Zionist entity "prime suspect" behind Yasser Arafat's death, chief Palestinian investigator says

Israel is the sole suspect for the 2004 death of Yasser Arafat, the leader of an official Palestinian investigation into the affair said on Friday,according to the Telegraph.

Yasser Arafat not only upset the Israelis, but also some of those on his own side Yasser Arafat died in France on November 11, 2004 at the age of 75, but doctors were unable to specify the cause of death.

The head of a Palestinian committee investigating the death of Yasser Arafat has identified Israel as the "prime and only" suspect in his "assassination" following a scientific report backing claims that the late guerilla leader was deliberately poisoned.

In the first authoritative response from the Palestinian Authority [PA] to a Swiss report suggesting that Arafat suffered radioactive polonium poisoning before his death in 2004, Tawfik Tirawi said it was clear that he did not die of old age, chronic illness or from natural causes.

"The basis [of the investigation] is to find who stands behind the assassination of Yasser Arafat and who had the technical and scientific resources for that," Mr Tirawi, head of an official inquiry team, told a news conference in the West Bank city of Ramallah. "We say that Israel is the prime and only suspect to be accused and we will continue to have a complete investigation of the to find out all the details and factors of the case."

Mr Tirawi blamed Israel a day after several official Israeli officials stated publicly on Thursday that the government of former prime minister Ariel Sharon - who was in office when Arafat died - was not responsible. While many Palestinians have long pointed the finger at Israel, there has also been speculation that the late leader may have been poisoned by a member of his own inner circle before he suddenly fell ill in October 2004.

A 108-page report compiled by Swiss scientists at a research laboratory in Lausanne found more than18-times the normal level of polonium-210 in samples of Arafat's remains, which were disinterred from his tomb a year ago.

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Zarif: Iran Not to Negotiate Over Its Rights

Iran will never make a compromise over its rights, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif has said after his French counterpart Laurent Fabius called on Tehran earlier today to make certain concessions to make progress in the talks with the World powers possible,according to FNA.

"The Islamic Republic of Iran makes no deal over its right," Zarif told reporters after a hectic and successful day of diplomacy in meetings with the representatives of the six world powers (the five permanent UN Security Council members plus Germany) in Geneva Thursday night.

Fabius was quoted by AFP as saying in a TV interview earlier today that Iran should make certain concessions in its nuclear program as demanded by the world powers in a bid to make it possible for the nuclear talks to move ahead.

In similar remarks, Iran's Deputy Foreign Minister Seyed Abbas Araqchi also strongly rejected some Israeli media reports alleging that Iran had accepted to suspend its nuclear enrichment program for 6 months, and said, “Enrichment is important to us and is our redline.”

Elsewhere in his remarks tonight, Zarif described the meetings between the Iranian negotiators and their Group 5+1 counterparts as "very good".

Zarif pointed out that EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton, who presides over the delegations of the world powers in the talks with Iran, needed to make certain consultations with the G5+1 delegations, especially with the American team, and said once these consultations and coordination are made, the Iranian and world powers' delegations will continue the negotiations today.

Ashton's Spokesman Michael Mann also said Thursday evening that Ashton would have a breakfast meeting with the Group 5+1 negotiators to work out a final view over Iran's proposal and then attend a meeting with Zarif Friday morning.

The negotiating teams of Iran and the six world powers (Russia, China, the US, France and Britain plus Germany) had a 45-minute session of talks in Geneva Thursday morning followed by a quadrilateral meeting between the Iranian delegation and their German, French and British counterparts, and several more bilateral meetings between the Iranian negotiators and their Russian, Chinese and American counterparts.

At the end of the meetings, Iran's senior negotiator Seyed Abbas Araqchi told FNA that Iran and the six world powers are likely to draft an agreement on Friday to start resolving their decade-long nuclear standoff.

Araqchi described the sideline-meetings as "very good" and "useful", but said, "It is still too early to have an assessment. But, I personally have more hopes now, and am more optimistic than this morning."

"Iran's talks with the three European countries were very useful and the bilateral talks, including the ones with the US, Russia and China, were good too," he continued.

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Series of bomb attacks across Iraq leave 30 dead

 

A series of attacks in Iraq, including a double suicide car bombing targeting a military base, killed 30 people across the country, officials said,according to the Telegraph.

The deadliest attack took place when the two suicide bombers drove their explosive-laden cars into a military base in the town of Tarmiyah late on Thursday, killing at least 19 soldiers and wounding 41, authorities said.

Soldiers guarding the base opened fire on the first car bomber as he approached, but he still was able to detonate his explosives against a gate at the facility, police said. Two minutes later, the second suicide bomber rammed his car through the gate and exploded when he reached a crowd of soldiers who gathered after the earlier blast, police said.

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Iran : Solving Crisis in Syria through Inter-Dialogue

CAPITALS,(ST)_  Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif renewed his country 's principled stand in  adoption inter-Syrian  dialogue to resolve the crisis in Syria, pointing out that  he exchanged  views on this matter with UN envoy Lakhdar Brahimi.

Zarif noted  during his meeting yesterday with Brahimi at  the  UN European headquarters in Geneva, according to the Iranian news agency IRNA  the "procedures and efforts  made by the UN envoy to resolve the crisis" , commending simultaneously , "the endeavors of the international community to find a  political and realistic solution for  the current situation in Syria. "

Zarif also noted the efforts made regarding the  humanitarian  measures and dispatching necessary assistance to the Syrian people.

For his part, Brahimi explained "his efforts " in recent weeks to find a political solution to the crisis in Syria.

Noteworthy that Brahimi visited Tehran on October 29 , as part of his tour, which included several  world  countries in preparation for convening an international  Geneva 2 conference on Syria . Iran,  then,  confirmed  that the only solution to the crisis in Syria, lies in the adoption of political solutions and the internal Syrian dialogue,   reiterating its rejection of any  foreign intervention as well as supporting the armed terrorist groups in Syria.

for his part, the  Iranian Ambassador to Lebanon Ghazanfar  Rokon Abadi also renewed  yesterday his country 's  position provides for  resolving  the crisis in Syria peacefully,  through dialogue among  the Syrians themselves and support  for any initiative , based on a political solution.

This was expressed in a meeting held in Beirut yesterday between ambassador Abadi and the Lebanese minister of foreign affairs and expatriates Adnan Mansour. 

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Saudi Arabia Leading Military Aids to Terrorists in Syria

Saudi Arabia is the main contributor of financial and military backup to militants in Syria and leads arms aids and shipments to the "rebels" in the country, Washington Post said.

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