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By Will Dunham and Julia Edwards WASHINGTON (Reuters) - An American and an Italian who had been held hostage for several years by al Qaeda were inadvertently killed in a U.S. counterterrorism operation in the border region of Pakistan and Afghanistan in January, President Barack Obama said on Thursday. The operation in which American doctor Warren Weinstein and Italian aid worker Giovanni Lo Porto were killed also resulted in the death of an American al Qaeda leader, Ahmed Farouq, the White House said. Another American al Qaeda member, Adam Gadahn, was also killed, likely in a separate operation, the White House added.
Spectacular bursts of volcanic lightning and lava lit up the night sky in southern Chile as the Calbuco volcano erupted twice after half a century of inactivity, forcing some 5,000 people to evacuate. The eruptions sowed panic in the nearby port city of Puerto Montt, a tourist gateway to the popular Patagonia region whose mayor said residents were "very, very frightened," amid warnings that melting snow and ice could flood rivers. The first eruption, which started around 6:00 pm (2100 GMT) Wednesday and lasted about 90 minutes, spewed a giant mushroom cloud of ash 10 kilometers into the sky, which turned hues of pink and yellow as the sun set over the area. Chile's National Geology and Mining Service warned a third eruption was likely over the next few hours.
(Reuters) - A lawyer for Michael Brown's family said on Thursday new evidence will show that former police officer Darren Wilson should have been indicted and held responsible for killing Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, last year. Brown's filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the city of Ferguson on Thursday, seeking unspecified damages and changes in policing after the black teen's killing by a white officer set off a national debate on race and law enforcement. (Reporting by Suzannah Gonzales; Editing by Mary Wisniewski and Bill Trott)