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November 4, 1992 | Reuters
Inuit in Canada began voting Tuesday on an agreement that would make them the world's largest private landowners and pave the way for creation of a vast new native homeland known as Nunavut. Nearly 10,000 Inuit in 27 far-flung settlements were eligible to vote over three days on the land claims agreement that took 17 years to negotiate with Ottawa. Complete results will not be known until next week. The agreement gives the Inuit, or Eskimos, clear title to 135,000 square miles of land.
September 19, 2009 | Richard Boudreaux and Paul Richter
President Obama's Middle East envoy ended his most intensive round of shuttle diplomacy Friday without an agreement on one of the administration's top foreign policy goals, a revival of Israeli-Palestinian peace talks. The envoy, George J. Mitchell, has been trying for months to coax a package of concessions from Israel, the Palestinian Authority and Arab states that would help Obama launch a regional peace initiative this fall. Mitchell left the region after six days of talks failed to bridge the gaps over several issues, including Jewish settlement expansion on land claimed by the Palestinians for a future state.
March 31, 1985 | GERALD FARIS, Times Staff Writer
When land and rocks and trees move, do property lines move right along with them? As exotic as this question might seem to some, it is the basis of a looming legal fight over who owns what near rustic Peppertree Drive within the ever-moving Portuguese Bend slide area. The combatants are the city and six property owners.
December 19, 2008 | Scott Kraft
Like so many corporate executives, Ed Meyer dreamed of retiring to the countryside. And so, seven years ago, he and his wife, Sally, left Cape Town to settle on the 3,500-acre ranch that had been in Ed's family since 1916. It's not hard to see what fueled the dream. Their Cape Dutch-style farmhouse, all curved gables and whitewashed walls, is perched on rust-colored savanna, dusted with the scent of 50 species of blooming aloe.
November 14, 1985
France announced a partial amnesty and a package of reforms in its South Pacific territory of New Caledonia. The reforms are intended to improve the economy and resolve rival land claims among European settlers and native Melanesians. The amnesty apparently will primarily cover offenses relating to clashes in the last year between the Europeans and the Melanesian Kanaks. Since elections in September for regional assemblies, tensions have eased.
November 13, 1992 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
The Inuit of Canada have approved a historic land claims agreement that will make them the world's largest private landlords. A native political group said that 69% of the 8,000 Inuit, or Eskimos, who voted last week supported the agreement that took 17 years to negotiate with Ottawa. The agreement gives the natives clear title to 850,000 square miles, an area five times the size of California, in northwestern Canada.
August 16, 1991 | Reuters
The Supreme Court of Canada dealt a blow to aboriginal land claims Thursday by dismissing an Indian bid for control of a large area of northern Ontario province rich in timber and minerals. The five judges unanimously upheld lower-court rulings stating that the government extinguished native rights to an area nearly as large as Connecticut through an 1850 treaty that the natives say they never signed.
Angry white farmers in South Africa held a protest Friday in support of a colleague facing the first forced expropriation of land that had been confiscated from blacks during the apartheid era. Several hundred farmers from the right-wing Transvaal Agricultural Union rallied in a conference hall in Lydenburg, about 175 miles northeast of Johannesburg, to show their opposition to what they called "blatant discrimination and racism" against whites.
May 22, 1989 | From Times wire services
Maori land claims, some dating back 150 years, are threatening plans for a multibillion-dollar sale of New Zealand's state forests to private investors, including American companies. Uncertainty over the sale, by far the biggest yet in the Labor government's program to sell state-owned assets, is stalling forestry investment and making foreigners reconsider the notion of buying into New Zealand forests, industry officials said today. The government announced the sale last July.
April 27, 1990 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
The 850 adults in the 1,500-member Puyallup Indian tribe began receiving individual $20,000 checks as part of the second largest Indian land-claims settlement in U.S. history. In exchange, the Pacific Northwest tribe agreed to drop a 1984 lawsuit claiming 160 acres of tidelands along Commencement Bay in Tacoma, Wash., the former beds of the Puyallup River and any future claim to the 18,000 acres that once made up their reservation.
October 20, 2008 | From Times Wire Reports
Israeli leaders are seriously considering a dormant Saudi plan offering a comprehensive peace between Israel and the Arab world in exchange for lands captured during the 1967 Middle East War, Defense Minister Ehud Barak said. He said that he has discussed the plan with Prime Minister-designate Tzipi Livni and that Israel is considering a response. Livni's office declined to comment. Saudi Arabia in 2002 offered pan-Arab recognition of Israel in exchange for Israel's withdrawal from Arab lands captured in 1967: the West Bank, the Gaza Strip, East Jerusalem and the Golan Heights.
January 5, 2008 | Richard Boudreaux, Times Staff Writer
Israel has failed to keep its pledge to stop enlarging Jewish settlements in the West Bank, Prime Minister Ehud Olmert acknowledged in an interview published Friday, addressing a criticism he expects to hear next week from President Bush. "Every year all the settlements in all the territories [of the West Bank] continue to grow," Olmert told the Jerusalem Post. "There is a certain contradiction in this between what we're actually seeing and what we ourselves promised. . . .
October 29, 2007 | From Times Wire Reports
Japanese patrol vessels fired a water cannon at a boat carrying Chinese activists who were protesting Japanese claims to territory in the East China Sea, the activist group said. A boat carrying the protesters arrived Sunday evening near five disputed islets known as the Diaoyutai islands in China and Senkaku in Japan, according to the activists' group, the Hong Kong-registered China Federation of Defending Diaoyutai Islands.
January 22, 2007 | From Times Wire Reports
Russian authorities seized a Japanese fishing boat carrying a crew of six in disputed waters between the two nations, the Japan Coast Guard said today. The vessel was captured Sunday morning off Kunashir, one of several disputed islands in a group the Japanese call the Northern Territories and the Russians call the Kurils. Russia seized the chain in the closing days of World War II.
May 1, 2006 | From the Associated Press
Israel modified the route of its West Bank barrier Sunday, moving forward with interim Prime Minister Ehud Olmert's plan to quickly define the country's borders. The Israeli Cabinet voted to reroute an area near the settlement of Ariel deep in the West Bank and approved putting temporary fencing around areas of Jerusalem abutting the West Bank. Palestinians said Israel was imposing its will over disputed land and trying to strengthen its claim to sovereignty over Jerusalem.
April 21, 2006 | From Times Wire Reports
Japan will send a high-ranking official to South Korea to defuse rising tension over a resource-rich cluster of islets claimed by both countries, a top government official said. The emergency visit to Seoul is intended to break a standoff triggered by Tokyo's plan to conduct a maritime survey around the uninhabited islands. The Japanese coast guard survey ships have lingered off the country's coast as tensions flared. South Korea has dispatched about 20 gunboats to the disputed waters.
October 15, 2003 | Associated Press
A black community of sheep herders won a lengthy legal battle Tuesday over its claim to diamond-rich land that was confiscated more than 70 years ago by a white-run South African government. The area is still rich in diamonds, and the 3,000 people of the Richtersveld community could become rich from the Constitutional Court ruling. They still must negotiate how much the government will pay them for future mining.
July 4, 2003
Re "Israeli, Palestinian Leaders Jointly Vow to Pursue Peace," July 2: The "road map" to peace proposed by the Bush administration is the same anti-Arab road map that created the partition of Palestine for an Israeli state in the first place, without any guarantees for the return of more than 4 million Palestinian refugees to democratically participate in the outcome of their own future, who have a right under the Fourth Geneva Convention to return to...
November 18, 2005 | From Times Wire Reports
Civilians crossed the disputed Pakistani-Indian frontier for the first time since the devastating Oct. 8 earthquake. About two dozen mostly elderly men who had been visiting relatives in Pakistan when the quake struck walked to the Indian side across a dry riverbed under a damaged bridge at the Chakothi-Uri checkpoint. No one crossed over from the Indian side into Pakistani-controlled Kashmir. Both countries claim the Himalayan territory in its entirety.
May 21, 2005 | From Times Wire Reports
Tokyo Gov. Shintaro Ishihara visited a remote Japanese islet, aiming to firm up Japan's claim to surrounding waters. The visit to Okinotorishima came ahead of a meeting in Tokyo next week between Chinese Vice Premier Wu Yi and Japanese Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi to improve relations. China does not challenge Japan's sovereignty over Okinotorishima but says it is a rock, not an island, and refuses to recognize Japan's claims to an exclusive fishing zone around it.
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