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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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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.

Global warming dials up risks on all continents, United Nations report says

March 31, 2014

If the world doesn’t cut pollution of heat-trapping gases, the already noticeable harms of global warming could spiral "out of control,” says the head of a United Nations scientific panel.


UN extends inquiry on ‘crimes against humanity’ in Syria

March 28, 2014

The resolution, submitted by Saudi Arabia and Britain, also reiterated a demand that Syria "cooperate fully" with the team tasked with probing rights abuses in the country, and give it "immediate, full and unfettered access" to its territory.

List of suspected Syrian war criminals grows with atrocities: UN

March 19, 2014

Four confidential lists drawn up by UN of suspects in war crimes ranging from mass executions to bombing of civilians.

Youth tackle global conflicts in Dubai Model UN

March 18, 2014

Over 700 middle and high students from 46 countries will be participating in the Dubai International Academy Model United Nations taking place from March 19 to 22.

Ukraine critical of Russian ‘intervention’ as Yanukovich strikes defiant tone

February 28, 2014

Former president lashes out at Kiev’s new rulers who earlier in the day had criticised Moscow after Russian troops had taken up positions around a coastguard base and two airports on its Crimea peninsula.

Homs governor claims 431 men released after detention

February 27, 2014

The Assad regime detained hundreds of men between the ages of 15 and 55 because it considered many of them to be potential rebel combatants and said they must obtain security clearance before they can be released.

UN resolution proposes punishing those undermining Yemen’s political transition

February 25, 2014

Sanctions would be aimed at those who are found to be “obstructing or undermining the successful completion of the political transition” in Yemen, who commit “attacks on essential infrastructure or acts of terrorism” and...

UAE to host high-level climate change meeting ahead of UN summit

February 5, 2014

The summit will seek to demonstrate how early action can lead to substantial economic benefits.

War of words: UN chief’s heated exchange with Syrian foreign minister

January 22, 2014

Walid Al Muallem trades sharp words with Ban ki-moon as he spoke well beyond a 10-minute limit Mr Ban had requested.

Abu Dhabi and Dubai school pupils to star in mock UN conference

January 22, 2014

As participants of the Montessori Model United Nations precursor conference, students will be trained to formulate arguments and negotiate solutions on issues related to water scarcity.

Assad regime set free extremists from prison to fire up trouble during peaceful uprising

January 21, 2014

Syrian intelligence agencies released Islamist militants from prison to deliberately subvert a peaceful uprising and ignite a violent rebellion, according to a former regime security official.

Universal primary education will be topic of NYU-Abu Dhabi roundtable

January 2, 2014

How best to translate financial aid into education is the subject of a roundtable discussion next week at New York University Abu Dhabi, Mitya Underwood reports

Unicef praises UAE’s aid for Syrian refugees

December 24, 2013

More than Dh120 million was raised for Syrian refugees last week as part of a campaign by the Red Crescent.