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Israel says regrets killing of Jordanian judge

By Crispian Balmer JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Looking to prevent a diplomatic crisis with Jordan, Israel expressed its regret on Tuesday over the death of a Jordanian judge, who was shot by Israeli soldiers after an altercation at a border crossing. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's office also promised to establish a joint investigation with Jordan into Monday's killing of Raed Zeiter at the Allenby Bridge crossing while he was making his way to the occupied West Bank.

Senior Palestinian official killed in Lebanon: state media

AIN EL-HILWEH, Lebanon (Reuters) - A high-ranking military official from the Palestinian group Fatah was killed on Monday by gunmen in southern Lebanon, Lebanese state media said. Brigadier General Jamil Zeidan died in hospital after unidentified assailants shot him in Ain El-Hilweh, the largest Palestinian refugee camp in Lebanon, the National News Agency reported. A senior Fatah official confirmed Zeidan's death to Reuters.

Czech police arms report defuses tension with Palestinians

PRAGUE (Reuters) - Czech police said on Friday that unregistered weapons found at the Palestinian mission in Prague last month were decades old and had not been smuggled into the country, defusing diplomatic tensions over their origin. Police said 12 handguns and assault rifles and small amounts of explosives discovered after the Palestinian ambassador was killed by a blast after opening an old safe on January 1 were made in former communist Czechoslovakia.

Blast killing Palestinian envoy 'not an accident'

A blast that killed the Palestinian ambassador to the Czech Republic this week "was not an accident," despite an official theory to the contrary, the envoy's daughter said Saturday. "What is certain is that it was not an accident," Rana al-Jamal, who lives in the Palestinian city of Ramallah, told the Czech newspaper Dnes in an interview. Her father, Jamal al-Jamal, the 56-year-old ambassador to Prague since October, was fatally wounded on New Year's day by an explosion in the Palestinian diplomatic mission's premises.

Weapons found at Palestinian envoy's Prague home

Czech police said Thursday they had found unregistered weapons at the Prague residence of the Palestinian ambassador who was killed by an exploding safe on New Year's Day. Czech and Palestinian investigators are probing the death of ambassador Jamal al-Jamal, although police in Prague said it appeared to be accidental rather than a terror attack. "The blast was the result of inexpert handling of an explosive," Prague police chief Martin Vondrasek told public radio.

Weapons found at Palestinian envoy's Prague home

Czech police said Thursday they had found unregistered weapons at the Prague residence of the Palestinian ambassador who was killed by an exploding safe on New Year's day. Czech and Palestinian investigators are probing the death of ambassador Jamal al-Jamal, although police in Prague said it appeared to be accidental rather than a terror attack. "The blast was the result of inexpert handling of an explosive," Prague police chief Martin Vondrasek told public radio.

Russia rules out radiation poisoning in Arafat death

Yasser Arafat died of natural causes, not radiation poisoning, Russian scientists who examined his remains said on Thursday, but their findings were dismissed by Swiss experts as politically motivated. The conclusions into the Palestinian leader's 2004 death dovetail with the findings of French investigators but differ from those of Swiss radiation experts who maintain he could have been poisoned. "We have completed all the studies," Vladimir Uiba, head of Russia's Federal Medical-Biological Agency (FMBA), told reporters.

Russia rules out radiation poisoning in Arafat death

Yasser Arafat died of natural causes, not radiation poisoning, Russian scientists who examined his remains said on Thursday, but their findings were dismissed by Swiss experts as politically motivated. The conclusions into the Palestinian leader's 2004 death dovetail with the findings of French investigators but differ from those of Swiss radiation experts who maintain he could have been poisoned. "We have completed all the studies," Vladimir Uiba, head of Russia's Federal Medical-Biological Agency (FMBA), told reporters.

Russian experts rule out radiation poisoning in Arafat death

Russian forensic experts studying the remains of Yasser Arafat on Thursday said the Palestinian leader died a natural death, ruling out radiation poisoning. "We have completed all the studies," Vladimir Uiba, head of Russia's Federal Medical-Biological Agency (FMBA), told a news conference. "The person died a natural death and not from radiation.". Arafat's remains were exhumed last year and some 60 samples were taken and divided between Swiss and Russian investigators as well as a French team carrying out a probe at the request of Arafat's widow, Suha.

Probe into Arafat death not over: Palestinian envoy

The Palestinian authorities will press on with a probe into the death of Yasser Arafat after Russian experts ruled out the possibility he was poisoned, a Palestinian envoy said Thursday. "I can only say that there is already a decision to continue (the investigation)," Faed Mustafa, the Palestinian ambassador to Russia, told the state RIA Novosti news agency. "We respect their position, we highly value their work but there is a decision to continue work."
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