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Trudeau invokes emergency powers to quell Canada protests******
A woman walks past vehicles blocking a road during a protest by truck drivers over pandemic health rules and the Trudeau government outside the parliament of Canada in Ottawa on February 14.
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Monday invoked rarely used emergency powers to bring an end to trucker-led protests against COVID-19 health rules, after police arrested 11 people with a "cache of firearms" blocking a border crossing with the United States.
It marked only the second time in Canadian history such powers have been invoked in peacetime, and came as hundreds of big rigs still clogged the streets of the capital Ottawa, as well as two border crossings.
"The federal government has invoked the Emergencies Act to supplement provincial and territorial capacity to address the blockades and occupations," Trudeau told a news conference.
The prime minister said the military would not be deployed at this stage, but that authorities would be granted more powers to arrest protesters and seize their trucks in order to clear blockades, as well as ban funding of the protests.
"We cannot and will not allow illegal and dangerous activities to continue," Trudeau said.
"This is about keeping Canadians safe, protecting people's jobs and restoring confidence in our institutions," he added, noting that the scope of the measures would be "time-limited" and "geographically targeted," but without providing specifics.
As the threat of violence lingered, federal police said they arrested 11 protesters with rifles, handguns, body armor and ammunition at the border between Coutts, Alberta and Sweet Grass, Montana, just a day after another key US-Canada border crossing was cleared in Ontario.
"The group was said to have a willingness to use force against the police if any attempts were made to disrupt the blockade," the Royal Canadian Mounted Police said in a statement.
The protests by Canadian truckers and their supporters – opposed to mandatory coronavirus vaccines and pushing a wider anti-establishment agenda – have triggered copycat movements from France to New Zealand, with US truckers mulling similar rallies.
Under pressure to act, Trudeau on Sunday convened a special federal response group on efforts to end the occupation of Ottawa and the remaining, economically damaging, blockades of border crossings in Alberta and Manitoba.
The Emergencies Act was previously used by Trudeau's father, former Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau, during the October Crisis of 1970.
It saw troops sent to Quebec to restore order after the kidnappings by militant separatists of a British trade attache and a Quebec minister, Pierre Laporte, who was found strangled to death in the trunk of a car.
Canada's so-called "Freedom Convoy" started with truckers protesting against mandatory vaccines to cross the border with the United States.
But its demands now include an end to all COVID-19 health measures and, for many of the protesters, for the toppling of Trudeau's Liberal government – only five months after he won reelection.
The truckers have found support among conservatives and vaccine mandate opponents across the globe, even as COVID-19 measures are being rolled back in many places.
In Paris on the weekend, police fired tear gas and issued hundreds of fines in an effort to break up convoys coming from across France.
The Netherlands, Switzerland and Austria have also seen copycat movements, and Belgian authorities said on Monday they had intercepted 30 vehicles as police scrambled to stop a convoy of trucks.
Canadian police over the weekend cleared a blockade on the Ambassador Bridge, which handles an estimated 25 percent of trade with the United States, and had disrupted business in the world's largest economy.
But on Monday morning in Ottawa, as a deep freeze rolled in, protesters remained defiant despite threats of jail and fines of up to C$100,000 (US$80,000).
Australia advises caution overseas when border opens Monday******
Australia advised its nationals traveling overseas yesterday to "exercise a high degree of caution" as it prepares to open its borders for the first time in 19 months.
The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade reinstated its travel advice for 177 countries and territories ahead of fully vaccinated Australians becoming free to travel from Monday.
No destination has been given a risk assessment lower than the second-tier warning: "Exercise a high degree of caution."
The vast majority of Australian permanent residents and citizens have been stranded in the island nation since March last year by some of the most draconian pandemic restrictions of any democracy. They had to request exemptions from the ban and demonstrate exceptional circumstances. Most requests were rejected or approved too late for Australians to reach death beds or funerals. Travel to and from Australia for tourism has not been allowed.
A few categories of citizen, including public servants on government business, were exempt from the international travel ban.
International travel will be initially restricted to Sydney's airport because New South Wales has the highest vaccination rate of any state. More than 86 percent of the population of Australia's most populous state aged 16 and older are fully vaccinated, and over 93 percent of the target population had received at least a single shot.
Initially only Australian permanent residents and citizens will be free to travel. Fully vaccinated foreigners traveling on skilled worker and student visas will be given priority over international tourists.
Cardona guides Boca Juniors to rout of Aldosivi******
BUENOS AIRES, Nov. 8 (Xinhua) -- Colombia international midfielder Edwin Cardona scored one goal and set up another as Boca Juniors won 3-0 at Aldosivi in Argentina's Primera Division on Monday.。
Ezequiel Almendra struck a 16th-minute opener, heading home from close range after his own 17-yard drive rebounded off the crossbar.。
Cardona doubled the lead in the 71st minute with a cool first-time finish after Sebastian Villa's shot was parried away by goalkeeper Jose Devecchi.。
Boca completed the rout in the first minute of stoppage time when Cardona's superb 25-yard through ball released Villa, who rounded the goalkeeper and tapped in from point-blank range.。
The result leaves Boca sixth in the 26-team standings with 33 points from 20 matches, 13 points behind leaders River Plate. Aldosivi are 22nd with 21 points. Enditem。