Live from Abu Dhabi Connect the World takes you on a journey across continents, investigating the stories that are changing our world.
Abdel Baset al Megrahi is the only person convicted for the 1988 bombing of Pan Am Flight 103 over Lockerbie, Scotland.
In 2001 a special Scottish court in the Netherlands ordered al Megrahi to serve 27 years in jail, but one year ago today Scotland's government freed him because he’s suffering from prostate cancer and was apparently in the last months of his life.
The British government urged Libya on Friday not to celebrate the anniversary of the convicted Lockerbie bomber's release, saying it would be "offensive and deeply insensitive to the victims' families." Last year at this time, al Megrahi returned to Libya greeted by celebrating crowds.
Tonight on Connect the World we look at the effects this story has had from Scotland to the U.S. to England and Libya, and we ask you: Was it right to free al Megrahi? Should society allow convicts to go free at the end if they suffer illnesses? Does the fact al Megrahi is still alive change your opinion from what when he was freed last year?
Leave us all your thoughts on this subject in our comments section below and we'll feature some of them on tonight's program.
He’s known as the 'deepest man on earth'. Austrian Herbert Nitsch is the undisputed freediving world record champion, an extreme sport where competitors plunge into the depths on only one breath without any scuba diving equipment. He took the title in 2007, diving down to a record depth of 700 feet off the Greek island of Spetses.
His record-breaking career started with a fluke when, in 1999, Nitsch lost his diving equipment on the way to a scuba dive safari. That forced him to take up snorkeling instead, and he quickly discovered his natural talent for freediving.
His progress was rapid: a few weeks later, he was only two meters short of the Austrian national record. And just two years later he set his first world record.
Since 2001, Nitsch has set 31 worlds in all eight official disciplines recognized by the International Association for the Development of Apnea (AIDA), the ultimate freediving authority in the world. The self-taught freediver puts in a meticulous amount of planning before every dive. He can even hold his breath for a staggering nine minutes.
But his biggest test is still to come. In November this year Nitsch will attempt to break his own world record, as he tries to reach a depth of 1000 feet. He’ll do it on only one breath, shrinking his lungs to the size of a tennis ball.
When he’s not diving deep, he’s flying high, working part-time as a pilot for Austrian Airlines.
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