International Recognition: Controversies Around The Globe

07/15/2011 03:05 pm ET | Updated Sep 14, 2011

On Thursday the United Nations recognized South Sudan as its 193rd member state, turning the country officially into the world's youngest nation. And on Friday, the United States joined dozens of nations in formally recognizing the Libyan Transitional National Council as the legitimate government of that nation, rejecting Muammar Gaddafi's claims to power.

While some nations and governments are easily granted legitimacy in the eyes of the world, others are caught in controversies for decades. Take a look at some places arond the world that have announced their independence but remain in national limbo:

The Most Controversial Claims For Nationhood

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