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    New president Lai vows to defend Taiwan's democracy

    New Taiwan President Lai Ching-te on Monday vowed to defend the island's democracy, as he called on China to end its military intimidation of the self-ruled island.In an inauguration speech, Lai also directly addressed the threat of war following years of growing pressure from China to bring Taiwan under mainland rule.Lai said a "glorious era of Taiwan's democracy has arrived" and thanked citizens for "refusing to be swayed by external forces, for resolutely defending democracy". "In face of the

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    New Caledonia separatists defy French efforts to unblock roads

    Separatists in riot-hit New Caledonia refused Monday to abandon road blocks that have paralysed much of the Pacific archipelago and halted commercial air traffic, defying a major security operation by French forces.AFP journalists said some road blocks that had been taken down by the French security forces were being rebuilt by pro-independence forces, sometimes larger than before.

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    Iran media says President Raisi died in helicopter crash

    Iranian state media said President Ebrahim Raisi died on Monday after his helicopter crashed in a mountainous region of the country.Early Monday, relief workers located the missing helicopter, with state TV saying the president had died.

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    Dominican Republic President Abinader re-elected to 2nd term

    Dominican Republic President Luis Abinader was re-elected Sunday for another four-year term, an endorsement of his handling of the economy and tough policies toward migration from Haiti.The president enjoys domestic approval ratings of around 70 percent -- more than when he was elected -- despite international pressure for the Dominican Republic to welcome more refugees.

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    Business and Bollywood vote in India's election

    India's financial capital Mumbai began voting when six-week national elections resumed on Monday, with much of the megacity's business and entertainment elite vocal in their support of Prime Minister Narendra Modi.Conglomerate owners support Modi's government because it caters to the needs of India's "existing oligarchic business elite", Deepanshu Mohan of OP Jindal Global University told AFP.  Lower corporate tax rates, less red tape and a reduction in "municipal regulatory corruption" have als

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    New Taiwan president Lai hails 'glorious' democracy

    New Taiwan President Lai Ching-te on Monday hailed the arrival of a "glorious era" for the island's democracy, as he called on China to cease political and military intimidation."I also want to call on China to cease their political and military intimidation against Taiwan," Lai said. 

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    Trump biopic hits Cannes Film Festival

    A Donald Trump biopic and the latest dark creation by David Cronenberg premiere in Cannes on Monday as the world-famous film festival reaches its midway point."Kinds of Kindness", the latest bizarro team-up between Emma Stone and Yorgos Lanthimos, featured some ultra-dark comedy moments, including a thumb-and-cauliflower dinner. 

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