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Photo: Ina Fried/Axios

It's not quite a time machine, but the TWA Hotel, adjacent to Terminal 5 at New York's JFK Airport, does let travelers transport themselves back to a time when air travel was fun and glamorous.

Why it matters: Most airport hotels only have their prime location as a selling point, but the TWA Hotel, where I recently stayed, has a lot more to offer.

Details: The highlights are many, including the free photo booth, an entire room transformed into a giant Twister board and, well, everything in the lobby.

  • Then there's "Connie," a retired TWA propeller plane that has been transformed into a cocktail bar, at least Wednesday through Sunday.
  • Even on off days, you can still climb the stairs and take pictures on the plane. The surrounding light-up runway and luggage cart are also great spots for picture taking.

Yes, but: The rooms are not spacious, and the food court in the lobby won't be to everyone's liking.

Between the lines: Although it focuses on retro aesthetics, the hotel isn't afraid to dabble in modern conveniences when necessary. For example, the hotel phone is rotary dial, but the room also comes with a wireless phone charger and USB hub to make sure your phone and tablet get a good night's charge.

  • And while one might worry about noise in rooms adjacent to active runways, the hotel has some of the thickest windows in the world.

The bottom line: At a time when people are paying substantial sums to have an Instagram-worthy experience, the TWA Hotel offers an abundance of photo-worthy spots, along with a convenient night's sleep if you want to be close to an airport that is far from most parts of New York.

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The Marriott hotel in Prague declined to host a conference of activists and leaders from China's Uyghur diaspora this month, citing "political neutrality," an email shared with Axios shows.

Why it matters: The Chinese government has condemned the World Uyghur Congress, which has attempted to rally global attention to the genocide in Xinjiang, China. The decision to reject the conference reflects China's growing ability to extend authoritarian control beyond its borders by making clear to corporations that crossing the party's red lines will be bad for business.

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Israel has shared intelligence over the past two weeks with the U.S. and several European allies suggesting that Iran is taking technical steps to prepare to enrich uranium to 90% purity — the level needed to produce a nuclear weapon, two U.S. sources briefed on the issue tell me.

Why it matters: Enriching to 90% would bring Iran closer than ever to the nuclear threshold. The Israeli warnings come as nuclear talks resume in Vienna, with Iran returning to the negotiating table on Monday after a five-month hiatus.

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President Biden on Monday said that the new coronavirus variant, Omicron, is "a cause for concern, not a cause for panic."

Driving the news: Biden said later this week the administration will be releasing a strategy on how "we're going to fight COVID this winter. Not with shutdowns or lockdowns, but with more widespread vaccinations, boosters, testing and more."