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Yasser Arafat: France opens murder inquiry

French prosecutors have opened a murder inquiry into the death of Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat in 2004.

His family launched a case last month over claims that he was poisoned with polonium-210, a radioactive element.

Swiss scientists hired by a documentary crew said they found traces of polonium on some of Arafat's belongings, as the BBC's Hugh Schofield explains.