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