Africaâ€™s newest state struggles to find balance while securing its identity.
Ballots have been counted in an unofficial referendum in the flashpoint Abyei region to decide if it lies in Sudan or South Sudan.
Residents of the Abyei region, claimed by both Sudan and South Sudan, have voted in an unofficial referendum to decide which country they belong to.
Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir, who faces international war crimes charges, could shake things up if he shows up at UN general assembly.
South Sudan is facing corruption, a lack of public services and repression of government opponents and the media.
Heavily armed South Sudanese troops and police guarded key government institutions in the capital of Juba after the president suspended his Cabinet.
South Sudan is guilty of human rights abuses and awash with corruption, warn campaigners on the second anniversary of the country's independence.
Sudan has put on hold nine security and economic pacts with South Sudan but remains committed to good relations if the South ends support for rebels.
Sudan's President Omar al-Bashir on Saturday ordered a halt to the flow of oil from South Sudan.
Rebels from Sudan's Darfur region launched a dawn attack on the city of Um Rawaba on Saturday, taking their fight closer to the capital Khartoum.
Five Indian peacekeepers and at least seven UN civilian staff have been killed in an ambush in South Sudan, officials have said.
The first observers are preparing to monitor a demilitarised buffer zone between Sudan and South Sudan, Khartoum's defence minister has said.
Hundreds of refugees have fled fighting in South Sudan, as UN officials warn of "serious concerns" over the presence of armed groups in border camps.
China has never promised South Sudan $8-billion in development funds after President Salva Kiir visited Beijing in April, a senior diplomat has said.
Human Rights Watch reveals how child marriage in South Sudan exacerbates high maternal mortality rates and perpetuates violence against girls.
The countryâ€™s wells have remained blocked by hostility with Sudan, but it has huge agricultural potential.
President Salva Kiir is willing to remove the army from the border with Sudan, signalling a possible compromise with his Sudanese counterpart.
An airlift from Khartoum of sick, elderly and other "extremely vulnerable" South Sudanese has re-started on Christmas Eve.
As South Sudan begins its journey towards development, the rest of the world is descending in droves. Kevin Bloom and Richard Poplak report.