World Briefs: Presidential hopeful dies

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SANTOS, Bra­zil — Pres­i­den­tial can­di­date Edu­ardo Cam­pos died Wed­nes­day when the small plane that was car­ry­ing him and sev­eral cam­paign of­fi­cials plunged into a res­i­den­tial neigh­bor­hood in the Bra­zil­ian port city of San­tos.

All seven peo­ple aboard the plane, in­clud­ing a cam­paign pho­tog­ra­pher and cam­era­man, a press ad­viser and two pi­lots, died in the crash.

In a sol­emn ad­dress, Pres­i­dent Dilma Rousseff de­clared three days of of­fi­cial mourn­ing in honor of Mr. Cam­pos and said she would sus­pend her cam­paign dur­ing that time.

Mr. Cam­pos, the scion of a po­lit­i­cal fam­ily from the north­east­ern state of Per­nam­buco, had been an ally of Ms. Rousseff but broke away ahead of the cam­paign for the Oct. 4 pres­i­den­tial elec­tion.

Polls sug­gested he was run­ning in third place, far be­hind Ms. Rousseff and an­other po­lit­i­cal ri­val. But his Bra­zil­ian So­cial­ist Party ticket was widely re­garded as among the best-placed to chal­lenge Ms. Rousseff and her Work­ers Party, thanks largely to his pop­u­lar run­ning mate, for­mer En­vi­ron­ment Min­is­ter Ma­rina Silva, who joined Mr. Cam­pos’ ticket af­ter her at­tempt to run for pres­i­dent her­self failed.

Drug­maker not ready

WASHINGTON — A Ca­na­dian drug­maker work­ing on an ex­per­i­men­tal drug for Ebola said Wed­nes­day that it is not ready to make the treat­ment avail­able in Africa, de­spite as­sur­ances by in­ter­na­tional health of­fi­cials that it is eth­i­cal to use un­tested treat­ments to fight the deadly out­break.

Tek­mira Phar­ma­ceu­ti­cals Corp. said the “reg­u­la­tory frame­work” for giv­ing its drug to pa­tients in Africa is not clear since the drug’s safety and ef­fec­tive­ness has not been es­tab­lished.

Mean­while, a sec­ond lead­ing Si­erra Leonean doc­tor, Modupeh Cole, has suc­cumbed to the Ebola ep­i­demic sweep­ing across West Africa, deal­ing an­other blow to the coun­try’s fal­ter­ing ef­forts to stem the dis­ease.

Mubarak de­fends rule

CAIRO — De­posed Egyp­tian Pres­i­dent Hosni Mubarak, ad­dress­ing a Cairo court at length for the first time since be­ing driven from of­fice in a pop­u­lar up­ris­ing three and a half years ago, on Wed­nes­day of­fered up a force­ful de­fense of his nearly three-de­cade rule and de­nied he had or­dered the kill­ing of more than 800 pro­test­ers.

To­gether with his two sons and seven for­mer se­nior aides, Mubarak is ac­cused of or­der­ing the kill­ing of dem­on­stra­tors in the 2011 up­ris­ing against him, as re­volts against au­thor­i­tar­ian rule swept the re­gion.

Af­ghan elec­tion tur­moil

KABUL — A pow­er­ful Af­ghan gov­er­nor and for­mer mi­li­tia leader, who had threat­ened mass pro­tests in the wake of the dis­puted pres­i­den­tial run­off in June, warned Wed­nes­day of a “civil up­ris­ing” if the on­go­ing bal­lot re­count proves bi­ased and his can­di­date, Ab­dul­lah Ab­dul­lah, is not named the win­ner.

At­tah Mo­ham­med Noor, 50, is­sued the blunt chal­lenge a day af­ter Mr. Ab­dul­lah’s ri­val, Ashraf Ghani, ap­peared to back away from a power-shar­ing re­la­tion­ship out­lined in a joint-gov­ern­ing agree­ment both sides reached in June at U.S. urg­ing, say­ing, “Dual au­thor­ity is not pos­si­ble.”

Woman’s body found

The badly beaten body of a Chi­cago woman was found stuffed in­side a suit­case on a re­sort is­land in In­do­ne­sia, and au­thor­i­ties have ar­rested her 19-year-old daugh­ter and the daugh­ter’s boy­friend, of­fi­cials said.

The body of Sheila Von Wiese Mack, 62, was dis­cov­ered Tues­day af­ter the suit­case was left in the trunk of a taxi out­side the Saint Regis Bali lux­ury re­sort, the Jakarta Globe re­ported.

— Com­piled from wire re­ports


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