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Search for drug lord continues

KINGSTON, Jamaica — Jamaica's top cop insisted Friday security forces will capture a reputed underworld boss who escaped a bloody, four-day assault on his slum stronghold, while more people in the battle zone said innocents died during the fighting. At a news conference in Jamaica's tense capital, police Commissioner Owen Ellington said authorities believe Christopher "Dudus" Coke, wanted by the U.S. on drugs and gun trafficking charges, is hiding somewhere on this tropical island of 2.6 million inhabitants.

"We will catch him, we will execute that warrant, and he will face justice," Ellington told reporters.

Volcanoes erupt in Central, S. America

GUATEMALA CITY — Explosive eruptions shook two huge volcanoes in Central and South America on Friday, forcing thousands of people to flee their homes and disrupting air traffic as ash drifted over major cities.

Guatemala's Pacaya volcano started erupting lava and rocks Thursday afternoon, blanketing the country's capital with ash and forcing the closure of the international airport. A television reporter was killed by a shower of burning rocks when he got too close to the volcano, about 15 miles south of Guatemala City.

Meanwhile, strong explosions rocked Ecuador's Tungurahua volcano, prompting evacuations of hundreds of people from nearby villages.

Ecuador's National Geophysics Institute said hot volcanic material blasted down the slopes and ash plumes soared six miles above a crater that is already 16,479 feet above sea level.

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