Russian probe finds Arafat death was 'natural'
A RUSSIAN probe into the death of Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat has found no trace of radioactive poisoning -- a finding that comes after a French probe found traces of the radioactive isotope polonium and a Swiss investigation said the timeframe of his illness and death was consistent with that of polonium poisoning.
Vladimir Uiba, the head of the Federal Medical and Biological Agency, said yesterday that Arafat died of natural causes. It was not clear how the three investigations could have come up with different conclusions. Palestinians have long suspected Israel of poisoning Arafat, which Israel denies.
Russia, meanwhile, has had strong ties with Palestinian authorities since Soviet times when Moscow supported their struggle.