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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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Tendulkar and Ganguly team up with new India football league

April 14, 2014

Tendulkar, India’s favourite cricketing son, will be involved alongside investment firm PVP Ventures in the Kochi franchise, while former India captain Ganguly has a role with Kolkata.

Don’t crucify Yuvraj for T20 final flop, says Tendulkar

April 8, 2014

India legend bats for former teammate following World Twenty20 final defeat to Sri Lanka.

Jacques Kallis up there with the best

December 30, 2013

All you need to know is the South Africa all-rounder was in the Gary Sobers class, and he is likely to leave the game with a match-winning hundred to his name, writes Dileep Premachandran.

Jacques Kallis exit marks the end of an era

December 25, 2013

Anand Vasu's tribute to the South Africa all-rounder follows Rahul Dravid, Ricky Ponting and Sachin Tendulkar out of cricket after the Durban Test against India.

Cheteshwar Pujara’s appetite sets up India

December 21, 2013

No 3 batsman scores fifteenth first-class score in excess of 150 before South Africa lose two wickets towards the end of Day 4 with another 320 runs needed to win the first Test match. Anand Vasu reports from Johannesburg.

India’s tour of South Africa: The jury may still be out in Johannesburg

December 3, 2013

Anand Vasu is unsure how the ODI and Test series is being received by local fans in the context of the dispute between the two cricket boards.

All that mattered is Sachin Tendulkar had the gift of the bat

November 17, 2013

It is, perhaps, unfair to expect Sachin Tendulkar to voice his opinion on issues because he did enough for cricket on the field.

Sachin Tendulkar’s ‘wonderful journey has come to an end’

November 17, 2013

India's cricket legend thanks family, friends and fans in a touching speech after retiring from the game. Anand Vasu reports from Mumbai.

Mumbai takes last chance to savour Sachin

November 16, 2013

'Little Master' leaves fans wanting more after departing on 74

Tendulkar’s moment arrives early, does not disappoint

November 14, 2013

West Indies offered a meagre innings of 182 all out and Sachin came to the crease to bat for an unbeaten 38 before stumps on Day 1 of the India v West Indies Test.

Sachin Tendulkarís focus just as strong ahead of final Test

November 14, 2013

Frenzy around India great’s final Test, against West Indies starting on Thursday, is unprecedented, yet the man himself is focused on the job at hand, writes Anand Vasu.

In Pictures: Images from around Mumbai the final Tendulkar Test

November 14, 2013

Images from around Mumbai as Sachin Tendulkar embarked on his final Test on Thursday.

Many hope Sachin Tendulkar rides off with one final big bang

November 12, 2013

Years from now, nobody will remember the details from this hurriedly-arranged two-Test series as much as they will remember the big picture: Sachin Tendulkar's farewell. Everyone is hoping the surface and opponent match the occasion.

Peers rain praise on Tendulkar as he prepares to hang up bat

November 12, 2013

Brian Lara compared Sachin to the greats of other sports, saying, 'When you talk of basketball, you have to mention Michael Jordan. When you speak about cricket, I’d speak of Tendulkar.'