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 An Egyptian Orthodox Christian priest give communion during the Palm Sunday service inCairo, Egypt. Mohamed El-Shahed / AFP

Region in focus - April 18, 2014

The best images of the last seven days from around the Gulf and across the Middle East.

 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.

Video: Local reactions to a national fishing ban

A federal fishing ban has been imposed by the UAE federal government, but local authorities are taking diiferent approaches to implementing the ban. Two fishermen tell two very different sides of the story. Produced by Paul O'Driscoll

 Hamburg players leave the field after the match against Borussia Moenchengladbach on March 30, 2014. AFP

Hamburg the dinosaur’s time may be up in Bundesliga

Ever-present for 51 years in the German top-flight, Hamburg face the prospect of relegation, writes Ian Hawkey.

 The new Bentley GT Speed convertible on display at a press event of the New York International Auto Show. Jason Szenes / EPA

In pictures: Hot cars at New York International Auto Show

With more than 1 million visitors annually, the New York International Auto Show is one of the most important shows for the US car industry. Here are some of the vehicles to be shown in this year’s edition.

 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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Juve close in on Serie A title, Honda scores for Milan

April 8, 2014

Third consecutive scudetto in sights for club from Naples.

Berlusconi family plan to sell AC Milan shares

April 2, 2014

Family of Silvio Berlusconi is considering selling a stake of between 20 and 30 per cent in AC Milan

Kaka could leave Milan for the United States

March 29, 2014

Brazilian playmaker made his 300th appearance for AC Milan on Saturday night against Chievo Verona.

‘Nothing’s been decided’ says Rafa Benitez as Napoli take win into Juve meeting

March 27, 2014

Napoli coach Rafa Benitez toyed with his squad and earned a 4-2 win over Catania for it on Tuesday, while AC Milan topped Fiorentina 2-0 away and Juventus cruised to a 2-1 win over Parma.

AC Milan’s Clarence Seedorf gets vote of confidence from president Berlusconi

March 17, 2014

Milan suffered their third consecutive league defeat on Sunday and have lost four of their nine games since Seedorf took over.

‘Crucial to take the win back to Turin’ says Pirlo after firing Juve to victory

March 17, 2014

While Juventus continued a scudetto march, AC Milan fell further with a 4-2 loss to Parma on Sunday. Clarence Seedorf said the club have to 'try and get ourselves out of this negative spiral'.

Pressure building on Seedorf as AC Milan continue to falter

March 14, 2014

The honeymoon is over for Clarence Seedorf as the pressure builds on AC Milan. Brought in to replace Massimiliano Allegri in January, he delivered two wins before results tailed off to leave them in 10th place.

Milan’s Seedorf promises ‘natural change in the side’ after fall to Atletico

March 12, 2014

While Diego Simeone looked ahed to the Champions League quarter-finals after his Atletico Madrid side beat AC Milan 4-1 (5-1 on aggregate) on Tuesday, Milan coach Clarence Seedorf looked to the future.

Atletico manager Simeone wary of a rested AC Milan side

March 10, 2014

The Spanish side are strong favourites to progress as they hold a 1-0 advantage from the first leg thanks to Diego Costa’s late winner in the San Siro three weeks ago.

‘At the San Siro we showed that we can dominate’ says Taarabt, expecting Milan to shock Atletico

March 10, 2014

Adel Taarabt believes AC Milan were the better team in the Champions League first leg against Atletico Madrid, and thinks they'll overcome a 1-0 deficit away on Tuesday. 'We should have won at the San Siro,' he said.

‘Tevez made the difference’ admits Seedorf as Juventus add distance from Roma

March 3, 2014

Juventus added to their seemingly insurmountable Serie A lead on Sunday, beating AC Milan 2-0 away. Carlos Tevez scored in the second half and took the league goals lead from injured Giuseppe Rossi.

AC Milan’s problem children starting to come good

February 28, 2014

Taarabt and Rami settling in well after giving previous clubs grief

AC Milan’s Balotelli denies reported scuffles with photographer

February 24, 2014

According to witnesses, Italy international Balotelli kicked a photographer after refusing a request for a picture as the police were called police and the photographer later accompanied them into the nightclub to identify the 23 year old.

‘The lads showed a lot of spirit and determination’ says Seedorf, still strong in Milan belief

February 20, 2014

AC Milan coach Clarence Seedorf said after his side's 1-0 loss to Atletico Madrid on Wednesday that, 'It's a positive result for them but the tie is not over. I know the Vicente Calderon well but the stadium also knows me.'