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Developments since Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat's mysterious death in 2004, after French experts ruled out a theory that he was poisoned.
-- 2004 --
- November 11: Arafat dies aged 75 at a military hospital outside Paris and is buried the following day at his headquarters in the West Bank town of Ramallah. Arafat had been airlifted to France for treatment of a mysterious blood disorder. The French doctors treating him do not say what caused his death.
- November 14: The French health minister denies that Arafat has been poisoned, following rumours Israel was behind the death.
- November 22: Arafat's nephew obtains a copy of his medical dossier, which reveals no trace of poisoning.
-- 2012 --
- July 3: The findings of laboratory research carried out in Switzerland and cited in an Al-Jazeera report show that Arafat was poisoned by polonium.
- July 31: Arafat's widow and daughter launch a civil suit for murder against persons unknown in the Paris suburb of Nanterre.
- August 28: French prosecutors open a murder enquiry into Arafat's death.
- November 27: Arafat's remains are exhumed in the presence of Swiss, French and Russian and samples taken for testing.
-- 2013 --
- November 7: Swiss experts say tests provided "moderate" backing for the idea Arafat was poisoned by polonium, a rare and highly radioactive element.
- November 17: Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas calls for an international inquiry to decide who was responsible for the death.
- November 26: Israeli President Shimon Peres rejects theories that Arafat was poisoned, saying that any assassin would have found it easier to shoot him.
- December 3: French experts rule out a theory that Arafat was killed by poisoning, a source close to the investigation says.