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O Globo, March 14, 2016

"Brazil takes to the streets against Dilma and Lula and in favor of Moro," Rio-based daily O Globo writes on its front page Monday, a day after an estimated 3.6 million Brazilians protested recession and corruption and called for the impeachment of President Dilma Rousseff.

Sao Paulo's Avenida Paulista (pictured on O Globo"s front page) saw the biggest turnout, with between 500,000 and 1.4 million people protesters, according to police estimates. Marches took place in more than 300 cities across the country, the daily reports.

Angered by a worsening recession and corruption scandals, demonstrators demanded President Dilma Rousseff's resignation, a mere 18 months after she narrowly won re-election.

Her predecessor President Lula was also in the protesters' crosshairs, with calls for him to be jailed for his involvement in the Petrobras scandal, while demonstrators showed support for Sergio Moro, the judge overseeing the prosecution.

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Patronage Or Politics? What's Driving Qatar And Egypt Grand Rapprochement

For Cairo, Qatar had been part of an “axis of evil,” with anger directed at Al Jazeera, the main Qatari outlet, and others critical of Egypt after the Muslim Brotherhood ouster. But the vitriol is now gone, with the first ever visit by Egyptian President al-Sisi to Doha.

Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi met with the Emir of Qatar in June 2022 in Cairo

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For the first time since coming to power in 2014, President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi traveled to Doha last month on an official visit, a capstone in a steadily building rapprochement between the two countries in the last year.

Not long ago, however, the photo-op capturing the two heads of state smiling at one another in Doha would have seemed impossible. In the wake of the Armed Forces’ ouster of the Muslim Brotherhood government in 2013, Qatar and Egypt traded barbs.

In the lexicon of the intelligence-controlled Egyptian press landscape, Qatar had been part of an “axis of evil” working to undermine Egypt’s stability. Al Jazeera, the main Qatari outlet, was banned from Egypt, but, from its social media accounts and television broadcast, it regularly published salacious and insulting details about the Egyptian administration.

But all of that vitriol is now gone.

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