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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.

Disappearing app

March 27th, 2014
02:19 PM ET

Social networks can keep you up to date on your friends' every move – where they are, what they're eating, and what games they're playing.

If you find it all a bit overwhelming and prefer to maintain a low profile, a new app called Cloak aims to do the opposite. It's more like an anti-social network – designed to help you avoid friends, colleagues or exes, using data from Instagram and Foursquare.

Putting it to the test, CNN's Tech Correspondent Samuel Burke took to the streets of London, to discover how effectively Cloak could help him disappear.

Text: New app helps you avoid your friends, exes


Filed under:  Social Media • Technology

Copenhagen Zoo euthanizes four lions

March 27th, 2014
02:17 PM ET

The Copenhagen Zoo provoked outrage for its killing of a healthy giraffe named Marius in February.

Now, it's back in the spotlight after euthanizing four lions. The zoo argues that it was a necessary move, to accommodate a new male lion.  It explains that the new arrival would likely have attacked and killed two of the younger lions anyway.

To discuss the controversial practice of euthanasia by zoos, Max spoke to animal rights activist Mirja Holm Thansen.  She said "Copenhagen Zoo is playing God. It's immoral and unethical to interfere with the circle of life by killing healthy animals."

Connect the World also asked Copenhagen Zoo whether they wanted to appear on the program, but they responded that they had nothing more to say on the matter.

Text: Copenhagen Zoo kills 4 lions, weeks after shooting giraffe

Video: Zoo director debates giraffe decision


Filed under:  Activism • Denmark • Europe

Compensation for Malaysia Airlines Flight 370

March 27th, 2014
02:11 PM ET

How do you value the loss of a life? It would seem that different countries value it differently.

Under an international treaty known as the Montreal Convention, an airline must pay $175,000 for the death of each individual, but there is scope for additional damages too.

This is where the amount owed can differ depending on the passenger’s country of origin.  Experts estimate that the families of Americans lost on board MH370 could get up to $10 million, while the families of those from other countries may receive $400,000 per passenger.

To find out more about the legal complexities behind an airline tragedy, Max spoke to attorney Floyd Wisner.  He’s handled many cases involving family members of people killed in aviation accidents.

Wisner said a lot of the difference is based on where the case is filed, and what the norm for compensation is in that country. "An American jury is going to award damages ten times the amount of a Chinese court."

Unfortunately, though, he said that this "places a greater value on an American life than on another life."

Text: Families turn MH370 grief into action

Text: China treads carefully amid the anger and grief of MH370 relatives


Filed under:  Asia • China • Malaysia • United States
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