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Cairo (dpa) — Egyptian authorities on Tuesday announced plans for a major upgrade of the Suez Canal, one of the world’s most important waterways which connects the Mediterranean to the Red Sea.

The project will involve digging 35 kilometres of a new parallel canal and widening the existing canal along a further 37 kilometres, Suez Canal Authority chief Muhab Mumayish told a conference in Ismailiya.

The 193-kilometre canal, first opened in 1869, already has 80 kilometres of bypass waterways, according to the authority.

President Abdel-Fattah al-Sissi told the conference that 17 Egyptian companies would be involved in implementing the project, under the supervision of the military.

Five new residential and tourism zones are also to be built, according to online reports by state-run newspaper Al-Ahram.

The newspaper quoted Mumayish as saying that the project would create a million jobs.

Al-Sissi asked for the new waterway to be completed within one year rather than the planned three years, Al-Ahram reported.

The president said that the project would be carried out without recourse to foreign funding, with shares and bonds being offered to Egyptian banks and to citizens.

Former army chief al-Sissi won the Egyptian presidency in May, almost a year after he deposed Islamist president Mohammed Morsi.

Al-Sissi recently promised the public a “surprise,” raising expectations that he would reveal plans for an economic boost after the government abolished fuel subsidies.

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Donald Trump Jr.

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You've probably heard about Donald Trump's claim that his Democratic rival got "a big fat se onhot in the ass" before delivering a nearly perfect performance on a recently televised town hall. Or his more recent demand that Joe Biden get a "drug test" before their debate on Tuesday night. Having spent months lowering expectations for Biden, the Trumps are now busily defaming him as a junkie.

But that particular slur backfired spectacularly over the weekend when the Trump campaign posted a bizarre video of Don Jr. -- seemingly in a condition that called for rehab services. As his father might put it, "many people are saying" that the presidential spud looked and sounded like someone abusing a controlled substance. (His slurred message was disturbed too, something about an "army of able-bodied men and women" to intimidate voters).

It's both funny and sad to watch Don Jr. decompensate on Twitter. (More funny, though.)

Click and judge his condition for yourself.