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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.

UK Muslim community reacts to Lee Rigby murder sentencing

February 27th, 2014
03:33 PM ET
Sentences have been handed down for the two men convicted in the brutal murder of British soldier Lee Rigby, who was killed in broad daylight on a London street last May. 
 
Michael Adebolajo was sentenced to life in prison without a chance of parole. Michael Adebowale will serve a minimum of 45 years. 
 
Both men claimed that they acted as "soldiers of Allah." Adebolajo said: "It is a war between Islam, and those militaries that invade Muslim lands."
 
We spoke to Talha Ahmad from the Muslim Council in Britain, about the reaction of British Muslims to the sentencing, and how this act has affected the Islamic community.
 
"We are quite relieved that these two men are being put behind bars, effectively for the rest of their lives," Ahmad said. He emphasized that nothing justified the events of last May. "The murder of Lee Rigby was horrific and I think the Muslim community, like every other British citizen, were horrified by it."
 
While Ahmad acknowledged that debate is needed over whether the UK government is doing enough to integrate Muslims into British society, he says that discussion is entirely separate to the actions of Adebolajo and Adebowale. "Today's focus should rightly be that these two men do not represent Muslims... These men committed horrific crimes and they deserve the punishment that they've got."

Filed under:  United Kingdom

Man Utd in trouble on and off the pitch

February 27th, 2014
02:55 PM ET

Sir Alex Ferguson was the most successful manager in Manchester United history. During his 26 years in charge, the team picked up an incredible 38 trophies.

Since he bid farewell to Old Trafford, Manchester United has seen a dramatic slide in results. 
 
With the team currently sixth in the English Premier League, hopes for more silverware are fading fast.
 
This isn't just bad news on the football field. The club's share price is dropping, and the dissatisfied views of investors may just seal the fate of current manager David Moyes.
 
Alex Thomas from World Sport joined Becky to tell her what's going wrong, and how the club is dealing with what he calls a "whole other ballgame."

Filed under:  Soccer • Sport