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WELCOME South Sudan: World’s Newest Country Kyodo / AP Images

South Sudan: World’s Newest Country

Welcome to the club: South Sudan has officially become an independent nation, an event made possible after the 2005 peace deal that ended the decades-long civil war with the north that killed 1.5 million people. U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon flew to the new capital, Juba, for the celebrations. Unfortunately, the world’s newest country is also one of its least developed: One in seven children dies before the age of 5. Additionally, there are continued fears of new conflict with the north, as the country’s northern border is still disputed.

July 8, 2011 5:42 PM