Boeing launches business jet capable of world's longest flight

    (CNN) - Boeing has unveiled its newest line of business jets, which the company says will allow VIP travelers to fly nonstop between "any two cities on Earth." The BBJ 777X planes will have a range of 11,645 nautical miles (21,570 km), enabling them to offer the longest commercial flight in the world. Depending on which routes the jets are used on, the new models mean Boeing could wrestle the crown for farthest nonstop travel away from Airbus. But the distance traveled on the record-breaking flights is a mere 9,000 nautical miles (16,700 kilometers), putting it below the range Boeing's new jets are capable of. The planes "can fly more than halfway around the world without stopping, farther than

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    Beyonce, Bollywood, Hillary as India's richest daughter weds

    Topping anything in hit film “Crazy Rich Asians”, the only daughter of India’s richest man ties the knot Wednesday after days of lavish celebrations that included a Beyonce concert in a lakeside palace. Isha Ambani, whose father is tycoon Mukesh Ambani, was set to wed Anand Piramal, son of Indian billionaire industrialist Ajay Piramal, in the Ambanis’ 27-storey home in Mumbai. Days of pre-wedding festivities at a sprawling palace in Udaipur in the desert state of Rajasthan included a concert by Beyonce, purportedly the bride’s favorite singer. Attendees included Hillary Clinton, former US Secretary of State John Kerry and dozens of Bollywood stars including Salman Khan and Aamir Khan as well

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    Trump reiterates standing by Saudi Crown Prince

    US President Donald Trump said on Tuesday, that he stood by Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman. Trump reiterated on Tuesday that the “crown prince vehemently denies” involvement in the killing of Jamal Khashoggi.

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    Senators, airlines say Qatar using proxy flights to access US

    Three U.S. airlines and 11 Republican senators say Qatar is using an Italian carrier to establish a “fifth freedom” flight to the U.S, according to Fortune. Delta, United Airlines, American Airlines, and their allies in Washington D.C. are accusing Qatar of using Air Italy as a proxy to get into the U.S. in violation of the terms of an Open Skies agreement between the U.S. and Qatar.

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    Brexit: All the latest updates

    The United Kingdom is due to leave the European Union at 23:00 GMT on March 29, 2019, but many Britons have questioned May's handling of the divorce from the EU. Brexit, or British exit from the union of 28 states, was officially initiated last March by London following a divisive 2016 referendum across the kingdom. May reached a withdrawal agreement with the EU this month, but she delayed a scheduled parliament vote on it this week as the accord was expected to fail to secure approval. Theresa May told a meeting of legislators in the ruling Conservative party she will not call a snap election before the next scheduled vote that is due in 2022, but she will quit before then, according to two legislators who attended the meeting.

  • Arabian Business

    Strong improvements in Dubai's private sector in November

    There was strong improvement in Dubai’s non-oil private sector in November, reflecting faster expansions in business activity, new work and a stable trend in new employment, according to data from Emirates NBD’s Dubai Economy Tracker Index.  The statistics show that all three of Dubai’s main non-oil sectors - travel and tourism, wholesale and retail and construction - saw improvements in November compared to the previous month, with construction seeing the fastest growth.  According to Emirates NBD, output in the non-oil private sector rose at the sharpest rate since August, with companies reporting good market conditions and successful promotional activity. The rate of expansion was also found

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    Jailed UAE academic Nasser bin Ghaith on 'hunger strike'

    Imprisoned Emirati academic Nasser bin Ghaith has been on hunger strike for more than 45 days, according to activist groups. The economist, who taught at the Abu Dhabi branch of Paris-Sorbonne University, is serving a 10-year-sentence handed down in March 2017 for tweets critical of the UAE authorities. Bin Ghaith is being held at the Al-Razeen maximum security prison in Abu Dhabi, which is home to a number of Emirati dissidents, and where he claims to have experienced torture at the hands of Emirati officials.  Amnesty International has previously reported allegations of torture and sexual harassment at Al-Razeen. The academic has been on hunger strike twice before over his conviction and the