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On our sixth birthday, today’s news told visually

Today in print, we are doing something different: we use only photos, graphics, illustrations and headlines to capture the news in a one-off collector’s edition.

 Rolling out the structure for the set. Mona Al Marzooqi / The National

Star Wars: Episode VII evidence in Abu Dhabi desert

After more than a week of speculation, The National has what are believed to be the first photos of a Star Wars shoot in the Abu Dhabi desert.

 INVERNESS, SCOTLAND - APRIL 16:  A general view of Urquhart Castle, Drumnadrochit on April 16, 2014 in Scotland. A referendum on whether Scotland should be an independent country will take place on September 18, 2014.  (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)

Map of seperatist movements around the world

The conflict in Ukraine is a classic example of competing aspirations and identities – here’s a look at seperatist movements around the world.

 Hassan Abdullah, who goes by the name Abu Mahmoud, an Emirati fisherman, poses for a portrait at the Al Rughayalat Port. Abu Mahmoud was born and raised in Fujairah city and has been working as a fisherman since 1968. “I’m a shark man”, he says, “I was born in the sea.” Silvia Razgova / The National

In pictures: Fishing communities in the Northern Emirates

Fishermen in Fujairah and Umm Al Qaiwain worry that new regulations to protect fish stocks are harming their trade. We look at both communities through the lens of our photographers.

 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.

 Omar Al Miskini was honoured as Outstanding Male Driver with Special Needs at last month’s Gulf Traffic Week.

In pictures: Special needs driver an exemplary example in the UAE

Photos of Omar Al Miskini, 40, who was named exemplary male driver with special needs by Abu Dhabi Police during the Gulf Traffic Week

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Sehwag to captain MCC in four-day match against Durham in Abu Dhabi

February 20, 2014

Marylebone Cricket Club will travel to the UAE in March to face English county champions Durham, while Muttiah Muralitharan will captain the club's Twenty20 side in a preceding match.

Australia's second opinion on doosra

October 28, 2012

Considering Australia have not seen a decent slow bowler emerge since Shane Warne retired, selector John Inverarity's conservatism makes little sense.

World Twenty20: Sri Lanka on a sticky wicket

September 17, 2012

As the country tries to rebuild its image through sports its human rights record remains a thorny issue for the world.

Shahid Afridi takes five-wicket haul again against Afghanistan in Sharjah

February 11, 2012

Pakistan all-rounder second on list of all-time wicket-taking spin bowlers in one-day internationals.

India cricketer Ravindra Jadeja tops Indian Premier League auction list

February 5, 2012

Chennai Super Kings outbid Deccan Chargers to buy all-rounder for 2012 season and Sahara India withdraw sponsorship of the India cricket team.

Coach Geoff Marsh wants young Sri Lanka to deliver

November 10, 2011

With the team going through a transitory phase, the upcoming players have yet to fill the void left by legends such as Sanath Jayasuriya and Muttiah Muralitharan.

Rot has begun to eat away at the Sri Lankan game

October 21, 2011

The Abu Dhabi Test match shows Tillakaratne Dilshan's men are in trouble in the long term, with ageing players, inexperienced bowlers and a lack of depth in their squad.

A freshness to Pakistan and Sri Lanka sides ahead of Test

October 17, 2011

While the two cricket nations play each other regularly, each team has a new look since their last Test meeting in 2009.

Australia captain Clarke forced to make 'tough selection'

September 16, 2011

Paceman Ryan Harris is injured while Ricky Ponting is back from paternity leave and will replace Usman Khawaja.