What Are the World's Newest Countries?

Some of the world's newest countries are less than three decades old. So what are the world's newest countries?

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The 9 newest countries in the world (washingtonpost.com)
"This week, Scottish voters go to the polls to make a big decision: Should they stay a part of the United Kingdom and Northern Ireland, or become an independent sovereign state?"

Kosovo's Conflict (historytoday.com)
"The troubled history of the region, and the deep-rooted antagonisms between the different ethnic groups laying claim to it."

South Sudan profile - overview (bbc.com)
"South Sudan gained independence from Sudan in July 2011 as the outcome of a 2005 peace deal that ended Africa's longest-running civil war."