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INQUIRY France Opens Arafat Murder Probe Saif Dahlah, AFP / Getty Images

France Opens Arafat Murder Probe

France has opened an inquiry into the possibility that Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat was murdered, according to Agence France-Presse. Medical records say that a stroke was the cause of Arafat’s 2004 death, but speculation has swirled ever since, with his family contending that he may have been poisoned using the radioactive element polonium-210. An investigation by the news agency Al-Jazeera into the poisoning claims led to findings by scientists in Switzerland that “significant” traces of polonium were found on Arafat’s belongings. Based on the Al-Jazeera report, Arafat’s family filed a case with officials in France to demand further investigation.

August 28, 2012 12:56 PM