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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.

Bushati: Fighting ISIS is a global effort

October 29th, 2014
03:58 PM ET

In the past couple of weeks, a lot of our focus has been honed on the north Syrian city of Kobane. It's a Kurdish stronghold and on Wednesday Iraqi Kurdish forces were given permission to travel to the front lines in Kobane via Turkey.

But the Kurds are just one part of the larger international coalition against ISIS. Several nations have signed on, but their commitment varies greatly. Some countries have merely condemned the militants while others have gone so far as to conduct airstrikes.

Albania has sent military supplies to the Iraqi government and Kurdish forces. Becky spoke to Albanian Foreign Minister Ditmir Bushati to find out why his government joined the fight against a group operating mainly in Syria and Iraq.

Female Peshmerga fighter recalls front line life

October 28th, 2014
04:06 PM ET

ISIS stands accused of violating women's rights and carrying out sexual assaults in Iraq and Syria. But the Kurdish Peshmerga battling the militants actually boasts many female fighters. Diana Nammi was once among their number and has since founded the Iranian and Kurdish Women's Rights Organisation. She recalls her time on the front lines and her fears for women under ISIS rule.


Filed under:  Activism • Becky's Interviews • Middle East • Photography • Video

Sheikh Bayyah: We're Facing an Existential Challenge

October 27th, 2014
04:09 PM ET

We have covered a lot of the military developments in the global fight against ISIS. But, as many experts say, this is not a war limited to the battlefield. To defeat ISIS, you have to challenge the group's extremist ideology and their radical reading of Islam. That's what leading Islamic scholar Sheikh Abdullah Bin Bayyah told Becky.

Gadhafi's cousin seeks role in Libya's future

October 26th, 2014
03:39 PM ET

Ahmed Gadhaf al Dam has told CNN that the international community let down Libya after the Arab Spring – and he wants to help fix it. Becky Anderson reports on the hurdles he faces if he's going to make it to the negotiating table.


Filed under:  Arab Spring • Breaking News • General • Middle East

Emirati film opens Abu Dhabi film festival

October 23rd, 2014
05:12 PM ET

The eighth edition of the Abu Dhabi Film Festival has kicked off and ahead of that Becky got a chance to sit down with Emirati filmmaker Ali Mostafa. His film, From A to B, will open the 10-day movie extravaganza. It is the first time a locally-produced film kicks of the event and for Ali that's a source of pride and a sign of the UAE's growing film industry.

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