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Iran 'Respects' South Sudan Independence

Iran "respects" South Sudan's choice of independence, the foreign ministry said on Sunday, less than two weeks after President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad criticized partition of Africa's largest nation.

"Now that developments have led to the formation of an independent government in South Sudan, Iran respects the southerners' choice," said a ministry statement carried by the official IRNA news agency.

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Sudan Inks Peace Accord with Darfur Rebels

Sudan's government and a Darfur rebel group, the Liberation and Justice Movement, on Thursday signed a peace accord in Doha, as a key rebel faction rejected the deal.

Sudan's President Omar al-Bashir and leaders of Chad, Ethiopia, Burkina Faso, Eritrea and Qatar attended the signing of the Doha Document for Peace in Darfur, a fruit of talks sponsored by the African Union, United Nations and Arab League.

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Netanyahu Welcomes South Sudan Independence

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced on Sunday that the Jewish state recognizes South Sudan and wished the world's newest nation "much success."

"Yesterday, a new state was born, South Sudan. I hereby announce that Israel recognizes the Republic of South Sudan," he said. "We wish it much success."

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S. Sudan’s President: A Day Forever Engraved on Our Hearts

South Sudan's President Salva Kiir on Saturday told thousands of jubilant southerners that their martyrs had not died in vain and that the newborn nation's Independence Day would always be engraved on their hearts.

"Our martyrs did not die in vain... We have waited for more than 56 years for this day. It is a day that will be forever engraved on our hearts and minds," Kiir said in a speech that was met with roars of approval.

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Nations Welcome World's Newest State South Sudan

World leaders on Saturday hailed the birth of the world's newest nation, the Republic of South Sudan, as a historic event bringing to a close 50 years of conflict in northeastern Africa.

U.S. President Barack Obama led official recognition of the country, calling it "another step forward in Africa's long journey toward opportunity, democracy and justice."

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Bashir: South Sudan Success Will be Our Success

Sudan's Omar al-Bashir said on Saturday that the newly independent Republic of South Sudan's success "will be our success," and renewed his call for an end to U.S. sanctions against his country.

"We fulfill our commitment to help the new state of South Sudan in its first steps, because we want it to succeed, and because its success will be our success," Bashir said in a conciliatory speech to tens of thousands of southerners at the official independence ceremony in Juba.

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South Sudan Becomes World’s Newest Nation

Celebrations erupted in South Sudan on Saturday as the world's newest nation proclaimed formal independence and turned the page on five decades of devastating conflict with the north.

"Our martyrs did not die in vain... We have waited for more than 56 years for this day. It is a day that will be forever engraved on our hearts and minds," President Salva Kiir told tens of thousands of jubilant southerners at the official ceremony in Juba.

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Bashir Orders Army to 'Clean' SKordofan of Rebels

Sudan's President Omar al-Bashir on Friday ordered the army to fight in South Kordofan until it has "cleaned" the border state of rebels, in a speech just eight days before the south secedes.

"I ordered the Sudanese Armed Forces to continue their operations in South Kordofan until they clean the state of rebels," Bashir told the faithful at a mosque in Khartoum during Friday prayers, in a speech broadcast on state television.

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Sudan to Appoint Vice President from Darfur

Sudan's government agreed Tuesday to appoint a vice president from the war-torn Darfur region, taking a step toward satisfying a key rebel demand for greater power-sharing, state media reported.

"The government agrees to appoint a vice president from (the) Darfur region to complete the current electoral term," SUNA news agency said in a brief statement.

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South Kordofan Accord Aims for Full Ceasefire

A deal reached this week between Khartoum and a branch of the ex-rebel Sudan People's Liberation Movement aims for a full ceasefire to end fighting in South Kordofan, an SPLM minister said Wednesday.

The two sides signed the deal on Tuesday to resolve their differences in the embattled border state, where heavy fighting has raged for around two weeks.

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