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Independence for South Sudan


Crowds danced in the streets and world leaders headed for Juba ahead of South Sudan’s independence ceremony on 9 July 2011. Ninety-nine per cent of voters backed separation from Sudan in a referendum on January, paving the way for the creation of the world’s 196th nation-state.

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  • South Sudan votes for independence

    South Sudan announced its official results on the referendum, showing that 98.83 per cent voted for secession. The results were revealed at a lavish ceremony in Khartoum.

  • At least 55 militiamen killed in South Sudan clashes

    Clashes between South Sudan's army and rebel militiamen killed at least 55 people, a government official said Sunday. The Sudan People's Liberation Army (SPLA) and gunmen led by former militia leader Gabriel Tang, also known as Tang-Ginye, fought …

  • South Sudanese troops clash with militias

    At least 92 people have been killed in clashes between South Sudanese troops and two rebel militias on Sunday and Monday. Fighting in Jonglei state left 14 rebels and seven soldiers dead on Monday, and the death toll from neighbouring Upper Nile …

  • South Sudan clash death toll doubles

    Clashes between the south Sudanese army and rebels killed 201 people last week in Jonglei state, southern authorities announced Tuesday. The death toll is twice as high as previously announced.

  • South Sudan in mourning for murdered minister

    South Sudan has declared three days of mourning after a government minister was shot dead on Wednesday morning. The killing, apparently a revenge attack by the victim's brother-in-law, is not believed to have been politically motivated.

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The referendum
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