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Sudan reaches historic crossroads

24 September 2010 Last updated at 06:24 BST

In just over three months the southern Sudanese will vote on splitting away from Sudan, a consequence of a peace deal that ended a long north-south civil war.

US President Barack Obama is due to attend a special meeting on Sudan at the United Nations in New York.

The BBC's James Copnall reports from Khartoum in Sudan.