Palestinian Leader Arafat Dies at 75
(AP) - Yasser Arafat, who triumphantly forced his people's plight into the world spotlight but failed to achieve his lifelong quest for Palestinian statehood, died Thursday at age 75. The French military hospital where he had been treated for since Oct. 29 said he died at 3:30 a.m. The Palestinian leader spent his final days there in a coma. Palestinian Cabinet Minister Saeb Erekat and Tayeb Abdel Rahim, a top Arafat aide, confirmed that Arafat died in a conversation with reporters at Arafat's headquarters in the West Bank city of Ramallah. More...