Live from Abu Dhabi Connect the World takes you on a journey across continents, investigating the stories that are changing our world.
The most lucrative competition in cricket has descended on the UAE. Twenty IPL matches will be played over two weeks in the emirates of Abu Dhabi , Dubai and Sharjah. They're expected to attract a huge local fan-base and a worldwide television audience of up to a billion. CNN's Amir Daftari previews the action.
As the athlete known as the "Blade Runner" is grilled by the South African state, Becky Anderson asks psychologist Dr James Thompson of University College London about his state of mind.
Sir Alex Ferguson was the most successful manager in Manchester United history. During his 26 years in charge, the team picked up an incredible 38 trophies.
Issues of politicization and questions of preparation are a staple of any Olympic Games, but in the end they'll be "defined by the seventeen days of sports performance". That's what Michael Payne, former marketing director of the IOC, told Becky when she spoke to him live from Sochi.
"There's always an awful lot of background chatter in the lead-up to the games. What we're seeing here from the IOC standpoint is frankly nothing new."
Answering the question of whether facilities would be ready on time, Payne stated that "Even before Lillehammer, probably the most successful Winter Games ever, the week before was not a pretty picture... Certainly the feedback you're also getting from the athletes who are coming into town is seeing facilities like they've never seen before, very positive feedback from the athletes' village. The media/TV facilities and press center is also getting very high reports."
Becky also asked Payne about the activists who are calling for boycotts over Russia's anti-gay laws. "The politicization of the Games has been there for the last century. I think President Bach has been very clear in the IOC leadership about the IOC's values and that all athletes, no matter what gender, what sex, what position are welcome, and they've received all the assurances and everything from President Putin. But I mean it amuses me, this gay debate. You go back to the Games in Atlanta – two years before the Games in Atlanta when they had the Volleyball Cobb County there was far more draconian proposals coming from the local community, anti-gay, and a whole boycott of sponsor products back then, so it's not exactly a new issue."
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."