The timing of the Jan. 9 vote on whether Sudan will become two countries is "set in stone," despite some major unresolved issues from distribution of oil wealth to citizenship rights, State Department officials said Thursday.

ABYEI, Sudan | Residents of southern Sudan, an area that is already semi-autonomous, will vote in January on whether to separate from the north. But many issues -- from how to distribute oil wealth to even where the border would…

ABYEI, Sudan | Villagers in the contested area of Abyei, along the north-south border that spans Sudan, express their concerns about security and economic conditions in the slowly rebuilding town and their hopes for the future.

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