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The publications listed below include facts about the land, people, history, government, political conditions, economy, and foreign relations of independent states, some dependencies, and areas of special sovereignty. The Background Notes are updated/revised by the Office of Electronic Information and Publications of the Bureau of Public Affairs as they are received from the Department's regional bureaus. Clockwise from upper left: children in Nepal; castle, Neuschwanstein, Germany; cricket in Nairobi, Kenya; women in Bolivia; dragon boat races, Taiwan; Giza, Egypt. AP photos

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