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Tensions rise in New Caledonia ahead of independence vote

Bougainville and Guam also moving toward referendums on constitutional status

Guam Gov. Eddie Calvo, center, attends a village meeting in December during his push for a referendum on revising the island’s political relationship with the U.S. (Courtesy: Guam governor’s office)

AUCKLAND -- Due east of Australia, and far removed from Europe, the Pacific island territory of New Caledonia is mulling a final break from France, ending a relationship lasting more than 150 years. In a referendum that will take place next year, New Caledonia will vote on the issue of independence.

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