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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.

Violence mars Ashura celebrations in Iraq

November 15th, 2013
02:57 PM ET

At least 27 people were killed and 58 others wounded in Iraq Thursday when a suicide bomber wearing an explosive vest blew himself up among Shiite pilgrims, police said.

The bomber was wearing a police uniform, police said. The incident occurred in al-Saadiya, about 75 miles (120 kilometers) northeast of Baghdad.

The suicide bombing followed a pair of blasts in eastern Iraq that killed nine and injured 25, health officials said.

Those attacks took place in Wasit as thousands of worshipers jammed the streets to attend festivals marking Ashura, the most important holy day on the Shiite Muslim calendar.

Ashura commemorates the death of Imam Hussein, grandson of the Prophet Mohammed.

Dozens were killed in Iraq during one of the most holy days for Shiite Muslims. CNN's Mohammed Jamjoom reports.

'Project Spade' busts child porn ring

November 15th, 2013
01:24 PM ET

A three-year investigation into an exploitative Toronto-based film company has netted nearly 350 arrests and rescued more than 380 children from sexual abuse, police said Thursday.

Law enforcement from all over the world, primarily in Eastern Europe and the United States, worked with Toronto police since 2010 to arrest those who produced child pornography and those who purchased it.

Hundreds of children, some as young as five, have been rescued from this child pornography ring across the globe. CNN's Nic Robertson reports.