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Stuart Woodward

I have been thinking along the same lines. I recently found a site which has 1000s of locations within many countries already named along with the ICBM coordinates in CSV format and guess who made it? A branch of the US military! You can download it but unfortunately I can't find it right now!! It may be linked to from here:

http://garnet.acns.fsu.edu/~phensel/intldata.html#geog

Which is where I found location search site:
http://www.getty.edu/research/tools/vocabulary/tgn/index.html

Stuart Woodward

The Geographic Names Information System (GNIS), developed by the USGS in cooperation with the U.S. Board on Geographic Names (BGN), contains information about almost 2 million physical and cultural geographic features in the United States.

Found it:

http://geonames.usgs.gov/

The database is the official repository of foreign place-name decisions approved by the U.S. Board on Geographic Names (US BGN). Approximately 20,000 of the database's features are updated monthly.
http://164.214.2.59/gns/html/

Names Files of Selected Countries:
http://164.214.2.59/gns/html/cntry_files.html

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