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Brazilian President cancels campaigning for three days

Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff has cancelled campaigning for three days ahead of the October elections in the country after one of the candidates was killed in a plane crash.

Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff. Credit: Reuters

Eduardo Campos' private jet carrying seven people crashed in the coastal city of Santos during bad weather as it was preparing to land.

Five people on board were reportedly rushed to a local hospital. Their identities and what condition they were in is unknown.

Campos, leader of the Brazilian Socialist Party (PSB), had been running third in the polls. The elections are due to take place on October 5.

Brazilian presidential candidate 'killed in plane crash'

Brazilian presidential candidate Eduardo Campos giving a speech last month. Credit: Reuters

Brazilian presidential candidate Eduardo Campos has reportedly been killed when his private jet crashed in the city of Santos in Sao Paulo, according to local TV network GloboNews.

Campos, 49, is a former governor Pernambuco state.

He positioned himself as a business-friendly leftist and was a former ally of President Dilma Rousseff, who is seeking a second term.

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Private jet carrying Brazilian presidential candidate crashes

A private jet carrying Brazilian presidential candidate Eduardo Campos has crashed, sources in his political party told Reuters.

Brazilian presidential candidate Eduardo Campos. Credit: Reuters

The plane lost contact with air traffic control as it was preparing to land in Santos, Sao Paulo, according to an Air Force statement.

A police official in Santos said there were "certainly" fatalities in the crash, but could not provide any additional information.

The party source, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said Campos' running mate, Marina Silva, was not on board.

MATCH: Charges against Whelan 'will be rebutted'

The hospitality company MATCH said that any charges brought against a British manager of the firm will be "rebutted".

Ray Whelan, the British manager of the hospitality firm is being investigated over alleged illegal World Cup ticket sales.

He handed himself in to a judge in Brazil this evening.

Ray Whelan from Match Hospitality has turned himself in to a Brazilian judge Credit: Sports Inc/Sports Inc

A statement by MATCH said: "MATCH remains absolutely confident that any charges raised against Ray will be rebutted."

MATCH admitted that offering the packages for cash was "highly unusual" but that it was "permitted under the various terms and conditions".

The company also said that Whelan was unaware that MATCH had put a block on Fofana buying any more packages or tickets.

Luiz Felipe Scolari resigns as manager of Brazil

Luiz Felipe Scolari has resigned as manager of Brazil, the national football federation announced on the Confederations website, www.cbf.com.br.

The 65-year-old stood down as the World Cup hosts could only finish fourth, having been thrashed in their semi-final 7-1 by Germany.

The statement said:

Coach Luiz Felipe Scolari and his fellow coaching staff surrendered their positions to the board of the Brazilian Football Confederation.

The resignation was accepted by president Marin, who was keen to thank all the coaches and players and, by extension, the Brazilian fans for their support throughout the World Cup campaign.

Scolari and his entire coaching staff deserve our respect and gratitude. They were responsible for returning to the Brazilian people your love for the team, despite not having achieved our greatest goal.

– Brazil's national football federation

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Brit in World Cup ticket touting probe hands himself in

The British manager of a hospitality firm being investigated over alleged illegal World Cup ticket sales has handed himself in to a judge in Brazil.

Ray Whelan from Match Hospitality has turned himself in to a Brazilian judge. Credit: PA

Ray Whelan who runs Match Hospitality had been sought by police investigating the illegal resale of VIP World Cup tickets at hugely inflated prices.But when they tried to arrest him four days ago he was not at his Rio de Janeiro hotel.

Match, a Fifa partner firm, had exclusive rights to sell VIP tickets for the World Cup and Whelan denies any wrongdoing.

Having turned himself in to judge Rosita Maria de Oliveira Netto he is expected to be questioned by police shortly.

World Cup demonstrations broken up with teargas

Hours before the World Cup final kicked off, police in Rio de Janeiro fired teargas and pepper spray at demonstrators near the Maracana stadium.

The protest against the lavish spending on the tournament began peacefully. Demonstrators held banners saying "Fifa go home."

As more people joined the protest, officers in riot gear moved in, firing tear gas and using pepper spray to disperse them.

Police search for Brit arrested in touting probe

Brazilian police claim a British man arrested as part of an investigation into World Cup ticket touting has fled officers coming to re-arrest him at his Rio hotel.

Ray Whelan is alleged to have been involved in selling on tickets to games at hugely inflated prices.

However his legal team reject the accusations and his company, MATCH, say he will be cleared.

They have also issued a statement rejecting police claims that Whelan is a "fugitive".

ITV News Brazil Correspondent Nick Ravenscroft reports from Rio de Janeiro.

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