Feb 19 (Reuters) - The following are the top stories from selected Canadian newspapers. Reuters has not verified these stories and does not vouch for their accuracy.
** British intelligence officials say that a total ban on Huawei Technologies Co Ltd's equipment is not necessary, dealing a blow to U.S. efforts to rein in the Chinese telecom giant and possibly affecting whether Canada imposes a ban. tgam.ca/2GOXMk8
** Peraso Technologies Inc, a Toronto startup, is looking to challenge computer chip giants Qualcomm Inc and Intel Corp in the wireless market and has raised $42 million in a venture capital deal. tgam.ca/2GQQ6hc
** A liquefied natural gas project planned for Vancouver Island has been halted by Steelhead LNG Corp, the latest setback for LNG proponents in British Columbia. tgam.ca/2GLXScl
** Canadian taxpayers spent C$161,000 ($121,555) for photographers to take images of Defense Minister Harjit Sajjan on his various trips in what the Liberal government says is proof that Canada is re-engaging on the world stage. bit.ly/2GQZktN
$1 = C$1.32 Compiled by Bengaluru newsroom