epa02521121 US actor George Clooney (R) shake hands with Government of Southern Sudan (GoSS) President Salva Kiir Mayardit (L) during the referendum on the independence of South Sudan at a polling station in Juba, Southern Sudan, 09 January 2011. Southern Sudanese went to the polls in a historic referendum that is widely expected to see them vote to split from the north. The week-long vote is the centerpiece of a 2005 peace deal that ended decades of civil war between the mainly Muslim north and the Christian and Animist south - a conflict which claimed the lives of more than 2 million southerners and displaced 4 million more. An emotional Salva Kiir, president of Southern Sudan, choked back tears as he cast his ballot and dedicated the vote to independence leader John Garang - who died in a 2005 helicopter crash - and all those who perished in the war. Just unde
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