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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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Australian cricket’s comeback astonishing

March 5, 2014

Michael Clarke’s men have beaten top Test teams in back-to-back series, which is nothing short of remarkable given their form for the majority of 2013, writes Graham Caygill.

Steyn spell swung match South Africa’s way, says Clarke

February 23, 2014

Australia beaten by 231 runs in second Test at Port Elizabeth as series is 1-1.

Pattinson left out of Australia team for ODI opener against England

January 11, 2014

Pattinson’s absence comes as Australia rest their Ashes player of the series and leading wicket-taker Mitchell Johnson from game one of the five-match ODI series.

Clarke says Australia, behind ‘greatest attack in the world’ are ready for South Africa

January 5, 2014

Australia, now the No 3 Test side in the world after their Ashes whitewash, believe they have the bowling edge with Test series against the Proteas and Pakistan coming up.

Clarke and Warner recalled to Australia’s ODI squad

December 31, 2013

Captain is fit while opening batsman is back in form ahead of one-day international series against England.

‘It would be silly to take our foot off the gas’ says Clarke as Australia target Ashes whitewash

December 24, 2013

'We want to challenge ourselves to be the best cricketers we can be as a group, and we hope that end result's to be number one in the world,' added Brad Haddin ahead of the Boxing Day Test.

Michael Clarke’s Australians got ‘sick of losing’

December 17, 2013

Captain applauds home team for rebounding from a poor outing in 2013 by winning back the urn in Perth.

England’s Cook and Australia’s Clarke to join century Test cap club at the Ashes

December 11, 2013

Captains have been on a stellar pace toward career milestone as both are more focused on the task at hand in Perth while coach Andy Flower said England are not scared of Australia paceman Mitchell Johnson.

Australia captain Clarke says hard work behind Ashes dominance

December 9, 2013

Paceman Johnson making a big difference, captain says

Michael Clarke aims high, says Australia need to keep form and ‘get back to being the number one team in the world’

December 9, 2013

Following Australia's victory in the second Ashes on Monday, Michael Clarke tried to humble his side, noting their two Test wins in 12 months while challenging them to strive for more success.

Clarke and Haddin hundreds put Australia in charge of second Ashes Test

December 6, 2013

England will resume on the third day on 35 for one, 535 behind Australia after another strong day for the hosts in Adelaide.

Amla, Anderson, Clarke headline ICC award nominations

December 3, 2013

The short-lists for cricket's player of the year and Test player of the year were announced on Tuesday, with James Anderson, Hashim Amla and Michael Clarke appearing on both lists.

Onus on Chris Rogers to score runs in Ashes cricket

December 1, 2013

Failure for Australia opening batsman in second Test could see Phil Hughes return, but veteran expects better scores in Adelaide.

Warner and Clarke each go for a hundred and all but seal first Ashes Test for Australia

November 23, 2013

David Warner went for 124 and Michael Clarke provided 113 as Australia climbed to 401 for seven before declaring with a 560-run lead on the third day of the first Ashes Test in Brisbane. After a 24 for two start, England face a 537-run deficit with...