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 An Egyptian Orthodox Christian priest give communion during the Palm Sunday service inCairo, Egypt. Mohamed El-Shahed / AFP

Region in focus - April 18, 2014

The best images of the last seven days from around the Gulf and across the Middle East.

 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

 Hamburg players leave the field after the match against Borussia Moenchengladbach on March 30, 2014. AFP

Hamburg the dinosaur’s time may be up in Bundesliga

Ever-present for 51 years in the German top-flight, Hamburg face the prospect of relegation, writes Ian Hawkey.

 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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Legal respite for doctor who helped CIA find Osama bin Laden

August 30, 2013

Pakistan yesterday overturned a 33-year jail sentence handed down to a doctor who helped CIA agents find Al Qaeda's leader, Osama bin Laden, a decision that may result in a new trial.

Inquiry sheds light on Osama bin Laden's paranoid life on the run

July 9, 2013

Fascinating details revealed about life on the run for the world's most wanted man, including the Al Qaeda leader being stopped for speeding and wearing cowboy hats to avoid aerial detection.

The 'Burmese bin Laden' fomenting violence against Myanmar's Muslims

March 29, 2013

He emanates the soft-spoken calm expected of a Buddhist monk, but the venom that Sayadaw Wirathu directs at Myanmar's Muslim population has led many to see him as a chief instigator of the violence convulsing the country. Eric Randolph reports

Case involving Osama bin Laden's son-in-law could shed light on Iran and Al Qaeda ties

March 18, 2013

Even though Tehran dispatched Abu Ghaith to Turkey, where his capture was guaranteed, the US still believes Iran may have a 'secret deal' with Al Qaeda. Michael Theodoulou reports

Osama bin Laden's burial described in internal US military emails

November 22, 2012

Internal emails among US military officers indicate that no sailors watched Osama bin Laden's burial at sea and traditional Islamic procedures were followed during the ceremony.

Osama bin Laden 'was pumped with bullets': US Navy Seal

August 31, 2012

In account that conflicts with official US statement of his death, new book reveals Al Qaeda leader had no defence planned when his Pakistan compound was stormed, and was shot in the head as he peered out of a door and then pumped with bullets.


Osama bin Laden's death the subject of tell-all book by US navy seal

August 24, 2012

Defence department and CIA concerned about plan by special operations agent to give details of the hunt for the Al Qaeda leader.

Pakistan doctor in bin Laden case jailed for militant link, not helping CIA

May 31, 2012

A Pakistani doctor who helped the United States find Osama bin Laden was jailed for aiding militants and not for links to the CIA, as Pakistani officials had said, according to a court document.

US critical of Pakistan doctor's sentencing for helping CIA find bin Laden

May 25, 2012

Pakistan says the conviction of Shakil Afridi for treason is in line with its legal procedures.


Pakistan doctor jailed for treason for helping the CIA find bin Laden

May 24, 2012

Pakistani authorities have sentenced a doctor who allegedly helped the CIA find Osama bin Laden to 33 years in jail on charges of treason, a move almost certain to further strain ties between Washington and Islamabad.


In letters, Bin Laden sought control and urged restraint

May 5, 2012

Many of the letters by Osama bin Laden and other Al Qaeda leaders suggest a concerted effort to rebrand the organisation.

Pakistan orders bin Laden widows deported

April 3, 2012

Two of Osama bin Laden's widows - Khairia Hussein Sabir and Silham Sharif - who are said to be in their 50s are Saudi nationals and the youngest, Amal Ahmed Abdel-Fatah Al Sada, 30, is a Yemeni.

Bin Laden's relatives sentenced to 45 days in jail

April 2, 2012

Breaking news: Three wives and two daughters will get credit for timed served.

Analyst: bin Laden betrayed by Al Qaeda

March 9, 2012

When he was killed, Osama bin Laden was an ailing, delusional and irrelevant figure, a new report contends.