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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

 Southampton owner Katharina Liebherr is pictured before the Premier League match between Southampton and Liverpool at St Mary's Stadium in Southampton, southern England, on March 1, 2014. Glyn Kirk / AFP

New Southampton owner leading club’s resurgence from the shadows

Katharina Liebherr keeping with family tradition and letting others dominate the spotlight

 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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Asian Cup expanding to 24 football teams in 2019

April 16, 2014

As part of a regional shake-up, the 2019 Asian Cup will climb to 24 teams but next month’s Challenge Cup in the Maldives will be the last, the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) announced.

Group of Gulf: UAE drawn with Iran, Qatar, Bahrain for 2015 Asian Cup

March 26, 2014

UAE were drawn on Tuesday into Group C with Arabian Gulf rivals Iran, Qatar and Bahrain in a geographically cozy group for the 2015 Asian Cup.

In pictures: The 2015 Asian Cup draw in Australia

March 26, 2014

Images from the draw for the 2015 Asian Cup, which was held at the Sydney Opera House on Wednesday.

UAE grouped in Pot 2 for Asian Cup draw with South Korea, Jordan, Saudi Arabia

March 17, 2014

UAE were seeded in the second pot, consisting of the 5-8 ranked teams in the Asian Cup draw, on Monday. The first pot contained Australia, Iran, Japan and Uzbekistan.

‘We must now work more and do some changes’ says Perrin after seeing underwhelming China

March 6, 2014

New China national football team coach Alain Perrin said he would need to bring chance to the side after they struggled through Asian Cup qualifying.

In pictures: Iraq football fans celebrate Asian Cup qualification in Baghdad

March 6, 2014

Fans back in Baghdad celebrated on Wednesday after Iraq defeated China 3-1 in an Asian Cup qualifying victory that secured their place in the 2015 Asian Cup.

UAE extend unbeaten run to 20 games after draw with Uzbekistan

March 5, 2014

The second-half substitute Ismail Al Hammadi put the visitors ahead before Igor Sergeev struck a late equaliser in the dead-rubber Group E match at the Bunyodkor Stadium in Tashkent on Wednesday.

Asian Cup qualifying: Iraq live up to their promise by drubbing China in UAE

March 5, 2014

A 3-1 win allowed Iraq to book their ticket to Australia as group runners-up, finishing behind Saudi Arabia with nine points, but China also made it to the finals as the best third-placed team among the five qualifying groups.

China face off with Iraq in Sharjah seeking to seal Asian Cup qualification

March 4, 2014

The Chinese, who have muddied through a disappointing qualifying campaign, take on 2007 champions Iraq on Wednesday in the UAE still in good position to qualify.

Despite draw, Jordan’s Hossam Hassan claims Asian Cup ‘qualification is still in our hands’

February 1, 2014

With six points from four games, Jordan are still very likely to book their place in the 2015 Asian Cup finals, with third-placed Syria owning just four from five matches and Singapore bottom of Group A with three from four.

‘Our defence had a great performance’ says China captain Zheng Zhi after scoreless draw with Saudi Arabia

November 20, 2013

China were denied a possible penalty late but still came away with a 0-0 draw against Saudi Arabia on Tuesday night as they inched just a bit closer to Asian Cup qualification, while Qatar, Oman, Iran, Uzbekistan and Kuwait all joined UAE as having...

Easy does it for UAE against short-handed Vietnam

November 19, 2013

The UAE secured top spot in Group E of the Asian Cup qualifier with a game left after a resounding win on Tuesday night over Vietnam.

Iran and Lebanon to go ahead with Asian Cup qualifier behind closed doors in Beirut tonight

November 19, 2013

Despite today's bombing of the Iranian embassy in the city, the sides will move forward with the match in front of an empty stadium.

China, others look to join UAE as Asian Cup qualifiers this week

November 18, 2013

A win over Saudi Arabia would put China through to their 11th consecutive Asian Cup despite an underwhelming qualifying campaign.