Presidential Hopeful Dies

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Presidential Hopeful Dies


Compiled from wire reports, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)


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. …

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