Here are links I find helpful for finding current events and writing reports on news stories.
Links to general information on countries and people around the world.
Lonely Planet – Good place to search for interesting info on alomst any country
Links to maps and helpful map sites
D-Maps – Use this to print your own blank maps
Perry-Castaneda Library Map Collection – Very detailed maps
World Atlas – A good web site with basic maps to get you started. Just be sure its not the only place you look.
World Map – Another website full of good maps that you just need to click on.