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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.

 Amir Khan, during a workout at the Gloves Community Centre on March 24, 2014 in Bolton, England, says his fight will be the real main event in Las Vegas on May 3. Alex Livesey/Getty Images

Amir Khan says bout with Luis Collazo ‘will steal the show’ in Las Vegas on May 3

British-Pakistani boxer Amir Khan says his fight with Luis Collazo will be the main attraction on same fight card led by Floyd Mayweather Jr and Marcos Maidana, writes Omar Al Raisi.

 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.

 Al Maryah Island will host the 114-hectare Abu Dhabi Global Market free zone. Mona Al Marzooqi / The National

In pictures: Al Maryah Island rises in Abu Dhabi

Al Maryah has been chosen as the site for Abu Dhabi’s first financial free zone, the Abu Dhabi Global Market, and construction activity in the island has been at a fast pace.


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The rise of Arab businesswomen

April 15, 2014

Rahilla Zafar, co-author of Arab Women Rising, reveals the barriers female entrepreneurs in the Middle East are pushing through and the misconceptions about their level of success.

Germany bans Hizbollah-linked fundraising group

April 8, 2014

They seized 40 boxes of evidence, including Hizbollah paraphernalia, “many kilograms” of gold coins and two bank accounts containing about $90,000 in total.

Hizbollah leader says Assad not in danger of being overthrown

April 7, 2014

The message to Israel, Mr Nasrallah said, was “you hit a military target and the resistance responded by hitting a military target”.

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.

Suicide bombing in Lebanon kills two troops: security

March 29, 2014

A suicide bomber killed at least two soldiers at a military checkpoint near the border with Syria.

Nasrallah says Hizbollah ‘late’ to join conflict in Syria

March 29, 2014

He justified sending his forces to a foreign war by saying that Sunni rebel groups would “eliminate everyone in Lebanon” if they won in Syria.

Video: Masked gunmen kill policeman in Lebanon’s Tripoli

March 29, 2014

Policeman's death in Tripoli comes a day after government approved a security plan for the city, where at least 29 have been killed in last two weeks.

Lebanon’s government declares citizens have right to ‘resist Israeli occupation’

March 15, 2014

The deal was reached a few hours after Israel’s army shelled southern Lebanon in retaliation for a bomb that targeted its soldiers patrolling the border.

Iraq minister’s son misses Lebanese carrier’s flight, forces plane back

March 6, 2014

The chairman of Middle East Airlines says the son of Iraq's transport minister told Iraqi airport officials to deny landing to the Lebanese plane after he missed his flight.

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.

Isreali airstrike hits Lebanon border with Syria

February 25, 2014

Lebanon’s National News Agency said the air raids took place near Nabi Sheet, a remote village in the eastern Bekaa Valley.

Lebanese army fighting terrorism, ‘paying the price in blood’

February 23, 2014

Spillover from the war in Syria heightens the risk of attacks on Lebanon's army, after three people were killed in a bombing earlier this week.

Beirut bombs kill four near Kuwaiti embassy

February 19, 2014

The twin bombing in southern Beirut targeted an Iranian cultural centre and was claimed by the Al Qaeda-linked Abdullah Azzam Brigades.

Best images from around the world in the past 24 hours — February 19

February 19, 2014

The National View blog looks at some of the best images from around the world over the past 24 hours.