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  1. Howland Island Category: Introduction - Background: Discovered by the US early in the 19th century, the island was officially claimed by the US in 1857. Both US and British companies mined for guano until about 1890. Earhart Light is a day beacon near the middle of the west coast that was partially destroyed during World War II, but has since been rebuilt; it is named in memory of the famed aviatrix Amelia EARHART. The island is administered by the US Department of the Interior as a National Wildlife Refuge.

  2. Kenya Category: Economy - Exports - partners (%): Uganda 16.9%, UK 9.3%, Tanzania 8.2%, Netherlands 8.2%, US 6.4%, Pakistan 5.2% (2007)

  3. Dominican Republic Category: Introduction - Background: Explored and claimed by Christopher COLUMBUS on his first voyage in 1492, the island of Hispaniola became a springboard for Spanish conquest of the Caribbean and the American mainland. In 1697, Spain recognized French dominion over the western third of the island, which in 1804 became Haiti. The remainder of the island, by then known as Santo Domingo, sought to gain its own independence in 1821, but was conquered and ruled by the Haitians for 22 years; it finally attained independence as the Dominican Republic in 1844. In 1861, the Dominicans voluntarily returned to the Spanish Empire, but two years later they launched a war that restored independence in 1865. A legacy of unsettled, mostly non-representative rule followed, capped by the dictatorship of Rafael Leonidas TRUJILLO from 1930-61. Juan BOSCH was elected president in 1962, but was deposed in a military coup in 1963. In 1965, the United States led an intervention in the midst of a civil war sparked by an uprising to restore BOSCH. In 1966, Joaquin BALAGUER defeated BOSCH in an election to become president. BALAGUER maintained a tight grip on power for most of the next 30 years when international reaction to flawed elections forced him to curtail his term in 1996. Since then, regular competitive elections have been held in which opposition candidates have won the presidency. Former President (1996-2000) Leonel FERNANDEZ Reyna won election to a second term in 2004 following a constitutional amendment allowing presidents to serve more than one term.

  4. Gabon Category: Communications - Radio broadcast stations: AM 6, FM 7 (plus 11 repeaters), shortwave 4 (2001)

  5. Guernsey Category: Government - Constitution: unwritten; partly statutes, partly common law and practice

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Random World Country Facts:

  1. Kiribati Category: Economy - Unemployment rate (%): 2% official rate; underemployment 70% (1992 estimate)

  2. Colombia Category: People - Infant mortality rate (deaths/1,000 live births): total: 19.51 deaths/1,000 live births; male: 23.18 deaths/1,000 live births; female: 15.7 deaths/1,000 live births (2008 estimate)

  3. South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands Category: Government - Country name: conventional long form: South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands; conventional short form: none; abbreviation: SGSSI

  4. Malaysia Category: Economy - GDP (official exchange rate): 4.7 billion (2008 estimate)

  5. Saudi Arabia Category: Economy - Natural gas - production (cu m): 75.9 billion cu m (2007 estimate)

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China Latitude Facts: 30.6041776184786 and China Longitude Facts: 114.162827558742

More World Country Facts:

  1. Tokelau Category: Economy - Fiscal year: 1 April - 31 March

  2. Nauru Category: Government - Legal system: acts of the Nauru Parliament and British common law; accepts compulsory ICJ jurisdiction with reservations

  3. Libya Category: People - HIV/AIDS - people living with HIV/AIDS: 10,000 (2001 estimate)

  4. Puerto Rico Category: People - Literacy (%): definition: age 15 and over can read and write; total population: 94.1%; male: 93.9%; female: 94.4% (2002 estimate)

  5. Tajikistan Category: Government - Judicial branch: Supreme Court (judges are appointed by the president)

China Regions are: Anhui Beijing Chongqing Fujian Gansu Guangdong Guangxi Guizhou Hainan Hebei Heilongjiang Henan Hubei Hunan Jiangsu Jiangxi Jilin Liaoning Nei Mongol Ningxia Qinghai Shaanxi Shandong Shanghai Shanxi Sichuan Tianjin Xinjiang Xizang Yunnan Zhejiang

Various World Country Facts:

  1. Jamaica Category: Economy - Imports - commodities (%): food and other consumer goods, industrial supplies, fuel, parts and accessories of capital goods, machinery and transport equipment, construction materials

  2. Singapore Category: Military - Military branches: Singapore Armed Forces: Army, Navy, Air Force (includes Air Defense) (2008)

  3. Sudan Category: Economy - Natural gas - exports (cu m): 0 cu m (2007 estimate)

  4. Macau Category: Communications - Internet hosts: 263 (2008)

  5. Azerbaijan Category: People - Population below poverty line (%): 24% (2005 estimate)

Source: CIA - The World Factbook