Live from Abu Dhabi Connect the World takes you on a journey across continents, investigating the stories that are changing our world.
The launch of Connect the World with Becky Anderson in Abu Dhabi came just a day after the people of Afghanistan defied Taliban threats and headed to the polls in their millions. Becky sat down with members of Dubai's Afghan community at a local cafe to find out whether they believe people power can ultimately defeat the militants.
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!
The mystery of the missing Malaysia Airlines plane is much more than an aviation story. It is a human story involving 239 people and their families.
Becky speaks about some of the passengers on board the aircraft, and also spoke to psychologist James Thompson about how the families must be coping during this terrible time.
He identified the key problem, the fear of the unknown throughout this uncertainty: "I think to mourn someone when you don't have their body is hard enough, but here what we have is something worse, which is a long time in which you can build up hope."
See the rest of their interview above.
He's famed for his 'licence to kill', rather than his 'licence to drive', but Britain's most famous spy has driven an incredible assortment of cars.
Becky visited the London Film Museum's 'Bond in Motion', the largest exhibition of James Bond vehicles, gadgets and gizmos to date.
From Alfa Romeos to Aston Martins, these vehicles have survived through some trying times. Even though special effects have improved over Bond's lifespan, the scenes in the modern films are no less dangerous. Vic Armstrong – former Bond stuntman and stunt coordinator – told Becky that there's no "under-cranking" in the films: everything happens at the speed you see it at.
Becky also spoke to Michael G. Wilson, producer and screenwriter, who says he knows what fans of the franchise really care about. "I think people, when they ask what the next film is they say 'who's the girl and what car does Bond drive?"
The histories of Russia and Ukraine have been intimately linked for centuries – nowhere more so than on Ukraine's Crimean peninsula, where many ethnic Russians live today.
But how do average Russians view the region? And how does Crimea fit into President Vladimir Putin's broader ambitions?
Atika Shubert sat down with two Russian experts to learn more.
Uilleam Blacker, a Professor in Russian Literature, acknowledged that a large majority of Crimean residents identify as Russian, and even speak the language. But he cautioned that ethnic background doesn't necessarily equate to support for joining Russia.
"Even with the Russian population," Blacker says, "There's no evidence to suggest that there's actually overwhelming support for joining Russia."
Freelance Russian journalist Masha Karp says the Crimean peninsula plays directly into Putin's plans for a resurgent Russia.
"I think this is part of his very powerful rhetoric," Karp says. "Russia is getting off its knees. Part of his propaganda is we are trying to become again a world power."