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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.

Live from Abu Dhabi Connect the World takes you on a journey across continents, investigating the stories that are changing our world.

Female Peshmerga fighter recalls front line life

October 28th, 2014
04:06 PM ET

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.


Filed under:  Activism • Becky's Interviews • Middle East • Photography • Video

Leone Lakhani's Ramadan Diary

July 2nd, 2014
04:31 PM ET

Daylight fasting is a key requirement during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan. In the first part of her Ramadan diary, CNN's Leone Lakhani reports on the health risks and benefits that come with compliance.


Filed under:  General • Health • Middle East • Video

Afghanistan After the Election

April 7th, 2014
11:37 AM ET

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.

UN International Happiness Day

March 21st, 2014
03:12 PM ET

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!


Filed under:  Activism • Becky's Interviews • Video

Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 families' trauma

March 20th, 2014
05:22 PM ET

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.


Filed under:  Becky's Interviews • Video
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