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 Supporters of unseen India’s main opposition Bharatiya Janata Party prime ministerial candidate and Chief Minister of the western Indian state of Gujarat, Narendra Modi, wave as he arrives to file his election nomination papers in Varanasi. Sanjay Kanojia / AFP Photo

Best photography from around the world April 24

The National View's photo editors pick the best of the day from around the world

 Sarah Geronimo. Courtesy: FLASH Entertainment

Sarah Geronimo brings her star power to Abu Dhabi this weekend

Ahead of her Abu Dhabi concert on Thursday night, we take a look at the Filipina singer Sarah Geronimo’s extraordinary career.

 Visitors look at the medieval inventor Al Jazari’s water-powered Elephant Clock. The clock is on show at the 1001 Inventions exhibition at Sharjah Expo Centre. Photos Antonie Robertson / The National

1001 Inventions: in praise of Islam’s gifts to the world

Down the centuries, from camera obscura to designing a sail that allowed early seafarers to tack into the wind, Muslim scientists have made many significant contributions to science. Rym Ghazal and Asmaa Al Hameli visit an exhibition in Sharjah that celebrates those contributions

 Mumbai Indians fans cheer they team on the opening match between Mumbai Indians and Kolkata Knight Riders in IPL 2014 at Zayed Cricket Stadium in Abu Dhabi. Ravindranath K / The National

Earn cash back with the IPL cricket in the UAE

Dunia finance promotion allows cricket lovers to earn up to 6 per cent unlimited cash back on any spending they make on a day when an IPL match is played in the UAE.

 Iranian workers at the Iran Khodro auto plant in Tehran on March 18. Maryam Rahmanian for The National

Iran’s love of cars survives devastating sanctions

Sanctions and energy subsidy reductions might have hurt the Iranian automotive industry. But car makers at one factory are still optimistic, Yeganeh Salehi reports from Tehran

 This comparison image shown on Reddit annotated the objects with vehicles from the movies.

Disney confirms that Star Wars: Episode 7 is filming in Abu Dhabi desert

Disney yesterday confirmed that the filming of Star Wars: Episode 7 is taking place in the desert in Abu Dhabi.

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Palestinians to consider ‘all options’ as Israel ends talks

Israel broke off negotiations and brought the US-brokered process to the brink of collapse on Thursday, protesting against a reconciliation agreement between the western-backed Palestinian Authority and the Islamist Hamas group.

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  • London is safe if you take care, say Emirati students
  • Protests against election erupt in Kashmir
  • Dubai court finds
    23 prisoners not guilty for gang murder of infamous inmate
  • Union says it is willing ‘to do our part’ in Etihad-Alitalia talks

Burj Khalifa ‘the most insane jump we ever did’, say French daredevils

French daredevils Fred Fugen and Vince Reffet tell The National about their jump from the world’s tallest building, which put them into the Guinness Book of World Records.

Pro-Russian insurgents killed by Ukrainian forces as crisis escalates

Putin issues threats in response and Moscow announces military exercises along border, leading to fears of further military incursion

Premier League contenders Manchester City to face Al Ain in the UAE

The English Premier League side will travel to Al Ain for a post-season friendly on May 15.

Heriot-Watt becomes latest university to offer PhD programme in Dubai

Six students at the Scottish branch campus will be awarded scholarships to allow them to study full time in its three main schools; built environment, engineering and management.

Tall order to build platform at the pinnacle of Dubai's Burj Khalifa

The Burj Khalifa’s pinnacle has a circumference of just 1.2m and the base-jumping platform needed to support the weight of eight men during a day of base jumping, 828m off the ground - making the task extremely challenging for the team.

Poisoned food scraps may be killing dogs, pet owners in Dubai warned

This week alone, two dogs and two cats were reported to have fallen sick after eating what appeared to be discarded bread scraps in the Springs and Meadows areas.

Knife fight at RAK wedding injures groom

A fight had occurred between seven wedding guests, aged between 20 and 30, because of “preexisting differences”, said the emirate's police.

Tony Blair calls for commitment to the Middle East, but should the world listen?

Alan Philps writes about the former British prime minister's surprising speech on Islamist extremism

Migrant worker policy requires dialogue among GCC countries

Without scores of those workers over many years, the GCC would be a very different place – indeed, it would be unrecognisable to what it is today, writes HA Hellyer

Are common courtesies in terminal retreat in society?

Deborah Lindsay Williams talks about manners, common courtesies and how they provide an index on society's attitude to power and powerlessness

 That's asking a lot: this four-bedroom duplex penthouse apartment at Marina Residence on Dubai’s palm Jumeirah is on the market with an asking price of Dh15,700,000. (Courtesy Better Homes, April 2014)

Dh16 million Palm property is tempting for investors

A Dh15.7 million duplex apartment at Marina Residence 3 on the Palm Jumeirah features a fully equipped kitchen, his and hers bathrooms and Armani leather on the entry walls.

Rising economic tide lifts Emirates NBD’s profit by 25%

Dubai’s biggest bank says its income from loans and fees rose amid a growing economy. The bank says its improvement in net interest income was due to loan growth, an amelioration in the net interest margin and higher growth in consumer lending amid cheaper financing.

Green community gets green light

Masdar City is about to start work developing a first phase of 500 homes at its masterplanned development close to Abu Dhabi airport. It is looking to sell four plots of land which will eventually comprise another 700 homes to third party developers to build.

Union says it is willing ‘to do our part’ in Etihad-Alitalia talks

Any large job cuts are likely to stir opposition from Italy’s notoriously feisty and powerful unions. However, the head of the UIL, one of the main Alitalia unions, said his group is prepared to negotiate.

 A member of the Ukrainian special forces takes position at an abandoned roadblock in the eastern Ukrainian city of Slaviansk on April 24, 2014. Kirill Kudryavtsev / AFP

Pro-Russian insurgents killed by Ukrainian forces as crisis escalates

Putin issues threats in response and Moscow announces military exercises along border, leading to fears of further military incursion

History of factional bickering raises doubts about Palestinian unity deal

There is widespread Palestinian support for reconciliation but the formidable differences between the two groups that ended previous reconciliation attempts appear to remain unresolved.

Palestinians to consider ‘all options’ as Israel ends talks

Israel broke off negotiations and brought the US-brokered process to the brink of collapse on Thursday, protesting against a reconciliation agreement between the western-backed Palestinian Authority and the Islamist Hamas group.

Iran’s love of cars survives devastating sanctions

Sanctions and energy subsidy reductions might have hurt the Iranian automotive industry. But car makers at one factory are still optimistic, Yeganeh Salehi reports from Tehran

 Al Ain’s Asamoah Gyan is determined to stay on at the club. Al Ittihad

Gyan ‘in no rush’ to leave Al Ain

Ghanaian rumoured to be an attractive option for clubs in Europe.

Suresh Raina has always been brightest in Chennai yellow

An enigmatic presence in India's line-up, writes Osman Samiuddin, Suresh Raina is at his freest, his easiest and his best with the IPL's Chennai Super Kings.

A familiar line-up returns to lead Manchester United

Names now in the dug-out sound like a teamsheet from brighter times at Old Trafford.

Qatar Al Anabi keen to get nose back in front

Emriati driver Al Balooshi and teammate find form.

 The Beatles arrive at JFK Airport in New York City for their first US tour. GAB Archive / Redferns / Getty Images

50 years on, the 1960s changed the US and beyond

1964 was the year that the 1960s really arrived in the United States. In the counterculture enclave of Greenwich Village in New York City, a young singer called Bob Dylan had just released his first album of self-penned songs, including the track The Times They Are A-Changin’. It was not so much a prophecy as an observation.

Sitting pretty

Transform your dresser with a few delicate touches of beautifully packaged beauty products and delicate, white homeware to display them in.

Hotel Insider: Anantara Al Yamm Villa Resort, Sir Bani Yas Island

Hotel Insider: Anantara Al Yamm Villa Resort, Sir Bani Yas Island.

Newsmaker: Everest guides deserve respect

Last week’s avalanche at the Earth’s highest peak, the deadliest disaster in mountaineering history, revealed the pittance that Sherpas and their survivors are paid for undertaking a dangerous and often demeaning job, writes Kevin Hackett

 Sir Elton John. Barry Brecheisen / Invision / AP, File

Worthy music festivals around the world

A quick guide to 17 summer music festivals from around the world.

Pose + Revok: First show in the Middle East

American graffiti artists Post + Revok will be making their appearance in the region tonight. The famed pair, who have sold out shows in Miami, New York and Detroit are hot property in the US and tonight, by invitation only, you will be able to see an exhibition of their work in Dubai.

Sony developing live-action Barbie comedy

Also, Salman Khan's sister to marry Delhi actor; Marc Anthony to produce album in English; Tamasha with Ranbir and Deepika; Mel Brooks putting on a one-man show in LA; Ohio women held captive seek Joan Rivers’ apology.

Hype Awards take place at Meydan’s White Club

Last night Hype magazine showed Dubai how to hold an awards ceremony. The venue, Meydan's White Club, provided the perfect setting for what was an outstanding and excellently executed night.

The National Conversation
  • All-Emirati clash in Asian Champions League has silver lining

  • How to inoculate the Arab Spring countries against extremist groups

  • Vigilance is the price Emiratis pay in London

  • Cleaning the Abu Dhabi seabed is a worthy record bid

  • Western retails have the power to alleviate Bangladesh’s misery

  • Rising rents will take toll on the city

  • Are common courtesies in terminal retreat in society?

  • Migrant worker policy requires dialogue among GCC countries

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