Newspaper article The Canadian Press

--Third NewsWatch-

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

--Third NewsWatch-

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An agreement has been reached to defuse tensions between a northern B-C First Nation and police in the wake of Monday's raid on a blockade of a local piece of a massive natural-gas pipeline project.

Hereditary leaders of the Wet'suwet'en (wet-SOO'-wed-en) First Nation reached a tentative deal with the R-C-M-P, after the arrest of 14 members of the Indigenous community in taking down a gate that blocked access to an area where Coastal GasLink wants to build a pipeline.

The chiefs now say members will abide by the B-C court injunction granting the company access to a bridge as long as Mounties agree not to raid the nearby Unist'ot'en (oo-NISS'-toh-ten) healing camp and won't touch a different gate they say is vital to their safety.



The 40-billion-dollar L-N-G Canada pipeline and export project in northern B-C was the subject of ire by some Indigenous people and supporters attending Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's town hall in Kamloops, B-C last night.

Several interrupted him to condemn Monday's arrests of 14 protesters at a pipeline blockade checkpoint near Houston, B-C, and loudly doubted his claim of wanting reconciliation with First Nations.

The Coastal GasLink pipeline would run through the Wet'suwet'en (wet-SOO'-wed-en) territory to an export facility being built in Kitimat.

TransCanada Corporation says it has signed agreements with the elected councils of all 20 First Nations along the path, but critics say First Nations' hereditary chiefs never gave their consent.(3)



France's foreign minister is casting doubt on Congo's presidential election results proclaiming opposition candidate Felix Tshisekedi the surprise winner.

Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian says the results from the electoral commission "do not conform with the results that we have noticed."

Tshisekedi had not been considered the leading candidate, and rival opposition candidate Martin Fayulu has denounced the victory as fraud. …

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