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 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

 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.

 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.

 Children walk past an Indian voter awareness mural in Mumbai ahead of the sixth phase of India’s national elections. Indranil Mukherjee / AFP

Inside India: Election, Promoting the Vote

A view of news and daily life on the Indian subcontinent for the week of April 10, 2014.

 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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Tymoshenko: I will be the candidate of Ukrainian unity in elections

March 27, 2014

Her announcement came as the International Monetary Fund pledged up to US$18 billion in loans to prop up Ukraine’s teetering economy

US does not recognise Russian annexation of Crimea, says Obama

March 25, 2014

The United States and some of its closest allies have also cut Russia out indefinitely from a major coalition of leading industrial nations and cancelled a summer summit Russia was to host in its Olympic Village of Sochi.

Crimea goes East, Ukraine goes West in two new deals

March 21, 2014

Russian president Vladimir Putin hails the annexation while his foreign minister slams the pact between Ukraine and the Brussels.

US and the EU ‘will not recognise Crimea vote’, Kerry says

March 14, 2014

The vote in Crimea — Ukraine’s strategic Black Sea peninsula of 2 million people — is widely expected to back secession and possibly lead to annexation with Russia.

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.

Russia questions legitimacy of Ukraine’s interim leadership

February 24, 2014

But the Ukraine’s new leaders hit the ground running on Monday by holding Viktor Yanukovich and about 50 other senior state and security officials responsible for deaths of protestes.

Tymoshenko freed as Ukraine MPs vote to remove president

February 22, 2014

Sporting her distinctive blonde braid, the 53-year-old Yulia Tymoshenko said “a dictatorship has ended’ after parliament’s decision to remove Viktor Yanukovich from the presidency,

Putin endorses El Sisi’s ‘run for president’ of Egypt

February 13, 2014

Field Marshal Abdel-Fattah El Sisi came to Moscow for talks aimed at securing Russian assistance — stagnant since the late Soviet era — which could replace subsiding support from Cairo’s more recent ally Washington.

Russian nationalists rally against migrants

November 4, 2013

Animosity is strong among nationalists against migrants from the former Soviet Central Asian republics and against non-Slavs from the largely Muslim Russian Caucasus region.

Singh heads to Russia, China in likely last visits as India’s premier

October 21, 2013

Indian premier’s visits to Russia and China include talks about Moscow assisting with nuclear reactors and discussions over a border dispute with the Chinese. Samanth Subramanian reports

UN defends its Syria chemical weapons report

September 18, 2013

UN chemical investigators led by Ake Sellstrom confirmed the use of sarin nerve agent in the August 21 attack outside the Syrian capital in a long-awaited report that the United States, Britain and France said proved President Bashar Al...

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Israel shifts tone on Syria and calls for Al Assad’s fall

September 17, 2013

Even Bashar Al Assad’s defeat by rebels aligned with Al Qaeda would be preferable to Damascus’s current alliance with Israel’s arch-foe Iran, Israeli diplomat says.

West seeks a ‘robust’ resolution for Syria to dismantle chemical weapons

September 16, 2013

Three western nations on the UN Security Council outline stringent framework for the Assad regime to follow but Russia criticises attempts to ‘reinterpret’ deal struck with the US over disarmament.

Russia and US hope Syria disarmament talks could spark peace process

September 13, 2013

US secretary of state John Kerry and Russian foreign minister Sergei Lavrov met for a second day in Geneva to work on Moscow’s disarmament proposal, although Washington remains sceptical, warning military action is still possible to punish...