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**FILE** South Sudan's President Salva Kiirr (center) and Sudan's President Omar al-Bashir (right) stand July 9, 2011, on the podium at the start of independence celebrations in Juba, South Sudan. South Sudan raised the flag of its new nation for the first time, as thousands of South Sudanese citizens swarmed the capital of Juba to celebrate the country's birth. (Associated Press)
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**FILE** South Sudan's President Salva Kiirr (center) and Sudan's President Omar al-Bashir (right) stand July 9, 2011, on the podium at the start of independence celebrations in Juba, South Sudan. South Sudan raised the flag of its new nation for the first time, as thousands of South Sudanese citizens swarmed the capital of Juba to celebrate the country's birth. (Associated Press)

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