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The number of revelers swelled this year because the traditional starting date, July 7, fell on a weekend. Last year, more than 200,000 tourists visited Pamplona, according to the city government. Numbers this year are likely to exceed that, a spokeswoman said.

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Customs deploys bird flu dogs

THE HAGUE — Dutch customs officials have deployed two special bird flu dogs at Amsterdam’s Schiphol Airport to check flights from high-risk countries for poultry, the authorities said yesterday.

The dogs, German shepherd Bo and Belgian shepherd Judy, are checking flights from countries where the bird flu virus has been found such as China, Thailand, Egypt, Russia and Turkey, the Dutch Ministry of Finance said.

They are trained to sniff out all kinds of poultry, alive or dead, feathers and eggs. The dogs have been working at Schiphol Airport since May. In Europe, only Czech customs agents are also working with specialized bird flu dogs, authorities said.

From wire dispatches and staff reports

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