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In this edition: an Egyptian puppet is accused of terrorism; "Mok-Bang" is South Korea’s new Internet trend; and a stunning display from three Czech trial riding champs.EGYPTIAN PUPPET ACCUSED OF TERRORISMPuppet Abla Fahita stars in extremely popular satirical sketches aired online in Egypt, she also makes regular appearances on Egyptian television and recently featured in this ad for telecommunications company Vodafone, in which she and her daughter try and reactivate her late husband’s SIM card. But she is now the subject of a terrorism probe, as the British multinational has been accused of slipping coded messages into the commercial to coordinate terrorist attacks.The allegations were made by blogger and supporter of former president Hosni Mubarak, Ahmed Spider, and he was invited to appear on television to decipher the famous ad. He claims the Christmas bauble symbolizes a bomb, and the four branched cactus represents the four-fingered Rabia salute, a symbol of solidarity with the Muslim Brotherhood.Vodafone Egypt officials, who have been summoned by state prosecutors for questioning, have posted a statement to Facebook saying the interpretation of the ad is “pure fiction”. And countless web users agree, they think this story illustrates the growing climate of fear and paranoia in Egypt since the ouster of Mohammed Morsi.Others are openly making fun of the conspiracy theories surrounding Abla Fahita. These web users for example have produced satirical photomontages, depicting the puppet as an enemy of the state, showing her standing alongside former president Anwar El Sadat on the day of his assassination in 1981, or being tortured by intelligence agents. "MOK-BANG", SOUTH KOR... Go on reading on our web site.Visit our website:http://www.france24.comLike us on Facebook:https://www.facebook.com/FRANCE24.EnglishFollow us on Twitter:https://twitter.com/France24_en