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Digging up the past: high-profile exhumations

Paris - The exhumation of the remains of dictator Francisco Franco to move him to a new location will take place in June, the Spanish government announced Friday. It is the latest in a long line of famous cases.

Palestinian president says he knows who killed Yasser Arafat

Ramallah - Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas said Thursday he knows who killed Yasser Arafat as he marked the 12th anniversary of the former leader's death but stopped short of giving a name.

French court to rule in June on plea to re-open Arafat 'murder' probe

Versailles - A French court will rule in June on late Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat's widow's challenge to an earlier judgment dismissing her claim that he was poisoned to death, judicial sources said on Friday.

French judges say no proof Arafat poisoned, closing case

Nterre - French judges investigating claims that Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat was murdered have closed the case without bringing any charges, a prosecutor said on Wednesday. "At the end of the investigation...

French prosecutor requests dropping Arafat death probe

Nterre - A French prosecutor on Tuesday said there was no case to answer regarding the death of Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat, whose widow alleges he was poisoned.

Arafat widow's lawyers say French murder inquiry must go on

Nterre - Lawyers representing the widow of late Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat on Wednesday denounced a French decision to close a murder inquiry into his 2004 death and vowed to ensure the investigation continued."We do not approve of this decision...

Palestinian war of words mars Arafat anniversary

Ramallah - Palestinians marked 10 years since the mysterious death of their iconic leader Yasser Arafat on Tuesday but a war of words between rival factions Fatah and Hamas marred the anniversary.

Fatah cancels Arafat memorial in Gaza after attacks

Gaza - Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas' Fatah movement said Sunday it is cancelling this week's Gaza ceremonies marking the 10th anniversary of Yasser Arafat's death due to security concerns.

Was Yasser Arafat poisoned? Abbas approves autopsy

Following Al Jazeera's report that Yasser Arafat may have died of poisoning after the finding of radioactive traces on his belongings by a Swiss institute, permission to exhume the remains of Arafat has been given by Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas.

Fatah holding Israel responsible for Arafat's death

A Fatah conference passes a unanimous resolution on Thursday, holding Israel fully accountable for Yasser Arafat's death. Israel resents the accusation.

Imprisoned Fatah Leader Stresses Importance of Cease-fire

Fatah leader Marwan Barghouti has stated that the cease-fire with Israel is in the Palestinian national interest.

Yasser Arafat Dead at 75

PARIS (voa) - Yasser Arafat is dead. His death was announced early Thursday morning in France, where the Palestinian leader has been ailing for days. Yasser Arafat's death was announced both by Palestinian officials and the Percy Medical Hospital ...

Bush Calls For New Palestinian Leadership, Massive Reforms

WASHINGTON (voa) - President Bush is insisting on massive reforms and new Palestinian leadership as a condition for the creation of a Palestinian state. Mr. Bush spelled out his plan to move the peace process forward in a much-anticipated address delay...

Suicide Bomber Kills 16 On Bus In Jerusalem

JERUSALEM (voa) - At least 14 people have been killed and dozens wounded in a suicide bombing in Jerusalem. The blast peeled off the roof and blew out the sides of the bus as it pulled away from a bus stop near a busy intersection in southern Jerusalem...

Bomber Kills Self, Israeli Girl North Of Tel Aviv

JERUSALEM (voa) - Israeli police say a Palestinian suicide bomber detonated explosives Tuesday in an Israeli coastal city north of Tel Aviv, killing himself and Israel teenager and injuring at least eight others. Police say the bomber blew himself u...

Mideast Peace Is Topic Of Upcoming Camp David Meeting

WASHINGTON, State Department (voa) - Egypt's Foreign Minister Ahmed Maher says this week's Israeli-Palestinian violence shows the urgency of action to renew the regional peace process. He met with U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell Thursday to prepar...

Israeli Forces Storm, Then Pull Back From Arafat Compound

RAMALLAH (voa) - Witnesses say Israeli forces have pulled back from the Ramallah headquarters of Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat - only hours after storming the compound. Palestinian security sources say Israeli tanks and armored vehicles rolled i...

CIA's Tenet Meets With Arafat

JERUSALEM (voa) - The director of the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency, George Tenet, has met with Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat as diplomatic efforts continue to end more than 20 months of bloodshed. The CIA director met Mr. Arafat at his headq...

Israel Continues Raiding West Bank Palestinian Area

JERUSALEM (voa) - The Israeli military is continuing its raids into Palestinian-controlled areas of the West Bank, rounding up hundreds of Palestinians for questioning about recent suicide bombings and shooting attacks. Israeli troops in armored pe...

Two Injured In Tel Aviv Bomb Blast

TEL AVIV (voa) - A man set off a bomb outside a Tel Aviv nightclub late Thursday, injuring two Israelis. Authorities say casualties would have been higher if not for a security guard who shot and killed the man as he apparently tried to detonate a ...

Terrorism Fight Focus Of Bush's First Stop On European Tour

BERLIN (voa) - President Bush is in Berlin the first stop on a four-nation European tour. During the trip, he will press for continued support for the war on terrorism. The president will also celebrate new ties between former Cold War foes. The pre...

3 Dead In Suicide Bomb Attack In Israel

JERUSALEM (voa) - A Palestinian suicide bomber has blown himself up in the Israeli town of Rishon Lezion, south of Tel Aviv, killing himself and at least two others. Another 15 were reported wounded in the second attack of its kind in the past two week...

Sharon Faces Crucial Test Of Political Strength

JERUSALEM (voa) - Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon faces a crucial test of his political strength on Wednesday, when the parliament votes for a second time on his planned austerity budget. The move comes after Mr. Sharon fired rebel ministers in his...

US VP: Another al-Qaida Terrorist Attack A Near Certainty

WASHINGTON (voa) - Vice-President Dick Cheney says another al-Qaida terrorist attack on the United States is a near certainty. Mr. Cheney says Americans must stay vigilant. The vice-president says the possibility of another terrorist attack is very ...

Israel Suicide Bombing Leaves 3 Dead, Many Wounded

JERUSALEM (voa) - A suspected Palestinian suicide bomber has killed himself and at least one other person in the northern Israeli coastal city of Netanya. Another 28 are injured. The suicide bomber arrived at the fruit and vegetable market in Netan...

Arafat: No Elections Until Israeli Army Leaves Palestinian Territory

JERUSALEM (voa) - Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat said there will be no general elections in the Palestinian territories until the Israeli military occupation is ended. Other Palestinian officials said they hope elections will be held within the next ...

Palestinian Authority To Hold Presidential Elections

JERUSALEM (voa) - The Palestinian Legislative Council voted unanimously Thursday to hold elections early next year for the position of president, which is currently held by Yasser Arafat. In another surprise decision, the legislative council voted to n...

Israeli Troops Kill Palestinian Security Official In Ramallah

RAMALLAH (voa) - Palestinian officials say Israeli forces shot and killed a member of the Palestinian security services today (Thursday) in the West Bank town of Ramallah. They say Israeli troops also arrested at least one Palestinian during a brie...

Arafat Leaves Ramallah

BETHLEHEM (voa) - Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat has visited the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem after leaving Ramallah for the first time since Israeli forces restricted his movements to West Bank town nearly six months ago. Mr. Arafat board...

Israeli Forces Massed Near Gaza

TEL AVIV (voa) - Israeli forces remain poised near the Gaza Strip, but Israeli media reports say the expected Gaza operation has been postponed. Israeli Channel 2 television reports Defense Minister Binyamin Ben-Eliezer decided to postpone the oper...
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