Some web sites for researching on Russia, Romania, Turkey and the Philippines

National Geographic
http://www3.nationalgeographic.com/places/countries/
 Country overview.
 
UN InfoNation
http://www.un.org/Pubs/CyberSchoolBus/infonation3/
menu/advanced.asp

Compare statistics of countries.
 
UN Countries at a Glance
http://cyberschoolbus.un.org/infonation/index.asp
 Information on economy, health, 
environment, technology, recent news...
 
Individual Countries Missions to the UN
http://www.un.int/index-en/webs.html
Each country maintains this 
site differently, but you can find things like mission statements ex 
Phillipines, record of participation in peacekeeping ex Romania, 
positions on issues ex Turkey. A good way to understand a country's  priorities.