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 Supporters of unseen India’s main opposition Bharatiya Janata Party prime ministerial candidate and Chief Minister of the western Indian state of Gujarat, Narendra Modi, wave as he arrives to file his election nomination papers in Varanasi. Sanjay Kanojia / AFP Photo

Best photography from around the world April 24

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

 Sarah Geronimo. Courtesy: FLASH Entertainment

Sarah Geronimo brings her star power to Abu Dhabi this weekend

Ahead of her Abu Dhabi concert on Thursday night, we take a look at the Filipina singer Sarah Geronimo’s extraordinary career.

 Visitors look at the medieval inventor Al Jazari’s water-powered Elephant Clock. The clock is on show at the 1001 Inventions exhibition at Sharjah Expo Centre. Photos Antonie Robertson / The National

1001 Inventions: in praise of Islam’s gifts to the world

Down the centuries, from camera obscura to designing a sail that allowed early seafarers to tack into the wind, Muslim scientists have made many significant contributions to science. Rym Ghazal and Asmaa Al Hameli visit an exhibition in Sharjah that celebrates those contributions

 Mumbai Indians fans cheer they team on the opening match between Mumbai Indians and Kolkata Knight Riders in IPL 2014 at Zayed Cricket Stadium in Abu Dhabi. Ravindranath K / The National

Earn cash back with the IPL cricket in the UAE

Dunia finance promotion allows cricket lovers to earn up to 6 per cent unlimited cash back on any spending they make on a day when an IPL match is played in the UAE.

 Iranian workers at the Iran Khodro auto plant in Tehran on March 18. Maryam Rahmanian for The National

Iran’s love of cars survives devastating sanctions

Sanctions and energy subsidy reductions might have hurt the Iranian automotive industry. But car makers at one factory are still optimistic, Yeganeh Salehi reports from Tehran

 This comparison image shown on Reddit annotated the objects with vehicles from the movies.

Disney confirms that Star Wars: Episode 7 is filming in Abu Dhabi desert

Disney yesterday confirmed that the filming of Star Wars: Episode 7 is taking place in the desert in Abu Dhabi.


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April 8, 2014

Since the financial meltdown of 2008 which saw the Icelandic economy come close to collapse, the island has been slowly recovering and unemployment levels are beginning to return to normal.

Emirates flight to Dubai diverted to Iceland due to ‘technical issue’

March 17, 2014

Flight EK232 travelling from Washington DC to Dubai had to change its flight path to Iceland, said the airline.

Iceland president: Arctic model offers prospect for Middle East peace

March 5, 2014

Iceland’s president says the UAE and the region could take valuable lessons from the period of post-Cold War demilitarisation

Reykjavik is a northern light with plenty to offer

March 15, 2013

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Iceland settles dispute with Qatari over collapsed bank Kaupthing

February 11, 2013

Authorities acting for Kaupthing have settled a financial dispute with a Qatari businessman over a controversial share deal completed weeks before the lender collapsed in 2008.

At the edge of nature's fury in Iceland

August 3, 2012

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Iceland puts politician on trial for failing to prevent economic collapse

March 11, 2012

Iceland is the first country to put a leader on trial for his handling of the financial meltdown.

Travel Deals: Get outdoors for a nature, history or adventure tour

March 10, 2012

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Former Iceland prime minister on trial for role in banking crisis

September 6, 2011

Geir Haarde was one of four former Icelandic government ministers blamed in a report last year for contributing to the country's stunning financial sector collapse in 2008, when all its major banks failed in a matter of weeks.