- French court convicts six teens for role in beheading of teacher
- Deforestation hits record low in Brazilian Amazon in November
- Messi has brought 'transformational year' for MLS says Garber
- Gatti strikes again to send Juventus top
- France's Le Pen ordered to stand trial in EU funding scandal
- Life sentence for Michigan teen who shot dead four classmates
- US vetoes Security Council resolution calling for Gaza ceasefire
- US vetoes UN ceasefire bid as battles rage across Gaza
- Frenchman Nancy's journey reaches MLS summit
- Led by Taylor Swift's $1 bn tour, 2023 concerts set new record
- Mexico leader proposes referendum on bull fighting in capital
- Battles rage across Gaza as UN holds rare vote
- DAY TWO OF HONG KONG INVESTOR SUMMIT TACKLES MEGATRENDS IMPACTING THE PLANET'S EIGHT BILLION CITIZENS
- 'Appetite for drumsticks': First prey found in a tyrannosaur stomach
- Oil at the root of Guyana-Venezuela border row
- US, UK, Canada sanction dozens on human rights anniversary
- Pope prays for victims of oppression at Christian festival
- The Pogues singer-songwriter Shane MacGowan given full Irish send-off
- USA and Mexico submit bid to host 2027 Women's World Cup
- Stellantis warns thousands in US of potential job cuts
- Real Madrid boss Ancelotti expecting Vinicius to return in January
- Spurs won't compromise on attacking football, says Postecoglou
- Rent-a-tree firm helps Londoners have a sustainable Christmas
- Harvard president apologizes for remarks on campus anti-Semitism
- Wall Street stocks shrug off strong jobs data
- Hamas brutality doesn't justify 'punishment' of Palestinians: UN chief
- Rent-a-tree firm helps Londoners have a sustaintable Christmas
- From Obiang to Putin: the world's longest-serving leaders
- Department of Defense Awards 6K Additive a $23.4 million Grant as Part of a More Than $50 Million Investment Program for Upcycling Critical Metals for...
- Battles rage across Gaza ahead of rare UN vote
- OrangeX Unveils $5M Innovation Fund, Accelerating Support for Bitcoin Ecosystem Growth
- UN Security Council meets on escalating Guyana-Venezuela row
- US unemployment ticks down as job market remains robust
- Hamas brutality can't justify 'collective punishment' of Palestinians: UN chief
- Pochettino says pressure at Chelsea is 'massive' but future bright
- The 2023 Global Investment Promotion Conference Held in Shenzhen, China
- UN talks look for deal on winding down fossil fuels
- Guardiola says Man City have been handed brutal reality check
- HH Global discloses environmental impact through CDP
- IOC clears Russians to compete in Paris as neutrals
- Pensana Plc - Report on Payments to Governments for FY 2023
- Once the bane of big tech, Vestager's star wanes
- Strong US jobs data weakens Wall Street stocks
- New trains, new tracks: US rail to get much-needed facelift
- Meinhardt MENA, Innovo, and Schneider Electric Join Forces to Drive Sustainable Energy Practices in the UAE
- US unemployment ticks down as hiring accelerates
- Miami International Holdings Reports November 2023 Trading Results; YTD Options and Equities Volumes Remain at Record Levels
- Krispy Kreme doughnuts, the latest US chain to try its luck in France
- Third Point Investors Ltd - Weekly Estimate Net Asset Value - December 2023
- Rashford must fight for Man Utd place, says Ten Hag
Police issue ultimatum to protesters to leave Canada capital
Canadian police issued an ultimatum Wednesday to protesters who've been choking Ottawa streets for 20 days to leave the capital, as state and provincial leaders called for an end to the cross-border vaccine requirement that sparked the trucker-led movement.
Officials, meanwhile, announced a negotiated peaceful end to the last of several recent blockades by protesters of border crossings between Canada and the United States.
"You must leave the area now," Ottawa police said in a notice distributed to truckers outside parliament.
Anyone blocking streets or assisting others in doing so will be arrested and face charges, as well as fines and seizures of their trucks, the statement said.
Police also warned that anyone charged or convicted for taking part in the illegal demonstration may, in addition to criminal penalties, be barred from traveling to the United States.
As the notices were handed out, AFP journalists saw hundreds of trucks continuing to occupy streets in the parliamentary precinct, blaring horns -- despite an extension Wednesday of a court order against the deafening noises, obtained by an area resident fed up with the disruptions.
"We're still a lot of trucks holding the line," trucker David Shaw, 65, told AFP. If arrested, he added: "I'll keep coming back."
Fellow protester Jan Grouin, 42, decried Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's decision earlier this week to impose a state of emergency, calling it "a little overreacting maybe to think that we are terrorists."
The office of Montana Governor Greg Gianforte, meanwhile, asked Canadian and US leaders in a letter signed by 16 US governors -- all members of the Republican party -- to exempt truckers from vaccine and quarantine requirements when crossing the Canada-US border.
They were joined by Alberta Premier Jason Kenney and Saskatchewan Premier Scott Moe, who has endorsed the truckers' convoy.
"The timing of your decision to terminate the vaccine and quarantine exemptions could not have been worse, as North America already faces grave supply chain constraints," said the letter addressed to US President Joe Biden and Trudeau.
"These constraints, combined with increasing inflation, place significant burdens on the residents of Canada and the United States."
- 'Time for this to end' -
Unable to dislodge the protesters, Trudeau this week invoked the Emergencies Act, which gives the government wide new powers to end the demonstrations over Covid restrictions. The move marked only the second time in Canadian history such emergency powers have been invoked in peacetime.
Trudeau told reporters Wednesday that with police now getting help from various other law enforcement units, they should "be able to begin their actions."
"It's time for this to end," he said, adding that it was up to "police to decide when and how."
On Tuesday, Ottawa's interim police Chief Steve Bell said a "turning point" has been reached.
"I believe we now have the resources and partners to bring a safe end to this occupation," he said.
Bell replaced chief Peter Sloly, who abruptly resigned after facing intense criticism over his failure to dislodge the protesters.
The so-called "Freedom Convoy" started with truckers protesting against mandatory Covid vaccines to cross the US border, but its demands have since grown to include an end to all pandemic health rules and, for many, a wider anti-establishment agenda.
At its peak, the movement also included blockades of a half-dozen border crossings -- including a key trade route across the Ambassador Bridge between Windsor, Ontario and Detroit, Michigan.
Forty-six protesters were arrested and 37 vehicles seized during police operations at the Ontario-Michigan border, and in Coutts, Alberta, four people were charged with conspiracy to murder police officers. They were among 13 arrested with a cache of weapons that included rifles, handguns, body armor and ammunition.
On Wednesday, Public Safety Minister Marco Mendicino said the last blocked crossing -- between Manitoba and the US state of North Dakota -- had been reopened.
As protest organizers at a news conference continued to encourage supporters to come to the capital, Mendicino said: "Don't. At best, residents of the city have made it clear that this is not the time and at worst, you may be tying yourself to dangerous criminal activity."
The demonstrations, he said, "are not about vaccines mandates."
Rather, he described the core protesters as "a small number of individuals with a steely resolve, driven by an extreme ideology that would seek to overthrow the existing government."