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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.

Friday's Connector of the Day – Laila Ali

December 17th, 2009
06:29 PM ET

Muhammad Ali is one of the world's best known sportsmen ... instantly recognisable for his gift of the gab, as much as his fancy footwork and phantom punch. His life story transcends boxing and his ongoing struggle with Parkinson's disease raises troubling questions about boxing's safety.

When one of his daughters chose to box, she became a new reason for the media spotlight to focus on women and the sport.

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Laila Ali, undefeated in her 21 professional fights and the first woman to win a World Boxing Council title, has followed in her father's footsteps, cementing her own legacy as one of the greatest female boxers. Like her father, Ali has quick feet, a stiff jab, and natural self-confidence.

Ali headlined the first ever women's professional boxing match in South Africa in 2007. These days, upcoming stars in female boxing, such as world super-middleweight boxing champion Natalia Ragozina, have named Ali as the number 1 opponent they dream to fight. But Ali is concerning herself with new projects.

"Dancing with the Stars" in 2007 attracted attention all over the U.S. and gave her a public platform. Passionate about children's health Ali has been a figurehead in anti-obesity campaigns, and promoting girls in sports. She has named her biggest accomplishment of late getting married to sports broadcaster and former NFL player Curtis Conway, and giving birth to their son, 'CJ.'

Emerging from the dangerous world of boxing as a glamorous advert for the sport – what do you think of women participating in the ring?

Send your questions for Laila Ali here and we'll put the best of them to her on Friday's show.

Good COP, bad COP?

December 17th, 2009
01:43 PM ET

On Monday United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change Executive Secretary, Yvo de Boer likened the COP15 talks to a cable car ride. [cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/images/12/17/clinton.art.jpg caption="Deal, or no deal?"]

Delegates were traveling to the summit and the ride was going to be “fast, smooth and relaxing”, he said.

But by Wednesday, the cable car had come to an “unexpected stop,” – some wished the same fate for the analogy – as delegates requested time to discuss the basis of further talks.

But with only hours of the U.N. summit remaining there are signs that the de Boer cable car is back on the move again ascending his imaginary mountain.

African nations – who were holding out for $400 billion in compensation from rich countries by 2020 – agreed yesterday to cut that demand to $100 billion. This slashing of compensation for the impacts of climate change has raised hopes that an historic treaty can be signed.

U.S. Secretary of State Hilary Clinton said Thursday the United States was ready to support the compensation package but reiterated the demand for greater accountability from the likes of China, India and Brazil on their pledges to cut emissions.

So as the final chaotic hours play out on the outskirts of Copenhagen, are we really that close to a deal? Or are negotiators going to emerge from the Bella Center essentially agreeing to disagree again?

Has what you have seen of the conference made you more or less optimistic that a coherent climate policy will ever be achieved? Post your comments below.

Filed under:  General

Six Degrees: Prince Charles to Meryl Streep

December 17th, 2009
10:43 AM ET

It’s now time to lay down our weekly six degrees challenge where we ask you to connect two people in the news in six short steps. 

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/images/12/17/streep.prince.six.jpg caption="How would you link Prince Charles and actress Meryl Streep?"]There’s no correct answer, we’re just looking for the most creative connection that you can make.

This week we’re asking you to link up Britain’s Prince Charles, who is in Copenhagen this week for the U.N. climate summit and actress Meryl Streep, who received two Golden Globe nominations on Monday, which takes her career tally to a record 25!

Here’s how to play. You need to come up with five other people between his royal highness and the Oscar-winning actress.

Submit your ingenious ideas below and we’ll pick the most imaginative answer. We’ll announce the winner on Friday’s show. Make sure you visit the Connect the World Web pages - www.cnn.com/connect  - to find out the latest news on our Connectors and watch highlights from previous editions.