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8th July 2011, 04:29 PM

South Sudan is counting down the hours until it becomes the world's newest nation on Saturday 9 July.

Sudan's President Omar al-Bashir and dignitaries from around the world will be attending the celebrations in the southern capital, Juba.

Sudan has announced its official recognition of its new neighbour - the first country to do so.

South Sudan's independence follows decades of conflict with the north, in which some 1.5 million people died.

Under the 2005 peace deal, a referendum was held on independence, which was favoured by more than 99% of voters.

The new country will be rich in oil, but it will be one of the least developed countries in the world following the long conflict.