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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.

Tuesday's Connector: Evander Holyfield

August 31st, 2010
09:07 PM ET

World-famous American boxer Evander Holyfield is famous for his gladiatorial battles-of-the-ring with the likes of Mike Tyson, Michael Moorer and Lennox Lewis and more than two decades after beginning his career, Holyfield is still fighting.

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There are also rumors that Holyfield, who boasts a record of 43 wins from 55 bouts, is about to match up with retired Danish boxer Brian Nielsen later in the year.

But, it isn't only boxing that Holyfield has his eye on.

The former heavyweight champion and Olympic bronze medalist, who famously had part of his ear bitten off by Tyson during a world-title fight in 1997, has also become a bit of an environmentalist, turning his Atlanta, Georgia estate into a renewable energy playground by building a solar farm along side an organic garden at his ranch.

As one of only three men in history to have been crowned world heavyweight champion three times in a career, the one dubbed 'The Real Deal' hopes to make green history with his actions.

Here's your chance to send in your questions to boxer Evander Holyfield.

Do you want to know what his most memorable match was? Why does he enjoy boxing? How has his efforts on the environmental front gone?

Please leave your questions below and be sure to include where you're writing from.

Was the war in Iraq worth it?

August 31st, 2010
02:01 PM ET

Military combat operations in Iraq will be officially coming to a close on August 31 and the day will mark the end of a lengthy and bitter conflict that has divided people around the world.

U.S. President Barack Obama will be marking the end of the war by personally thanking members of the military for their contribution and will also mark the milestone with a speech from the Oval Office.

Even though the official combat mission is ending, roughly 50,000 U.S. troops will remain in the country until the end of 2011. Their mission will be to train, assist and advise the Iraqis.

Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki proclaimed Iraq as "sovereign and independent" during a national address Tuesday to mark the official end of the U.S. combat mission in his country.

Al-Maliki praised the strides made by Iraqi security forces in fighting terrorism, attributing their efforts to making the U.S. drawdown possible.

"If these security achievements were not real, we would not have been able to move to executing the bigger and more important step, which is the withdrawal of American forces that is happening today," he said.

"This withdrawal would not have happened without the sacrifices of all the Iraqi people and the heroics of the army, police and security forces and the tribesmen who supported them.

As Iraq marks this important day, CNN International's "Connect the World" is bringing you a special one hour program dedicated to bringing you the answers of whether the Iraq war was worth it.

More than 4,000 U.S. troops have been killed so far and 316 members of the coalition have also lost their lives.

Reliable numbers on civilians killed are difficult to determine, but according to the human rights group "Iraq Body Count," between 97,000 and 106,000 Iraqis have been killed since 2003.

The war has also cost the U.S. government more than $700 billion according to the U.S. defence department.

We want to know what you think.

After more than seven years of conflict, was the end result worth it? Was the ousting of Saddam Hussein and the establishment of a democratic government worth the loss of life?

Let us know what you think and please leave your comments below - be sure to also include where you're writing from. You can also tweet CNN's Becky Anderson @BeckyCNN if you want your tweet read out.

Tune in on Tuesday August 31 at 2100 London time, 2200 central Europe time or 1600 New York time.

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Tuesday's Connector: Erick Morillo

August 27th, 2010
06:31 PM ET

There's not much in the world of music that Erick Morillo hasn't turned his hand to.

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caption="Erick Morillo is your Connectors of the Day."]

A platinum selling artist, he's topped the charts as a producer and DJ and has a string of international hits.

Morillo is the man behind a huge number of dance floor hits including "Believe" and "I Feel the Love."

Raised in the United States, the DJ grew up listening to a mix of latin, reggae and hip-hop music.

He started spinning the decks at the age of 11 and from then on, his path was set.

Morillo, who's remixed tracks by Whitney Houston and Basement Jaxx, plays at events around the world, from Buenos Aires to Ibiza and Sydney.

Right now Morillo is branching out into the world of fashion and is in the early stages of setting up a children's foundation in Colombia.

Both an international DJ and a successful businessman, Erick Morillo is your Connector of the Day.

Here's your chance to send him your questions - please leave them below and be sure to include where you're writing from.

Global Connections: What's up with Brazil and Nigeria?

August 27th, 2010
02:40 PM ET

On the surface, both Brazil and Nigeria may seem like they have absolutely nothing in common, but if you dig a little deeper, you'll soon realize that they have a lot more connections than you may think.

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We've chosen the South American powerhouse and African stalwart as our very first pair of countries in our brand new segment on CNN International's "Connect the World," that we're calling "Global Connections."

One of the most beautiful countries on the planet, Brazil is the land of carnival, rainforests, beaches and football, while Nigeria is Africa’s most populated country, famous for oil and Nollywood films.

So what on earth could the connections possibly be?

Well, that's why we are going to be relying on you.

In this new weekly segment, we'll be choosing a new pair of countries every seven days and that's why we will need you to get in touch and post comments and video.

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caption="Can you find something to connect Nigeria to Brazil?"]

The connections can be anything from culture and geography to music and the economy.

We also want to hear your personal stories too. Perhaps you have a family member that moved from one country to the other years ago and you want to get in touch? Maybe you visited one country years ago on holiday and something special happened? Whatever connection you think there is, we want to know.

We've even teamed up with local Nigerian radio station the Beat 99.9 FM and Nigeria’s No.1 entertainment, lifestyle & fashion website Bella Naija.

This is your chance to have your voice heard on CNN.

All you have to do is leave your comments below on what connections you think exist and then one of our team members will be in touch.

You can also post your video responses directly to our very own CNN iReport page which you can visit by clicking here.

Now it's time for you to get involved - get connecting!

Monday's Connectors: Bob and Mike Bryan

August 25th, 2010
05:52 PM ET

You might think you are seeing double, but in fact you're looking at identical twins and world leading tennis doubles players, Bob and Mike Bryan.

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The reigning ATP world tour champions, the Bryan brothers, are on a crushing pace to win their ninth tour level title of the season after winning their eighth championship earlier this month in Cincinnati.

Earlier in the year, the Bryan brothers reached their 600th match win.

Born in 1978, the twins began playing tennis at an early age and in fact, won their first tournament together at the age of six.

In 1991, the pair won their first national title at the USTA's national boys' 14 doubles championships.

In the following years, the Bryan brothers continued their quick climb to the top of the tennis world ranking winning championship after championship.

They made their professional and Grand Slam debut in 1995.

Since then, the pair have won titles ranging from the Australian Open, the U.S. Open, Wimbledon and the French Open.

Here's your chance to quiz tennis players Bob and Mike Bryan.

Do you want about their chances at the upcoming U.S. Open? Do you want any tennis tips? How has being identical twins helped in their quest for tennis glory?

Please leave your questions below and be sure to include where you're writing from.

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