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Was Palestinian Leader Yasser Arafat poisoned?

Polonium was found to have caused the death of former Russian spy Alexander Litvinenko in London (2006) two years after Arafat died

Yasser ArafatBern, July 4.─ Scientists in Switzerland claim to have found traces of polonium in the effects of the late Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat.

Test results presented in a television documentary for Al Jazeera showed his clothes, toothbrush and headscarf exhibited surprisingly high levels of the poisonous element.


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Burmese Suu Kyi Makes Historic Address to British Parliament

Aung San Suu KyiLondon, June 21.─ Burmese pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi asked for practical help in completing Burma's journey towards democracy, during a high-profile visit to London's Westminster Hall. The Nobel laureate addressed both houses of Britain's parliament.

Aung San Suu Kyi said Burma must grasp the opportunity it has for democracy. "It is an opportunity for which we have waited many decades," she said. "If we do not use this opportunity, if we do not get things right this time round, it may be several decades more before a similar opportunity arises again."

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US Federal Prosecutors: Millions stolen from Medicare wound up in Cuban banking system

Miami, June 18.─ In an unprecedented case, federal prosecutors have charged a Miami man with engaging in a massive money-laundering operation that moved millions stolen from the federal Medicare program into Cuban banks.

Prosecutors say Oscar Sanchez, 46, was a key leader in a group that funneled $31 million in Medicare dollars into banks in Havana — the first such case that directly traces money fleeced from the beleaguered program into the Cuban banking system.

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Egypt Muslim Brotherhood claims victory in presidential vote

Celebrating electoral victory in Egypt
Supporters of Muslim Brotherhood's presidential candidate
Dr Mohammed Mursi celebrate in Cairo

Cairo, June 18 (AFP).─ Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood claimed victory in historic presidential polls here on Monday, hours after the ruling military council issued a constitutional document claiming sweeping power, including legislative control.

"Doctor Mohammed Mursi is the first Egyptian president of the republic elected by the people," read a tweet from the official Twitter account of the Freedom and Justice Party, the Brotherhood's political arm.

The party made the announcement after votes from nearly all Egypt's 13,000 polling stations had been counted.

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Campaign for the survival of the whales

Small Greenpeace boat tries to stop Japanese whaling in the South Atlantic
Small Greenpeace boat tries to stop whaling in the South Atlantic

Phil Kline is heading a Greenpeace delegation to Panama as an official observer of the International Whaling Commission (IWC) meetings just starting this Monday until July 6. He will personally deliver a message to the US delegation signed by all US citizens sposoring this petition. Citizens from other countries should approach their own delegations to this meeting.

Whales play an important role in the life of the oceans. As such, they serve as flagships for the health and well being of the whole marine ecosystem that in turn is supporting human life on Earth. 

Whales are quite simply one of the many gardeners of the oceans.

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