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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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Drama as mother forgives her son’s killer as he awaits execution

April 17, 2014

The dramatic climax followed a rare public campaign to save the life of Balal, who at 19 killed another young man, Abdollah Hosseinzadeh, in a street fight with a knife back in 2007.

Iran cuts its stockpile of highly enriched uranium

April 17, 2014

The development leaves Iran with substantially less of the 20 per cent enriched uranium that it would need for a nuclear warhead.

In pictures: Mother forgives her son’s killer as he awaited his execution

April 17, 2014

An Iranian mother spared the life of her son’s convicted murderer with an emotional slap in the face as he awaited execution with the noose around his neck.

In pictures: Rouhani tours Iran’s Sistan and Baluchestan province

April 16, 2014

Iran’s president, Hassan Rouhani, makes his first official visit to the south-eastern province of Sistan and Baluchestan, an underdeveloped region that suffers from insurgency but from which he draws massive support.

On the road with Hassan Rouhani

April 15, 2014

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

Iran stands by choice for UN ambassador after US denies visa

April 12, 2014

Washington’s refusal to grant Hamid Aboutalebi a visa could affect the future of negotiations between Tehran and world powers.

Iran’s revolutionaries soften with middle age

April 4, 2014

The role of the students is back in the spotlight following the appointment of a new UN ambassador who may have participated on the fringes of the siege.

Fake US aircraft carrier in Arabian Gulf is a movie set, says Iranian media

March 24, 2014

Iranian newspapers said it was 'part of the decor' of a movie being made by Iranian director Nader Talebzadeh on the 1988 shooting down of an Iran Air civilian plane by the USS Vincennes.

Iran’s supreme leader ushers in 1393, the year of ‘economy and culture’

March 21, 2014

Ayatollah Khamenei tells Iranians not to wait for Western sanctions to be lifted but work to build a stronger economy to “reduce vulnerability”.

Iranian leaders defy Twitter, Facebook ban #contradiction

March 19, 2014

Iran's leaders use Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram to spread their message, despite a nationwide ban on such websites. Many young people are also avid users, outsmarting the heavy filtering of Iran's internet.

Iranian women use parkour to navigate obstacles and prejudices

March 19, 2014

Women in Tehran are discovering parkour, the fast-moving sport that has become their outlet for evading social constraints and dealing with stress.

In pictures: Parkour in Tehran

March 19, 2014

In a Tehran park, a group of young women brave sneering men and shocked looks as they perform flips, mid-air somersaults and bound from pillar to pillar in a surprising sight in the Islamic republic.

Video: Delegates gather for Iran talks

March 18, 2014

Delegations of Iran and six world powers gather in Vienna for talks aimed at resolving nuclear dispute.

Brahimi plans Iran trip to discuss Syria conflict with Rouhani

March 14, 2014

Also on Friday, the Syrian foreign minister, who has been part Syria’s delegation at past peace talks, is rushed to a Beirut hospital to undergo treatment for blocked coronary arteries.