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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.

Harry Benson on his life of photos

February 10th, 2014
10:12 AM ET

Harry Benson says he first "hit the big time" when he caught the Beatles having a pillow fight on camera. This gave him the opportunity to travel with the Fab Four to America for their 1964 tour, which took the band truly global. Since then Benson has been called upon to photograph every U.S. President from Dwight D. Eisenhower to Barack Obama. He's marched alongside Martin Luther King and taken intimate pictures of just about every cultural icon from Frank Sinatra, to Michael Jackson and Amy Winehouse.

Now he's celebrating 50 years behind the lens with an exhibition of his half-century of work at the Mallett Gallery in London. We asked him to talk us through his favourite pictures and the memories behind them.


Filed under:  Celebrity • London • Photography • Video

Mexican skier: I'd only win best dressed

February 3rd, 2014
03:30 PM ET

With the Sochi Olympics just days away, the world's top athletes are converging on the Russian seaside resort.  Among them will be a Mexican skier, who's aiming to make a splash with style rather than sport.

55-year-old Prince Hubertus von Hohenlohe has been skiing for Mexico in the Olympics since 1984.  While he doesn't stand a chance against the world's best downhill racers, his custom-designed uniform is sure to make an impact.  His quirky suit is inspired by Mexico's mariachis, well known bands of folk musicians.  Max Foster asked him where his Olympic style inspiration came from.

"We thought we'll do this mariachi outfit which is a guy who likes to sing, who likes life and who likes to have a good time, but still is Mexican without a doubt," von Hohenlohe said.  "Style will be remembered long after results are forgotten."


Filed under:  Entertainment • Fashion • London • Olympics • Russia • Sochi • Sport • Video

Might the Queen need to find a roommate?

January 29th, 2014
04:56 PM ET

The Queen's reserves have dropped from $58 million in 2001 to just $1.6 million today.

Becky spoke to Kate Williams, royal historian, about partying in parliament, the Queen's boiler packing up, and the possibility of Buckingham Palace turning into an Australian youth hostel.


Filed under:  Becky's Interviews • London • Royal

Sochi terror threats overshadow events

January 28th, 2014
03:11 PM ET

With the Winter Olympics in Sochi set to begin in just 10 days, headlines are filled with talk of security concerns, terror threats and contingency plans.

But what about the 6,000 athletes who are arriving for the games?  The world's best lugers, figure skaters and ice hockey players are descending on Sochi for their Olympic moment.

Becky takes a closer look at whether the sports can steal the spotlight from security in Sochi.


Filed under:  Analysis • Europe • London • Olympics • Russia • Sochi • Sport • Video

NATO: No military solution in Syria

January 28th, 2014
02:30 PM ET

As peace talks in Geneva seemed to reach a stalemate on Syria, Becky spoke with NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen.  She asked him whether he thought military action was still a possibility.

"I think you have to distinguish clearly between the use of chemical weapons and the long term solution to the conflict in Syria," Rasmussen said.  "As regards the use of chemical weapons last year, I was of the very clear opinion and I am still that that needed a clear response from the international community.  Eventually the threat of military action led to a political and diplomatic solution and now the chemical weapons in Syria will be eliminated."

Rasmussen also said he was hopeful that the Geneva II talks would yield constructive results.  He emphasized that while the threat of military action worked to deter the further use of chemical weapons, a political solution is the only way to resolve the conflict in the long term.


Filed under:  Becky's Interviews • Europe • London • Syria • Video
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