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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.

No words can describe this April 17, your captions will

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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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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.

Israel claims more land in occupied West Bank

April 14, 2014

JERUSALEM // Israel has carried out a new land appropriation in the occupied West Bank in a move that could complicate efforts to extend peace talks with the Palestinians.The defence ministry declared nearly 100 hectares of territory in...

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.

In Jordan Valley, Israeli bulldozers crush Bedouin homes but not spirit

April 6, 2014

For a 50-year-old Bedouin shepherd, it is the third time that he and his extended family have had their homes levelled as the Israeli army steps up the pace of demolitions in the Jordan Valley.

Netanyahu threatens retaliation for Palestinian treaty applications

April 6, 2014

One measure the Israelis might take is withholding tax revenue and fees Israel collects on behalf of the Palestinian Authority.

In pictures: a life bulldozed by discrimination

April 6, 2014

A 50-year-old Bedouin shepherd and his extended family have had their homes levelled three times as the Israeli army steps up the pace of demolitions in the Jordan Valley.

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.