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Abbas 'seeks $1B deal with Russia on Gaza natural gas field

RAMALLAH, West Bank, Jan. 23 (UPI) -- Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas is in Moscow seeking to secure a $1 billion deal with Russia to develop a natural gas field off the Gaza Strip.

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UPI Almanac for Monday, Jan. 20, 2014.
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UPI Almanac for Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2014.
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Israeli minister attacks PA official who called Sharon 'war criminal'

JERUSALEM, Jan. 13 (UPI) -- An Israeli minister slammed a senior Palestinian Authority official Monday for calling the late Prime Minister Ariel Sharon a war criminal.

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Russia says Arafat was not poisoned

Russia says Arafat was not poisoned

MOSCOW, Dec. 26 (UPI) -- The head of Russia's medical and biological agency Thursday said former Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat died of natural causes, not polonium poisoning.

French experts say no plutonium poisoning of Arafat

PARIS, Dec. 3 (UPI) -- Medical tests conducted in France have ruled out poison in the 2004 death of Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat, his widow said Tuesday.

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P.A. investigator: Israel 'prime suspect' in Arafat death

P.A. investigator: Israel 'prime suspect' in Arafat death

RAMALLAH, West Bank, Nov. 8 (UPI) -- Tawfik Tirawi, head of a Palestinian committee investigating the death of Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat, said Friday Israel is the "prime and only suspect."

Suha Arafat: Husband's death was 'political murder'

LAUSANNE, Switzerland, Nov. 7 (UPI) -- Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat was the victim of a "political murder," his widow said Thursday.

U.S. will send another $75 million to Palestine for infrastructure

JERUSALEM, Nov. 6 (UPI) -- Secretary of State John Kerry said Thursday the United States will contribute $75 million more to "high-impact infrastructure investment" in Palestine.

Report: Radioactive isotope found in Arafat's remains

LAUSANNE, Switzerland, Nov. 6 (UPI) -- High levels of a radioactive substance were found in the remains of the late Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat, a report obtained by al-Jazeera said.
Experts: Polonium, but not other poisons, ruled out in Arafat death

Experts: Polonium, but not other poisons, ruled out in Arafat death

RAMALLAH, West Bank, Oct. 24 (UPI) -- Experts who tested the remains of Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat said in a report they ruled out radioactive polonium as the cause of his 2004 death.
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Masked Palestinian militants march with posters of the late President Yasser Arafat in Rafah, Gaza, on November 11, 2004. Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat died at a Paris hospital early Thursday. He was 75. (UPI photo /Ismael Mohamad)
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Mohammed Yasser Abdel Rahman Abdel Raouf Arafat al-Qudwa al-Husseini (Arabic: محمد ياسر عبد الرحمن عبد الرؤوف عرفات القدوة الحسيني‎‎; 24 August 1929 – 11 November 2004), popularly known as Yasser Arafat (Arabic: ياسر عرفات‎) or by his kunya Abu Ammar (Arabic: أبو عمار‎, 'Abū `Ammār), was a Palestinian leader and a Laureate of the Nobel Prize. He was Chairman of the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO), President of the Palestinian National Authority (PNA), and leader of the Fatah political party, which he founded in 1959. Arafat spent much of his life fighting against Israel in the name of Palestinian self-determination. Originally opposed to Israel's existence, he modified his position in 1988 when he accepted UN Security Council Resolution 242. Arafat and his movement operated from several Arab countries. In the late 1960s and early 1970s, Fatah faced off with Jordan in a brief civil war. Forced out of Jordan and into Lebanon, Arafat and Fatah were major targets of Israel's 1978 and 1982 invasions of that country.

Arafat remains a highly controversial figure whose legacy has been widely disputed. He was "revered by many Arabs," and the majority of the Palestinian people, regardless of political ideology or faction, viewed him as a freedom fighter who symbolized their national aspirations. However he was "reviled by many Israelis" who viewed him as a terrorist. Israel has also accused him of mass corruption, secretly amassing a personal wealth estimated to be USD $1.3 billion in 2002 despite the degrading economic conditions of the Palestinians.

Later in his career, Arafat engaged in a series of negotiations with the government of Israel to end the decades-long conflict between it and the PLO. These included the Madrid Conference of 1991, the 1993 Oslo Accords and the 2000 Camp David Summit. His political rivals, including Islamists and several PLO leftists, often denounced him for being corrupt or too submissive in his concessions to the Israeli government. In 1994, Arafat received the Nobel Peace Prize, together with Yitzhak Rabin and Shimon Peres, for the negotiations at Oslo. During this time, Hamas and other militant organizations rose to power and shook the foundations of the authority that Fatah under Arafat had established in the Palestinian territories.

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