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South Sudan Becomes 193rd United Nations Member


A man waves South Sudan's national flag as he attends the Independence Day celebrations in the capital Juba, July 9, 2011

A man waves South Sudan's national flag as he attends the Independence Day celebrations in the capital Juba, July 9, 2011

The United Nations has admitted newly independent South Sudan to the world body.

The U.N. General Assembly on Thursday admitted the country by acclamation, after a Security Council resolution recommending South Sudan for membership.

The world's newest nation declared independence on Saturday, splitting from Sudan. The two sides fought a bloody 21-year civil war that ended in 2005.

The African neighbors are still trying to work out disputes over borders and oil revenue. The U.N. Security Council recently authorized deployment of a new peacekeeping force to the disputed Abyei region.

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