Aviation industry is ‘not quite out of the woods,’ but there are signs of recovery, Dubai Airports CEO says

The air travel industry is “not quite out of the woods” — but the future could be brighter than the last 20 months, says Paul Griffiths, the chief executive of Dubai Airports. “We have room for optimism that the future, hopefully, is much brighter than the last 20 months,” he told CNBC’s Dan Murphy on … Read more

Prospects of Iran nuclear talks going smoothly are ‘bleak,’ Eurasia Group says

Official cars are seen outside Grand Hotel Wien after a session of meeting of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) on “Iran nuclear deal talks” in Vienna, Austria on May 01, 2021. Askin Kiyagan | Anadolu Agency | Getty Images Time may be running out for the U.S. and Iran to restart nuclear talks, … Read more

Saudi reforms won’t come at a cost to Abu Dhabi, ADGM CEO says

An Emirati woman paddles a canoe past skyscrapers in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, on Wednesday, Oct. 2, 2019. Christopher Pike | Bloomberg | Getty Images ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates — Saudi Arabia’s efforts to rival the United Arab Emirates as the region’s top business and financial hub won’t have a “dramatic negative impact” … Read more

The world’s tallest observation wheel is opening in Dubai next month

Ferris wheels were once the center of the town fair. Now they are key parts of major metropolitan skylines. But none can top the heights of the Ain Dubai — meaning “Dubai Eye” in Arabic — which is scheduled to open on Oct. 21.  With a height of 820 feet, it will be the tallest … Read more

‘We were naive’: Ex-CIA, military and diplomatic veterans reflect on lessons learned, 20 years after 9/11

U.S. Army soldiers from the 101st Airborne division off load during a combat mission from a Chinook 47 helicopter March 5, 2002 in Eastern Afghanistan. Keith D. McGrew | U.S. Army | Getty Images News Saturday marks the 20th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks that took 2,977 lives and changed the world forever. … Read more

Lebanon’s Hezbollah and Israel trade cross-border fire amid Iran tensions

The Iranian-backed Lebanese group Hezbollah fired barrages of rockets towards Israeli forces on Friday, drawing retaliatory fire from Israel into south Lebanon, in a third day of cross-border salvoes amid wider regional tensions with Iran. Suggesting its attack was calibrated to avoid further escalation, Hezbollah said it had targeted open ground near Israeli forces in … Read more

Iran’s President-elect Raisi rules out meeting Biden as oil markets look to nuclear deal’s future

Iran’s President-elect Ebrahim Raisi attends a news conference in Tehran, Iran June 21, 2021. Majid Asgaripour | WANA News Agency | Reuters DUBAI, United Arab Emirates — Iran’s president-elect Ebrahim Raisi gave his first press conference since the country’s election, saying Monday that his government’s priorities would be to improve ties with regional neighbors and … Read more

Meet the unlikely alliance that’s set to oust Netanyahu and lead Israel

A combination of file photos shows Israeli Education Minister Naftali Bennett speaking in Jerusalem May 14, 2018 and Yesh Atid party leader Yair Lapid delivering a speech in Tel Aviv, Israel March 24, 2021. Ammar Awad; Amir Cohen | Reuters It was an eleventh hour breakthrough, quite literally.  Less than 30 minutes before his midnight … Read more

Israel’s Netanyahu may have some cards ‘up his sleeve’ as opponents close in to unseat him

In the past 24 hours, Israel has inched closer to what could be the removal of its longest-serving prime minister. Naftali Bennett of the right-wing Yamina party announced late Sunday his intention to team up with the centrist Yair Lapid, leader of the Yesh Atid party, to form what aims to be a unity coalition. … Read more

Gaza tower housing AP, Al Jazeera collapses after Israeli missile strike

Gaza tower housing AP, Al Jazeera collapses after missile strike in Gaza city, May 15, 2021. REUTERS | Mohammed Salem A 12-storey Gaza tower block housing the offices of the U.S.-based Associated Press and Qatar-based broadcaster Al Jazeera collapsed on Saturday after being struck by Israeli missiles, a Reuters witness said. The owner of the … Read more