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Latest update 07/02/2011

South Sudan: On the road to independence?

A Jan. 9 referendum in South Sudan has paved the way for the break-up of Africa's largest country. The much-anticipated poll was the key feature of the 2005 peace agreement between the north and the south that brought an end to a decades-old civil war. But will the referendum bring peace to the war-torn region, or will it trigger further conflict?

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Far from home, south Sudanese diaspora ready for referendum

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‘In South Sudan the state is for everyone, religion for individuals’

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Bashir pledges to support independent south

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ON RFI

China to send observers to Sudan as Bashir softens stance

China said Tuesday that it will send observers to Sudan for the January 9 referendum.

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