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Residents of Jonglei state gather Thursday for a rehearsal of independence celebrations in Juba, southern Sudan. The new country is set to officially declare its separation from the north on Saturday. Sudanese President Omar Bashir, indicted for alleged war crimes, is expected to attend. (Associated Press)

Residents of Jonglei state gather Thursday for a rehearsal of independence celebrations in Juba, southern Sudan. The new country is set to officially declare its separation from the north on Saturday. Sudanese President Omar Bashir, indicted for alleged war crimes, is expected to attend. (Associated Press)

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