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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

 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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Pakistan may cut Ajmal’s county stint for Sri Lanka tour

April 13, 2014

PCB finalised a two-Test and three one-day match series in Sri Lanka, which is likely to interrupt off-spinner’s stint with Worcestershire for whom he also played in 2011.

IPL’s best moments: April 10, 2011 – Malinga wrecks Delhi with five-for

April 11, 2014

As the UAE prepares to host the opening 20 matches of this season’s Indian Premier League, The National is looking back at 16 memorable moments from the first six stagings of the competition.

In pictures: The National’s World Twenty20 XI

April 8, 2014

Find out who made it to the composite side, in our view.

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.

Sangakkara exits with a big bang to blast Sri Lanka to World Twenty20 title

April 6, 2014

Veteran left-hander Kumar Sangakkara knocked a 35-ball 52 not out in his last Twenty20 match to guide the Sri Lankan chase of a modest 131-run target in 17.5 overs at a packed Sher-e-Bangla Stadium.

Past history in finals no interest to Sri Lankans

April 5, 2014

Sri Lanka face a daunting test of nerves from dominant India in Sunday’s all-Asian World Twenty20 final in Dhaka that is rich with incentives for both teams.

Malinga, Sri Lanka look to shock red-hot Kohli, India

April 5, 2014

Sri Lanka's one-man wrecking crew Lasith Malinga will need to be on top of his game on Sunday if his side are to beat an India side that, led by Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma, have been prolific with the bat.

Sri Lanka save it for a rainy day and knock off holders in World Twenty20

April 3, 2014

West Indies had reached 80 for four off 13.5 overs in pursuit of a victory target of 161 when the players were forced from the pitch by a heavy rain and hail storm.

Spin is in at World Twenty20

April 2, 2014

From the India pair of Ravichandran Ashwin and Amit Mishra to the West Indies duo of Samuel Badree and Sunil Narine, to South Africa's Imran Tahir and Sri Lanka's Rangana Herath, spinners are set to decide the World Twenty20.

World Twenty20 round-up: Herath spins Sri Lanka into semi-finals

March 31, 2014

The spinner rocked New Zealand in Chittagong as they set about chasing a modest 120-run total while England's nightmare winter hits new low with a final World Twenty20 loss to Netherlands in Bangladesh.

England hero Hales hits Sri Lanka for six at World Twenty20

March 27, 2014

Opener Alex Hales smashed a maiden hundred to help England upset No 1-ranked Sri Lankain their ICC World Twenty20 match at Chittagong on Thursday night.

Sri Lanka name 25-strong squad for tour of England

March 25, 2014

Tourists play two seven ODIs, one Twenty20 and two Tests.

World Twenty20: Netherlands keen to regroup after Sri Lanka rout for lowest total ever

March 24, 2014

Holland are out to the lowest total in Twenty20 internationals as Sri Lanka close in on semi-final spot.

Sri Lanka hold nerve to beat South Africa in World T20

March 22, 2014

Kusal Perera fifty sets up Sri Lanka's imposing total before Lasith Malinga and Nuwan Kulasekara limit Proteas charge at Chittagong.