Definition: This entry includes three subfields. Total area is the sum of all land and water areas delimited by international boundaries and/or coastlines. Land area is the aggregate of all surfaces delimited by international boundaries and/or coastlines, excluding inland water bodies (lakes, reservoirs, rivers). Water area is the sum of the surfaces of all inland water bodies, such as lakes, reservoirs, or rivers, as delimited by international boundaries and/or coastlines.
Source: CIA World Factbook - Unless otherwise noted, information in this page is accurate as of January 1, 2014See also: Area map
See why one of the world's smallest countries is also one of the most beautiful
The Business Insider - 11/19/2015 12:44:15 PM
At less than 62 square miles, Liechtenstein is the world's sixth-smallest independent country by total land area. It's also one of only two-doubly landlocked countries in the world, meaning that it's landlocked, and surrounded by countries that are also ...
What Do We Really Mean by “World War III”?
Slate - 11/24/2015 10:10:59 PM
Syrian children walk past the rubble of destroyed buildings in the rebel-held area of Douma ... people and which involved intervention by half a dozen countries, is sometimes called “Africa’s World War.” Wars today are more likely to be fought ...
Afghan army launches operation to rescue hostages held by Taliban
The Guardian - 11/25/2015 11:32:43 AM
The helicopter came down in the Pashtun Kot district of Faryab province, an area partly controlled by the militants. The 21 people on board included two Moldovan pilots and a Moldovan engineer, the country’s acting prime minister, Gheorghe Brega ...
Russian pilot, whose plane was shot down by Turkey, rescued by Syrian commando unit
Times of India - 11/25/2015 12:44:18 PM
Russian defense minister Sergei Shoigu told Russian news agencies that the man was rescued in a 12-hour operation which ended in the early hours on Wednesday and is now "safe and sound" at Russia's air base in the government-controlled area in Syria.
World briefs: Socialists lead new coalition in Portugal
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette - 11/25/2015 4:59:01 AM
Ebola kills boy A Liberian boy died of Ebola on Monday, the first death from the disease since the country ... area called on Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras to maintain his nation’s commitment to meeting its bailout requirements. Also in the world ...
World Bank Launches $16 Billion Africa Climate Business Plan To Tackle Climate Challenges
Eurasia Review - 11/25/2015 3:43:15 PM
The World Bank Group on Tuesday launched a new plan that calls for $16 billion in funding to help African people and countries adapt to climate change ... of climate variation and change. The first area for action aims to boost the resilience of the ...
Updated - Turkey shoots down Russian jet - pilots killed in parachutes by Syrian rebels
Times of Malta - 11/24/2015 9:39:22 AM
Each country summoned a diplomatic representative of the other and NATO called a meeting of its ambassadors for Tuesday afternoon. Footage from private Turkish broadcaster Haberturk TV showed the warplane going down in flames in a woodland area ...
5 things you need to know about Russian jet shot down by Turkey
CNN - 11/25/2015 1:27:15 PM
Moscow (CNN)One of the world's most complicated geopolitical crises became even more tangled Tuesday when a Russian jet was downed by Turkey in Syria's Bayirbucak area, near the Turkish ... time in decades that a NATO country has shot down a Russian ...
Afghan Soldiers and Foreigners Captured After Landing in Taliban-Held Area
New York Times - 11/24/2015 9:28:02 PM
At least three Afghan soldiers were killed in a firefight after the landing, in the Taliban-controlled area of Ghar Tepa ... With the Taliban choking many of the country’s major highways, transport flights have taken on an increased importance in ...
The Japanese Americans Who Helped the U.S. Win World War II
Daily Beast - 11/25/2015 12:55:38 AM
In the wake of the Paris terror attacks, a climate of distrust is gripping the country. These jitters are all ... evacuating ethnic Japanese from the area made sense to too many. Today, the world is reeling from ISIS’s indiscriminate terror in Paris.
Moldova Says Nationals Seized by Taliban, Calls on US for Help
NDTV - 11/25/2015 12:15:40 PM
Brega said his western-leaning country had appealed to Romania and the United States ... the crash Tuesday afternoon in the Pashtun Kot district of Faryab province, an area partly controlled by the militants, the defence ministry in Afghanistan said.
Briefly . . . NATION/WORLD
Philadelphia Daily News - 11/24/2015 12:13:52 AM
IRVING, Texas - Attorneys for the 14-year-old Muslim boy arrested after taking a homemade clock to his Dallas-area school say he was publicly ... Ahmed's education in Qatar and moved to the Persian Gulf country. A spokeswoman said the city was reviewing ...
China encircled by regional powers' criticism
ABS-CBN News - 11/23/2015 11:27:56 AM
But Liu said the facilities are for its national defense and cautioned other countries against linking them to militarization of the area. In the belief that China's continuation of its rapid creation of man-made islands in the contested waterway is a ...
The Latest: Turkish PM says country had right to down plane
The Sentinel Cumberlink - 11/24/2015 8:27:47 AM
Davutoglu said Tuesday Turkey will not hesitate to take all steps to protect the country's security ... shot down by Turkey says rebels are conducting search operations in the area to find the second crew member. Jahed Ahmad of the 10th Brigade in the ...
Bison plan draws comments from around nation, world
Billings Gazette - 11/25/2015 5:56:17 AM
According to a breakdown on the comments, 16.5 percent — or 508 of the 3,075 statements — were from California residents, more than from any other state or country ... public comments on a new Yellowstone-area Bison Management Plan/Environmental ...