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SANTIAGO DE COMPOSTELA - The death count had risen to 78 by Thursday morning after an express train derailed in northwestern Spain. More than 140 other people were injured (including 20 in critical condition) in the crash near Santiago de Compostela, reports El Mundo.

The train was reported to be traveling at more than twice the speed limit around a curve, with one of the conductors quoted in El País as saying he had taken the curve at 190 km/h (188 mph) in a section of track where the speed limit is 80 km/h, reports. (See Below: video footage at the moment of the crash captured by a surveillance camera)

All eight carriages of the Madrid-to-Ferrol train came off the tracks at 8:41 pm (local time), the state railway Renfe said.

After the worst train crash in Spain in 40 years, seven days of mourning have been declared in the Galicia region, reports the BBC. Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy arrived at the scene of the accident.

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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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