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New Caledonia dengue epidemic over

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New Caledonia congress leaves minister numbers unchanged

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New Caledonia Congress prepares govt election

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Friday deadline for New Caledonia minister nominations

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Malaria mosquito found in New Caledonia

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Former president Sarkozy enters New Caledonia campaign

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Girardin comment irks New Caledonia politicians

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Call for unity in New Caledonia
New Caledonia's main anti-independence party has again called for unity as next year's independence referendum nears. Caledonia Together leaders say this is needed to maintain the territory within France and to keep peace. The party met ahead of this weekend's French Senate election in which New Caledonia's electoral college will choose its two members for the Paris seats. The party again criticised a rival anti-independence faction for continuing to block the election of a government   Read More ...
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Removal of ship from New Caledonia reef nearly complete
The vessel ran onto Durand Reef near the island of Mare two months ago on its voyage from French Polynesia to Noumea. Last month, more than half a million litres of fuel had been pumped out of its tanks, averting the risk of a spillage. Once the cargo is offloaded an attempt will be made to refloat the brand new vessel   Read More ...
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Former New Caledonia president in court over land sale
A former New Caledonian president Harold Martin has been tried in the criminal court in Noumea over an alleged conflict of interest in a land sale. Four years ago, judges had put Mr Martin under formal investigation over the 2008 rezoning of land, which he and his siblings had sold in Paita a year earlier. The rezoning to clear the land for a commercial development was approved by Mr Martin in his capacity as mayor of Paita   Read More ...
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New Caledonia's presidential election woes continue
New Caledonia's main anti-independence party says the democratic process has been hijacked by the political interests of another loyalist faction. The Caledonia Together party says it denounces the stance of the Caledonian Republicans who for a second time in two weeks refused to elect the only candidate Philippe Germain as president. He received only five of the six votes of the anti-independence politicians needed to be elected   Read More ...
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Jail sentence over New Caledonia drink drive death
A 19-year-old man in New Caledonia has been jailed for six and a half years for involuntary homicide after a fatal hit-and-run incident on a pedestrian crossing in Noumea. Last August, the man had run over a 23-year-old woman who died of her injuries in November. He and his passenger, who has been jailed for eight months for his involvement in the hit and run, were only identified three months after the incident   Read More ...
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New Caledonia loyalists up enrolment drive
An office has been opened in Noumea by New Caledonia's anti-independence parties to help voters register for next year's independence referendum. According to the provisions of the Noumea Accord, voting will be restricted to long-term residents who have to be on a separate roll. Its make-up has been contentious for years and further clarification has been expected from Paris about whether there will be the automatic inscription of all indigenous people and people born in New Caledonia   Read More ...
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New Caledonia again fails to elect president
A second attempt in a month to elect a president in New Caledonia has failed. This morning the 11 ministers chosen by Congress to form a new administration again failed to elect a president, leaving the territory without a properly constituted government. The impasse means that the previous administration headed by Philippe Germain will continue as a caretaker administration. Two years ago, New Caledonia had no proper government for months because of a similar impasse   Read More ...
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FIFA U-17 World Cup 2017: All you need to know about New Caledonia U-17
India is all set to host the 2017 FIFA U-17 World Cup, scheduled to kick off on 6th October. 24 countries from six confederations will be competing for one of the biggest honours in youth football with the matches being held in six cities across the country. In this segment, we take a look at New Caledonia's U-17 team and guide you through their journey to the world cup, highlighting their achievements, key players, coach and much more   Read More ...
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New attempt to elect New Caledonia government
Another attempt will be made in New Caledonia tomorrow to elect a collegial government. Last month, the 11 ministers chosen by Congress to form the new administration failed to elect a president, which left the territory without a properly constituted government. It also led to the previous administration headed by Philippe Germain to be put back in charge as a caretaker administration   Read More ...
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New Caledonia's struggling SLN looks to lower production costs
New Caledonia's SLN nickel company says it wants to lower production costs by a third within three years to ensure the business survives. The commodity slump of late has incurred SLN onging losses of almost one million US dollars a day, prompting a restructure which calls for a longer working week and job cuts. SLN says its target is to reduce the cost of producing one pound of nickel from $US6 in 2015 to $US4 in 2020   Read More ...
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Nickel plant in New Caledonia to dismiss workers
Reports from New Caledonia say the SLN nickel plant plans to dismiss a further 80 workers. The public broadcaster said the plan was being discussed with the unions. The company had been incurring losses all year because of a depressed nickel price and earlier announced that it would cut 300 jobs.   Read More ...
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Two more French Senate candidates in New Caledonia
Two more candidates have come forward from New Caledonia's anti-independence camp to run for French Senate seats. The election will be on 24 September when France renews 170 Senate seats. The Caledonian Republicans have put forward Isabelle Lafleur and Marc Zeisel. This comes after Pierre Frogier of the Rassemblement, who is an incumbent, and Gerard Poadja of the Caledonia Together Party said they would jointly stand   Read More ...
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New Caledonia independence politicians nominated for French Senate
Two pro-independence politicians have been put forward as candidates in the election for New Caledonia's two seats in the French Senate. They are Emile Necehero and Jean Creugnet, representing the separatist parties which decided to engage in this year's French elections. The other parties making up the pro-independence FLNKS umbrella group decided at the beginning of the year to focus on next year's independence referendum instead   Read More ...
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New Caledonia referendum question challenged
An anti-independence politician in New Caledonia says the French constitution should be amended to rephrase the likely referendum question. Sonia Backes said under the 1998 Noumea Accord voters would be asked next year whether they wanted New Caledonia to accede to full sovereignty. However Ms Backes, who is a member of the Caledonian Republicans, told the public broadcaster this should not be the choice and another question should be asked   Read More ...
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Air Calin concerned about Korea tension
New Caledonia's international airline says if conflict breaks out on the Korean peninsula it will shift its flights to France to a route over the Indian Ocean. The public broadcaster said Air Calin's contingency plan is for an immediate stop on its flights to Japan from where Air France provides a codeshare flight to Paris. It reported that flights would be routed via Sydney and La Reunion in the Indian Ocean, retracing the service once offered by Air Austral   Read More ...
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Frogier and Poadja on New Caledonia Senate ticket
New Caledonia's anti-independence side has officially nominated its two candidates for the election of the French Senate. Pierre Frogier of the Rassemblement and Gerard Poadja of the Caledonia Together Party will jointly stand in the election on 24 September when France renews 170 Senate seats. Mr Frogier, who held a range of top jobs in Noumea, is an incumbent. He said for 30 years of his life he has fought for New Caledonia within France   Read More ...
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Date proposed for New Caledonia referendum
An anti-independence faction in New Caledonia says it wants to hold the referendum on independence on October 7th next year. Sonia Backes of the Caledonian Republicans said the date had been submitted for discussion in Congress. According to the Noumea Accord, Congress can set the referendum date if 60 percent of members agree on it. Failing that, the French government will set a date for the vote which is to be held no later than in November 2018   Read More ...
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Suspended jail sentences for five in New Caledonia for Mare clashes
Five men in New Caledonia have been given suspended eight-month jail sentences over their role in the fatal clashes on Mare in August 2011. The fight had left four people dead and more than 20 others wounded. It broke out between a group blockading the island's airport and another trying to dislodge the rivals. The Nouvelles Caledoniennes reports that the five admitted to having used a firearm and causing material damage   Read More ...
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Poadja nominated for New Caledonia's French Senate seat
The anti-independence Caledonia Together party says it will put forward a former Congress president Gerard Poadja as its candidate for the French Senate election. On 24 September, 170 seats in Paris are to be renewed, including the two reserved for New Caledonia. Party leader says Mr Poadja is a Kanak from the main island of Grand Terre which is a departure from the past when Kanaks from the Loyalty Islands tended to attain senior positions in the anti-independence camp   Read More ...
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Unease over New Caledonia roll persists
There is continued unease among loyalists in New Caledonia over the electoral roll for next year's independence referendum. A court decision is expected by the end of the week to determine whether all people born in New Caledonia are automatically registered on the general roll. If the court agrees it would clear the way for the automatic registration of all indigenous people on the restricted roll used for the referendum   Read More ...
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Efforts continue to salvage ship stuck off New Caledonia
A further 73 containers have been taken off the ship Kea Trader which has been stuck on a reef off New Caledonia since July. The public broadcaster says more than 200 containers have been removed so far and once 300 have been lifted off the ship, attempts will be made to refloat it. Three weeks ago, more than half a million litres of fuel were pumped out of its tanks, averting the risk of a spillage   Read More ...
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New Caledonia caretaker government to attend Forum
New Caledonia will take part in next week's Pacific Islands Forum with a caretaker government representing it. This comes despite concern by pro-independence politicians that the caretaker president Philippe Germain lacks the authority to engage officially. The issue has arisen after Thursday's failure to elect a new government and president. After Congress elected a new 11-member executive the ministers failed to elect a president   Read More ...
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New Caledonia dengue epidemic over
The dengue epidemic in New Caledonia is over. The government issued a statement to say that on advice from the health authorities the epidemic declared on January 5th has ended. It said people need to remain vigilant to avoid a recurrence as the weather is starting to get hot and humid again. 11 people died of dengue this year. Pacific   Read More ...
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New Caledonia Forum participation in doubt
New Caledonia has been left without a president after a majority of government members today refused to vote for the re-election of Philippe Germain. New Caledonia left without president French Polynesia's Forum inclusion 'not a threat' The director general of the Forum Fisheries Agency says the French Pacific territories' inclusion in the Pacific Islands Forum should be seen as a positive for the management of the region's tuna   Read More ...
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Gomes suggests MSG replaces FLNKS movement
A leading New Caledonian politician has suggested that the territory's government replace the pro-independence FLNKS movement as member of the Melanesian Spearhead Group. Philippe Gomes, who heads the Caledonia Together Party and is a member of the French Senate, made the suggestion as part of a drive to integrate New Caledonia in regional organisations. He has hailed this week's unanimous vote by the Congress to approve New Caledonia joining the Pacific Islands Forum as a full member, saying this marks the end of almost 20 years of campaigning   Read More ...
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New call for sincere New Caledonia rolls
New Caledonia's pro-independence FLNKS movement says for next year's independence referendum to be fair, the electoral roll needs to be sincere. Under the Noumea Accord, voting rights are restricted to long-term residents, but for years there have been disputes over the make-up of the roll. There are claims that some settlers are on the roll although they fail the residency requirements   Read More ...
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New Caledonia left without president
New Caledonia has been left without a president after a majority of government members today refused to vote for the re-election of Philippe Germain. Earlier in the day the Congress elected a new 11-member government of ministers from the four groups making up the Congress. The election was called because the Caledonia Together Party ministers had resigned nearly two weeks ago to allow one of them to take up his newly won seat in the French National Assembly   Read More ...
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New Caledonia Congress elects new government
New Caledonia's Congress has elected a new 11-member government. The election was called because the Caledonia Together Party ministers had resigned to allow one of them to take up his newly secured seat in the French National Assembly. As expected eight ministers have been reelected while three new men were chosen to the executive. They are Nicolas Metzdorf, Christopher Gyges and Didier Poadyaliwane   Read More ...
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New Caledonia Congress to elect new government
New Caledonia's Congress is today expected to elect three new ministers as the collegial government is being renewed. The government fell because the Caledonia Together Party ministers resigned to allow one of them to take up his newly secured seat in the French National Assembly. The four groups making up the Congress will again be represented in the 11-member government according to their strength in the Congress   Read More ...
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FLNKS to study region for New Caledonia plans
New Caledonia's pro-independence FLNKS movement says it wants to look at several countries in the region as it prepares for possible independence after next year's referendum. It said it wanted to study Timor-Leste which took three years after gaining independence to get its own constitution. At a news conference, FLNKS delegates raised the issue of defence, saying Solomon Islands was an example worth looking at because it had no army but relied on regional security arrangements   Read More ...
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Call for New Caledonia's fraudulent rolls to be cleaned up
The leader of New Caledonia's Labour Party says fraudulent rolls need to be cleaned up for next year's independence referendum to go ahead. Louis Kotra-Uregei made the call in a television interview in which he also urged France to automatically enrol all Kanaks because they are the colonised people. He said they should be called to determine their future. Special commissions have been vetting the rolls to include only long-term residents but he says their work is biased   Read More ...
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Former president to stand trial in New Caledonia
A former New Caledonian president Harold Martin is to stand trial next month over an alleged conflict of interest in a land sale. Four years ago, judges in Noumea put Mr Martin under formal investigation over the 2008 rezoning of land, which he and his siblings had sold in Paita a year earlier. The rezoning to clear the land for a commercial development was approved by Mr Martin in his capacity as mayor of Paita   Read More ...
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New Caledonia group draws up independence plan
New Caledonia's pro-independence FLNKS movement has firmed up its draft plan on how an independent New Caledonia should be shaped. A weekend meeting heard back from territory-wide consultations as preparations continue for next year's independence referendum. The FLNKS said it wanted to create a multi-cultural and democratic nation, which would have as citizens all the people who are inscribed on the restricted rolls for the referendum and the territorial election   Read More ...
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New Caledonia group in NZ to discuss construction issues
A delegation from New Caledonia has arrived in New Zealand to discuss aligning standards and qualifications for the construction sector. The trip follows an agreement signed between their respective governments last year, and is aimed at boosting trade. They both have different systems of standards for construction and trade-training. But in a statement, the French embassy says they hope to harmonise them, in an effort to make it easier to trade, and for construction companies to take up projects in each place   Read More ...
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Candidates put forward for new New Caledonia government
New Caledonia's political parties have submitted their candidates for Thursday's election of a new 11-member government. The four groups making up the Congress will be represented in the executive in proportion to their representation in the Congress. The election follows the resignation of the budget minister Philippe Dunoyer, who decided to take up his newly secured seat in the French National Assembly   Read More ...
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New Caledonia congress leaves minister numbers unchanged
New Caledonia's Congress has decided to leave the number of ministers in the collegial government at 11. This was agreed today in a session preparing for a fresh election of the executive next Thursday. A new government needs to be chosen next week after the Caledonia Together Party pulled out. It did so to allow the budget minister Philippe Dunoyer to take up his newly secured seat in the French National Assembly   Read More ...
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New Caledonia Congress prepares govt election
New Caledonia's Congress is today due to decide the size of the next government which is to be elected in a week. The 11-member collegial government fell last Saturday. A new government needs to be chosen after the Caledonia Together Party pulled out to allow the budget minister Philippe Dunoyer to take up his newly secured seat in the French National Assembly   Read More ...
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Friday deadline for New Caledonia minister nominations
Political parties in New Caledonia have until Friday night to submit their candidates for the next collegial government. The administration fell on Saturday when the budget minister Philippe Dunoyer resigned in favour of taking up the seat he had won in the French National Assembly. A single resignation requires Congress to elect a new government representing the parties in proportion to their strength in Congress   Read More ...
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Strong winds suspend salvage of stranded ship in New Caledonia
Strong winds across New Caledonia have forced efforts to salvage the stranded Kea Trader container ship to be suspended. The ship, which has been stuck on the Durand Reef off the island of Mare since mid-July, has been largely emptied of its fuel and 42 containers have been taken off so far. A larger helicopter is to join the salvage operation when it is expected to be resumed later this week   Read More ...
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New Caledonia pharmacists call off strike
Pharmacists in New Caledonia have called off their indefinite strike after what they say was a successful dialogue with the government. The strike was launched on Monday over pricing issues, with pharmacists accusing the government of failing to respect earlier agreements. They said the indexation now unilaterally imposed by the government would see a price freeze extended to the end of the year   Read More ...
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