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Boy, 6, is first Thai to die of bird influenza

Hundreds of soldiers wearing safety masks, rubber gloves and protective caps fanned out across a central Thai province Sunday on a mission to bury chickens believed to be carrying bird flu.

A 6-year-old Thai boy died of the disease late Sunday, becoming the country's first confirmed human fatality, as the World Health Organization warned the virus could be resistant to basic human influenza drugs.

Indonesia, meanwhile, became the seventh country in Asia to confirm an outbreak in chickens.

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BRITAIN TO HONOR GATES: Britain will give an honorary knighthood to Microsoft Corp. chairman Bill Gates in recognition of his contribution to enterprise in Britain, the government said today. Because he is not a British subject, Gates cannot use "Sir" in front of his name, but he can put the letters KBE, for Knight Commander of the British Empire, after his name.