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    France says will quell New Caledonia riots 'whatever the cost'

    French forces smashed through dozens of barricades in a bid to retake the main road to New Caledonia's airport and a top official said Sunday that France would reclaim all of the Pacific territory from independence militants "whatever the cost".Le Franc said security forces would now stage "harassment" raids to reclaim other parts of the Pacific territory held by pro-independence groups.

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    Tycoon Musk launches Starlink in Indonesia

    Tech billionaire Elon Musk launched Sunday his Starlink service on Indonesia's resort island of Bali as the country aims to extend internet to its remote areas.Musk and the officials also attended a presentation by staff members from Indonesia's community clinics in Bali and Maluku provinces on the acceleration of internet speeds after using Starlink.

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    Hundreds protest Taiwan's ruling party on eve of inauguration

    Hundreds of opposition supporters rallied in Taipei to protest four more years of Democratic Progressive Party rule on Sunday, the day before Taiwan inaugurates president-elect Lai Ching-te.The TPP rally comes two days after a brawl broke out in Taiwan's parliament, as DPP lawmakers tried to stop the opposition parties from proposing reform bills that would effectively expand the powers of the legislature.

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    'Blood everywhere': Survivor recounts attack on tourists in Afghanistan

    When she first heard the gunshots, French tourist Anne-France Brill thought for a split second there was a celebration in the Afghan market where she and her fellow travellers stopped to buy fruit.- Fledgling tourism industry - An avid traveller drawn to places off the beaten path Brill had long thought of visiting Afghanistan, one of the scores of foreign tourists drawn to experience the country's rich landscapes, history and culture long rendered virtually unreachable by decades of war. 

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    French forces smash roadblocks in bid to clear key New Caledonia road

    French forces smashed through about 60 road blocks to clear the way from conflict-stricken New Caledonia's capital to the airport but have still not reopened the route, a top government official said Sunday.But the official added that the route was full of wrecks of cars, burned wood and metal which had only been cleared at 15 of the roadblocks.

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    Russian exiles in Georgia inspired by protests but scared

    Stood in the middle of a Tblisi demonstration, Russian emigre Ivan looked on with a tinge of nostalgia as thousands of Georgians protested against a highly-controversial law targeting NGOs and the media.Ivan and his friend Sergei, an ethnic-Ukrainian raised in Russia, took part in the protest, where Georgians chanted "No to Russian law!".

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