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 An tenant in the Al Barsha area of Dubai has been sent a non-renewable contract by the landlord. Randi Sokoloff / The National

Dubai landlord refuses to pay back Rera fees after losing rent case

Keren Bobker helps a tenant who wants to know how to reclaim his RERA case fees and who has also been sent a contract with a “one-year nonrenewable” note.

 A Brabus Mercedes 6x6 Sports Utility Vehicle is readied for display during Auto China 2014 in Beijing, on April 20. Adrian Bradshaw / EPA

In pictures: Auto China 2014 exhibition

Leading automakers have gathered in Beijing for the kickoff of China’s biggest car show, but lacklustre growth and environmental restrictions in the world’s largest car market have thrown uncertainty into the mix. More than 1,100 vehicles are being showcased.

 A customer looks at a large mock-up of videogame console Game Boy.  Yoshikazu Tsuno / AFP Photo

Nintendo’s Game Boy at 25: hand-held legacy lives on

Nintendo’s trailblazing Game Boy marks its 25th anniversary Monday with the portable device’s legacy living on in cutting-edge smartphone games and among legions of nostalgic fans.

 Ashish Nehra of Chennai Super Kings bowls to Kings XI Punjab at Zayed Cricket Stadium in Abu Dhabi. Ravindranath K / The National

Hard-hitting Chennai not deterred by opening loss in IPL

But some questions remain about the team's attack ahead of Monday's match against Delhi Daredevils in Abu Dhabi, writes Osman Samiuddin.

 A projectionist takes a break in the projection room at Ariana Cinema in Kabul, Afghanistan. Going to the movies, once banned under the Taliban, has become a popular form of entertainment in Kabul, but women and children rarely take part. All photos by Photo by Jonathan Saruk / Reportage by Getty Images

Afghan cinema: Forbidden Reel

The lights go down and the projector whirls into action as Sher Mohammed, 35, begins his routine, bouncing back and forth between two projectors, winding reels, and adjusting the carbon arc lamps inside the projectors.

 Business class seats inside the Emirates Airbus A380. Chip East / Reuters

In it for the long haul: flying 16 hours with Emirates to LA

Our executive travel reviewer tries out the business class offering on Emirates' longest A380 route - and finds time passing quickly.


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Gaza’s Zayed City development provides solace to Palestinians

April 16, 2014

Palestinians in the Gaza Strip receive support from the UAE in the form of the $62 million Zayed City housing project.

Police disperse Palestinians barricaded in Al Aqsa mosque

April 16, 2014

The compound is known to Muslims as the “Noble Sanctuary” and is Islam’s third-holiest site.

Palestinian woman dies after inhaling tear gas

April 15, 2014

The woman died after tear gas was fired near her home, said a medical official.

Palestinians and Israeli police clash at Al Aqsa mosque

April 13, 2014

Violence erupted when police opened one of the walled compound’s gates to non-Muslim visitors.

Palestinians accuse Israel of ‘piracy’ for withholding tax money

April 11, 2014

Israel collects about US$100 million a month in taxes for the Palestinians and said it would withhold the money to punish them for pushing to sign up for more recognition from international agencies and treaties.

Over the threshold: Israel’s new ‘governability’ laws entrench the settlements even further

April 10, 2014

Israel’s new suite of laws – the ‘governability bill’ – has made it harder for smaller parties to gain access to power and entrenches the settlements even further.

Arab League blames Israelis for derailing peace talks

April 9, 2014

Wednesday’s emergency meeting was requested by Mahmoud Abbas after Israel backtracked on releasing a final batch of Palestinian prisoners and reissued tenders for 708 settler homes in east Jerusalem.


Palestinian envoy in Prague likely killed by booby-trapped book : paper

April 8, 2014

Past statements by police had suggested Jamal Al Jamal may have been killed by a device used to secure an old safe.

Palestinian women commandos are changing the Guard

April 7, 2014

The 22 future commandos are trailblazers in a still largely male-dominated society, set to become the first female members of the Presidential Guards, a Palestinian elite force of 2,600 men.

US to reconsider its role in stalled Middle East peace talks

April 4, 2014

The increasingly frustrated US secretary of state, John Kerry, says it was time for a 'reality check- in floundering Middle East peace talks and made it clear that his patience with Israeli and Palestinian officials was near to exhausted.


Israel will not allow Palestinian prisoners to go free

April 3, 2014

The impasse over the prisoners throws further doubts about the outcome of the US-led peace negotiations headed by US secretary of state John Kerry.

Palestinians want peace talks to continue ‘without tricks’

April 2, 2014

Despite stand-off, top PLO oficial Yasser Abed Rabbo says US secretary of state knows "we don't want these efforts to finish".

15 UN pacts the Palestinians want to join

April 2, 2014

The Palestinians have started the process of obtaining membership of international conventions and covenants in a bid to bolster their claims for statehood.

Video: Abbas signs international conventions; Kerry cancels visit

April 2, 2014

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas signed more than a dozen international conventions on Tuesday, citing anger at Israel's delay of a prisoner release in a decision that jeopardized U.S. efforts to salvage fragile peace talks.