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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.

Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 families' trauma

March 20th, 2014
05:22 PM ET

The mystery of the missing Malaysia Airlines plane is much more than an aviation story. It is a human story involving 239 people and their families.

Becky speaks about some of the passengers on board the aircraft, and also spoke to psychologist James Thompson about how the families must be coping during this terrible time.

He identified the key problem, the fear of the unknown throughout this uncertainty: "I think to mourn someone when you don't have their body is hard enough, but here what we have is something worse, which is a long time in which you can build up hope."

See the rest of their interview above.


Filed under:  Becky's Interviews • Video

Documentary explores organ trafficking

March 20th, 2014
03:20 PM ET

Would you buy a kidney on the black market if your life depended on it? Would you sell one, if it meant you could buy food for your family?

One of the miracles of modern medicine is that we can save a dying person's life with another's organ. Every year thousands of organs are bought and sold on a flourishing UK black market, with a single body part selling for up to $200,000.

However, current donations only meet 10% of demand.

A new documentary, 'Tales from the Organ Trade', examines this million dollar industry, and the heart-rendering decisions of eight buyers and sellers

Becky spoke to director Ric Esther Bienstock, who said that in these life-or-death conundrums, there are no simple answers. "I'm not saying it's right, I'm saying you have to understand the driving forces. What I see happening is the authorities and the medical establishment just talking about cracking down on the black market without providing solutions."

To find out more about this subject, Becky spoke to Nancy Scheper-Hughes, a professor at the University of California, Berkeley, and Janet Radcliffe-Richards, a professor at Oxford University, who both presented contrasting views.


Filed under:  Health

Fresh lead in Madeleine McCann case

March 20th, 2014
02:45 PM ET

Madeleine McCann disappeared in May 2007 in Portugal sparking one of the most high-profile missing child cases in history.

Now British police have identified a new person of interest.

Tanned, with dark hair, unshaven and smelling of tobacco and aftershave, the new suspect is thought to have committed a string of break-ins and sexual assaults not far from where Madeleine disappeared

Though this man assaulted five British girls, all aged 10 or less between 2004 and 2006, he has never been found.

He's not the only person still being searched for by the police. With Detective Chief Inspector Andy Redwood of the London Metropolitan Police emphasizing that "it's very important for us to understand and identify who this offender is," there are six other individuals that police want to speak to in connection to the case.

Becky asked criminologist and child protection expert Mark Williams-Thomas how he felt about this new development. He said that although it's wide, "if anyone did know this person they'd be able to come forward." He also emphasized that the issues with solving the case go further than just eliminating suspects. "The problem is the relationship between the Portuguese and the British police is one that is at best difficult, because there is not a communication level that is really open." And, he adds, "The only people that will solve this will be the people in Portugal."

On what this means for the McCann's, Williams-Thomas said that any move forward was positive for them. "Gerry and Kate live to the hope that one day they will find out. They will never give up."

Text: Madeleine McCann: Hunt for missing girl goes on


Filed under:  Becky's Interviews • Breaking News • Europe • United Kingdom
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