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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.

Improbable Reprieve at Iran Gallows

April 17th, 2014
05:39 PM ET

An Iranian man convicted of murder was facing almost certain death. But seconds before his hanging was due to take place, he was offered a reprieve from the unlikeliest source. A photographer was on hand to capture the whole remarkable scene. He tells CNN's Connect the World with Becky Anderson exactly what he witnessed.


Becky Anderson hosts the first edition of Connect the World from Abu Dhabi
April 7th, 2014
12:23 PM ET

For those of you who caught the inaugural show, I hope you'll agree we had a successful launch Sunday for Connect the World with Becky Anderson from Abu Dhabi.  For those of you who didn't, can I suggest setting a digital diary "alert" weekdays at 7p local!

Onwards. . . With the first show in the bag, I'm mindful that the editorial narrative for our MidEast prime-time show must continue to provide this region with the best of the international news agenda – using CNN's incredible asset base of reporters around the world – with a focus, as news befits, on the stories that resonate here – in all their glory.

To that end, your input as viewers of the show and as consumers of the incredibly successful cnn.com/Arabic is absolutely crucial.  You are part of "our" Global Conversation and I appeal to you ALL to get involved via the cnn.com site, on Twitter, on Instagram and on Facebook as we build our rundowns to reflect the news, views and opinion across the region.

And just so that you know: having been born and brought up with the vagaries of the British weather, I'm still getting used to waking up to blue skies and genuine smiles in the UAE!  Believe me, this is ONE challenge that aim getting used to incredibly quickly!!


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.

'One Billion Rise' to end abuse of women

January 18th, 2014
05:02 PM ET

One in three women are raped or beaten in their lifetime. That equates to one billion of the women alive today.

After suffering abuse as a child, Eve Ensler became an activist. Two decades of activism culminated last year with One Billion Rising. It was "a global call for women and men across the planet to rise, and dance, and end violence against women and girls." And rise they did.

Eve told Becky, "what was really exciting I think is to see not only the breadth of the huge risings, massive risings in places like Philippines, and India, and Bangladesh, and at the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin for example, but to see these individual risings that happen, like with a girl in Tehran in her bedroom who filmed herself, in the streets of Somalia where women had never, in the history of Somalia, broken through and danced in the streets, in Lebanon. We saw people come out of the woodwork... It was a feminist tsunami."

Now a short film about the V-Day Rising has been selected to premier at the Sundance Film Festival, creating more awareness and more empowerment among women across the globe.

"I think there's an unearthing going on. The stories are finally coming out. What's been happening forever is finally getting told."

Putin: No discrimination in Sochi

January 18th, 2014
03:07 PM ET

It's now less than three weeks until the Sochi Winter Olympics begin, and preparations have not been without controversy. Russia has come under international pressure since its parliament passed a law last summer outlawing "gay propaganda", and one of the big questions has been how gay athletes and visitors will be treated when they arrive for the games.

Addressing volunteers near Sochi yesterday, Russian President Vladimir Putin downplayed these fears, stating that gay and lesbian visitors won't face prosecution as long as they "leave children in peace".

Becky asked CNN's correspondent Nic Robertson about the response to the President's remarks.

"The issue there of gay people coming to Russia – athletes and visitors – how are they going to be treated? He said they'll be treated properly. But of course there's a real concern here that while President Putin speaks like this many people take that language to sort of conflate his conflating the issue of homosexuality with paedophilia, and it has lead to a rise in abuses of gays in Russia right now."

Nic emphasized the importance of these games for Putin's domestic and international reputation. "A lot rides on this for him."

Becky also asked Nic about the general atmosphere around the city. "It's buzzing. Wherever you go in this city right now workers seem to be trying to get the last of the trees in, fill in the holes in the road, get the ground levelled out straight, put ramps up next to steps – they haven't finished putting on all the handrails if you will. So it really does seem to be a sort of race to get this place ready in three weeks."

Text: Putin says gays 'can feel safe' at Sochi Winter Olympics

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