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 Ali Benflis, opposition leader and main rival to Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika speaks to the press after casting his vote in the presidential elections at a polling station in Algiers on. Former prime minister Benflis ran against Bouteflika in 2004 but lost heavily, charging the vote was rigged 10 years ago and has said fraud will be his ‘main adversary’ during the election. Patrick Baz / AFP Photo

Best photography from around the world, April 17

The National View's photo editors pick the best images of the day from around the world.

 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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Plenty of life still in Barcelona, says Gerardo Martino

April 17, 2014

Barcelona coach maintained his side can still return to their former glories after they were beaten 2-1 by a Gareth Bale-inspired Real Madrid in the Copa del Rey final.

Carlos Tevez denies reports of rift with Lionel Messi keeping him out of Argentina squad

April 16, 2014

Juventus star has not played for Argentina since Copa America exit in 2011

In pictures: Barca play a little rugby before Copa del Rey final

April 16, 2014

Barcelona and Real Madrid will play in the Copa del Rey final on Wednesday night but the day before the match, Braca players played a little rugby during a training session at Ciutat Esportiva Joan Gamper training camp, in Sant Joan Despi, Spain.

Injuries mar Copa del Rey final between Barcelona and Real Madrid

April 15, 2014

Cristiano Ronaldo has been ruled out due to a hamstring injury when Barcelona and Real Madrid face off for the first major title of the Spanish season in the Copa del Rey final at the Mestalla in Valencia on Wednesday.

Barcelona keep up the pressure on Atletico Madrid with win over Betis

April 5, 2014

Barcelona remain one point behind Primera Liga leaders Atletico Madrid after a hard-fought victory against Real Betis, in which Lionel Messi marked his 200th competitive match at Camp Nou with two goals.

Atletico Madrid determined to brush Barca aside

March 31, 2014

Madrid’s lesser lights have both Spain and Europe in their sights – starting with their Uefa Champions League first-leg tie to deal with on Tuesday night. Andy Mitten reports.

Real Madrid and Barcelona remain on Atletico’s tail

March 30, 2014

Gareth Bale scored twice as Real Madrid beat Rayo Vallecano 5-0 and a Lionel Messi penalty kick pushed Barcelona to a 1-0 win over Espanyol but Atletico Madrid remain top of Primera Liga after they beat Athletic Bilbao 2-1.

Three-way battle in Primera Liga rages with nine games left

March 25, 2014

Spain’s Primera Liga is set for one of the most exciting finishes in years after Barcelona blew the title race wide open with a win at Real Madrid in Sunday’s clasico that left Atletico Madrid the masters of their own destiny.

In pictures: Messi scores hat-trick, Barcelona beat Real Madrid

March 24, 2014

Images from Sunday night's 4-3 win for Barcelona over Real Madrid in El Clasico.

A record night for Messi as Barcelona keep pace with Primera Liga leaders

March 16, 2014

Lionel Messi scored a hat-trick to go past Paulino Alcantara’s 369-goal club record as Barcelona destroyed Osasuna 7-0 in the Primera Liga.

Pain felt in Spain falls mainly on Barcelona fans

March 14, 2014

The feeling in Catalonia is that the Barcelona team who have been the world’s best for much of the past decade are in decline. Two defeats in their past three league games only amplify such thoughts.

In pictures: Barcelona see out Manchester City from Champions League

March 13, 2014

Images from Wednesday night's second-leg, 2-1 victory for Barcelona over Manchester City, which put them through to the Champions League quarter-finals on 4-1 aggregate.

‘Today we got back to playing the way we know’ says Messi after Barca win

March 13, 2014

Lionel Messi said after Wednesday's Champions League win over Manchester City that he didn't think Barcelona 'were ever in danger of an upset' and were back to playing the way 'the Barca people love'.

In pictures: World Cup 2014 preview with international friendlies

March 6, 2014

Football's biggest stars suited up with their various national sides on Wednesday night for the last set of international friendlies before the 2014 World Cup kicks off in June.