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First American death reported in Haiti

WASHINGTON. - A State Department official confirms the first death of an American in quake-stunned Haiti, saying that at least 164 U.S. citizens have been evacuated since Tuesday's 7.0 magnitude temblor.
     
State Department spokesman P. J. Crowley said in a briefing Thursday that Coast Guard C-130 planes have airlifted 42 American officials and their families and another 72 private citizens to safety.
     
He said that another 370 Americans were awaiting flights out Thursday. There were some 45,000 Americans living in Haiti at the time of the earthquake, and officials said few had contacted American authorities in the hours immediately after the quake.

22 UN staff killed, 1 pulled out alive

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon says a U.N. security guard has been pulled out alive from the collapsed U.N. headquarters building in Haiti's capital.
     
Ban told reporters Thursday it was "a small miracle" in the grim search for some 100 U.N. personnel still trapped in the rubble of the headquarters building and about 50 U.N. staff unaccounted for elsewhere after Tuesday's earthquake.
     
The U.N. chief announced that 18 U.N. peacekeepers and four international police officers have been confirmed dead.
     
U.N. spokesman Martin Nesirky said the U.N. is still putting together a list of national and international civilian staff with the peacekeeping mission who have died.
     
Ban said Assistant Secretary-General Edmond Mulet will arrive in Port-au-Prince Thursday afternoon to take charge of the U.N. mission and coordinate the international relief effort.

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