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President El Sisi Attends the Inauguration of Rod El Farag Axis Bridge

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The inauguration of Rod El Farag Axis was earlier today, and the opening was held in the presence of President Abdel Fatah El Sisi. The bridge links the areas in northern and eastern Cairo with west Cairo and is meant to reduce commuting time and limit traffic.

Prime Minister Moustafa Madbouli, Presidential Adviser for National and Strategic Projects Sherif Ismail, Transport Minister Kamel el Wazir and a number of state officials, also attended the opening.

The bridge will be parallel to the 26 July Corridor, which links 6th of October City and Sheikh Zayed City with Greater Cairo.

Egypt received a Guinness World Records’ certificate on Wednesday on Road al-Farag for being the widest suspension bridge in the world.

The news is yet to be published on the website of Guinness World Records. 

Talal Omar, the Regional Director for the Guinness World Records in the MENA region handed over the certificate to Mohamed Mohsen Salah, President and CEO of Arab Contractors company.

Around 4,000 engineers, technicians and other workers have contributed in the construction of the bridge, that costs LE 5 billion ($292.7 while the second phase of the project costs LE 4 billion.

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Video: The Incident That Stirred Egyptians’ Anger All Over Social Media

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People since yesterday have been sharing a video on all social media platforms showing how an Egyptian was treated violently by Romanian security guards on board and asking everyone to share the video as well to make it go viral.

Hassan Salamah was attacked by the Romanian security while boarding from Bucharest, the capital city of Romania to Cairo. The attack caused his wife to go into a diabetic coma and caused panic to the entire flight including young kids.

The video shows how the Romanian cops kept on pushing Salamah and trying to drag him out of the plane, which they eventually did to him and his family in addition to canceling their flight.

The video surely stirred up Egyptians’ anger on social media, accusing Romanian security forces of racism. In the video, you can hear how they were trying to stop the woman from shooting the video, and how she stood her ground and said it is her right to take a video.

 

In an interview with Amr Adeeb, Salamah explained the reason the quarrel broke out saying that the flight attendant asked his Moroccan wife to change seats because she was seated in the emergency row. He also said that the flight attendant told his wife that the person seated in the emergency row should be able to speak English.

The ironic thing that caused people on the plane to laugh about it, making the flight attendant feel humiliated. After a while and after the Egyptian family did switch seats, even though the previous seats were the ones given to them in the first place, security forces came to escort them out.

The husband also explained that his wife refused to remove her bag as it contained important personal belongings including their passports and money.

The flight passengers expressed their shock and disbelief of the inhumane treatment that they have witnessed against the Egyptian national, which even caused a person to faint and children to broke in hysteric screams, while another passenger was asking all travelers to get off the plane.

As soon as videos of that event were published, Egyptian and Romanian officials took action immediately.

The Egyptian counsel in Bucharest rushed to the airport, but he found that the Egyptian passenger had boarded a Turkish airliner bound to Sharm El Sheikh then to Cairo.

Ambassador Abdel Maqsoud said that Egyptian and Moroccan authorities are following with the Romanian authorities the investigations that were launched into the incident.

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Pepsi Responds To The Controversy That Its Latest Copy Caused

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Both Pepsi and Chipsy came in strong this tournament with exceptional ads that we have all seen them, loved the creative concept and certainly enjoyed every copy… well, up until the last one came out!

We were also impressed by how the companies were prepared for the loss, what with Chipsy’s copy asking the players what happened, but when another copy for Pepsi went viral on social media showing the players apologizing for their loss, fans expressed their anger over it.

In case you have missed it, watch the video below:

In response to this, Pepsi issued a statement saying that this is an unofficial copy that has been leaked and that they’re currently investigating with the responsible parties.

They have also added that this copy goes against all the values that their official ad stands for, which is encouraging the players to do their best, and for the football enthusiasts to go easy on the team.

Responsible or not, one thing we know for sure is that people were very unhappy and shocked at the copy, and ever since the video went viral on social media, responses showed disgrace and anger.

However, Pepsi is vowing to resolve this issue as soon as possible by taking down the video from all social media outlets and investigate with the responsible parties.

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Al-Helal Wel-Negma Demanding Starbucks to Change its Logo

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Egyptian company Al-Helah Wel-Negma demanded from Starbucks to change their logo complaining about copyright infringement and claiming resemblance to their own.

Starbucks on the other hand filed a lawsuit to the Administrative Court rejecting this demand by the Commercial Registration Authority, stating that it has registered its logo in July 13, 2015.

Moreover, Starbucks considers this decision as a violation to reason and proper legal violations.

Question remains, do you really see the resemblance they’re claiming?

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