Newspaper article The Canadian Press

--Ninth NewsWatch-

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

--Ninth NewsWatch-

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(Talks-NAFTA) (Audio: P02)

Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland was fairly upbeat as she wrapped up a morning meeting with the U-S trade czar in Washington.

She could sit down with her American and Mexican counterparts again later today, depending on the progress at the negotiating table.

Freeland compared the process to a long labour -- saying every contraction brings you closer to the birth.

Yesterday, Freeland met with her Mexican counterpart to discuss that country's latest suggestions for resolving the key issue of auto parts.

Mexico and the U-S are far apart over an American proposal to credit companies for building cars in high-wage countries, meaning outside Mexico. (9)

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(Iran-Nuclear) (Audio: 92)

Not all Israelis side with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's opposition to the Iran nuclear deal.

With U-S President Donald Trump set to announce whether he will pull his country out of the 2015 agreement, many in Israel's security establishment say they see the deal as a least-bad option that should be preserved.

A retired senior Israeli defence official says the deal allows Israel to focus on more urgent threats. (9)

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(Lac-Megantic-Bypass)

The Canadian Press has learned that Ottawa is going to pay 60 per cent of the cost of building a rail bypass around Lac Megantic, Quebec.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Transport Minister Marc Garneau will be in Lac-Megantic on Friday to announce the 133-million-dollar, 11-kilometre project.

It has been nearly five years since a train derailed and exploded in the town, killing 47 people and destroying part of the downtown. …

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