas reserves. Because...

Qatar

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Timbuktu for Kids

Timbuktu for Kids
Have you ever heard an adult use the expression, “It was way out in Timbuktu.” This expression means that a destination is in the middle of nowhere – far away from civilization. Timbuktu is more than just a figure of speech, though. It’s an actual place, found in the country of Mali in...

Timbuktu for Kids

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Oman

Oman
Oman is the oldest Arab state. This generally peaceful country is bordered by the Arabian Sea, Yemen,

Oman

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The Middle East

The Middle East
The Middle East is a complicated place. It sits in Western Asia, bordered by the Mediterranean Sea. The climate is hot and dry. This region is an ancient one, and people have been living here for thousands of years. Many of the world’s

The Middle East

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Mali

Mali
Mali is a landlocked country in Africa that anciently became wealthy because of its trade routes through the Sahara. From the 4th century, it was a great empire. The...

Mali

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Ivory Coast

Ivory Coast
The Ivory Coast – also known as Cote d’Ivoire – was a French Colony until 1960. After it gained independence, it fell into civil war in 2002. After its independence from

Ivory Coast

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Yemen

Yemen
The Republic of Yemen, located in southern Arabia, was formed in 1990 when the Yemen Arab Republic and the People’s Democratic Republic of Yemen combined. In recent years, the country has endured revolution and conflict. Yemen is one of the poorest countries in the Arab World. Women here are...

Yemen

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Israel

Israel
Israel is the only Jewish state on Earth and home to more Jews than anywhere else in the world. This ancient country in the Middle East is bordered by the Dead Sea,...

Israel

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Azerbaijan

Azerbaijan
Azerbaijan is a small country in Western Asia that was part of the Soviet Union for many years. It was the first country to declare independence from the U.S.S.R. in 1991. Azerbaijan sits on the Caspian Sea and is bordered by Iran,

Azerbaijan

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