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After Long Struggle, New Caledonia Set for Independence Vote

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New Caledonia, a French archipelago in the South Pacific, votes Sunday on whether to become the world's newest state in a referendum on independence that is the result of a 30-year decolonization process.  It is the first auto-determination vote to be held in a French territory since Djibouti in the Horn of Africa voted for independence in 1977. Tensions have long run deep between pro-independence indigenous Kanaks and descendants of colonial settlers who remain loyal...

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