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Local Melanesians known as Kanaks dressed in traditional clothes march through the streets on New Caledonia Day in Noumea, Saturday, Sept. 24, 2005. September 24, officially a celebration day to mark the day France officially took possession of New Caledonia, has now turned into a day to embrace the islands multi cultural heritage. On September 24, 1853, France took possession of New Caledonia turning it into a penal colony receiving almost 22,000 convicts between 1864 and 1897.(AP Photo/Rob Griffith)

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September 24, 2005 08:30:03 AM
September 24, 2005 12:28:20 AM
ROB GRIFFITH
AP
ASSOCIATED PRESS
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NOUMEA, NEW CALEDONIA
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