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Wildfires Taint West Coast Vineyards With Taste of Smoke

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NEWS BRIEFS

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Forest Service Explains 'Containment'

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Pac-12 to kick off 7-game football season in early November

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No. 2 Alabama visits Missouri to begin SEC-only campaign

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No. 2 Crimson Tide visit Mizzou to begin SEC-only schedule

Alabama coach Nick Saban had nothing but praise for Eli Drinkwitz when discussing his Missouri counterpart this week.Hard to find much fault when Drinkwitz has only lost one game as a head coach.Of course, the up-and-coming boss of the Tigers also only has one season under his belt. But the 12-win...

OPINION

National Bar Association Statement on Breonna Taylor Decision

Not only was justice not served, the desultory and insufficient result we received today was also unacceptably slow in manifesting. ...

All Officers Responsible for Breonna Taylor’s Murder Must Be Held Accountable

Vanita Gupta, president and CEO of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, issued a statement in response to the grand jury’s findings regarding the police who murdered Breonna Taylor ...

ACLU Statement on Breonna Taylor Grand Jury Verdict

Carl Takei, senior staff attorney with the ACLU’s Criminal Law Reform Project, issued a statement about today's charges ...

True Justice Denied to Police Murder Victim Breonna Taylor, Greenlining Institute Says

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AFRICAN AMERICANS IN THE NEWS

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Feds put first Black inmate to death since execution restart

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ENTERTAINMENT

Annual Lennon tribute, in 40th year, goes online

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Disney delays 'Black Widow,' Spielberg's 'West Side Story'

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Portrait by Renaissance master expected to soar past M

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U.S. & WORLD NEWS

At UN, China, Russia and US clash over pandemic responses

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Records: Mail delivery lags behind targets as election nears

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Quarantine ordered for 2,500 students at elite Swiss school

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At UN, Africa urges fiscal help against virus 'apocalypse'

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PARIS (CNN) -- French authorities have opened a murder inquiry into the 2004 death of then-Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat, a prosecution official said Tuesday.

The inquiry comes after last month's discovery of high levels of a radioactive substance on some of Arafat's personal belongings. His successor, Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, subsequently approved the exhumation of Arafat's body.



Caroline Chassain, secretary general of the prosecutor's office in the Paris suburb of Nanterre, confirmed to CNN that a murder probe had been opened into Arafat's death in France.

Hanan Ashrawi, of the Palestine Liberation Organization's executive committee, welcomed the inquiry, saying it is of high importance.

"We believe the death of President Arafat was not a natural death, and also believe there should be a forensic and criminal investigation," she said.

Ashrawi said the Palestinian people needed closure and there should be "real accountability for those responsible" for Arafat's death.

A Palestinian investigation has already been set up, she said, but it is not yet clear when the exhumation will be carried out. Medical experts from Switzerland are expected to travel to Ramallah to take samples from the body.

Arafat died at age 75 at a Paris military hospital after he suffered a brain hemorrhage and slipped into a coma.

Palestinian officials said in the days before his death that Arafat had a blood disorder -- though they ruled out leukemia -- and digestive problems.

Rumors of poisoning circulated at the time, but Palestinian officials denied them, and then-Palestinian Foreign Minister Nabil Sha'ath said he "totally" ruled them out.

A Swiss doctor said last month that investigators had found high levels of toxic polonium-210 on some of Arafat's belongings, though it does not confirm he suffered radiation poisoning.

Francois Bochud, director of the Institut de Radiophysique in Lausanne, Switzerland, said his researchers had tested Arafat's toothbrush, clothing and keffiyeh, the distinctive black-and-white headscarf he often wore.

A body fluid stain contained 180 megabecquerels per liter of the radioactive isotope, while a typical sample would contain 5 megabecquerels per liter, Bochud said. A becquerel is a unit of measurement of radioactivity.

The fabric of Arafat's clothing, without body fluid, contained less than 10 megabecquerels per liter, Bochud said.

Arafat's widow, Suha Arafat, told CNN she wants the former leader's body exhumed so investigators can be "100% sure" of the presence of polonium.

CNN's Kareem Khadder and Stefan Simons contributed to this report.

 

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