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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.

Your connections to the world

April 20th, 2009
06:56 PM ET

It's showtime![cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/images/04/20/art.iran.afp.gi.jpg caption="Ahmadinejad delivers his speech Monday."]A big warm welcome to Becky's Briefing - the blog that gives you the lowdown on how we're developing the rundown for CNN's daily Connect the World show – the new prime time program that airs at 9p London time.

Every day around this time I'll post my thoughts on the day's best stories and events.

And we're looking for your feedback and the connections - or links that you think matter. Wherever you live, whatever you do - get engaged. Tell us how the stories we'll be reporting are playing out in your region.

TONIGHT: Iran's president torpedoes a U.N. conference in Geneva, accusing Israel of racism, leading many of those attending on behalf of Western governments to walk out.

Difficult though to ignore the cheers from those who stayed - a reminder, if nothing else, that not everyone disagrees with what President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has to say on the subject.

Our Connections take us to Israel, Iraq and Washington tonight as we get a 360-take on this story.

We're also following the fallout from the latest salvo from Sri Lanka as government troops force the mass exodus of tens of thousands of Tamil civilians.

From rare, must-see footage to scenes of mass protests in London by Tamil exiles, we make connections with the people who count in what is one of Asia's longest running wars.

No time for any more tonight as this is late and I've got to help edit the show.

Tune in and GET CONNECTED!

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Tonight's the night!

April 20th, 2009
11:25 AM ET

LONDON, England - After months of planning and weeks of rehearsals, here we are. Eight hours from now, Connect the World will go on air. [cnn-photo-caption image=http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/images/04/20/art.connect.jpg
caption="The Connect team puts the finishing touches on the show."]

I know you'll join us on air tonight, but we wish you could feel the buzz in the newsroom right now:  It's electric; the excitement is very palpable.

As of this writing, we have absolutely no idea what our lead will be.  A Connects lead has to have legs that take it around the world.  Let's see what happens.

Back to work, and monitoring the news wires - join us for the launch, we promise it'll be exciting, unique, and entertaining.  Stay connected!

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