A five-day voting period in Sudan ended Thursday, and ballot-counting was set to begin, in national elections considered an important step for the country's democracy but marred by allegations of fraud and opposition party boycotts.

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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