BBC News yet again amplifies Arafat conspiracy theories

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On July 21st the BBC News website’s Middle East page included a report titled « Yasser Arafat: French prosecutor seeks end to murder inquiry« . The article’s opening lines reasonably sum up the story as follows:Arafat art

« A French prosecutor has said there is no case to answer regarding the death of Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat.

A murder inquiry was ordered by a court in Nanterre in August 2012 after his widow Suha alleged he was poisoned with polonium-210, a radioactive element.

On Tuesday, the local prosecutor concluded the case should be dismissed. »

Later on readers are told that:

« His [Arafat’s] widow objected to a post-mortem examination at the time, but agreed to allow French, Russian and Swiss experts to take samples from his remains after traces of polonium-210 were found on his personal effects in July 2012 as part of an investigation by the Qatar-based al-Jazeera network.[…]

…the French…

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Amid Daily Bloody Attacks, Nigeria’s New President Vows to Defeat Boko Haram | VICE News

Le nouveau Président nigérian jure d’éliminer Boko Haram en dépit des récents attentats actuels. Bon courage car ça ne se fera pas du jour au lendemain.

In the wake of multiple suicide blasts that killed dozens as they ripped through northern Nigeria late last week, the country’s new president has reaffirmed his commitment to fight against the deadly insurgent group Boko Haram.

In the city of Demature on Friday, nine worshippers were killed after a suicide bomb was detonated inside a mosque as residents were celebrating Eid, which marks the end of the Islamic high holiday of Ramadan. In an increasingly disturbing trend, one of the two female suicide bombers is believed to have been a young girl – this time only 10 years old.

A marketplace was also bombed on Thursday in the city of Gombe, killing 43 shoppers who were preparing for the start of Eid festivities. Though the group hasn’t claimed responsibility, the bombings have been widely attributed to Boko Haram, which has publicly declared its intention to establish an Islamic caliphate in…

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