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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.

Quiz Hollywood actor Hugh Grant on cancer charity

March 15th, 2011
09:44 AM ET

On screen Hugh Grant is one of Hollywood's most charming leading-men, but it's what he does off screen that is getting lots of attention.

Grant's mother died of pancreatic cancer and today he is putting his energies towards helping similar sufferers of this disease.

He is teaming up with the charity – http://www.healthtalkonline.org – which is an online site where one can share real experiences of dealing with these painful medical conditions.

On the 15th of March, a new section of the charity's site will go live that will start with Grant talking about his own family's experience with his mother.

He is also launching a campaign to raise a mile of pound coins vauled at around $116,000.

Here's your chance to quiz Hugh Grant on this important initiative.

Please leave your questions for him below and be sure to tell us where you're writing from.

Future Connector: Mark Johnson

March 9th, 2011
11:59 AM ET

Mark Johnson is a Grammy award-winning producer and engineer, and co-founder of Playing for Change.

After a decade working with some of the most renowned names in the music, film and television industries, Mark came up with the idea for Playing for Change – an innovative and mobile technique used to record musicians all over the world and combine their voices together.

Mark Johnson and his crew literally “connect the world” by capturing stunning musical collaborations that blend diverse styles of music into powerful performances.

TheirStand by Me” music video mixed the performances of 18 street musicians, a South African Choir and a Native American drum group into a clip that had over 30 million views on YouTube.

"Stand by Me" laid the foundation for the best selling CD/DVD set Playing For Change: Songs Around The World, which debuted at #10 on Billboard's Pop Chart in April 2009.

Since then the Playing for Change Foundation has opened music schools around the world, and has provided valuable resources for musicians.

They’ve also announced a new project coming out in May 2011.

What do you want to ask Mark Johnson? Leave your questions below and tell us where you’re writing from.

Future Connector: Michael Young

March 9th, 2011
11:22 AM ET

You may not recognise his name, but Michael Young is one of the most important figures in South Africa’s political history.

In 1985, the London-based businessman arranged secret talks between the ANC and the establishment Afrikaaners, giving the opposing parties an opportunity to get to know each other and negotiate.

These talks later became instrumental in bringing down the apartheid regime, getting Nelson Mandela freed from prison, and making way for South Africa’s first democratic elections in 1994.

In 2001 Young was awarded an OBE by the British Empire for his contribution to international human rights. He was also the subject of Channel 4’s made for TV drama, Endgame.

Young rarely speaks about his role in history, but many believe South Africa may not have seen the breakthrough it saw without him.

What would you like to ask Michael Young? Leave your questions below, and remember to tell us where you are writing in from.

Monday's Connector: Footballer Lionel Messi

March 8th, 2011
01:56 PM ET

Lionel Messi is one of the most talented and talked about footballers of this generation.

The 23-year-old Argentinian played his first league match for FC Barcelona in 2005, when he became the youngest player ever to score a league goal for the team.

Messi has since gone on to break multiple records and win numerous awards.

He won FIFA’s World Player of the Year award in 2009 and the FIFA Ballon d’Or in 2010, and had a record-breaking 2009-2010 season, scoring 47 goals across all competitions.

The famous footballer is also well-known for his charity work. He started the Leo Messi Foundation in 2007, working to improve access to education and health care for children.

He will also soon join the likes of Orlando Bloom and Ricky Martin as one of UNICEF’s goodwill ambassadors.

Have you got anything you want to ask Lionel Messi?

Leave your questions below, and remember to tell us where you’re writing in from.

Future Connector: Annie Lennox

March 7th, 2011
05:08 PM ET

Scottish singer Annie Lennox is one of the world’s bestselling recording artists.

Known for her unique vocals and visual performances, Lennox found success on the international music scene in the 1980s as part of the duo Eurythmics.

She went on to launch a solo career in the 1990s and has since sold over 80 million records worldwide.

Lennox is also well-known for her extensive charity work, including SING, a campaign she started to raise awareness of AIDS in Africa.

As a global ambassador for Oxfam, one of Lennox’s latest projects is to bring together charities to celebrate women and make positive changes in time for International Women’s Day.

What do you want to ask Annie Lennox?

Leave your questions below, and remember to tell us where you are writing in from.

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