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 (ăr′ə-făt′, är′ə-fät′), Yasir also Yasser Originally Mohammed Abdel-Raouf Arafat (As Qudwa al-Hussaeini). 1929-2004.
Leader of the Palestine Liberation Organization who in 1996 was elected the first president of the Palestinian Authority, the newly formed Palestinian self-rule government. He shared the 1994 Nobel Peace Prize with Yitzhak Rabin and Shimon Peres.
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(Placename) a hill in W Saudi Arabia, near Mecca: a sacred site of Islam, visited by pilgrims performing the hajj. Also called: Jabal ar Rahm


(Biography) Yasser (ˈjæsə). 1929–2004, Palestinian leader; cofounder of Al Fatah (1956), leader from 1968 of the Palestine Liberation Organization, president of the Palestinian National Authority from 1996: signed a peace agreement with Israel (1993); Nobel peace prize 1994 with Shimon Peres and Yitzhak Rabin
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(ˈær əˌfæt, ˈɑr əˌfɑt)

Yasir, born 1929, Palestinian leader: Nobel peace prize 1994.
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Noun1.Arafat - Palestinian statesman who was chairman of the Palestine Liberation Organization (1929-2004)
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About 65,000 Nigerian pilgrims were among 1.8 million Muslims across the world who observed Arafat Day in Muna, Makkah, Saudi Arabia, on Saturday.
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Summary: TEHRAN (FNA)- A former senior adviser to Yasser Arafat, the late leader of the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO), revealed that his death was not natural and he was actually assassinated, with Riyadh approving the decision to assassinate him.
Summary: Understanding Arafat day and why it is important to Muslims across the globe
Summary: A museum dedicated to Yasser Arafat, including the room where the Palestinian leader spent much of his final years under Israeli siege, will open Wednesday ahead of his death's anniversary.
French experts have ruled out that the 2004 death of iconic Palestinian leader Yasir Arafat was the result of poisoning, a prosecutor told AFP Monday.
Summary: In spite of Arafat's perceived shortcomings, he was the one who opened way for two-state solution to become reality.
PARIS (TAP) - French forensic experts investigating the death of the late Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat have concluded that he died of natural causes, ruling out polonium 210 poisoning, according to reports.
AT last the truth is slowly seeping out regarding the death of Yasser Arafat.
West Bank: New findings suggesting Yasser Arafat might have been poisoned have aggravated decades-old tensions between Palestinian rivals and with Israel that had long bedevilled the iconic leader.
RAMALLAH, West Bank -- Four investigations, hundreds of testimonies and stacks of medical reports on Yasser Arafat's unexplained death in 2004 have failed to produce hard evidence of what killed him -- and findings presented Friday only created more confusion.
PALESTINIAN officials claim Israel is "the only suspect" for the killing of ex-leader Yasser Arafat.