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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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F1: Daniel Ricciardo declares Red Bull ‘are coming’ at Chinese Grand Prix

April 18, 2014

Red Bull's Daniel Ricciardo said he felt “pumped” for the Shanghai race, despite losing an appeal against his Australian GP disqualification and he talked enthusiastically about his chances for Saturday’s qualifying session.

Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton ‘clear the air’ with a talk

April 17, 2014

Nico Rosberg, the world championship leader, said that his Mercedes team have sat down to clear the air between him and Lewis Hamilton after their battle in Bahrain.

F1: Toto Wolff says Mercedes have all the right ingredients in place

April 17, 2014

With Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg at the wheel, Mercedes have so far dominated the first three grands prix going into this weekend’s fourth round in China.

F1: Mercedes look to capitalise on woes at Red Bull and Ferrari

April 16, 2014

Ferrari were left reeling after team principal Stefano Domenicali quit and Red Bull were handed a setback when they lost their appeal for Daniel Ricciardo as both incidents have heightened the mood at Mercedes ahead of the Chinese Grand Prix.

Hamilton wins Bahrain Grand Prix under the lights

April 6, 2014

It was Lewis Hamilton’s second win in a row and also a second successive one-two for dominant Mercedes as Nico Rosberg was second followed by Sergio Perez of Force India, writes Graham Caygill.

Nico Rosberg pips Lewis Hamilton for Bahrain pole

April 5, 2014

Nico Rosberg planted his Mercedes-GP on pole position for Sunday's Bahrain Grand Prix after a last-lap error cost teammate Lewis Hamilton his chance of a pole position treble.

Hamilton, Rosberg send Mercedes into Bahrain Grand Prix qualifying in top form

April 5, 2014

Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg gave Mercedes-GP a 1-2 sweep in the practice sessions leading up to Saturday's qualifying for the Formula One Bahrain Grand Prix.

Happy Lewis Hamilton sets the practice pace in Bahrain in his Mercedes

April 4, 2014

The 2008 world champion credits new happy positive approach down to enjoying life at Mercedes-GP.

Mercedes quick off the mark, but Red Bull catching up fast

March 31, 2014

'The way they've ramped up their pace, very impressive, so we need to keep on it to keep our advantage' said Mercedes-GP driver Lewis Hamilton after the team's one-two finish in Malaysia.

Hamilton rises to the occasion as Mercedes teammates go 1-2 at Malaysian Grand Prix

March 30, 2014

It was a consummate performance from Hamilton and Mercedes, ending a run of nine races without a podium, one of his worst droughts since he entered the top tier of the sport at the start of 2007.

Hamilton takes pole position at Malaysian Grand Prix

March 29, 2014

Tropical rains delayed the start of qualifying for 50 minutes, but even the wet track at the Sepang International Circuit could not prevent Mercedes continuing the dominance it had shown all weekend.

Mercedes-GP winning early car battle in Formula One

March 17, 2014

Securing pole position with Lewis Hamilton and then a comfortable victory at the Australian Grand Prix with Nico Rosenberg is a noteworthy start but their level of dominance will surely be tested, writes Graham Caygill.

Hamilton delighted by matching Mansell’s British record with Australian Grand Prix pole position

March 15, 2014

Lewis Hamilton secured Sunday's pole for the Australian Grand Prix on Saturday, while right behind him was a Red Bull Racing driver – not Sebastian Vettel, though. It will be Daniel Ricciardo will lining up second at the race.

Mercedes duo hold early edge at Australian Grand Prix

March 14, 2014

Defending champion Vettel shakes off poor preseason to post fourth-best lap