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Why Britain’s arrest of Nepali army colonel should serve as lesson for South Asia

Commentary: A rare example of bringing justice to those who torture detainees.
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A former Nepali Maoist combatant holds the Nepalese flag as he marches during a special function at the Shaktikhor cantonment site in the Chitwan District of Nepal, some 170 km south of Kathmandu, on Jan. 22, 2011. (Prakash Mathema/AFP/Getty Images)
The situation in Nepal reflects an entrenched culture of political intrusions in the region’s judicial systems, with a long history of intervention from the highest levels of governments in the South Asia region. Most governments there have yet to accept that torturing detainees is a grave crime under international laws — to which they are signatories.

South Sudan: Army shoots down UN helicopter

South Sudan's army shot down a United Nations peacekeeping helicopter on Friday. All four of the Russian crew members who were on board were killed, Reuters reported.

UN human rights worker expelled in South Sudan

South Sudanese officials decided to expel a United Nations human rights staffer on Monday, in a decision that the international governing body has roundly condemned.

Sudan: Rebels kill 5 in South Kordofan shelling

The UN said its staff was moved to a peacekeeping base "as a precautionary measure."

Sudans strike deal on border security, oil

The agreement has been described as a “breakthrough,” and was due to be signed by the presidents of both countries at talks being mediated by the African Union in Addis Ababa.

Clinton urges South Sudan-Sudan oil agreement as UN deadline passes

Lack of resolution has cost both of the countries economically, as each relies heavily on revenues from oil.

Happy Birthday, South Sudan

After a year of tension and turmoil, South Sudan is still standing.
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South Sudanese drive around waving the national flag celebrating into the night South Sudan's first anniversary of it's Independence day in Juba, South Sudan on July 9, 2012. (Paula Bronstein/Getty Images)

The world's newest nation is a year old today and it's not been an easy start for South Sudan.

Disputes with the north over oil and territory have erupted into armed stand-offs, deadly bombings and outright fighting between their two armies. Tens of thousands of refugees have swarmed across the border from South Kordofan and Blue Nile, two northern regions where rebels are battling Khartoum. Tens of thousands more have become internal refugees as tribal fighting and cattle raiding have left many hundreds dead. In the new capital Juba corruption is sky-high and inequality growing as the oil-dependent economy collapses.

And yet, South Sudan exists and persists, a troubled nation for sure, but not a failed state, at least not so far. There are quite a number of worthwhile reads marking South Sudan's anniversary, here is a selection:

BBC correspondent James Copnall writing in Britain's Guardian newspaper.

Author Ros Wynne-Jones writing in Britain's Independent newspaper and in The Mirror.


South Sudan, world's newest country, celebrates its first birthday

In a speech to mark the independence anniversary, South Sudan's President Salva Kiir said the country needs to be "independent economically."

Sudan releases four foreigners arrested in contested area

The four men were detained on April 28 on suspicion of aiding the South and held in the disputed border area, where clashes between Sudan and South Sudan have broken out in recent months
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