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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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February 20, 2014

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Australia's second opinion on doosra

October 28, 2012

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September 17, 2012

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February 11, 2012

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India cricketer Ravindra Jadeja tops Indian Premier League auction list

February 5, 2012

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Coach Geoff Marsh wants young Sri Lanka to deliver

November 10, 2011

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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.