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French prosecutors have opened a murder inquiry into the death of Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat in 2004.
His family launched a case last month over claims that he was poisoned with polonium-210, a radioactive element.
Swiss scientists hired by a documentary crew say they found traces of polonium on some of Arafat's belongings.
The medical records of Arafat, who died at a military hospital near Paris in 2004, said he had a stroke resulting from a blood disorder.
However, many Palestinians continue to believe that Israel poisoned him. Israel has denied any involvement.
Others allege that he had Aids.
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http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-19402767French prosecutors have opened a murder inquiry into the death of Palestinian leader... more
GOP presidential frontrunner Newt Gingrich stirred up plenty of controversy last week when he called Palestinians an "invented people" in an interview from the campaign trail.
"I think we have an invented Palestinian people who are in fact Arabs and historically part of the Arab community and they had the chance to go many places,' Gingrich told the Jewish Channel last week.
All of which makes the above 1993 photo of Gingrich, then House Minority Whip, embracing the late Palestinian Liberation Organization chief Yasser Arafat, published by the Huffington Post's Sam Stein, perhaps noteworthy. Stein, who received the photo from a longtime political operative involved in Middle East issues, writes:
http://news.yahoo.com/blogs/envoy/gingrich-met-yasser-arafat-150943604.htmlGOP presidential frontrunner Newt Gingrich stirred up plenty of controversy last week... more