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 Lionel Richie performed many of his hits from the 1970s and 1980s at the Dubai Media City Amphitheatre. Jaime Puebla / The National

Lionel Richie dishes out the hits to Dubai crowd

At his Dubai concert on Thursday, Richie greeted the audience with “Yalla habibi” – a statement of intent as his energy rarely let up.

Tyrese reunited with Fazza

Tyrese today posted on his social media accounts (Twitter, Instagram and Facebook) his pleasure at being reunited with the Crown Prince of Dubai Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum.

 Falconry is an activity where they demonstrate how falcons catch prey while flying at a speed of almost 360 kilometres per hour. Mona Al-Marzooqi / The National

In pictures: Adventure in the desert at Abu Dhabi's Qasr Al Sarab

Mohammad Ashfaq, an adventure guide at the Qasr Al Sarab resort, Abu Dhabi, showcases a day in his working life.

 Roberto Martinez is daring Everton to dream. Paul Ellis / AFP

Martinez v Moyes is a clash of purist v puritan

Roberto Martinez’s positivity made him the perfect choice in 2013 to manage Everton and to build on the solid foundations David Moyes had left.

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

 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.


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Drone strike kills Al Qaeda suspects in Yemen

April 19, 2014

Last month, Yemen’s President Abdrabuh Mansur Hadi defended the use of drones against Al Qaeda in his country, which has killed dozens of militants in a sharply intensified campaign over the past year.

US drone strike in Yemen killed men from New Zealand and Australia

April 16, 2014

Reports say the men died in a US Predator drone strike on five Al Qaeda militants travelling in a convoy of cars in Yemen in November.

The rise of Arab businesswomen

April 15, 2014

Rahilla Zafar, co-author of Arab Women Rising, reveals the barriers female entrepreneurs in the Middle East are pushing through and the misconceptions about their level of success.

After tours in Syria and Iraq, Saudi militants head to Yemen

March 16, 2014

The influx detected in the past few months is worrying for Yemen, where several hundred Saudi militants are already thought to be fighting alongside their Yemeni counterparts in Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula.

Lawrence of Arabia offered ‘quiet’ job at UK Bank

March 15, 2014

The legendary World War I veteran was offered the role of night watchman in 1928, according to documents released by England's Central Bank.

At least 42 African migrants drown off Yemeni coast

March 10, 2014

At least 42 illegal African migrants drowned in the Arabian Sea off the southern coast of Yemen late on Sunday, the defence ministry said on its website.

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...

Al Qaeda threat still looms over Yemen’s stuttering transition

February 24, 2014

Nearly a decade after the world was first introduced to Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP), the formal name of the terror network’s branch in Yemen, the group continues to strike with near impunity.

In Yemen, a woman’s life entangled with Al Qaeda

February 21, 2014

Abeer Al Hassani lost all of her brothers to the cruel calling of the terror network, for which her ex-husband was a recruiter. Now she wants out before her sons pay heed to it

Palestinian official criticises Kerry’s ‘unacceptable’ framework for peace

February 21, 2014

Sticking points include the recognition of Israel and the future of East Jerusalem.

Yemen agrees on 6-region federation

February 10, 2014

Yemen will become a federal state, with the restive south of the country granted more autonomy.

Video: Three explosions rock Yemeni capital Sanaa

February 4, 2014

Three large explosions heard in Yemen's capital Sanaa, close to the defense ministry, the central bank and the former president's home, residents say.

British oil worker kidnapped by gunmen in Yemen

February 3, 2014

SANAA // Gunmen kidnapped a British oil-sector employee in the Yemeni capital on Monday, witnesses and an industry official said, the second abduction of a foreigner in Yemen since Friday.The British national was seized in the Hada...

Yemen rebels overrun tribal strongholds

February 2, 2014

Rebels in northern Yemen have overrun tribal strongholds after weeks of fighting.