Live from Abu Dhabi Connect the World takes you on a journey across continents, investigating the stories that are changing our world.
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.
Mandy Barker photographs over 700 footballs found on beaches around the world to highlight plastic debris in the ocean.
Lumphini Park is Bangkok's answer to New York's Central Park. Until recently it was best known as an unlikely haven for urban wildlife. Now that wildlife shares the park with a steadfast anti-government protest group that has created a tented city within a city. Nicol Nicolson looks at the transformation.
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.
Does being happy make you healthier? Do genetics play a role in happiness?
Thursday was the UN’s International Day of Happiness. To mark it, Connect the World investigated the pursuit of happiness, and the science behind it.
Becky spoke to Ludvig Lindstrom, President of the World Happiness Organization, about how we measure happiness.
She also spoke to Mark Williamson, Director of Action for Happiness. He said that while happiness is important, it doesn’t mean that everyone has to be happy all the time. "Today's day is about saying our priorities in life are about being able to live the best possible and the happiest possible life, but recognising that every life has good and bad situations."
Becky then took to the streets to ask Londoners what makes them happy. Their answers may surprise you!