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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.

Monday's Connector: Jessica Alba

April 20th, 2010
05:59 PM ET

She is one of the most widely recognizable actresses around the world and thankfully Jessica Alba has put that fame to good use.

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Alba is best known for her role in such films "Sin City", "Fantastic Four" and her television series "Dark Angel".

The 28-year-old is teaming up with U.S. congresswoman Nita Lowey to help unveil landmark legislation to help achieve universal basic education around the world.

The movement is part of the 1Goal: Education for all World Cup campaign in the United States.

The bill is the culmination of a decade's work that began at the Millennium Summit in 2000 and is aimed at solving the problem where 72 million children still lack access to basic education.

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Tuesday's Connector: Fatima Bhutto

April 20th, 2010
05:42 PM ET

Fatima Bhutto is a Pakistani born poet, journalist and social activist.

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She comes from a long line of family members who were involved in Pakistani politics - her father, Murtaza Bhutto was a member of the powerful Pakistan People's Party and she was the granddaughter of former Prime Minister Zulfikar Ali Bhutto.

She was also the niece of former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto who was assassinated in December 2007.

While her other family members may have become global heavyweights in international affairs, Fatima Bhutto is better known for her collection of books than her political will.

Her first book was a collection of poems and was called "Whispers of the Desert".

Today, Bhutto is out with a new book called "Songs of Blood and Sword" which is a memoir on her life.

Are you addicted to your mobile phone?

April 20th, 2010
04:14 PM ET

Text messaging and mobile phone use by teens has skyrocketed over the past year and a half, according to a new study by the Pew Research Center.

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The study said that 54 percent of teens were daily texters and that 15 percent send more than 200 text messages a day.

That’s equal to nearly 6,000 texts a month.

In many cases, cell phones have become an integral and irreplaceable part of life for a teen.

“It’s right by my bed when I go to sleep and right by my bed when I wake-up and it’s like the first thing I go to,” 15-year-old Sarah Matzkin told CNN.

“If someone responds right away, you’re like yay they responded and if someone responds two to three hours later you’re like, what’s going on?”

It may sound addictive and according to some doctors, it is.

Studies have shown that texting and the instant gratification of getting a text back floods the brain’s pleasure center with the mood enhancing dopamine.

“Neuro-imaging studies have shown that those kids who are texting have the same area of the brain light up as an addict using heroin,” Dr Michael Seyffert said.

Seyffert treats teens with sleeping disorders and has discovered that one out of five of them are interrupting their sleep to text.

We want to know what you think.

Do teenagers have a problem when it comes to texting? Are you addicted to your phone?

Filed under:  General

Is your government doing enough to help stranded travelers?

April 20th, 2010
11:13 AM ET

Hundreds of thousands of travelers remain stranded around the world as disruptions to travel because of the volcanic ash cloud entered its sixth day.

Do you think your government is doing enough to help stranded passengers?

Although some flights resumed Tuesday in the UK and Europe, there is growing concern over a new ash cloud that is heading toward the United Kingdom.

Air authorities remained cautious about predicting relief for thousands of travelers still stranded abroad six days after Iceland's Eyjafjallajokull volcano spewed potentially dangerous volcanic ash into the sky.

More than 6.8 million passengers have been affected, Jankovec said in a statement, adding that the effect is worse than after the September 11 terrorist attacks on the United States.

Thousands of people have been living in airports.

"I have been living out of my carry-on for five days," said Paulo Wu, stranded in Amsterdam, Netherlands. After two nights sleeping on a cot at the airport, he was able to get into a hotel with an actual bed, he said. "I have no bags. My bags are somewhere, I think, at the airport. I just have my carry-on," he said.

Britain dispatched Royal Navy ships to bring home some stranded British travelers, including members of its military, Prime Minister Gordon Brown said Monday.

The HMS Albion arrived Tuesday morning in Santander, Spain, where it was expected to pick up 400 to 500 British troops and up to 200 civilians.

We want to know what you think.

Do you think governments around the world have been doing enough to help stranded travelers around the world? Should more be done to help get people home who are stuck?

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