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Scare for runners in Spain's opening Pamplona bull-run

Thrill-seekers got a scare Sunday as they fled half-tonne, sharp-horned fighting bulls charging through Pamplona in the opening run of Spain's San Fermin festival. Six huge bulls and six steers carved a path through masses of runners dressed in white with red scarves around their necks and packed into the winding, cobbled streets of the northern Spanish city.

Flag flap delays Spain's Pamplona bull run festival

A red-and-white ocean of revellers erupted in cheers to launch Spain's annual San Fermin bull-running festival on Saturday but only after a 19-minute delay caused by a giant Basque flag that blocked the starting rocket. The nine-day mix of alcohol-soaked partying and fleeing huge, sharp-horned fighting bulls is supposed to start at noon each year with a traditional shout of "Viva San Fermin!" and the launch of a firecracker known as the "chupinazo".

Revellers kick off Spain's Pamplona bull run festival

A red-and-white ocean of revellers packed the Spanish city of Pamplona on Saturday to launch the San Fermin festival, a nine-day mix of partying and fleeing huge, sharp-horned fighting bulls. The alcohol-soaked bedlam sets off at noon (1000 GMT) with a traditional shout from the balcony of city hall of "Viva San Fermin!" and the launch of a rocket known as the "chupinazo".

Killer Spanish bull called 'Mouse´' dies: owner

Spain's most feared bull, who killed three people and injured dozens of others at bullfighting fiestas, has died, its owner said Monday, adding he now wants to have the half-tonne beast embalmed and put on display at a museum. "It all happened within 24 hours. We found him a bit sickly and we gave him antibiotics but he died yesterday afternoon," Gregorio de Jesus, the owner of the bull named "Raton", or "Mouse" in English, told AFP by telephone from his breeding farm near the village of Sueca in the eastern region of Valencia.
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