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Spain takes first step toward protecting bullfights

MADRID — Spain took a key first step Tuesday toward enshrining bullfighting as a key part of the nation’s cultural heritage, a move that could roll back a ban on the blood-soaked pageants in the northeastern region of Catalonia.

Lawmakers in Parliament accepted a petition from bullfight supporters asking for the special status in a 180-40 vote that included 107 abstentions.

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