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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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Liverpool embark on title advance at Norwich City

April 18, 2014

While a potential title decider at home to Chelsea awaits on April 27, the first obstacle that Steven Gerrard, Luis Suarez and their Liverpool team-mates must overcome is Sunday’s trip to Carrow Road.

Inter Milan will target Dzeko and Torres this summer

April 17, 2014

Edin Dzeko is under contract with the Premier League side until June 2015 and the Bosnian striker has attracted the interest of top clubs in Europe having scored 11 league goals for Manchester City.

Poyet says ‘I am sure that Luis Suarez is going to be happy’ after Sunderland draw at Manchester City

April 17, 2014

Sunderland’s survival chances remain slim because now they face Chelsea away at the weekend but manager Gus Poyet insists they are not trying to benefit Liverpool or his fellow Uruguayan, Luis Suarez.

Manuel Pellegrini says Liverpool hangover cost Manchester City

April 17, 2014

Manchester City needed to win the first of their two games in hand on Liverpool to keep the pressure on the league leaders and second-placed Chelsea while a 2-2 draw to last-place Sunderland did not help their cause.

Manchester City’s Yaya Toure could miss up to three games

April 16, 2014

The Ivory Coast international limped out of Sunday’s 3-2 loss at Liverpool, and Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini says he will need 10-to-14 days to recover from the muscle injury.

Man City’s Manuel Pellegrini says Vincent Kompany is an important player

April 16, 2014

Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini defends team captain and talks about team's injuries ahead of clash with Sunderland at home on Wednesday night.

Man City stay ready to pounce if Liverpool slip up

April 15, 2014

Liverpool's 3-2 win at Anfield on Sunday allowed the them to stay clear at the top of the table and that will be an unbridgeable gap for Manchester City to overcome if Liverpool win their remaining four games.

Richard Jolly’s English Premier League Team of the Week 34

April 14, 2014

English football columnist Richard Jolly names his Best XI for Round 34 in the Premier League.

‘We play with no fear’ says Rodgers after win over Man City

April 14, 2014

Although the victory over Manchester City was undoubtedly significant, Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers insisted next weekend’s trip to Norwich City was of equal importance.

In pictures: Liverpool defeat Manchester City to take upper hand in Premier League title race

April 14, 2014

Liverpool took a giant stride towards their first English championship of the Premier League era with a thrilling 3-2 win over title rivals Manchester City at an emotional Anfield where fans marked the 25th anniversary of the Hillsborough disaster.

Gerrard can champion his own cause

April 13, 2014

Premier League trophy that has eluded him for so long is almost in reach for Liverpool captain, writes Richard Jolly.

Manchester City’s frailties extend beyond one individual’s mistakes

April 13, 2014

Pellegrini passes on opportunity to cite refereeing decisions as factor in defeat

Liverpool defeat Manchester City to take upper hand in Premier League title race

April 13, 2014

Brendan Rodgers men win 3-2 at Anfield.

Manchester City undaunted by Liverpool’s attacking threat in title clash at Anfield

April 12, 2014

Pellegrini says his side's defence deserve more credit for their part in club's success