Please see the links below that lead to some basic news sources for country background information.
To find comprehensive sources for country profiles, statistics and news, refer to the Resource Guide Finding Country Information.
Refer to the A-Z List of News Databases at Marymount University to see additional search options for world news.
"Global Voices" is a community of more than 700 authors and 600 translators around the world who work together to bring reports from blogs and citizen media everywhere, with emphasis on voices that are not ordinarily heard in international mainstream media". Global Voices is sponsored by funders such as the MacArthur Foundation, Ford Foundation, Open Society Institute, Media Development Investment Fund, Omidyar Network, and The Berkman Center. For more information about Global Voices, read their About page.