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Catalonia lawmakers approve holding vote for independence from Spain
Catalonia lawmakers approve holding vote for independence from Spain

A day after Scotland rejected independence, lawmakers in Spain's northeast region of Catalonia moved Friday to hold their own referendum on breaking away from Spain and forming a new European country. Voting 106 to 28, Catalonia's regional parliament approved a law granting its leader power to hold a nonbinding vote on independence. Catalan President Artur Mas said he would sign the legislation and set a Nov. 9 date for balloting. Outside the parliament, several hundred demonstrators surrounded the building, waving Catalan flags and chanting "We will vote!" and "Independence!" Spain's constitutional court is widely expected to strike down the...

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