From the World Tribune, with thanks to Robert WikstrÃ¶m:
RAMALLAH “” Palestinian Authority Chairman Yasser Arafat has died. He was 75 years old.
Israeli and Palestinian officials said Arafat died on Thursday in a military hospital in Paris. They said Arafat was deemed clinically dead, but is still attached to life support systems on the insistence of his wife, Suha….
“He is dead, but neither Arafat’s wife nor the Palestinian leadership is ready to announce this,” a PA official said. “The announcement could take place on Friday.”
The problem is that Arafat is still the only Palestinian official who can pay the bills. And it is unclear who, if anyone, has access to the estimated $2-3 billion in his personal Swiss bank accounts, according to a report in the current edition of Geostrategy-Direct.com. Even his wife is said to be unaware of how to access the funds.