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In Barcelona on Aug. 17
In Barcelona on Aug. 17

A van rammed into pedestrians at Las Ramblas, a tourist hotspot in Barcelona, killing at least 13 and injuring scores of others on Thursday evening.

The attack, which was claimed by terror group ISIS, underscores a growing technique of deadly assault — namely vehicles striking crowds of people. Police say they foiled a second attack hours later in the town of Cambrils, also on the country's eastern coast, fatally shooting five people. The driver in the Barcelona attack is still at large.

Front pages of newspapers around the world carried stories of the attack. "Terrorists in the heart of Barcelona,"declared Italian paperLa Repubblica. German publication Göttinger Tageblatttook the pulse of the city: "Barcelona in shock" read its headline, while Spain's La Razonoffered a resonant message with a stark cover:"United against terrorism".

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"Terror in Barcelona" — La Vanguardia

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"United against terrorism" — La Razon

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"Jihadism strikes Spain in Barcelona" — ABC

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Venezuela-Iran: Maduro And The Axios Of Chaos In The Americas

With the complicity of leftist rulers in Venezuela, Bolivia and even Argentina, Iran's sanction-ridden regime is spreading its tentacles in South America, and could even undermine democracies.

Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro visiting Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi in Tehran, Iran on June 11. Venezuela is one of Iran's closest allies, and both are subject to tough U.S. sanctions.

Julio Borges

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CARACAS —The dangers posed by Venezuela's relations with the Islamic Republic of Iran is something we've warned about before. Though not new, the dangers have changed considerably in recent years.

They began under Venezuela's late leader, Hugo Chávez , when he decided to turn his back on the West and move closer to countries outside our geopolitical sphere. In 2005, Chávez and Iran's then president, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, signed collaborative agreements in areas beyond the economy, with goals that included challenging the West and spreading Iran's presence in Latin America.

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