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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.

The state of North Korea

December 16th, 2013
05:35 PM ET

Jang Song Taek, who held numerous posts in the North Korean regime since the 1970s, was considered the country's second-most powerful man.

Then, the most powerful man, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, had him executed.

Jang's death sent ripples through the isolated nation not just because of his influential position, but because he was the uncle of Kim Jong Un.

In the two years preceding his death, Jang held one of the most powerful posts - regent to the young North Korean leader. He was instrumental in the nation's transition from former leader Kim Jong Il to his son and heir, Kim Jong Un.

The secretive nature of the North Korean regime makes it a challenge to deduce why Jang fell out of favor, though one expert sums it up this way: Kim Jong Un outgrew his guardian and took him out.

Becky talks to politician David Alton about the message Kim Jong Un is sending with the execution of his uncle.

U.K. man's wife stuck in Syria

December 16th, 2013
05:08 PM ET

Living trapped under fire and far away is terrible but it can be even worse if you are separated from your family.

This is the life of the wife of a British national who has not been permitted to enter the United Kingdom.

Becky talks to Mark Wallace, whose wife has been denied entrance to Britain from Syria.

Qunu: Mandela's Resting Place

December 16th, 2013
05:05 PM ET

With military pomp and traditional rituals, South Africa buried Nelson Mandela on Sunday, the end of an exceptional journey for the prisoner turned president who transformed the nation.

Mandela was laid to rest in his childhood village of Qunu.

Tribal leaders clad in animal skins joined dignitaries in dark suits at the grave site overlooking the rolling green hills.

As pallbearers walked toward the site after a funeral ceremony, helicopters whizzed past dangling the national flag. Cannons fired a 21-gun salute, its echoes ringing over the quiet village.

Mandela's widow, Graca Machel, dabbed her eyes with a handkerchief as she watched the proceedings.

"Yours was truly a long walk to freedom. Now you have achieved the ultimate freedom in the bosom of God, your maker," an officiator at the grave site said.

Military pallbearers gently removed the South African flag that draped the coffin and handed it to President Jacob Zuma, who gave it to Mandela's family.

At the request of the family, the lowering of the casket was closed to the media.

We take a look at Qunu, the place Mandela was buried and which was so important to him.

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