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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.

Fresh lead in Madeleine McCann case

March 20th, 2014
02:45 PM ET

Madeleine McCann disappeared in May 2007 in Portugal sparking one of the most high-profile missing child cases in history.

Now British police have identified a new person of interest.

Tanned, with dark hair, unshaven and smelling of tobacco and aftershave, the new suspect is thought to have committed a string of break-ins and sexual assaults not far from where Madeleine disappeared

Though this man assaulted five British girls, all aged 10 or less between 2004 and 2006, he has never been found.

He's not the only person still being searched for by the police. With Detective Chief Inspector Andy Redwood of the London Metropolitan Police emphasizing that "it's very important for us to understand and identify who this offender is," there are six other individuals that police want to speak to in connection to the case.

Becky asked criminologist and child protection expert Mark Williams-Thomas how he felt about this new development. He said that although it's wide, "if anyone did know this person they'd be able to come forward." He also emphasized that the issues with solving the case go further than just eliminating suspects. "The problem is the relationship between the Portuguese and the British police is one that is at best difficult, because there is not a communication level that is really open." And, he adds, "The only people that will solve this will be the people in Portugal."

On what this means for the McCann's, Williams-Thomas said that any move forward was positive for them. "Gerry and Kate live to the hope that one day they will find out. They will never give up."

Text: Madeleine McCann: Hunt for missing girl goes on


Filed under:  Becky's Interviews • Breaking News • Europe • United Kingdom

Ambassador: Sanctions must be "painful to Russians"

March 18th, 2014
03:21 PM ET

As the fallout from Crimea's Sunday referendum continues, Becky spoke to Volodymyr Khandogiy, the Ukrainian ambassador to the United Kingdom. She asked him whether the sanctions imposed by the U.S. and the European Union go far enough.

Khandogiy said a lot more can be done.  According to him, two things are key to any actions that will make Russia take notice: "First of all they have to be effective and second of all they have to be painful to Russians."

He went on to say that there is more that can be done to help Ukraine. "Of course we will be happy to receive military technical assistance from our partners."  Khandogiy says that kind of help was the subject of recent talks between the Foreign Minister of Ukraine and the Secretary General of NATO.

Though Khandogiy says he doesn’t know Russian President Vladimir Putin’s motivations for certain, he says that one possible motive resonates the most with him – Putin's "perception that Ukraine does not deserve to be an independent state."

Text: US imposes sanctions on Russia

Text: West's sanctions on Russia: Are they just for show?


Filed under:  Crimea • Europe • European Union • NATO • Russia • Ukraine • United Kingdom • United States

UK Muslim community reacts to Lee Rigby murder sentencing

February 27th, 2014
03:33 PM ET
Sentences have been handed down for the two men convicted in the brutal murder of British soldier Lee Rigby, who was killed in broad daylight on a London street last May. 
 
Michael Adebolajo was sentenced to life in prison without a chance of parole. Michael Adebowale will serve a minimum of 45 years. 
 
Both men claimed that they acted as "soldiers of Allah." Adebolajo said: "It is a war between Islam, and those militaries that invade Muslim lands."
 
We spoke to Talha Ahmad from the Muslim Council in Britain, about the reaction of British Muslims to the sentencing, and how this act has affected the Islamic community.
 
"We are quite relieved that these two men are being put behind bars, effectively for the rest of their lives," Ahmad said. He emphasized that nothing justified the events of last May. "The murder of Lee Rigby was horrific and I think the Muslim community, like every other British citizen, were horrified by it."
 
While Ahmad acknowledged that debate is needed over whether the UK government is doing enough to integrate Muslims into British society, he says that discussion is entirely separate to the actions of Adebolajo and Adebowale. "Today's focus should rightly be that these two men do not represent Muslims... These men committed horrific crimes and they deserve the punishment that they've got."

Filed under:  United Kingdom

Weather expert: "be prepared for the worst"

February 12th, 2014
01:36 PM ET

Is the recent spate of extreme weather around the globe a result of climate change?

Max spoke to Bob Henson, a meteorologist at the U.S. National Center for Atmospheric Research, to find out what’s behind the major snowstorms in the U.S. and the devastating flooding in the UK.

Agreeing that climate change is playing a role, Henson says in recent years is that "when it's raining or snowing hard, it tends to be raining or snowing a little bit harder."

He attributes the more extreme weather we're seeing now to the change in sea levels. "Sea levels are undoubtedly and absolutely rising, and are expected to continue to do so, at least by a few inches over the coming decades, possibly by as much as a foot by the end of the century."

This impacts the weather on land because "storms move and strike on top of an existing sea level that's getting higher and higher, so that makes the storms even more able to inflict serious damage."

As governments try to figure out how to tackle this issue, Henson offered this piece of advice: "You have to be prepared for the worst you might expect, and that worst might be worse than anything you've ever seen."

Text: Floods hit homes in England as wild weather batters Europe

Text: Whiteout, then blackouts as frigid Northeast digs out of snowstorm


Filed under:  Climate change • Environment • United Kingdom • United States • Weather