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Live from Abu Dhabi Connect the World takes you on a journey across continents, investigating the stories that are changing our world.

Live from Abu Dhabi Connect the World takes you on a journey across continents, investigating the stories that are changing our world.

Monday's Connector: Amir Khan

August 11th, 2010
05:30 PM ET

British-Pakistani boxer Amir Khan has made a name for himself on the sporting stage as one of the most talented athletes out of Britain.

Amir Khan is your Connector of the Day.

Amir Khan is your Connector of the Day.

At the young age of 22, Khan became the fourth youngest world champion in the "WBA World light welterweight" division.

Khan also became the youngest Briton to win a boxing medal during the 2004 Athens Olympics when he was only 17 years old.

Born in Bolton, England, Khan started boxing at an early age and quickly found his feet in the sport.

Khan went on to win several junior boxing titles including a gold medal at the 2003 junior Olympics, gold at European Student Championships and gold at the world junior lightweight title.

Today, Khan is the world welterweight champion.

Here's your chance to quiz famed boxed Amir Khan.

Do you want to know how he is reacting to news of the devastating floods in Pakistan? Do you want to know if he has any big fights coming up?

Here's your chance to quiz Amir Khan. Leave your questions below and be sure to include where you're writing from.

Global view on gay marriage heats up

August 11th, 2010
03:41 PM ET

(CNN) Supporters of gay rights are still celebrating a federal judge's ruling in California that struck down the state's voter-approved ban on same-sex marriage as a violation of the U.S. Constitution. 

The ruling has raised emotions in not only the United States, but in countries around the world.Same-sex marriage is currently legal in Massachusetts, Connecticut, Vermont, Iowa, New Hampshire and the District of Columbia, while civil unions are permitted in New Jersey.

Worldwide, 10 countries have legalized same-sex marriage - most recently Argentina at the end of July. 

Many other countries have approved civil unions and registered partnerships and still others are debating a legal status for gay people. 

Despite the growing number of countries, predominantly in the west, that allow same-sex marriage or recognize civil unions, homosexual behavior is still illegal in countries like Pakistan, Nigeria, Kenya and the United Arab Emirates. 

As the debate heats up, Connect the World held a special edition of our program alongside a very lively online chat.

Here are some highlights from our special show as well as how the online chat went below. Feel free to continue the discussion by leaving your comments below.


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Friday's Connector: Mandy Moore

August 11th, 2010
03:10 PM ET

Mandy Moore is one of America's best known sweethearts and is known for her squeaky clean image and teen pop music.

Mandy Moore is your Connector of the Day.

Mandy Moore is your Connector of the Day.

Moore first rose to fame after touring with boy group "Backstreet Boys" through 1999.

Her first album, "So Real," was released in December of that year and reached a peak of number 31 on the Billboard music charts.

Unfortunately for Moore, she was the latest in a long line of singers which had similar images, including Britney Spears and Jessica Simpson.

Moore's subsequent albums included "I Wanna Be with You" and "Mandy Moore."

While most of them had varying degrees of success, it wasn't until Moore branched out into film that brought her center stage.

In 2002, Moore starred in "A Walk to Remember," which was a huge hit among teenage girls at the cinema.

The singer has also been a hot topic among tabloid magazines after relationships with Wilmer Valderrama, Zach Braff and tennis player Andy Roddick.