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WORLD: South Sudan prepares for independence.

A new country will be born on the African continent Saturday, as South Sudan greets its independence. Above, a schoolgirl waves a South Sudanese flag as students practice their routine for independence celebrations in Juba. See photographs of the country’s preparations here.

NATIONAL: Mexican inmate executed

Despite the White House asking the death sentence of foreign citizens be court reviewed, the Supreme Court declined to issue a stay on Mexican citizen Humberto Leal. He was executed in Texas Thursday.

WORLD: Investigations and arrests in the News of the World scandal

Andy Coulson, former editor of the News of the World and former communications director for U.K. Prime Minister David Cameron, was arrested in connection with the illegal hacking at the British tabloid. Cameron promised a full investigation of the newspaper would take place.

NATIONAL: Prepare for liftoff

Despite stormy weather in Florida, the crew of Atlantis is still preparing for the last shuttle launch, scheduled for 11:26 a.m. EST.

ODD: South Korea’s virtual subway store

For the time-crunched South Korean, Tesco created a virtual store in subway stations and let people shop with a QR code and smartphone. It’s amazingly weird. Watch: