Presidential hopeful dies
Paraguayan presidential candidate Lino Cesar Oviedo was killed in a helicopter crash, authorities said Sunday, ending a dramatic political career that included coups and repeated attempts to lead the impoverished 6.5 million-person country. Oviedo was returning with his bodyguard from a political rally in northern Paraguay Saturday night when his pilot encountered bad weather. All three died in the crash.
2 more bodies in rubble
Mexico’s state-owned oil company said Sunday it has found two more bodies amid the rubble of a headquarters building damaged by an explosion. The find raises the death toll of Thursday’s explosion to 35 people. Officials still have not given any cause for the explosion, though they have said they suspect it was an accident. The blast also injured 121 people.
Protester changes story
An Egyptian man who was beaten and dragged naked by riot police during a violent protest changed his story Sunday, telling prosecutors that security forces harmed him — a day after he accused protesters of undressing and assaulting him. The beating was caught on camera by the Associated Press, and the video was broadcast live on Egyptian television late Friday as protests raged in the streets outside the presidential palace. The president’s office said it was pained by the images and called the assault “shocking.”
Stun gun used at palace
Police used a stun gun to arrest a man armed with knives outside Buckingham Palace on Sunday, as throngs of tourists gathered to watch the Changing of the Guard ceremony there. Scotland Yard said the man, thought to be in his 50s, was spotted carrying two knives outside the central gate of the London tourist landmark. He did not threaten other people at the scene, but when challenged by police he acted aggressively. Officers used the stun gun on him and took him to a London police station, Scotland Yard said. No one was injured.
Compiled from wire reports.