African Union admits South Sudan as 54th member

ADDIS ABABA - The African Union admitted South Sudan as its 54th member after the new African country proclaimed independence from Sudan on July 9 following decades of conflict, the AU said.
South Sudan is one of the world's poorest nations and has inherited a string of disputes with its northern neighbour after its people voted in a January referendum to break away from Sudan -- a decision accepted by Khartoum.
Representatives of the two countries are expected to resume AU-mediated talks next week on solving outstanding issues such as citizenship and oil revenue-sharing.
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