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 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.

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 The year-long project aims to create a form of social autobiography — the story of Dubai documented by those who know it best, the people who live there.

Zoom in! This is your Dubai in a single image

On our sixth birthday, we are all about pictures. So here is our #mydubai offering. Using zoom.it, explore the city.

 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.

 This Dh17,000 Miele system can prepare your choice of coffee - from capuccino to espresso - at a touch of a button. Pawan Singh / The National

In pictures: Miele puts art in coffee making

Miele has devoted itself to the art of preparing the black liquid with its beautifully designed coffee machines, living up to its mantra of turning kitchens into cafés.


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Pakistan withdraws attempted murder charges against baby

April 12, 2014

The case drew international attention and sparked ridicule against the Pakistani criminal justice system, after the toddler was photographed crying desperately while being fingerprinted in court.

Train bombing in Pakistan kills 13

April 8, 2014

The United Baluch Army, one of several armed separatist groups in Baluchistan, claimed responsibility for the attack.

Pakistan’s Musharraf survives assassination bomb attempt

April 3, 2014

Pakistan's former military ruler Pervez Musharraf, who is on trial for treason, narrowly escaped an assassination attempt as a bomb went off shortly before his convoy was due to pass early Thursday.

Voices on Afghanistan: Pakistan peace talks will only go so far

March 29, 2014

Lt Gen Mohammed Masood Aslam led Pakistani military forces into the restive tribal areas along the border with Afghanistan in 2007. Now, he says that the current peace negotiations should be carried out until the end, but military action might still...

Dubai Cares invests Dh17 million in Pakistan education programme

March 26, 2014

The three-year programme will benefit 385,800 children in the regions of Sindh, Punjab and Baluchistan.

Pakistani expats in UAE plan celebrations for Republic Day

March 22, 2014

Also known as Pakistan Day or Resolution Day, celebrations mark the adoption of the country’s first constitution in 1940.

Pakistan militant kills himself and family while tinkering with homemade bomb

March 19, 2014

Aalim Deen Mehsud, a local commander of the outlawed Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) in the North Waziristan tribal area, was trying to remove explosive material from a mortar shell, triggering the blast.

UAE distributes thousands of food baskets in Pakistan

March 15, 2014

Food baskets have been sent to areas of Pakistan by a UAE humanitarian mission, where thousands of families are dealing with famine.

Partisan politics and poor planning add to Pakistan drought woes

March 15, 2014

Observers say relief work is only a temporary fix and Islamabad needs to address the root causes of such disasters and warn they are likely to be repeated.

UAE food parcels for needy Pakistani families

March 12, 2014

The UAE Pakistan Assistance Programme has mobilised 1,500 tonnes of basic food aid in Tharparkar in the south-east Sindh province.


Peshawar shoe makers amused by Paul Smith’s designer ‘chappals’

March 11, 2014

In the markets of the city in north-western Pakistan from where the chappal sandal originates, shopkeepers said the British designers shoe was old fashioned.

Life-saving foundation born out of a tragedy

March 10, 2014

The death of their first child, Zahra Beau, encouraged Danielle and Akber Naqvi to set up a Foundation in her name to try and save the lives of others.

In pictures: Mid-term exams at a Karachi seminary

March 9, 2014

Pakistani seminary students took their mid-term exams at the Islamic Jamia Binoria seminary in Karachi, Pakistan on March 8, 2014. More than 1,700 students took the examination.

Indian university expels students for cheering Pakistan cricket

March 6, 2014

Authorities are trying to track down the 66 students enrolled at university in Uttar Pradesh for questioning to determine whether sedition charges are appropriate.