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WIDOW MAY PUBLICIZE ARAFAT'S MEDICAL RECORDS

Yasser Arafat's widow took possession of the late Palestinian leader's medical records Friday and was deciding whether to make the file public to "stop all these false ideas" of what caused his death, her lawyer said.

Suha Arafat obtained the file from the Percy military hospital in suburban Paris and was studying it, attorney Jean-Marie Burguburu said.

Authorities said Thursday they would release Arafat's records to his nephew, Nasser al-Kidwa, the Palestinian representative at the United Nations. Al-Kidwa was reportedly traveling to Paris Friday as an emissary of the Palestinian leadership, which has promised to make the records public.

A week after his death Nov. 11, speculation still swirls around what killed Arafat. Cirrhosis of the liver, AIDS, a blood disorder and poisoning are frequently mentioned in unconfirmed reports.

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