S.Sudan could snub north, hold own freedom vote (AP)

Southern Sudanese police perform training exercises during a visit to the Rajaf police training academy by ranking southern officials and a delegation from the United Nations Security Council on Thursday, Oct. 7, 2010. The United Nations Mission in Sudan has devoted significant resources to training police services in the lead up to an independence referendum scheduled for Jan. 9, 2011. The vote will determine if southern Sudan secedes from the north to form an independent country. (AP Photo/Pete Muller)AP – Southern Sudan’s president told members of the U.N. Security Council that if the Khartoum-based north tries to delay a January independence referendum the south will hold the vote on its own, the U.S. ambassador to the U.N. said Thursday.

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