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South Sudan Has Oil Reserves, Big Problems

Posted July 7th, 2011 at 2:05 pm (UTC-5)
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The new Republic of South Sudan enters the world with great economic potential but faces huge challenges in its quest for peace and prosperity. The country possesses large oil reserves that made the former unified Sudan the third-largest producer in sub-Saharan Africa. Its population – estimated at between 8 and 13 million – is strongly […]

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South Sudan Becomes World’s Newest Country Saturday

Posted July 7th, 2011 at 11:45 am (UTC-5)
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The Republic of South Sudan becomes the world’s newest country on Saturday. Following is a look at the 28-year process leading to South Sudan’s independence. January, 1983 – Sudan’s second civil war breaks out between the Khartoum government and the southern rebel group, the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement (SPLM), led by John Garang. Islamic Law […]

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North Sudan Army Demobilizes Southern Members

Posted July 7th, 2011 at 9:00 am (UTC-5)
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The army of north Sudan is demobilizing some 15,000 southerners from its ranks, as the south gets set to declare independence. The pro-government Sudanese Media Center reports there will be a dismissal ceremony in Khartoum Thursday, to be addressed by Defense Minister Abdel Rahim Mohammed Hussain. The new Republic of South Sudan is due to […]

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US Sends High Level Delegation to South Sudan Ceremonies

Posted July 6th, 2011 at 7:05 pm (UTC-5)
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The United States says it is sending a delegation of high-level officials to ceremonies marking the independence of South Sudan, including former secretary of state Colin Powell. The White House announced Wednesday that the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, Susan Rice, will lead the delegation. Those also attending the ceremonies include the U.S. envoy […]

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South Sudan Oil Could Bypass North

Posted July 6th, 2011 at 1:05 pm (UTC-5)
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South Sudan is talking about building new pipelines to pump oil through Kenya instead of going north through Khartoum. South Sudan Road and Transport Minister Anthony Lino Makana told reporters Wednesday that building a new pipeline “is not a hard thing for us.” He said several oil companies have already approached South Sudan about the […]

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South Sudan Could Join UN Shortly After Independence

Posted July 6th, 2011 at 3:10 am (UTC-5)
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The president of the United Nations Security Council says south Sudan could become an official U.N. member as early as next week. The new nation, which will be known as the Republic of South Sudan, is set to mark its independence on Saturday. Germany’s U.N. Ambassador, Peter Wittig, who is serving as the council’s president […]

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197 African Migrants Feared Drowned Off Sudan

Posted July 5th, 2011 at 5:25 pm (UTC-5)
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Sudanese media say a boat packed with migrants bound for Saudi Arabia has sunk, leaving 197 people feared dead. The state-linked news agency, Sudanese Media Center, says three people were rescued from the vessel and that authorities are still searching for possible survivors. It says the boat caught fire off the Sudanese coast. The report […]

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Bells, Ceremonies to Mark Birth of South Sudan

Posted July 5th, 2011 at 10:15 am (UTC-5)
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The government of south Sudan has unveiled plans for the ceremonies that will mark the new country’s independence on Saturday. The government is urging its citizens to gather in churches and public squares Friday evening to light candles and say prayers for the new nation. It says at midnight, bells will be rung across the […]

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UN Mission Reintegrating Ex-Soldiers in Darfur

Posted July 5th, 2011 at 2:40 am (UTC-5)
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The United Nations Mission in Sudan’s Darfur region says it has begun a campaign to disarm and reintegrate more than 400 ex-fighters from both sides of the long-running conflict between rebels and the government. The U.N. said it began the campaign Monday in El Fasher in North Darfur, with fighters from both the Sudanese Armed […]

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Bashir to Attend South Sudan Independence Celebrations

Posted July 4th, 2011 at 5:55 pm (UTC-5)
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Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir plans to attend the independence ceremony for south Sudan Saturday, despite ongoing tension and fighting between the two Sudans. The official SUNA news agency reports southern President Salva Kiir invited Mr. Bashir to the celebration during a meeting in Ethiopia. The report said Mr. Bashir is ready to attend. South Sudan’s […]

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