International News Sites on the Web
This page looks at news from the most important economic powers - the G8 countries - namely, France, Germany, Italy, the United Kingdom, Japan, the United States, Canada, and Russia. For a good article on the G8 see "The Group of Eight (G8) Industrialized Nations" by Zachary Laub, Writer/Editor for the Council on Foreign Relations, dated March 3, 2014.
The CIA World The Factbook - "provides information on the history, people, government, economy, energy, geography, communications, transportation, military, and transnational issues for 267 world entities."
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