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 A supporter of India’s ruling Congress Party wears a mask of leader Rahul Gandhi during a rally in Mumbai, India. Kevin Frayer / Getty

Best photography from around the world, April 21

The National View's photo editors pick the best images of the day from around the world.

 Bloom Properties' Al Bateen Waterfront project in Abu Dhabi. Photo courtesy Bloom Properties

Bloom Properties starts work on Al Bateen Waterfront project

The development will feature 225 residential apartments of one to four bedrooms, a 200-room five-star hotel with 57 serviced apartments, and a 3,000 square metre retail space

 David Moyes has led Manchester United to seventh in the Premier League, six points behind sixth-placed Tottenham. Alex Livesey / Getty Images

Manchester United require ‘radical surgery’ from top to bottom

'Moyes is not a bad manager ... However, he is doing a spectacularly bad job at United' writes Richard Jolly of Manchester United, arguing wholesale changes at the club are now necessary.

 Marina Square apartments Reem Island: Q1 2% rise. Studio - Dh65-68,000. 1BR - Dh75-95,000. 2BR - Dh110-145,000. 3BR - Dh170-190,000. Q1 2013-Q1 2014 no change. Sammy Dallal / The National

In pictures: Where Abu Dhabi rents have risen and fallen, Q1 2014

Find out how rental prices in the prime locations in Abu Dhabi have altered during the first three months of the year and the current rates you will pay according to data provided by Asteco.

 Jia Ruhan sang as a guest singer in famous pianist Robert Wells's concert 'rockabilly-medley' in November 2012. Handout

Meet the pop star who is key to China’s superpower ambitions

Before Beijing can achieve its ambitions to be a superpower it will need to become a respected soft power. That's where Jia Ruhan comes in.

 Screen shot from Vin Deisel's facebook page of he and Michelle Rodriguez in Abu Dhabi for the filming of Fast & Furious 7. April 2014

Fast & Furious in Abu Dhabi, a social media frenzy

Fast & Furious 7 wraps up an eventful and much-anticipated week of filming in the capital. Let's take a look at what went on via the key players' social media, while they were enjoying the delights of the desert.

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Saudi’s Prince Bandar did not fail Syria: the West lost its nerve

History may not judge the policy of Saudi Arabia well. But it will perhaps record the countries that really sought to end the Syrian conflict, while others merely talked of doing so

Faisal Al Yafai

today's Editorial

China shows how to manufacture pop stars

The singer Jia Ruhan has been employed by the Chinese government and her mission is this: to become the communist country’s first globally recognised recording artist

National Editorial

Encouraging small innovations has big benefits for the UAE

Applied research will help improve the lives of thousands in the region, but there must still be room for what seems like pointless wondering too.

National Editorial

Improving Arabic at UAE’s private schools

A lack of attention to the teaching of Arabic in private schools is part of the reason for the declining use of the language.

National Editorial

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Comment

The tricky question of GCC’s over-reliance on energy subsidies is hard to answer

April 21, 2014

Energy subsidies in GCC nations need to be addressed, but in a slow and thoughtful manner to avoid problems

Editorial

Encouraging small innovations has big benefits for the UAE

April 21, 2014

Applied research will help improve the lives of thousands in the region, but there must still be room for what seems like pointless wondering too.

Editorial

Improving Arabic at UAE’s private schools

April 21, 2014

A lack of attention to the teaching of Arabic in private schools is part of the reason for the declining use of the language.

Editorial

China shows how to manufacture pop stars

April 21, 2014

The singer Jia Ruhan has been employed by the Chinese government and her mission is this: to become the communist country’s first globally recognised recording artist

Comment

Saudi’s Prince Bandar did not fail Syria: the West lost its nerve

April 21, 2014

History may not judge the policy of Saudi Arabia well. But it will perhaps record the countries that really sought to end the Syrian conflict, while others merely talked of doing so

Comment

All is not lost for Palestinians even if talks hit the buffers

April 21, 2014

Israel and the Palestinians will face renewed pressure over the next few days to save Washington’s face by spinning out the peace process a while longer, writes Jonathan Cook

Comment

There are flaws in the fabric of the UAE’s education system

April 21, 2014

The high-rate of school dropouts among young Emirati males is a reflection of those deficiencies, writes Peter J Hatherley-Greene

Feedback

Cleanliness is a draw for Dubai

April 21, 2014

A reader appreciates DUbai's effort to keep the emirate clean. Other topics: UN statistics, Iranian execution, Easter celebration

Sport Comment

Manchester United require ‘radical surgery’ from top to bottom

April 21, 2014

'Moyes is not a bad manager ... However, he is doing a spectacularly bad job at United' writes Richard Jolly of Manchester United, arguing wholesale changes at the club are now necessary.

Editorial

Aesthetic dimension

April 20, 2014

The Dubai daily commute is going to change