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Expats Return To Somalia In Hopes Of Aiding Change

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A man dressed in Southern Sudan paraphernalia — a pin and tie — celebrates the announcement of the preliminary results of the independence referendum in Juba on Sunday. Phil Moore/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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In Southern Sudan, New Nation Begins 'From Scratch'

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Southern Sudanese Vote Overwhelmingly To Secede

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'What Is The What' Lost Boy Casts Sudan Vote

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Rural Voters Travel Far To Vote In Southern Sudan

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Southern Sudan Braces For Independence

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Sudanese supporters of secession wave regional flags and pro-separation placards upon the arrival of Sudan's President Omar al-Beshir at Juba airport on January 4, 2010. YASUYOSHI CHIBA/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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South Sudan Poised To Create New Nation

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Southern Sudanese rally on the streets of the southern capital, Juba, on Dec. 9, marking the one-month countdown until a landmark independence referendum is due. The vote could see Sudan's autonomous and mostly Christian south break away from the predominantly Arab and Muslim north. Peter Martell/Getty Images hide caption

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Independence Vote First Step For Southern Sudan

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Mobile Money Revolution Aids Kenya's Poor, Economy

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Extreme Travelers Go The Distance For Destinations

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Will Focusing On Southern Sudan Prevent Genocide?

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At a staging area 20 miles south of Khartoum, a man carries his suitcase as he makes his way to a bus headed to Southern Sudan. A referendum in January could grant the south independence from Khartoum, but Southern Sudan is ill-equipped to provide for the tens of thousands of people are heading south ahead of the vote and promise of self-rule. Abd Raouf/AP hide caption

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Dreams Of Life In Southern Sudan Clash With Reality

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