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ABC, Dec.17, 2015

MADRID "We are moderate people, quiet, formal and serious." Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy's calm words and bruised face were splashed on the front page of Madrid daily ABCon Thursday after the center-right leader was punched in the face by a 17 year-old during a campaign stop.

Rajoy, who is running for reelection on Sunday, was assaulted during a walkabout on Wednesday in the northwestern city of Pontevedra. The teenager, who reportedly approached Rajoy on the pretext of taking a selfie, was arrested. There have been conflicting reports as to whether the motive was explicitly political.

Prime minister since 2011 and leader of the People's Party since 2004, Rajoy is leading in the polls, though one in four voters is still undecided.

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The West Must Face Reality: Iran's Nuclear Program Can't Be Stopped

The West is insisting on reviving a nuclear pact with Iran. However, this will only postpone the inevitable moment when the regime declares it has a nuclear bomb. The only solution is regime change.

Talks to renew the 2015 pact have lasted for 16 months but some crucial sticking points remain.

Hamed Mohammadi

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Rafael Grossi, the head of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), the UN's nuclear inspectorate, declared on Sept. 7 that Iran already had more than enough uranium for an atomic bomb. He said the IAEA could no longer confirm that the Islamic Republic has a strictly peaceful nuclear program as it has always claimed because the agency could not properly inspect sites inside Iran.

The Islamic Republic may have shown flexibility in some of its demands in the talks to renew the 2015 nuclear pact with world powers, a preliminary framework reached between Iran and the P5+1 (the U.S., the U.K., China, Russia, France and Germany). For example, it no longer insists that the West delist its Revolutionary Guards as a terrorist organization. But it has kept its crucial promise that unless Western powers lift all economic sanctions, the regime will boost its uranium reserves and their level of enrichment, as well as restrict the IAEA's access to installations.

Talks to renew the 2015 pact have been going on for 16 months. European diplomacy has resolved most differences between the sides, but some crucial sticking points remain.

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