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Former Palestinian Leader Yasser Arafat

Yasser Arafat death: French investigators 'rule out' poisoning

Report appears to contradict findings of a Swiss team which 'supported' possibility the Palestinian leader was killed with polonium 210

Former Palestinian Leader Yasser Arafat

British expert says it's 'highly unlikely' Arafat was poisoned

Symptoms are very different from those of the Russian dissident Alexander Litvinenko, says Professor Nicholas Priest

Polonium in Yasser Arafat’s body ‘could not occur naturally’

Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat ingested lethal radioactive polonium before his death nine years ago, scientists have confirmed.

Former Palestinian Leader Yasser Arafat

Was Yasser Arafat murdered? ‘Lethal levels of polonium’ found in body of Palestinian leader

Death of leader seriously weakened the Palestinian cause and removed the one figure who could unite the diverse and quarrelsome Palestinian groups

President Yasser Arafat shortly before his death in 2004

Alistair Dawber on Yasser Arafat: After so many years in power, why kill a man at the end of his career?

“Let’s get rid of him.” Those were the words of the former Israeli defence minister, Shaul Mofaz, speaking to Ariel Sharon during a public conference two and a half years before Yasser Arafat died.

Crowds wave Palestinian flags in the West Bank city of Ramallah yesterday

Palestinian rivals unite to celebrate UN statehood vote

Thousands of Palestinians took to the streets throughout the West Bank and Gaza today to celebrate a United Nations General Assembly vote which was expected to indirectly recognise a Palestinian state, by upgrading the Palestinian Authority's status from that of observer to non-member state.

Arafat's grave is opened to investigate murder claim

The bones of the late Palestinian President Yasser Arafat were removed from his tomb yesterday to see whether he was poisoned.

The Palestinian President died at the age of 75 in a military hospital near Paris in November 2004

Bones of Arafat can solve riddle of his death

Matthew Kalman sees investigators go to work on the tomb of Palestinian leader

As Yasser Arafat is exhumed, how a new, ragged spirit of Palestinian solidaity is haunting the Israelis

The ghost of Fatah's leader lives on, much though the Israelis wish to be rid of it

Inquires into Yasser Arafat's death will lead to the exhumation of his body on late November

Yasser Arafat's remains exhumed as forensic experts search for additional clues to his death

The remains of the late Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat were exhumed from his grave today so international forensic experts could search for additional clues to his death, Palestinian officials said.

Inquires into Yasser Arafat's death will lead to the exhumation of his body on late November

Arafat's remains to be exhumed in Ramallah on Tuesday

The remains of former Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat will be exhumed on Tuesday as part of a renewed investigation into his death, a Palestinian investigator said.

Israeli soldiers in cheerful mood before leaving a deployment area near the Gaza Strip

One of Israel's great leftist warriors wants peace with Hamas and Gaza - but does the Knesset?

Our correspondent meets the legendary Uri Avnery, who roars out against Netanyahu and his government and foresees growing ethnic strife in Israel

Russians join Arafat probe

Russian experts will join a team of Swiss and French investigators who are to exhume the remains of late Palestinian leader, Yasser Arafat, in Ramallah later this month, the Palestinian President, Mahmoud Abbas, said. He hopes, thanks to the Russian involvement, "new facts will arise or be known about the causes of death".

French prosecutors question widow on Arafat death

The widow of the late Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat has been questioned by French lawyers investigating his death, it emerged yesterday.

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