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The links below are two websites with information from the United States government. All information would be considered reliable for you to use.
The World Factbook provides information on the history, people, government, economy, geography, communications, transportation, military, and transnational issues for 267 world entities. Our Reference tab includes: maps of the major world regions, as well as Flags of the World, a Physical Map of the World, a Political Map of the World, a World Oceans map, and a Standard Time Zones of the World map.
U.S. Department of State
Provides a list of countries and areas in which the State Department and other government agencies have compiled useful data and information that may relate to your assignment.