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 An tenant in the Al Barsha area of Dubai has been sent a non-renewable contract by the landlord. Randi Sokoloff / The National

Dubai landlord refuses to pay back Rera fees after losing rent case

Keren Bobker helps a tenant who wants to know how to reclaim his RERA case fees and who has also been sent a contract with a “one-year nonrenewable” note.

 A Brabus Mercedes 6x6 Sports Utility Vehicle is readied for display during Auto China 2014 in Beijing, on April 20. Adrian Bradshaw / EPA

In pictures: Auto China 2014 exhibition

Leading automakers have gathered in Beijing for the kickoff of China’s biggest car show, but lacklustre growth and environmental restrictions in the world’s largest car market have thrown uncertainty into the mix. More than 1,100 vehicles are being showcased.

 A customer looks at a large mock-up of videogame console Game Boy.  Yoshikazu Tsuno / AFP Photo

Nintendo’s Game Boy at 25: hand-held legacy lives on

Nintendo’s trailblazing Game Boy marks its 25th anniversary Monday with the portable device’s legacy living on in cutting-edge smartphone games and among legions of nostalgic fans.

 Ashish Nehra of Chennai Super Kings bowls to Kings XI Punjab at Zayed Cricket Stadium in Abu Dhabi. Ravindranath K / The National

Hard-hitting Chennai not deterred by opening loss in IPL

But some questions remain about the team's attack ahead of Monday's match against Delhi Daredevils in Abu Dhabi, writes Osman Samiuddin.

 A projectionist takes a break in the projection room at Ariana Cinema in Kabul, Afghanistan. Going to the movies, once banned under the Taliban, has become a popular form of entertainment in Kabul, but women and children rarely take part. All photos by Photo by Jonathan Saruk / Reportage by Getty Images

Afghan cinema: Forbidden Reel

The lights go down and the projector whirls into action as Sher Mohammed, 35, begins his routine, bouncing back and forth between two projectors, winding reels, and adjusting the carbon arc lamps inside the projectors.

 Business class seats inside the Emirates Airbus A380. Chip East / Reuters

In it for the long haul: flying 16 hours with Emirates to LA

Our executive travel reviewer tries out the business class offering on Emirates' longest A380 route - and finds time passing quickly.


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In Iraq, women fight to keep rights on campaign trail

April 20, 2014

Female candidates are pushing violence against women, discrimination at the workplace and poor school attendance as issues in the April 30 election.

Algeria’s disaffected youth protest against election by staying home

April 16, 2014

As Algeria votes in a presidential poll today, dissatisfaction is growing in the face of a sclerotic political system that does little to include the 80 per cent of the population of 37 million under the age of 45.

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.

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.

Egypt votes for second day in constitutional referendum

January 15, 2014

The final day of voting in a constitutional referendum was held in Egypt on Wednesday, the results of which are expected to define the country's future diection.

Bangladesh approves execution of opposition leader

December 12, 2013

Bangladesh’s highest court has upheld the death penalty for an opposition leader convicted of war crimes, just two days after he was given a dramatic last-minute reprieve from execution.

Germany’s green energy drive risks stalling

October 8, 2013

Germany's much-vaunted energy policy is a mess, with consumer prices rocketing and carbon emissions on the rise. The chancellor Angela Merkel faces a huge task to turn the industrial powerhouse into a bastion of viable renewable energy.

Rowhani win is a chance for US to improve Tehran ties

June 16, 2013

Election of a moderate president gives Obama administration room for manoeuvre.

GCC expects little change from Rowhani administration

June 16, 2013

Even if the Iran's new president acts on promises to improve foreign ties, issues will be difficult to resolve.

Khamenei warning to next Iran president over appeasing West

June 5, 2013

Iran's supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, says next president should not make concessions to the West, insisting this would not ease tensions over Tehran's nuclear programme.

German voters in UAE prepare to head to the polls

June 4, 2013

The German embassy tells 12,000 of its nationals in the UAE that registration must be completed before September 2.

Iran tycoon may have to dump Mercedes for presidency

May 20, 2013

Hardline media critical of Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani splice images of him ensconced in a gleaming Mercedes with shots of another heavyweight candidate, Saeed Jalili, driving a locally assembled Kia Pride with, well, pride. Michael Theodoulou...