Dec 30

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It's a year that will be remembered as one that ended authoritative regimes in Tunisia, Egypt, Libya and Yemen. In 2011, the most-wanted fugitive in the world was killed in Pakistan and severe weather battered the global population.

The world's newest nation, the Republic of South Sudan, formally emerges on Saturday. But even as final rehearsals and preparations for Independence Day celebrations wrapped up in the southern capital city of Juba, the threat of violence was chilling the…

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