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ON IP TI SC R SU B MONDAY, MAY 16, 2011 Egypt names foreign minister for Arab League chief Extreme makeover: Are humans reshaping Earth? NO: 15090 150 FILS 8 40 PAGES JAMADI ALTHANI 13, 1432 AH 14 Azeri romantic ballad wins Eurovision 38 Sharapova outclasses Stosur to take Rome crown 18 Bloodshed on Israel’s borders on Nakba Day Israeli troops kill 16 on Lebanon border, Golan, Gaza IMF chief faces sex assault rap NEW YORK: IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn was charged yesterday with the sexual assault and attempted rape of a New York chambermaid, a scandal which could derail his hopes of running for French president. The charges included “criminal sexual act, unlawful imprisonment, attempted rape” and “assaulting a 32-year-old girl in a hotel room”, police spokesman Ryan Sesa told reporters. Continued on Page 14 MPs to grill Sheikh Ahmad By B Izzak KUWAIT: MPs Adel Al-Saraawi and Marzouk Al-Ghanem of the National Action Bloc yesterday filed a request to grill Deputy Prime Minister Sheikh Ahmad Al-Fahd AlSabah on allegations of corruption, a week after the Popular Bloc filed to quiz the prime minister, setting the stage for a major showdown and opening the door for all possibilities. Continued on Page 14 Demonstrators wave Palestinian flags as they cross from Syria into the Israeli-annexed Golan Heights near the Druze town of Majdal Shams yesterday during a mass show of mourning with Palestinians over the 1948 creation of the Jewish state known as the ‘nakba’ or ‘catastrophe’. (Inset) A Palestinian youth throws a firecracker towards Israeli border police during clashes in the Shufat refugee camp on the outskirts of Jerusalem yesterday. — AFP Max 37 Min 27 Low Tide 04:27 & 17:27 High Tide 10:20 & 23:40 MAJDAL SHAMS, Golan Heights: Israeli troops shot Palestinian protesters who surged towards its frontiers with Syria, Lebanon and Gaza yesterday, killing up to 16 people on the day Palestinians mourn the creation of the state of Israel. Israeli forces opened fire in three separate border locations to prevent crowds of demonstrators from crossing Israeli frontier lines, in the deadliest such confrontation in years. The Lebanese army on the Lebanese frontier said 10 Palestinians died when Israeli forces shot at rock-throwing protesters to prevent them from entering the state. Lebanese security sources said more than 100 people had been wounded in the shooting incident in the Lebanese border village of Maroun Al-Ras. The Israel army said the Lebanese army had also used live ammunition in an attempt to hold back the crowds rushing the border fence. Israel blamed a cynical provocation inspired by Iran, to exploit Palestinian nationalist feeling fuelled by the popular revolts of the “Arab Spring” across the Middle East, and to draw attention from major internal unrest inside Syria, its ally. Yesterday’s unrest - which came after activists used Facebook and other websites to mobilize Palestinians and their supporters in neighboring countries to march on the border with Israel - also marked the first time the protest tactics that have swept the Arab world in recent months have been directed at Israel. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said he hoped the confrontations would not escalate. “We hope the calm and quiet will quickly return. Continued on Page 14

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