US to pay €1m to family of Italian aid worker killed in drone strike

The Obama administration has agreed to pay €1m to the family of an Italian aid worker who was killed in a US drone strike in 2015.

The agreement marks the first known deal of its kind between the US government and and the family of a victim of a drone strike, following the president’s admission last year that Giovanni Lo Porto and an American named Warren Weinstein had accidentally been killed in a secret counter-terrorism mission.

Lo Porto, 37, and Weinstein, 73, were being held hostage by al-Qaida at the time of their deaths and Lo Porto’s family had been led to believe a month before the strike that he was close to being released.