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Obama Eyes 'Further Action' in South Sudan

Almost 700 evacuated, including 380 Americans: State Department

(Newser) - With South Sudan facing the threat of a civil war, the US evacuated its citizens from the country over the weekend, and Washington is prepared to intervene further on Americans' behalf, President Obama told Congress in a letter. "I may take further action to support the security of US... More »

South Sudan Is Born

New nation celebrates its birth at midnight

(Newser) - The world has a new nation: South Sudan. Thousands of South Sudanese citizens celebrated today's milestone with a massive street party, reports AP . "This is a great day for me because it's a day that reflects the suffering that all southerners have had for almost 50 years,... More »

Sudan Voters Overwhelmingly Back Secession

In some districts, more than 95% in favor

(Newser) - It looks like the world is about to have a new country. Early vote tallies released from southern Sudan yesterday lean overwhelmingly toward secession, the New York Times reports. In the regional capital of Juba, more than 95% voted to break away. The full vote tally won’t be announced... More »

UN Chief to Visit Darfur Camp

Ban wants to witness plight first hand

(Newser) - United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon will visit a refugee camp in Darfur to see for himself the plight of displaced people there and conditions facing UN peace keepers who will arrive next year. Ban, who's in Sudan on an official visit, is playing a double role, encouraging the Sudanese... More »

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