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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.

Brother on British doctor's death in Syria

December 18th, 2013
12:28 PM ET

Abbas Khan's family had been preparing for a homecoming in Britain after learning that Syria's government was going to release him.

The 32-year-old orthopedic surgeon was arrested for entering Syria without a visa more than a year ago after volunteering to treat wounded victims of that country's civil war. After his mother personally pleaded with top Syrian officials to free him, they appeared to have relented. A member of the House of Commons, George Galloway, was planning to fly to Damascus to bring him home on Friday.

Instead, his family was told that Khan was dead by his own hand, found hanging in his cell.

Read: British doctor's death in Syria no suicide, family says

Becky speaks with Shah Nawaz Khan, the brother of surgeon Dr. Abbas Khan, who calls the Syrian report "absolute slander".

Syrian children learn to live with war

December 2nd, 2013
03:21 PM ET

More than 1 million Syrian children are refugees according to authorities and that's half the Syrian refugee population.  As many as 100,000 people have been killed in the Syrian conflict.

Read: Syria's refugee children: Alone, 'in crisis,' UN report says

In areas close to the front lines, Syrian children must live with battle on a daily basis. Fred Pleitgen reports from Damascus.

Syria's weapons: How did we get here?

November 1st, 2013
03:49 PM ET

Syria has destroyed all its declared chemical weapons mixing, filling and production facilities, and all of the chemical weapons at inspected sites have been placed under seal, the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons said Thursday.

The watchdog body's announcement of the facilities' destruction means that the first deadline has been met in an ambitious program to eliminate the country's entire chemical weapons stockpile by the middle of next year.

The joint United Nations-OPCW mission visited 21 out of 23 sites, the OPCW statement said, and 39 of the 41 facilities at those sites.

The remaining two sites were too dangerous for the inspectors to go to, it said, but Syria had declared those sites as abandoned. The chemical weapons equipment there was moved to other sites, which were inspected.

Read: Syria has met first chemical weapons destruction deadline, OPCW says

Becky reports on the key events in the timeline of Syria's chemical weapons.



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