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 Ali Benflis, opposition leader and main rival to Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika speaks to the press after casting his vote in the presidential elections at a polling station in Algiers on. Former prime minister Benflis ran against Bouteflika in 2004 but lost heavily, charging the vote was rigged 10 years ago and has said fraud will be his ‘main adversary’ during the election. Patrick Baz / AFP Photo

Best photography from around the world, April 17

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

 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

 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.

 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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One-year jail term for father who whipped son to death rejected by Abu Dhabi court

April 16, 2014

The court of cassation said the father should have been charged with causing death by beating rather than premeditated murder.

Maid accused of burning and knifing UAE employer’s children

April 16, 2014

The maid is said to have committed the act on the Emirati children – girls aged 16 and 14 and a boy aged 12 – after her employer refused to let her travel home.

Wristband pool safety device could save children from drowning

April 10, 2014

Swiss innovation that raises an alarm when someone reaches a certain depth or is in the water too long is coming to swimming pools of the UAE.

British girl claims cleaner molested her at Dubai golf club

April 7, 2014

The 10-year-old girl told the criminal court that while her family ate dinner the Bangladeshi cleaner sexually assaulted her in a toilet.

Labourer molested girl while mother inspected flat, Dubai court hears

April 6, 2014

Prosecutors allege that the Bangladeshi labourer tried to kiss the feet of the mother and begged her not to call the police after the incident.

When parents are jailed in UAE: case of Sri Lankan girl highlights care problem, say social workers

April 3, 2014

The case of a Sri Lankan girl whose father was jailed for bounced cheques and whose mother had been deported highlighted the need to care for children when their parents are unable to do so.

UAE’s child protection app nominated for international award

April 2, 2014

The application allows children to send alerts to their parents when they are in danger, and lets parents to track their children’s movements.

Tech-savvy youngsters are costing UAE parents money

April 1, 2014

Unsupervised child internet use is costing UAE parents money and is putting them at risk, according to a survey conducted by a computer security company.

Domestic abuse in Abu Dhabi triples in three years

March 30, 2014

There were 313 prosecutions for violence against spouses or children in 2010, but that number rose to 840 last year.

Giving birth without medical help can seriously harm child and mother, UAE doctors warn

March 30, 2014

Babies are found abandoned each year in the Emirates, left in the street, in public places such as mosques or outside homes and Dr Deema Sihweil, a clinical psychologist, believes mothers who neglect their newborns may never get over the remorse.

People should avoid premarital affairs, UAE community groups urge

March 27, 2014

Although official figures for the number of babies born out of wedlock in the UAE are not available, anecdotal evidence from community groups suggests that dozens of children are abandoned each year by desperate mothers.

Sharjah Children’s Centre cares for abandoned babies

March 27, 2014

The SCC is the only institution of its kind in the UAE and takes in children found in the emirate until they are adopted by Emirati parents and given citizenship.

Tougher laws will deter people from having children out of wedlock

March 27, 2014

Yousif Al Bahar said stricter laws would help to protect the welfare of those children, some of whom are abandoned and in some cases killed by their parents, after being born illegally.

Nanny and children hurt after falling out of moving vehicle in Sharjah

March 27, 2014

The nanny was in a critical condition when she was rushed to the hospital, along with the two children who are three-year-old toddlers.