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FC Barca players celebrate at Camp Nou on March 8
FC Barca players celebrate at Camp Nou on March 8

L'Esportiu, March 9, 2017

FC Barcelona's stunning victory over France's PSG last night at Camp Nou earned a succinctly shocked (and triumphant) front-page headline in the Catalan-language sports daily L'Esportiu. For those linguists keeping score at home, L'Impossible ("The Impossible") reads exactly the same in the Catalan and French languages. Headlines in France, though equally stunned, were not so cheery: L'Equipe sports daily used: "Inqualifiable," a word play which means both that PSG didn't qualify for the quarterfinals, and that their pitiful performance was beyond description.

Barca beat Paris Saint-Germain 6-1, in one of the greatest comebacks in Champions League history, scoring three goals in the last seven minutes — allowing Lionel Messi, Neymar and company to recover from a 4-0 first game deficit and advance to the next round.

Read more about the heart-stopping game here.

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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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