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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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NHL: In this year's play-offs there is no place like home

May 26, 2013

Contrary to past years, teams in this season's NHL play-offs have turned their home-ice into fortresses, writes Gregg Patton.

NHL: High salaries can lead to a bigger cost in failure

May 26, 2013

Ice hockey's Brad Richards became the latest, well-compensated sports figure to pay the price that often comes with a high salary - public humiliation.

NHL play-offs: Los Angeles Kings are not singing the blues just yet

May 11, 2013

Los Angeles find a way to rally past St Louis and find themselves in Round 2, writes Gregg Patton.

NHL: Youth movement for Detroit Red Wings surviving difficult times

May 5, 2013

Detroit is going through growing pains. Only five of the 18 players who dressed for the Red Wings' post-season opener were in their 30s, which is something of a change for one of the league's powerhouse franchises. Gregg Patton reports.

Sidney Crosby's return may provide emotional lift to Pittsburgh Penguins

April 29, 2013

Star player Sidney Crosby times comeback from injury to perfection ahead of play-offs, writes Gregg Patton.

One constant in NHL play-off success is riding the hot goaltender

April 29, 2013

Teams that raise the Stanley Cup at the end of the NHL play-offs usually can thank their in-form goaltender for carrying them there, writes Gregg Patton.

NHL has plenty of worthy candidates for end-of-year honours

April 28, 2013

End-of-year awards in the NHL have many 'coulda's and 'woulda's but only one winner per trophy. Gregg Patton reports.

NHL season plays out differently than expected

April 28, 2013

So just how did all those pre-season warnings about the compressed, 48-game NHL schedule play out? By the looks of things, those of us in the prognosticating business weren't so brilliant. Gregg Patton explains.

NHL: Devil's in the detail as Martin Brodeur's struggles hurt New Jersey

April 14, 2013

The defending Eastern Conference champion New Jersey Devils will only go as far as Martin Brodeur will carry them, and as the veteran is returning from injury and a bit rusty that may not be far. Gregg Patton reports.

NHL: Washington Capitals gain steam thanks to Alex Ovechkin stoking the fire

April 14, 2013

It seems the old Alex Ovechkin is back. He has 17 goals and 24 points in his past 16 games to pull the Washington Capitals into first place in the NHL's Southeast Division, explains Gregg Patton.

Wonder goal highlight of Al Ain Vipers' win over Dubai Mighty Camels

March 13, 2013

KC Finnegan and Janne Lehtosalo score in 5-3 win with the final round to played at Dubai Mall tonight.

Broken Zamboni threatens to cut Emirates Hockey League short

March 12, 2013

Now it looks like the best-of-three competition between the Dubai Mighty Camels and Al Ain Vipers will be reduced to a one-game championship tonight. Also, it will be played in Al Ain.

Talk is over for Al Ain Vipers and Dubai Mighty Camels as Emirates Hockey League final series begins

March 9, 2013

With emails, text messages and social media ramping up the excitement before the Emirates Hockey League final series, the Camels and the Vipers are ready to scrap it out on the ice, starting Sunday night.

Vipers to play it cool for the Emirates Hockey League play-offs

March 2, 2013

Finishing first in the regular season means the Vipers say they will not change their approach entering as the top seed of the Emirates Hockey League play-offs.