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Can you name the countries from the second sentence of their Wikipedia article?

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**** claims sovereignty over part of Antarctica, the Falkland Islands and South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands.
The characters that make up ****'s name mean 'sun-origin', which is why **** is sometimes referred to as the 'Land of the Rising Sun'.
Known until 1972 as Ceylon, **** has maritime borders with India to the northwest across the Gulf of Mannar and Palk Strait, and the Maldives to the southwest.
The nation, as well as its people, are named after the 19th century king Mswati II.
The name '****', which in Persian means 'Land of the Aryans', has been in use natively since the Sassanian era.
Its capital is Minsk; other major cities include Brest, Hrodna (Grodno), Homiel (Gomel), Mahilyow (Mogilev) and Vitsebsk (Vitebsk).
It occupies the western, smaller portion of the island of Hispaniola, in the Greater Antillean archipelago, which it shares with the Dominican Republic.
The country consists of 16 states, and its capital and largest city is Berlin.
**** is the third largest island in the Mediterranean Sea and **** is a member state of the European Union.
The country has a population of about 320,000 and a total area of 103,000 km² (40,000 sq mi), which makes it the most sparsely populated country in Europe.
Located in the northern part of the continent, it extends from the Atlantic Ocean to the Pacific Ocean, and northward into the Arctic Ocean.
The nation of **** consists of the main island of ****, the Isla de la Juventud, and several archipelagos.
It is the seventh-largest country by area, the second-most populous country with over 1.2 billion people, and the most populous democratic republic in the world.
The country geographically comprises two main landmasses ‒ that of the North and South Islands ‒ and numerous smaller islands.
**** is thus a transcontinental country, and a major power in the Mediterranean Basin, the Middle East and the Muslim world.
**** is an archipelago comprising approximately 17,508 islands.
It is home to 3.3 million people, of whom 1.8 million live in the capital Montevideo and its metropolitan area.
The country includes the island of Great Britain, the north-eastern part of the island of Ireland, and many smaller islands.
It is a federal semi-presidential republic, comprising 83 federal subjects.
Landlocked and mountainous, **** is bordered by Kazakhstan to the north, Uzbekistan to the west, Tajikistan to the southwest and China to the east.

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