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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.

What consitutes 'compassionate grounds?'

August 13th, 2009
12:32 PM ET

Should the Libyan man convicted of the Lockerbie bombing, who has terminal cancer, be freed on compassionate grounds?
Should the Lockerbie bomber be released on compassionate grounds because he has terminal cancer? Let us know your thoughts.

The British authorities released the Great Train Robber, Ronnie Biggs, last week because he has only months to live. They took the same view with the gangland boss Reggie Kray.

Then again, American authorities have denied 17 appeals for release by Susan Atkins, who murdered Sharon Tate, and who is now paralysed by terminal brain cancer.

On tonight's show, we will explore what makes the case for "compassionate grounds," and we'll feature some of your comments on the show.

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Are the Geneva Conventions still working?

August 12th, 2009
09:40 AM ET

Sixty years after they were signed, are the Geneva Conventions still working?
Sixty years ago, the world's leading nations signed the Geneva Conventions, agreeing the "rules of war" - the conduct of armed forces and the protection of non-combatants in conflict zones.  The conventions also formalised the role of the International Red Cross as a neutral presence able to monitor the treatment of captured and wounded combatants and civilians on both sides of front lines.  On tonight's show we'll take you back to the original signing, introduce you to Dr. Alberto Cairo of the Red Cross, who has treated over 90,000 Afgan amputees (click here for more on his work), and ask an international director of the Red Cross whether the Geneva Conventions need to be updated for the 21st Century and the war on terror.  We want to hear your thoughts - leave a comment below and vote in our poll. To read more on this story, click here.

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Myanmar Verdict

August 11th, 2009
03:25 PM ET

Was it a surprise that authorities in Myanmar decided to renew Aung San Suu Kyi’s house arrest? No. Nor was it a surprise that the terms of her extended sentence prevent her from playing an active role in next year’s election.

What is a surprise is that the ruling junta didn’t exercise their option to send the pro-democracy leader to jail for five years. So, are we seeing a softening of their stance – a sign from the government that they are susceptible to international pressure and pressure from those inside Myanmar who support the democratic opposition?

The case of Nobel Peace Prize laureate has attracted the predictable reaction from European leaders who were quick to criticize the verdict. No such chorus of condemnation from the likes of China, India and Thailand, Myanmar’s neighbours, main trading partners and the countries with most leverage.

What should the world do next? What do you want to hear and from whom? Share your thoughts with me below or email me at ConnectTheWorld@CNN.com and I’ll share them with CNN’s viewers at 2100 London time tonight.


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Infertility treatment in China

August 11th, 2009
10:16 AM ET

What's your view of the boom in infertility treatment in China - a country with an official "one child" policy? Let us know your thoughts. You can read Emily Chang' story here and you can get the full story with your feedback on Connect The World on CNNI tonight. All week Connect the World is reporting on fertility issues around the globe, and we want to hear your thoughts.

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The World Wide Web-Tutorial

August 10th, 2009
01:59 PM ET

Lauren Luke is a 27-year-old single mother from South Shields near Newcastle in England. She's also an internet superstar.

Her self-help beauty and make-up tutorials have been viewed more than 50 million times online; her YouTube channel has 250,000 subscribers in 70 countries.

It's a testament to what people can learn online these days.

So what have you learned on the web? Playing the guitar? Baking a cake? Write in and let us know - below, or on ConnectTheWorld@CNN.com.

We'll read the best responses on air when we interview Lauren Luke and take a look at other online tutorial megahits. Tune in 9pm London time.


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