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February 27, 2020
Did you know that the Philippines' capital of Manila derives its name from the Tagalog "may-nila" meaning "where there is indigo" and refers to the presence of indigo-yielding plants growing in the area surrounding the original settlement? The World Factbook has completed the addition of capital city name etymologies (historical origins); these descriptions appear in the "Capital" entry under the Government section.
February 20, 2020
The World Factbook has completed its Travel Facts project. Nine newly added Travel Facts - from Luxembourg, New Caledonia, Norfolk Island, Saint Barthelemy, San Marino, Seychelles, Slovakia, Suriname, and Vanuatu - bring the final total to 222 (193 countries and 29 dependencies). Plans are in the works to add even more useful information to Travel Facts pages in the coming months.
February 13, 2020
In the Transportation category, "Merchant marine" data has been updated with the latest available numbers for all countries that have a merchant marine.
February 06, 2020
In the Communications category, the following fields were recently updated for all countries: "Telephones - fixed lines," "Telephones - mobile cellular," and "Fixed broadband."
January 31, 2020
At 11 pm London time, midnight Central European Time, the United Kingdom completed Brexit and withdrew officially from the European Union (EU) - the first ever country to do so. The World Factbook has modified its EU entry, as well as the EU map, to reflect the changes wrought by this departure. The various People and Society updates announced last week have all been modified in the EU entry to reflect its now smaller population size.
January 28, 2020
Ranging from Albania to Vietnam, a total of 43 new One-Page Country Summaries were recently added to site, bringing the total number of Summaries to 106. Additional One-Pagers are under development and should be ready soon.
January 23, 2020
In the People and Society category, the following fields were all recently updated: "Population" (projected mid-year numbers), "Age Structure," "Median Age," "Population Growth Rate," "Birth Rate," "Death Rate," "Net Migration Rate," "Sex Ratio," "Infant Mortality Rate," "Life Expectancy," and "Total Fertility Rate." 
January 16, 2020
Luzon - the northernmost, largest, and most populous island of the Philippines - is the site of the Taal Volcano (about 60 km south of Manila, the capital, near Batangos) that began erupting on Sunday, 12 January 2020. The Taal Volcano is one of 16 volcanoes worldwide classified as a Decade Volcano by the International Association of Volcanology and Chemistry of the Earth's Interior, worthy of special study due to its explosive history and close proximity to human populations. Hundreds of thousands of people have so far been urged to evacuate the 17-km danger zone around the volcano.
January 09, 2020
Ten additional Travel Facts have been added to the site bringing the total number to 213. The latest lot includes seven countries (Malawi, Marshall Islands, Mauritania, Mauritius, Micronesia, Moldova, and North Macedonia) and three dependencies (Guam, Montserrat, and the Northern Mariana Islands).
December 19, 2019
The canyon under Denman Glacier in Antarctica was just recently identified as being the deepest point on that continent at -3,500 meters, which also makes it the world's deepest point on land. Challenger Deep - in the Pacific Ocean's Marianas Trench at -10,924 meters - is the lowest point on the earth's surface.