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 Above, the private pool of Ocean Heights' five-bedroom penthouse flat. Courtesy Christie’s International Real Estate

In pictures: Penthouse flat is height of Dubai luxury living

A five-bedroom penthouse in Ocean Heights in Dubai Marina is on sale for Dh25 million and comes with a private pool and an unparalleled view of Dubai.

 Rolling out the structure for the set. Mona Al Marzooqi / The National

Star Wars: Episode VII evidence in Abu Dhabi desert

After more than a week of speculation, The National has what are believed to be the first photos of a Star Wars shoot in the Abu Dhabi desert.

 Children walk past an Indian voter awareness mural in Mumbai ahead of the sixth phase of India’s national elections. Indranil Mukherjee / AFP

Inside India: Election, Promoting the Vote

A view of news and daily life on the Indian subcontinent for the week of April 10, 2014.

 INVERNESS, SCOTLAND - APRIL 16:  A general view of Urquhart Castle, Drumnadrochit on April 16, 2014 in Scotland. A referendum on whether Scotland should be an independent country will take place on September 18, 2014.  (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)

Map of seperatist movements around the world

The conflict in Ukraine is a classic example of competing aspirations and identities – here’s a look at seperatist movements around the world.

 Hassan Abdullah, who goes by the name Abu Mahmoud, an Emirati fisherman, poses for a portrait at the Al Rughayalat Port. Abu Mahmoud was born and raised in Fujairah city and has been working as a fisherman since 1968. “I’m a shark man”, he says, “I was born in the sea.” Silvia Razgova / The National

In pictures: Fishing communities in the Northern Emirates

Fishermen in Fujairah and Umm Al Qaiwain worry that new regulations to protect fish stocks are harming their trade. We look at both communities through the lens of our photographers.

 The cast of Fast & Furious 7, including Michelle Rodriguez and Vin Diesel, centre, on set at Emirates Palace in Abu Dhabi. Jeffrey E Biteng / The National

Fast & Furious 7 filming in full swing at Emirates Palace

Filming for Fast & Furious 7 has started and we have the first photos of the cast and crew on set at Emirates Palace hotel this morning. Visitors staying at Emirates Palace say they have been kept away from certain areas in the grounds.

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Box set of the seminal Spiderland by Slint blows away the cobwebs

April 16, 2014

Slint’s Spiderland - now remastered and reissued in a box set – was never going to top the charts, but it has proved profoundly influential in the decades since its release.

A sound of freedom: a compilation of Mestre Cupijó’s music introduces the Brazilian fusion of escaped slaves

April 10, 2014

In Brazil, escaped slaves founded their own communities and developed their own music, music which is celebrated in a joyous new compilation.

Blank generation: Neneh Cherry and Four Tet show how less can be more

March 20, 2014

Neneh Cherry's latest album combines her glorious voice with Four Tet's wise and reserved production nous.

Aziza Brahim, singer and refugee, is bringing the songs of Western Sahara to the world

March 13, 2014

As her fourth studio album is released, the Sahrawi singer Aziza Brahim reflects on the responsibilities of being a voice for a stateless people.

Conductor Teodor Currentziz: punk rock attitude in the classical music world?

March 6, 2014

A new album from Teodor Currentzis, the maverick Greek conductor who once billed himself as the saviour of the classical genre, is one of the freshest recordings in recent years, Feargus O’Sullivan writes.

Kabul-based rock band White City starting North American tour

February 27, 2014

The expat rock band White City have emerged as a driving force in Kabul’s nascent underground music scene, organising an annual festival in Afghanistan and, now, taking their sound abroad, writes Adam Workman

Latest album by Wild Beasts edges the British band even closer to the mainstream

February 13, 2014

The latest album by Wild Beasts favours synthesisers over guitars, but still hews to the themes of previous works – weekend wildness, love, passion and the magic of the moment, John Robinson writes.

Nashville, the capital of country music, is undergoing a renaissance

January 30, 2014

Nashville is enjoying a resurgence. New country artists are being lauded, the classic 1975 Robert Altman film about the city is being re-released and the iconic music of the legendary Buck Owens is showcased in a new two-CD set, writes Andy Battaglia

Website gives music on tape an audience outside of Africa

January 23, 2014

In African countries such as Ghana, the most innovative music is often found only on tape. But an American website is now making it available to the rest of the world, writes Dave Stelfox

Journalist’s book recalls the beautiful women of 1960s Parisienne pop

January 16, 2014

A new book on the French pop genre yé-yé profiles the stylish women who captured the hearts and minds of the country’s youth in the 1960s, in much the same way as Beatlemania did on both sides of the Atlantic, writes James McNair.

Woody Guthrie’s new box-set dusts off the US singer-songwriter’s archives

January 9, 2014

The great American singer-songwriter Woody Guthrie is often remembered as an anti-establishment figure, but a new box-set collects work recorded for the US government, writes Dan Hancox.

New collection by jazz legend released in mono – not stereo

January 2, 2014

The latest Miles Davis box set will be released as it was originally recorded – in monophonic form – and the result is a revelation, Andy Battaglia writes

Wagner and Verdi tributes, but also some boos for 2013 classical music

December 25, 2013

In the past 12 months, several major composers had milestone anniversaries, including Wagner, whose music caused one of at least two controversies at La Scala, the famed Milan opera house, writes Feargus O’Sullivan

Latest album by Africa Express is a snapshot of turbulent Mali at an important time

December 19, 2013

A trip to Mali by the musical collective founded by Blur’s Damon Albarn to record an album in October, coincided with the announcement by Islamists of a ban on music 
in the northern part of the country, John Robinson writes