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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

 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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86 killed in fighting between rival rebel factions in Syria

April 11, 2014

Sixty of the dead were fighters of Al Nusra Front or its Islamist allies killed pushing back their Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant rivals from districts of Albu Kamal they had captured early on Thursday, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights...

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.

Syrian refugee number in Lebanon surpasses million mark, says UN

April 3, 2014

The UN says that Syrian refugees, half of them children, now equal a quarter of Lebanon’s resident population, warning that most of them live in poverty and depend on aid for survival.

More than 150,000 dead in Syria’s civil war, activists say

April 1, 2014

One third of casualties since 2011 were civilians, according to tally by the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.

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.

UN extends inquiry on ‘crimes against humanity’ in Syria

March 28, 2014

The resolution, submitted by Saudi Arabia and Britain, also reiterated a demand that Syria "cooperate fully" with the team tasked with probing rights abuses in the country, and give it "immediate, full and unfettered access" to its territory.

Isil rebels withdraw from areas of northern Syria

February 28, 2014

The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, once affiliated with Al Qaeda, retreated east towards the city of Raqqa ahead of a mediation deadline set by rival group Jabhat Al Nusra.

Homs governor claims 431 men released after detention

February 27, 2014

The Assad regime detained hundreds of men between the ages of 15 and 55 because it considered many of them to be potential rebel combatants and said they must obtain security clearance before they can be released.

Syrian army kills 175 extremist rebels in ambush

February 26, 2014

Syrian state news agency, Sana, quoted a field commander in the eastern Ghouta area saying most of rebels killed in the assault near Oteibah lake south-east of Damascus belonged to Jabhat Al Nusra.

Prince Mohammed appointment highlights Saudi Arabia’s terrorism concerns over Syria

February 25, 2014

Riyadh fears blowback from militants fighting to overthrow Bashar Al Assad and has asked Prince Mohammed bin Nayef, who is well regarded in Washington for his efforts to combat Al Qaeda, to look after its Syria policy, a move that analysts say...

Israel bombs Hizbollah target on Syria border, say sources

February 25, 2014

Hizbollah is an archenemy of Israel and has sent thousands of fighters across the border to aid Syrian President Bashar Al Assad’s regime as it battles Sunni-led rebels.

Al Nusra promises to destroy rival militant group fighting in Syria

February 25, 2014

Abu Mohammed Al Golani, leader of Jabhat Al Nusra, called on the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant group to agree to arbitration by religious scholars to end more than a year of feuding that has turned violent in some areas in Syria.

Obama calls for alternative Syria policy as peace talks falter

February 15, 2014

Thousands flee as Syria regime launches assault on town near Lebanon border.

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.