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 Shah Rukh Khan performs at the IPL Gala dinner to open IPL VII at the Emirates Palace hotel in Abu Dhabi.

In pictures: Shah Rukh Khan stars at IPL Gala dinner in Abu Dhabi

The superstar entertainer Shah Rukh Khan on stage last night at a gala dinner to launch the Indian Premier League cricket tournament.

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 When this 1856 British Guiana One-Cent Magenta stamp goes under the hammer at Sotheby’s in New York on June 17, it is expected to attract a world record bid for a single stamp of up to $20 million (Dh73.4m). Courtesy Sotheby’s

Rare 1856 stamp up for auction at Sotheby’s

This is one of the world’s rarest stamps and when it goes up for auction in June it should fetch $20million. Its history since it was issued in 1856 is fascinating – and includes one murderous chapter, as Jonathan Gornall reports

 A customer browses the selection of property adverts posted at the Better Homes office in the Gold and Diamonds Souk in Dubai. Lauren Lancaster /The National

What to consider when spending Dh6m on a luxury Dubai apartment

Property expert Mario Volpi explains the five key elements apartment buyers in Dubai should consider when property hunting to ensure they pick a pad that holds its value.

 Iranian President Hassan Rouhani greets supporters after his arrival in Zahedan, the regional capital of Sistan and Baluchestan province on Tuesday, April 15, 2014. During Mr Rouhani's two-day visit, he will tour several other cities and hold meetings with local scholars and entrepreneurs. Maryam Rahmanian for The National

On the road with Hassan Rouhani

Iran's president is touring some of Iran's most underdeveloped provinces. Foreign correspondent Yeganeh Salehi is traveling with him.

 Barcelona’s Lionel Messi plays with a rugby ball during a training session at Ciutat Esportiva Joan Gamper training camp, near Barcelona in Sant Joan Despi, April 15, 2014. REUTERS/Gustau Nacarino

In pictures: Barca play a little rugby before Copa del rey final

Barcelona and Real Madrid will play in the Copa del Rey final on Wednesday night but the day before the match, Braca players played a little rugby during a training session at Ciutat Esportiva Joan Gamper training camp, in Sant Joan Despi, Spain. Barca meet Real Madrid on Wednesday at 11.30pm (UAE time) and the match will be on BeIn Sports.

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Voices on Afghanistan: Pakistan fears chaos

April 14, 2014

Pakistan is watching Afghanistan nervously as most international forces prepare to leave the country this year, says Group Captain Sultan M Hali, a Pakistani commentator and former Air Force pilot.

Afghanistan partial election results show Abdullah leading

April 13, 2014

Abdullah Abdullah appears to be leading former finance minister Ashraf Ghani as partial election results released.

More than 3,000 reports of violations in Afghanistan election

April 8, 2014

KABUL // Afghan authorities have received more than 3,000 reports of violations from last weekend’s presidential election, exceeding the tally following a 2009 vote that was marred by widespread fraud.But just half the 3,103...

Afghanistan bombing kills 13 civilians just days after election

April 7, 2014

“A civilian vehicle hit a roadside bomb on the outskirts of Maiwand district,” Kandahar provincial police spokesman Ghorzang Afridi said. “As a result of the blast, 13 civilians were killed, all men.

Some pressing questions for Afghanistan’s next president

April 6, 2014

Once in office, the next Afghan president must move fast to address important questions that will decide the immediate future of the country.

Bomb destroys Afghan election lorry, kills three

April 6, 2014

KUNDUZ, Afghanistan // A roadside bomb hit a lorry carrying full ballot boxes in northern Afghanistan on Sunday, killing three people a day after the country voted for a successor to President Hamid Karzai.Eight boxes of votes were...

Voices on Afghanistan: Election monitor on how vote observed

April 5, 2014

Afghan election observers are volunteers who risked their lives in an effort to ensure transparency during Saturday's presidential vote, says Nader Nadery, chairman of the Free & Fair Election Forum in Afghanistan.

Turnout in Afghan vote could be more than seven million

April 5, 2014

Afghans flocked to polling stations, defying a threat of violence by the Taliban to cast ballots in what promises to be the nation’s first democratic transfer of power.

In pictures: Afghans queue up for historic vote

April 5, 2014

Afghans braved the threat of Taliban violence on Saturday to elect a successor to President Hamid Karzai in the country’s first democratic transfer of power as US-led forces wind down their 13-year war.

AP photographer killed and reporter wounded on eve of Afghan election

April 4, 2014

The attack came on the eve of nationwide elections in Afghanistan and the Taliban have vowed to disrupt Saturday’s vote for a new president and provincial councils.

Afghanistan hopes for smooth transition as election day approaches

April 3, 2014

But widespread insecurity, allegations of government interference and the controversial backgrounds of those running for office are threatening to undermine the entire process.

Kabul’s ‘Bush bazaar’ hopes election will revive business

April 3, 2014

Traders furious as their supplies of US army 'surplus' dwindle with the approaching withdrawal foreign troops from Afghanistan.

Video: Campaigning ends in Afghanistan

April 3, 2014

Campaigning ends ahead of a critical weekend presidential election, as the country holds its first democratic transfer of power amid a cloud of violence.

The eye-catching campaign symbols of Afghan candidates

March 31, 2014

The designs help illiterate voters differentiate between hundreds of contenders standing in presidential and provincial council elections on April 5.