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On our sixth birthday, today’s news told visually

Today in print, we are doing something different: we use only photos, graphics, illustrations and headlines to capture the news in a one-off collector’s edition.

 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.

 INVERNESS, SCOTLAND - APRIL 16:  A general view of Urquhart Castle, Drumnadrochit on April 16, 2014 in Scotland. A referendum on whether Scotland should be an independent country will take place on September 18, 2014.  (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)

Map of seperatist movements around the world

The conflict in Ukraine is a classic example of competing aspirations and identities – here’s a look at seperatist movements around the world.

 Hassan Abdullah, who goes by the name Abu Mahmoud, an Emirati fisherman, poses for a portrait at the Al Rughayalat Port. Abu Mahmoud was born and raised in Fujairah city and has been working as a fisherman since 1968. “I’m a shark man”, he says, “I was born in the sea.” Silvia Razgova / The National

In pictures: Fishing communities in the Northern Emirates

Fishermen in Fujairah and Umm Al Qaiwain worry that new regulations to protect fish stocks are harming their trade. We look at both communities through the lens of our photographers.

 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.

 Omar Al Miskini was honoured as Outstanding Male Driver with Special Needs at last month’s Gulf Traffic Week.

In pictures: Special needs driver an exemplary example in the UAE

Photos of Omar Al Miskini, 40, who was named exemplary male driver with special needs by Abu Dhabi Police during the Gulf Traffic Week

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Reports of rebels with ‘tank-busters’ raises questions of US role in Syria

April 8, 2014

The videos appeared online this week amid deep divisions between John Kerry’s State Department and the Pentagon over how much more the US should involve itself militarily in the Syrian civil war.

Saudi king and Obama discuss Iran’s ‘behaviour’ and arming Syrian rebels

March 28, 2014

Iran’s destabilising influence in the region along with how Washington and the kingdom could support moderate Syrian rebels were on the agenda during talks at the king’s desert retreat, the US deputy national security adviser said.

US does not recognise Russian annexation of Crimea, says Obama

March 25, 2014

The United States and some of its closest allies have also cut Russia out indefinitely from a major coalition of leading industrial nations and cancelled a summer summit Russia was to host in its Olympic Village of Sochi.

Obama aims to reassure Arabian Gulf leaders over policy shift

March 24, 2014

The meetings are the US president's latest steps to reassure Arab Gulf allies over recent policy changes.

Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed discusses regional issues with President Obama

March 4, 2014

The Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces regularly consults with the US President on issues of common interest.

Obama tells Karzai US is planning full withdrawal from Afghanistan

February 25, 2014

Afghan president's reluctance to sign a security agreement with the US prompts Barack Obama's move.

Obama hosts Jordan’s king amid concerns over changing US approach to the region

February 13, 2014

Critics say the US president has not engaged in enough personal diplomacy with his Arab allies and has not done enough to reassure them where policy objectives appear to diverge, such as with Syria.

US President Barack Obama sends Sheikh Khalifa his best wishes

February 4, 2014

The US President conveys his best wishes to Sheikh Khalifa as he recovers from a stroke.

Obama faces tough task on fence-mending Saudi visit

February 1, 2014

US president plans to call on King Abdullah in March, but analysts say differences between Washington and Riyadh are difficult to bridge.

Obama sidesteps Middle East challenges faced by the US

January 29, 2014

US president’s speech short on detail of his administration’s approach to the complicated politics of the region.

Obama urges Guantanamo closure this year, shift from ‘permanent war footing’

January 29, 2014

President Barack Obama said that 2014 should be the year to finally close the prison at Guantanamo Bay as the United States winds down its military role in Afghanistan and shifts away from a 'permanent war footing'.

Obama challenges Congress on inequality in US in State of the Union addresss

January 29, 2014

President Barack Obama vowed to reverse a tide of economic inequality threatening the American dream Tuesday, seeking to outflank Republicans and revive a second term blighted by self-inflicted wounds and partisan warfare.

US president Obama praises UAE in letter to Sheikh Khalifa

December 16, 2013

The UAE has a 'unique role as a leader in innovation and entrepreneurship', according to letters sent to leaders of the country by the US president, Barack Obama.

Atrocities against Rohingya Muslims a haunting focus of the Holocaust Memorial Museum

November 6, 2013

The plight of Myanmar's most beleaguered people, the Rohingya Muslims, is being projected onto the external walls of Washington's Holocaust Memorial Museum.