Arafat's Body Arrives in Cairo for Funeral

NOVEMBER 12, 2004 - Posted at 4:40 p.m. CST

CAIRO, EGYPT - The body of Palestinian leader Yassar Arafat has arrived in Egypt.

The flight from France arrived in about twelve hours before a scheduled Friday morning funeral in the Egyptian capital.

Arafat died early today at a hospital near Paris.

His death brought an outpouring of grief from Palestinians.  It also prompted calls for new peace talks with Israel.  And, it brought fears of a power struggle among Palestinians.

In an effort to allay those fears, Arafat's Palestine Liberation Organization has chosen former Palestinian Prime Minister Mahmoud Abbas as its new chief.

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