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LE DEVOIR (Canada)

MONTREAL - Student demonstrations in Quebec took a new, loud turn last night in Montreal, as demonstrators crowded city streets and banged on pots and pans in response to a new law limiting protests, Le Devoir reported.

Demonstrators started their noisy procession around 8 p.m local time in Montreal and other cities. Students were joined by other groups such as seniors to protest the new measure, called law 78, which was hastily voted this Wednesday in order to restrict the right to protest without police authorization, and bans large demonstrations near school premises.

Quebec officials are hoping to quell the on-going student protests, which have swelled in recent weeks. On Wednesday night more than 700 people were arrested for violating the new law, which is attached with heavy fines.

The protest Thursday night was peaceful and did not result in similar mass arrests. Watch an amateur video of the demonstrators below.

Students in Quebec have been on strike since last February when Prime Minister Jean Charest announced a 75% increase of university fees, or approximately $250 per year over seven years. Annual university tuition rates currently stand at $2,150, one of Canada's lowest.

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Denied The Nile: Aboard Cairo's Historic Houseboats Facing Destruction

Despite opposition, authorities are proceeding with the eviction of residents of traditional houseboats docked along the Nile in Egypt's capital, as the government aims to "renovate" the area – and increase its economic value.

Houseboats on the Nile in Zamalek, Cairo

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With an eye on increasing the profitability of the Nile's traffic and utilities, the Egyptian government has begun to forcibly evict residents and owners of houseboats docking along the banks of the river, in the Kit Kat area of Giza, part of the Greater Cairo metropolis.

The evictions come following an Irrigation Ministry decision, earlier this month, to remove the homes that have long docked along the river.

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