September 8, 2003 - Nominates Ahmed Qorei as Prime Minister after Abbas resigns.
September 11, 2003 - Israel's security Cabinet says it will work to "remove" President Arafat from power, a decision that could mean the Palestinian leader's expulsion from his Ramallah compound. Asked if he is concerned for his life, Arafat says defiantly that the Israelis "can kill me by their bombs" but that he will "definitely not" leave.
September 16, 2003 - The United States vetoes a U.N. Security Council resolution demanding that Israel rescind its threat to "remove" Palestinian Authority President Yasser Arafat. U.S. Ambassador John Negroponte says after the council vote that the resolution was lacking balance. "We will not support any resolution that evades the explicit threat to Middle East peace process posed by Hamas and other such terrorist groups," Negroponte says.
October 5, 2003 - Declares a state of emergency in the Palestinian territories. Allowing installation of a new Palestinian government by decree. Appoints Ahmed Qorei as Prime Minister and names eight other people to an emergency cabinet.
October 8, 2003 - Aides report that he is suffering from a case of stomach flu, and had not suffered a mild heart attack, as a London newspaper had reported. During press appearances, Arafat looked weak and tired, and at times appeared in a daze.
November 4, 2003 - Extends the term of his emergency cabinet.
July 17, 2004 - Announces a series of security reforms after a group of militants kidnapped police chief Ghazi al-Jabali, demanding he be fired and investigated for corruption. al-Jabali was replaced with Saeb el-Ajez, a police commander in northern Gaza. Also replaced al-Majeida as head of national security with Mussa Arafat, his nephew and the head of military intelligence. Announced consolidation the 12 security organizations in Gaza into three units -- national security, armed forces, and police.
July 2004 - The announcements lead to demonstrations in southern Gaza. Palestinian Prime Minister Ahmed Qorei submitted his resignation over the crisis, but Arafat refused to accept it.
July 27, 2004 - Agrees to "a Palestinian version of reform" that will unify security forces under his prime minister and instruct his attorney general to prosecute corrupt Palestinian officials, according to Palestinian lawmakers. Palestinian Prime Minister Ahmed Qorei, who had said Gaza was in "chaos" over corruption and who had refused to withdraw his resignation in a dispute over reform, came out of a meeting with a committee of Palestinian lawmakers saying he would stay on the job.
October 25, 2004 - Suffers from flu and a stomach virus. Israeli Defense Minister Shaul Mofaz agrees to a Palestinian request that Arafat be allowed to leave his compound to visit a Ramallah hospital for medical treatment but other Palestinians deny the request was made.
October 27, 2004 - Reported to be unconscious and in a serious condition. Suha Tawil, his wife, is expected to be traveling from her home in Tunis to be at his side.
October 28, 2004 - A photo of a conscious, smiling Arafat, surrounded by his aides, is released. Also, Arafat changes his mind, and agrees to leave his compound to seek medical treatment in Paris.
October 29, 2004 - A French aircraft takes him to Paris where his health will be evaluated and he will receive medical treatment for a blood disorder. Is suffering from a blood platelet deficiency and will undergo additional tests in the French capital to determine its cause. His physician has denied that Arafat has leukemia.
November 4, 2004 - Senior Palestinian officials in the French capital say that Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat is in critical condition at a Paris military hospital after drifting in and out of consciousness throughout the night.
November 8, 2004 - Palestinian Prime Minister Ahmed Qorei; former Prime Minister Mahmoud Abbas, who is now the acting head of the Palestine Liberation Organization; Foreign Minister Nabil Sha'ath; and Speaker of the Parliament Rawhi Fattuh are traveling to Paris to visit Arafat. Arafat's wife, Suha Arafat, criticized the visit, saying "they want to bury him alive." As Arafat's wife, Suha controls her husband's treatment and access to him.
November 9, 2004 - Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat has suffered a brain hemorrhage, Al-Tayyeb Abdel Raheem, a top aide to Arafat says.
November 10, 2004 - Top Palestinian Islamic cleric Taissir Dayut Tamimi arrives at Percy Military Hospital near Paris to visit Arafat. Palestinian sources in Ramallah have said Tamimi's presence is required for an Islamic declaration of death.
November 11, 2004 - Arafat dies at age 75 in a Paris hospital.
November 12, 2004 - Arafat is buried in Ramallah at the Muqata, the compound where he was confined by Israel for the last several years. The plans for his interment, which followed a military funeral in Cairo, had to be changed due to the massive crowds.
July 4, 2012 - Suha Arafat, the widow of Yasser Arafat, says she wants his body exhumed to find out whether he was poisoned after tests showed high levels of a radioactive substance on some of his personal belongings. Francois Bochud, director of the Institut de Radiophysique in Lausanne, Switzerland, says they found high levels of toxic polonium-210 on Arafat's toothbrush, clothing and keffiyeh, the trademark black-and-white headscarf he often wore.
November 27, 2012 - Arafat's body is exhumed to test if polonium poisoning led to his death.