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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.

Connector of the day: John Thompson

October 16th, 2009
02:58 PM ET

In 1985 father-of-two John Thompson was convicted of murder in the U.S. city of New Orleans and sentenced to death.

John Thompson spent 18 years on death row.

John Thompson spent 18 years on death row.

After 18 years in prison, and just weeks before his scheduled execution, he was exonerated at a retrial after new evidence came to light.

He always maintained his innocence and was eventually awarded $14 million after a civil case.

In 2007 John founded Resurrection After Exoneration (RAE) to promote and sustain a network of support among wrongfully incarcerated individuals.

According to their Web site, RAE works to reconnect exonerees to their communities and provide access to those opportunities of which they were robbed.

He talks to Connect the World about losing nearly 20 years of his life, life on death row, and the deep flaws in the legal system.

Send us your comments, questions for John and we’ll do our best to use them on Monday’s show.

Six Degrees: Soros to Maradona

October 16th, 2009
01:20 PM ET

It’s time for “Six Degrees” — our weekly challenge for Connect the World viewers and Web users.

Maradona's Argentina side have a had a tough campaign.

Maradona's Argentina side have a had a tough campaign.

Here’s how to play: We choose two people in the news this week and ask you to connect them through the six steps.

The week we’ve chosen billionaire investor, philanthropist and political activist George Soros – who has announced plans to invest up to $1 billion in clean energy technologies to combat climate change – and Diego Maradona, whose Argentina squad finally qualified for the World Cup finals Wednesday after a difficult campaign.

You need to come up with five other people between those two for a total of six links.

Leave your submissions in the comments section below, and the team will pick the most creative connection, and we’ll announce the winner on Friday’s show.

If you want your friends to take the challenge as well, then click the “share post” button below.

To see previous challenges, click here. Happy connecting!

Sinking island inspires Cabinet meeting – underwater

October 16th, 2009
11:14 AM ET

(CNN) - The President of the Maldives is to chair an underwater Cabinet meeting tomorrow to highlight the threat global warming and rising sea levels pose to his low-lying nation.

President Mohamed Nasheed and 14 of his government ministers will don scuba gear and descend to a table six meters underwater.

To prepare, the ministers have been learning the basics of scuba diving on the weekends. Nasheed already is a certified diver.

Read more about the watery meeting

The Maldives is the lowest-lying country on the planet, with the majority of the island’s landmass less than two meters above sea level. Its highest point is only just over the height of an average man above the waters of the surrounding Indian Ocean.

As sea levels have risen over 20 centimeters in the last century, scientists predict that by the end of this century the Maldives may be uninhabitable - a modern day Atlantis consumed by the sea.

Earlier this year President Nasheed announced he was looking to relocate the country to new lands - possibly in India, Sri Lanka or Australia - and was putting aside funds from the island’s main source of income, tourism, for that purpose.

Nasheed is also looking to the climate change conference in Copenhagen at the end of the year to help the islands with the problem of rising sea levels.

President Nasheed will be on Connect the World tonight. Send us your thoughts and comments on the Maldives, underwater cabinet meetings and climate change, and we'll include the best in the show tonight.


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