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Vietnamese teen 3rd bird-flu death

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Hanoi, Vietnam A 16-year-old girl has died of bird flu in Vietnam, the country’s third death from the virus in less than two weeks, a doctor said Monday.

The girl from Dong Thap province died Saturday at the Hospital for Tropical Diseases in Ho Chi Minh City, a hospital official said.

The girl, who earlier tested positive for the H5N1 strain of bird flu, had eaten sick chickens, doctors say.

The hospital is treating two other patients suspected of having caught bird flu and tests were being conducted.

5 firefighters missing in collapsed building

Bangkok, Thailand A six-story building caught fire and collapsed in the Thai capital Sunday, trapping five firefighters inside the wreckage, according to police.

The fire started on the fourth floor of the Union Saenthong commercial building, near Bangkok’s main Hualamphong train station, according to police officials.

The fifth and sixth floors were residential quarters.

An official said that it was not known whether the firefighters believed trapped inside were dead or alive.

Israelis increasingly move to settlements

Jerusalem Jewish settlements slated for evacuation have shown marked population growth, according to figures released Sunday, and settlers said supporters are moving to these communities to bolster them before the planned withdrawal.

Today, six reserve Israeli army officers also were dismissed from command roles after they indicated they would refuse to carry out orders to evacuate Jewish settlements, defining such a move as “completely illegal.”

The punishment was the military’s first such move in connection with the withdrawal plan.

Israel is preparing for large-scale resistance to the evacuation of all 12 settlements in the Gaza Strip and four in the West Bank. The plan marks the first time the government is to remove veteran settlements from either area.

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