Yasser Arafat's nephew said yesterday his uncle may have died an "unnatural" death, a statement certain to renew speculation among Palestinians and in the rest of the Arab world...

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RAMALLAH, West Bank — Yasser Arafat’s nephew said yesterday his uncle may have died an “unnatural” death, a statement certain to renew speculation among Palestinians and in the rest of the Arab world. Many residents there already think the late leader was poisoned despite Israel’s repeated and vehement denials.

Nasser al-Kidwa, who is also Palestinian envoy to the United Nations, made the comments after he handed over the 558-page medical dossier to Palestinian officials in Ramallah. No diagnosis or reason has been given for Arafat’s death Nov. 11 at a French hospital.

Al-Kidwa’s comments could make it more difficult for new Palestinian leadership to take control after presidential elections Jan. 9.

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After handing the 558-page medical dossier to interim Palestinian President Rauhi Fattouh, Al-Kidwa said French doctors could not rule out poisoning but had not found traces of “any poison known to them.”

“Examinations of X-rays and all imaginable tests … are still with the same results, the inability of reaching a clear diagnosis,” Al-Kidwa said.