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Little affection in Ramallah for the wife who put Paris before Palestinians

Yasser Arafat's wife Suha was given short shrift by women in one of the poorest districts of this West Bank city yesterday. "She's too young for him," said Sumeia Taha, 55. "She married him for his wealth "She wants the money, to inherit what he has," added Mrs Taha. "She's a Christian, not a Muslim like we are. When he was under siege she ran away. If she was a real Palestinian she would stay with her husband until he dies. She should not get a penny when he dies. Arafat and all his wealth belong to the Palestinian people because she left him."

Arafat's condition worsening, say French doctors

French doctors treating Yasser Arafat confirmed for the first time today that he was in a coma and said his condition had deteriorated.

Arafat is alive but condition is 'very complex', say French

The French Foreign Minister, Michel Barnier, described Yasser Arafat's condition as "very complex, very serious and stable" yesterday. In a television interview with LCI, Mr Barnier said: "He's alive", but did not give further details.

Arafat rejects Palestinian prime minister's resignation

Yasser Arafat yesterday kept at bay the mounting internal and international pressure for the long-delayed reform of his security apparatus by unilaterally announcing that he had rejected the resignation of his Prime Minister Ahmed Qureia.

Mr Arafat must not ignore the dissent in Gaza

Yasser Arafat has survived many threats to his life and many assaults on his leadership. But the present crisis in Gaza represents possibly the gravest challenge of his political career, since it comes from many of the core supporters he has alienated.

Palestinian leader convicted of ordering shootings

Marwan Barghouti, the Palestinian leader many see as successor to Yasser Arafat, was convicted yesterday of ordering the fatal shootings of four Israelis and a Greek monk, and supplying funds and arms for other attacks.

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