The Palestinian Authority (PA) dug up the body of its late President Yasser Arafat on Tuesday as part of an international investigation into whether he was poisoned. The investigation was launched this summer, eight years after Arafat's death, when a Swiss lab found traces of the radioactive element polonium on Arafat's personal effects. The exhumation comes at a sensitive time, as the PA is suffering from a legitimacy crisis and is being upstaged by its rival Hamas. The exhumation also distracts attention from the the group's bid to upgrade its status at the U.N.
Actor James Gandolfini, 51, has reportedly died. Variety magazine reports that he suffered a "sudden stroke." The cause of death is not yet known with certainty, but HBO says the actor may have suffered a heart attack.
The prize is sometimes called the "Nobel Prize for food and agriculture." And this year's winners include Monsanto executive Robert Fraley, a pioneer in genetically engineered crops. If there's a single person who personifies the company's controversial role in American agriculture, it's probably Fraley.
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