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On our sixth birthday, today’s news told visually

Today in print, we are doing something different: we use only photos, graphics, illustrations and headlines to capture the news in a one-off collector’s edition.

 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.

 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.

 Omar Al Miskini was honoured as Outstanding Male Driver with Special Needs at last month’s Gulf Traffic Week.

In pictures: Special needs driver an exemplary example in the UAE

Photos of Omar Al Miskini, 40, who was named exemplary male driver with special needs by Abu Dhabi Police during the Gulf Traffic Week

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IPL 7 team guides: Royal Challengers Bangalore

April 13, 2014

All you need to know about the eight franchises competing in the Indian Premier League this season.

IPL 7 game changer: Virat Kohli the king of Royal Challengers Bangalore

April 12, 2014

Stylish Indian batsman a calming force in an order featuring Chris Gayle and AB De Villiers, writes Ahmed Rizvi.

‘Exceptional’ Harris clinches series for Australia

March 5, 2014

Fast bowler takes four wickets as touring party beat South Africa in three-Test series decider.

David Warner fined for comment on De Villiers

February 27, 2014

Australia's opening batsman accepts ICC sanction after accusing South Africa wicketkeeper of ball-tampering without any basis.

Proteas bash around Australia

February 21, 2014

AB de Villiers and JP Duminy hit centuries and Wayne Parnell took two wickets with his first three balls as South Africa put Australia under pressure on the second day of the second Test at St George’s Park on Friday.

Jacques Kallis fifty gives South Africa edge

December 28, 2013

Day 3 of second and final Test against India truncated at Durban as hosts just 35 runs behind with five wickets in hand. Anand Vasu reports.

‘Dale was really upset, he struggled to handle it’ says De Villiers of Steyn criticism

December 24, 2013

AB de Villiers said the jeers aimed at Dale Steyn and Vernon Philander as they appeared to settle for a draw against India shook up the world No 1 Test bowler.

South Africa batsmen and Steyn blow India away

December 5, 2013

The Indian visitors fail their first test of pace and bounce away from their batting-friendly subcontinental conditions as they lose by 141 runs.

‘Love and respect’ between India and South Africa

December 5, 2013

The sides were warm ahead of their ODI, with MS Dhoni saying 'we have a lot of love and respect' for South Africa and AB de Villiers replying '(India) are the deserved No 1 team at the moment.

India’s past will always be history for MS Dhoni

December 4, 2013

Captain says tourists’ poor record in South Africa irrelevant to fate of ODI series, starting on Thursday. Anand Vasu reports from Johannesburg.

South Africa’s AB de Villiers delivers in grand fashion

November 11, 2013

Pakistan batsmen fall flat against a depleted bowling attack while Proteas captain shines in Sharjah, reports Paul Radley.

Dale Steyn does not disappoint in ‘intensity’

November 9, 2013

South Africa paceman ripped through Pakistan's middle and lower order as he proved his captain again with a career-best 5-25 to lead his side to a 28-run win, writes Osman Samiuddin.

South Africa back to basics in batting in an ODI

November 6, 2013

JP Duminy and AB de Villiers showed how crafting an innings should be done, writes Osman Samiuddin.

Two small changes will bring one big boost for Proteas

November 5, 2013

The additions of Dale Steyn and Hashim Amla should prove beneficial for AB de Villers' line-up against Pakistan, writes Osman Samiuddin.