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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

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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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My Kind of Place: Auckland, New Zealand

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The new Al Yamm and Al Sahel villas — at once cosy and spacious, but, above all, quiet — are both wonderful choices for a weekend getaway.

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Book by March 31 and get 50 per cent off Dragoman overland trips and stays at Corinthia hotels.

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Clare Dight goes to Dubai to take a course to tackle her fear of flying.

Travel deals: a new luxury lodge in Uganda, comedy holidays in Greece and a Malaysian resort gets a revamp

January 30, 2014

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My Kind of Place: Baltimore

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My kind of place: Maryland’s largest city has vibrant new art scene flourishing within its industrial-era facades, writes Ashley Lane.

On the trail of endangered gorillas and people in Uganda

January 23, 2014

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Rough roads but glittering architecture on the Silk Road in Uzbekistan

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Uzbekistan is a fascinating country that spans the opulence of the Silk Route through to the environmental disaster of the Aral Sea. John Henzell paid a visit.