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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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US drone strike in Yemen killed men from New Zealand and Australia

April 16, 2014

Reports say the men died in a US Predator drone strike on five Al Qaeda militants travelling in a convoy of cars in Yemen in November.

By George! New Zealand’s wild weather greets royal baby on official visit

April 7, 2014

Britain’s baby Prince George arrived in New Zealand with parents Prince William and Kate Monday for his first official tour, but the eight-month-old missed the famed Maori welcome after being whisked away indoors amid wild weather.

Video: New Zealand and Australians report objects in missing plane’s new search zone

March 29, 2014

A new search zone leads to objects in water spotted by New Zealand and Australian search crews.

Search aircraft find ‘blue and grey objects’ as Flight 370 hunt shifts northSearch aircraft find ‘blue and grey objects’ as Flight 370 hunt shifts north

March 28, 2014

Australian officials said the items included two rectangular objects that were blue and grey – among the colors of the plane that has been missing since March 8.

I’m not a carnival act’ New Zealand’s Maori king snubs Britain’s Prince William

March 4, 2014

New Zealand’s Maori king has refused to meet Prince William during a royal tour next month, with his office saying Tuesday he is “not a carnival act” for visiting dignitaries.

Pod of nine killer whales die in rare mass beaching on New Zealand coast

February 12, 2014

The pod, comprising eight adults and one juvenile, beached themselves at the remote Blue Cliffs Beach on the far south coast of the South Island, Department of Conservation spokesman Reuben Williams said.

Video: Stranded whales die in New Zealand

January 6, 2014

New Zealand authorities say 39 pilot whales stranded on a South Island spit could not be saved.

Former navy chief slams Australia government for policy of secrets

September 24, 2013

The country's new conservative government promises to turn back asylum-seeker boats, but says the public will not be told about the operations.

Twins for parents whose triplets died in Qatar's Villaggio mall fire

August 1, 2013

Jane and Martin Weekes lost their toddlers Lillie, Jackson and Willsher in a blaze at Doha's Villaggio Mall in May 2012 that killed 19 people, including 13 children who were at a childcare centre.

6.9 magnitude earthquake rattles New Zealand

July 21, 2013

The New Zealand capital Wellington has been shaken by a magnitude 6.9 earthquake, breaking water mains, smashing windows and downing power lines.

Open-skies deals with UAE, Qatar and New Zealand

July 3, 2013

New open-skies deals with the UAE, Qatar and Kuwait underpin a five-year strategy by New Zealand to strengthen trade, investment and partnerships with GCC countries.

Are you 4Real? New Zealand lists banned baby names

May 2, 2013

New Zealand officials released a list of baby names put forward by parents that were rejected because they were too bizarre or offensive, including "Lucifer" and "Mafia No Fear".

Wellington offers a winning combination for New Zealand

April 26, 2013

My Kind of Place: Wellington, New Zealand, offers a winning combinationThe petite Kiwi capital is up for anything, strives to be the best at everything and often succeeds.

Australians and New Zealanders in UAE mark Anzac Day

April 25, 2013

The event was attended by Australian Armed Forces members, diplomats and military representative, as well as a large number of Australian and New Zealand residents in the capital.