JUBA, South Sudan (AP) — South Sudanese citizens, international dignitaries and the world's newest president are convening in the new country capital of Juba to celebrate the birth of a nation.
South Sudan became the world's newest country Saturday with a raucous street celebration at midnight.
Dignitaries including U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and former U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell will watch under a blazing sun as South Sudan President Salva Kiir hosts a noon-hour ceremony.
South and north Sudan battled two civil wars over more than five decades, culminating in a 2005 peace deal that led to Saturday's independence declaration.
Sudan President Omar al-Bashir, the former leader of the south, is also to attend Saturday's ceremony.
- Sudan President Omar al-Bashir