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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.

Beirut blasts highlight regional issues

November 20th, 2013
01:52 PM ET

A pair of suicide bombs detonated outside the Iranian Embassy in Lebanon's capital Tuesday, killing nearly two dozen people in a bloody new ripple from neighboring Syria's civil war.

Lebanon's Health Ministry said at least 23 people were killed and 147 wounded. Among the dead was Iran's cultural attache, Ebrahim Ansari, Iran's state-run news agency reported.

The victims also included two Iranian civilians who lived in a building close to the embassy, Lebanon's National News Agency reported.

The Abdullah Azzam Brigades, a Sunni jihadist group linked to al Qaeda, claimed responsibility for the bombings via Twitter. The group warned that more attacks would come unless the Lebanese-based, Iranian-backed Shiite militia Hezbollah stops sending fighters to support Syrian government forces. It also demanded the release of the group's members being held prisoner in Lebanon.

The Lebanese army said one of the blasts was caused by a suicide bomber on a scooter, and the other was caused by a suicide bomber in an SUV. Stunned witnesses looked on as massive flames and pillars of black smoke leaped into the sky over Beirut, while fires burned out several cars parked on a nearby street.

At least six buildings were damaged, Lebanese Internal Security Forces said.

Max Foster speaks with Professor Naim Salem about why today's suicide bombings in Beirut are so significant.

Film shows JFK's death from unseen angles

November 20th, 2013
01:47 PM ET

Friday marks the 50th anniversary of the death of President John F. Kennedy, who was assassinated in Dallas, Texas on November 22nd 1963.

Read: JFK assassination a collective memory for American children

In his new film Parkland, screenwriter and director Peter Landesman aims "to tell the story that has never been told" of the moments leading up to and immediately following the assassination of JFK. "It's a tale we thought we knew everything about and really knew nothing", he told Becky.

The characters in the movie are the individuals who were intimately involved in that dramatic episode of United States history, but who are mostly unheard of: the doctor who tried to save the President's life, the photographer who caught the moment on his camera and the brother of the man accused of killing him.

Landesman says he wanted to re-tell the story that he believes belongs to everyone. "The assassination happened to us, he's our President...it's our story."

Parkland releases in cinemas in the UK on Friday 22nd November.

40 feared trapped in building collapse

November 20th, 2013
01:31 PM ET

A building collapse occurred at a construction site in the township of Tongaat about 4:30 p.m. local time, at the end of the working day and after many workers had left on Tuesday.

Police said one woman was confirmed dead at the scene and three people remained unaccounted for.
KwaZulu-Natal Premier Senzo Mchunu said he was shocked by the "horrific accident" and expressed confidence an investigation into its cause would be quickly carried out.

In a statement describing the collapse as "calamitous," the Department of Labour said its acting director, deputy director of inspection and enforcement and the commissioner for its Compensation Fund were visiting the site.
The South African Press Association (Sapa) said the search and rescue operation had been called off so that the department could move some of the rubble.

It quoted a police spokeswoman as saying it was possible that more people were trapped in the debris.
Speaking from the scene Tuesday, Crisis Medical operations director Neil Powell told CNN the construction work had been taking place beside a shopping mall.

"It's unknown exactly what caused the collapse. There was a large amount of scaffolding and cement foundation that collapsed onto some of the construction workers," Powell said.
He said those taken to a hospital for treatment had suffered injuries ranging from moderate to critical.

Max Foster speaks with Neil Powell of Crisis Medical who is on the scene of a deadly building collapse in South Africa.