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El Salvador i/ɛl ˈsælvədɔr/ (Spanish: República de El Salvador, literally “Republic of The Savior”) is the smallest and the most densely populated country in Central America. The country’s capital city and largest city is San Salvador; Santa Ana and San Miguel are also important cultural and commercial centers in the country as well as Central America. El Salvador borders the Pacific Ocean on the south, and the countries of Guatemala to the west and Honduras to the north and east. Its easternmost region lies on the coast of the Gulf of Fonseca, opposite Nicaragua. As of 2009, El Salvador had a population of approximately 5,744,113 people, composed predominantly of Mestizos.

The colón was the official currency of El Salvador from 1892 to 2001, when it adopted the U.S. Dollar.

In 2010 El Salvador ranked in the top 10 among Latin American countries in terms of the Human Development Index and in the top 3 in Central America (behind Costa Rica and Panama), due in part to ongoing rapid industrialization. In addition, tropical forests and overall forest cover has expanded by nearly 20% from the year 1992 to 2010, making it one of the few countries experiencing reforestation.

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Heineken Cup 2007-08.

The 2007–08 Heineken Cup was the 13th edition of the Heineken Cup, the annual rugby union European club competition for clubs from the top six nations in European rugby.

The start of the tournament was delayed because of the 2007 Rugby World Cup. After much doubt over the competition’s future, caused by the threat of English and French clubs not participating, showdown talks ensured that teams from both countries would be competing in the 2007–08 tournament. The cup was won by Munster, who succeeded London Wasps as European champions after a 16–13 win over Toulouse in the final at Cardiff’s Millennium Stadium.

Quarter Finals

London Irish 20 Perpignan 9 at Madjeski Stadium, Reading
Gloucester 3 Munster 16 at Kingsholm, Gloucester
Saracens 19 Ospreys 10 at Vicarage Rd. Watford
Toulouse 41 Blues 17 at Stade Municipal, Toulouse

Semi Finals

London Irish 15 Toulouse 21 at Twickenham, London
Saracens 16 Munster 18 at Ricoh Arena, Coventry

Final

Toulouse 13 Munster 16 at Millennium Stadium, Cardiff

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The 1888 All-Ireland Senior Football Championship was unfinished owing to the American Invasion Tour, an unsuccessful attempt to raise funds for a revival of the Tailteann Games.

The 1888 provincial championships had been completed (Tipperary, Kilkenny and Monaghan winning them; no Connacht teams entered) but after the Invasion tour returned, the All-Ireland semi-final and final were not played.

Ulster Final

Monaghan 0-2 Cavan 0-2 at Drogheda
Replay
Monaghan 0-3 Cavan 0-0 at Bryanstown, Co. Meath

Leinster Quarter Finals

Dublin 1-6 Kildare 0-1 at Donnybrook
Kilkenny 1-3 Queens County 0-0 at Maryborough
Wicklow 0-2 Wexford 0-1 at Donnybrook
Wicklow used illegal players, and the game was stopped by a pitch invasion with ten minutes to go, so a replay was ordered.
Replay
Wexford 1-3 Wicklow 0-2 at Clonskeagh
Louth 2-4 Meath 0-0 at Bryanstown

Semi Finals

Kilkenny 2-1 Louth 0-3 at Clonskeagh
Wexford 0-4 Dublin 0-3 at Clonskeagh

Final

Kilkenny 1-4 Wexford 0-2 at Inchicore

Munster Quarter Final

Tipperary 0-2 Cork 0-2 at Buttevant

Semi Finals

Clare 1-3 Limerick 1-0 at Birdhill
Limerick were awarded the game due to Clare playing illegal players.
Tipperary 0-3 Waterford 0-1 at Clonmel

Final

Tipperary w/o Limerick at Pallasgreen

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Countries of the World.

Egypt i/ˈiːdʒɪpt/ (Arabic: مصر‎ Miṣr), officially the Arab Republic of Egypt (Arabic: جمهورية مصر العربية), is a transcontinental country spanning the northeast corner of Africa and southwest corner of Asia via a land bridge formed by the Sinai Peninsula. Most of its territory of 1,010,000 square kilometers (390,000 sq mi) lies within North Africa and is bordered by the Mediterranean Sea to the north, the Gaza Strip and Israel to the northeast, the Red Sea to the east, Sudan to the south and Libya to the west.

Egypt is one of the most populous countries in Africa and the Middle East, and the 15th most populated in the world. The great majority of its over 83 million people live near the banks of the Nile River, an area of about 40,000 square kilometers (15,000 sq mi), where the only arable land is found. The large regions of the Sahara Desert, which constitute most of Egypt’s territory, are sparsely inhabited. About half of Egypt’s residents live in urban areas, with most spread across the densely populated centres of greater Cairo, Alexandria and other major cities in the Nile Delta.

Egypt has one of the longest histories of any modern state, having been continuously inhabited since the 10th millennium BCE. Its monuments, such as the Giza pyramid complex and its Great Sphinx, were constructed by its ancient civilization, which was one of the most advanced of its time. Its ancient ruins, such as those of Memphis, Thebes, Karnak, and the Valley of the Kings outside Luxor, are a significant focus of archaeological study and popular interest. Egypt’s rich cultural legacy, as well as the attraction of its Red Sea Riviera, has made tourism a vital part of the economy, employing about 12% of the country’s workforce.

The economy of Egypt is one of the most diversified in the Middle East, with sectors such as tourism, agriculture, industry and services at almost equal production levels. Egypt is considered to be a middle power, with significant cultural, political, and military influence in the Mediterranean, the Middle East and the Muslim world.

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Heineken Cup 2006-07.

The 2006–07 Heineken Cup was the 12th edition of the European Heineken Cup rugby union club tournament. The pool draw took place on 21 June at Twickenham. The pool stages started on 20 October and concluded in January, going for six rounds. Following the quarter- and semi-finals, the final was played on 20 May before a near-capacity crowd at the 82,000-seat redeveloped Twickenham in London. London Wasps defeated Leicester Tigers 25–9, denying Tigers the domestic and European treble.

Quarter Finals

Llanelli 24 Munster 15 at Stradey Pk. Llanelli
Wasps 35 Leinster 13 at Adams Pk. High Wycombe
Biarritz 6 Northampton 7 at Estadio Anoeta, San Sebastián
Leicester 21 Stade Francais 20 at Welford Rd. leicester

Semi Finals

Leicester 33 Llanelli 17 at Walkers Stadium, Leicester
Northampton 13 Wasps 30 at Ricoh Arena, Coventry

Final

Leicester 9 Wasps 25 at Twickenham, London

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The All-Ireland Senior Hurling Championship 1888 was the second series of the All-Ireland Senior Hurling Championship, Ireland’s premier hurling knock-out competition. No All-Ireland final took place and the championship remains unfinished due to the North American invasion tour of Irish athletes, and an unsuccessful attempt to raise funds for a revival of the Tailteann Games.

Nine Counties were represented: Dublin (Kickhams) Kildare (Monasterevin) Kilkenny (Mooncoin) Laois (Rathdowney) Clare (Ogonelloe) Cork (Tower St.) Limerick (South Liberties) Tippearary (Clonoulty) Waterford (Carrickbeg). For the first time the championship was organised on a provincial basis. Two separate championships were played in Leinster and Munster with the winners meeting in the All-Ireland final.

Leinster Semi Finals

Kilkenny 1-2 Laois 0-2
Dublin 3-6 Kildare 0-2

Final

Kilkenny 0-7 Dublin 0-3

Munster Quarter Final

Tipperary 2-1 Cork 0-0 (Tipperary fielded an ineligble team). at Buttevant

Replay

Cork w/o Tipperary at Buttevant

Semi Finals

Clare w/o Limerick
Cork 2-8 Waterford 0-0 at Dungarvan

Final

Cork w/o Clare at Cork Pk. Cork

All Ireland Final

Kilkenny v Cork not played.

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Ecuador (i/ˈɛkwədɔr/ E-kwə-dawr), officially the Republic of Ecuador (Spanish: República del Ecuador [reˈpuβlika ðel ekwaˈðor], which literally translates as “Republic of the Equator”) is a representative democratic republic in South America, bordered by Colombia on the north, Peru on the east and south, and by the Pacific Ocean to the west. It is one of only two countries in South America, along with Chile, that do not have a border with Brazil. The country also includes the Galápagos Islands in the Pacific, about 1,000 kilometres (620 mi) west of the mainland.

The main spoken language in Ecuador is Spanish (94% of the population). Languages of official use in native communities include Quichua, Shuar, and 11 other languages. Ecuador has an area of 258,238 km2 (99,706 sq mi). Its capital city is Quito, which was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in the 1970s for having the best preserved and least altered historic center in Latin America. The country’s largest city is Guayaquil. The historic center of Cuenca, the third largest city in the country in size and economically, was also declared a World Heritage Site in 1999, for being an outstanding example of a planned inland Spanish style colonial city in the Americas. Ecuador is also home to a great variety of species, many of them endemic, like those of the Galápagos islands. This species diversity makes Ecuador one of the 17 megadiverse countries in the world. The new constitution of 2008 is the first in the world to recognize legally enforceable Rights of Nature, or ecosystem rights.

Ecuador is a presidential republic and became independent in 1830, after having been part of the Spanish colonial empire, and for a much shorter time of the republic of Gran Colombia. It is a medium-income country with an HDI score of 0.720 (2011).

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