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Arafat's widow: 'I can’t accuse anyone until proof is in hand’

November 27th, 2012
06:39 PM ET

(CNN) – Did Yasser Arafat die eight years ago of natural causes or was the 75-year-old Palestinian leader poisoned, as his widow believes?

That's the question forensic investigators from at least three nations are trying to answer by testing samples taken from Arafat's body, which was exhumed Tuesday and reburied a short time later.

Tests are being performed on those samples for the presence of polonium – a toxic, radioactive element found on some of his personal belongings earlier this year.

For five decades, Arafat was the most prominent face of Palestinian opposition to Israel, first as the head of the Palestine Liberation Organization, which carried out attacks against Israeli targets, and later as the head of the Palestinian Authority.

The Palestinian Authority, which runs the West Bank, says it is convinced Israel is behind any poisoning of Arafat.  FULL POST


Filed under:  Christiane Amanpour • Gaza • Palestinian territories

The man standing between the U.S. and China

November 27th, 2012
05:47 PM ET

By Mick Krever, CNN

If diplomacy is a tightrope walk, Gary Locke, as the U.S. ambassador to China, walks one of the thinnest.

To listen to the 2012 U.S. presidential candidates, China is an economic cheater, global bully, and human rights violator that the U.S. needs to wrestle under control.

In a debate last month with his republican challenger, President Barack Obama said that China is “an adversary, but also a potential partner.”

That may be the reality of a political campaign, but the reality now for the governments of the United States and China is that despite very real differences, the two countries – entwined economically and in foreign policy – need each other more than perhaps ever.

“We do have disagreements,” Locke told CNN’s Christiane Amanpour on Tuesday. “And we’re publicly and privately constantly urging the Chinese to reexamine some of their policies.”  FULL POST


Filed under:  China • Latest Episode