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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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Missing Malaysia Airlines plane ‘flew for four hours after last confirmed location’

March 13, 2014

The report comes as authorities remain uncertain about which ocean to search for the jetliner that went missing on Saturday after taking off from Kuala Lumpur.

Malaysia: no debris found of missing plane at spot shown on China satellite images

March 13, 2014

Malaysia dispatched search planes Thursday to examine an area where Chinese satellite images show what might be debris from the missing Malaysia Airlines jet, but the country’s civil aviation chief said no signs of the missing jet had been...

Malaysia criticised over handling of missing jet crisis

March 12, 2014

Indian officials said that Malaysia has asked for its assistance in searching for the missing Malaysian Airlines jet, widening the search to an area near the Andaman Sea.

In pictures: Frustrations mount as search for missing plane enters fifth day

March 12, 2014

Indian officials said that Malaysia has asked for its assistance in searching for the missing Malaysian Airlines jet, widening the search to an area near the Andaman Sea.

Search for debris from missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 widens

March 10, 2014

Vietnamese searchers on ships worked throughout the night but could not find a rectangle object spotted Sunday afternoon that was thought to be one of the doors of a Malaysia Airlines passenger jet that went missing more than two days ago.

Flappy Bird creator says popular game will fly no more

February 9, 2014

Nguyen Ha Dong, a Hanoi-based game developer, announced the grounding of the addictive game in a tweet in which he also apologised to Flappy Bird players.

Was US general Westmoreland unfairly portrayed as a troop butcher in Vietnam War?

January 30, 2014

The general who led US military operations in Vietnam is vilified as a failed tactician who pursued military aims regardless of the human cost. A new history by a retired colonel is rather more forgiving, Steve Donoghue writes

Video: Kerry visits Vietnam and says North Korea’s leader reckless

December 16, 2013

US Secretary of State John Kerry called Kim Jong Un 'ruthless and reckless' when asked about the recent execution of the N Korean leader's uncle.

In new role, Kerry back in Vietnam’s Mekong Delta

December 15, 2013

US secretary of state is promoting sustainable aquaculture and trade in a rapidly expanding economy rather than fighting the Viet Cong.

Escape from Saigon in Vietnam’s Núi Chúa National Park

December 12, 2013

Far from the urban bustle, the south coast of Vietnam is an idyllic getaway, writes Claire Boobbyer.

In pictures: Philippines and Vietnam devastated after typhoon Haiyan

November 11, 2013

After super typhoon Haiyan hit the Philippines and Vietnam, destruction is seen in the cities with houses are torn down and cars floating after the flood.

Super Typhoon Haiyan: 600,000 flee homes in Vietnam as Philippines mourns storm deaths

November 10, 2013

More than 600,000 people were evacuated as super typhoon Haiyan veered towards Vietnam, authorities said Sunday, after the storm smashed through the Philippines killing thousands and causing widespread devastation.

Vietnamís Dr Dracula and the dengue-busting mosquitos

November 7, 2013

New research suggests some 390 million people are infected by dengue fever each year, mostly in Asia. However, one lab, on a Vietnamese island is fostering dengue-blocking mosquitos.

In pictures: Nurturing friendly mosquitos

November 7, 2013

Vietnamese scientist Nguyen Thi Yen rids mosquitos of disease by injecting them with Wolbachia which works as a vaccine against dengue fever.