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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.

British explorer sets off on history-making expedition

October 3rd, 2013
08:08 PM ET

British explorer Captain Scott had hoped to become the first man to reach the South Pole.

Little did he know as he trudged for weeks across the cruel Antarctic landscape to do just that, Norway’s Roald Amundsen had already beaten him to it – by 33 days.

‘Great God! This is an awful place’ Scott wrote in his journal as he set off on foot back towards the coast, a beaten man.

It has been a century since Scott died on that return journey and while many have since visited the South Pole, no one has ever even attempted to walk the entire 1800 mile (2987km) round trip without a support team. Until now.

British explorer Ben Saunders and fellow trekker Tarka L’Herpiniere are setting off to complete the journey Scott did not. If they are successful, it will be the longest unsupported polar journey in history.

No dogs. No support team. Just two men walking across what Scott described as a ‘slough of despond’.

They will however have vital survival kit that their predecessor could only have dreamed of – space-aged clothing and satellite technology.

The ability to communicate with the rest of the world while they trek across the bottom of it could not only save their lives, but will enable them to keep us up to date on their progress.

You can follow the two-man team on scottexpedition.com and if there is something you would like to ask Saunders during his four month journey, you can leave your questions.

Filed under:  Video

Shutdown highlights debt ceiling debate

October 3rd, 2013
03:30 PM ET

The U.S. government shutdown is highlighting the debate that needs to be held over the debt ceiling.

Read: CNN Poll: Majority says raise debt ceiling

Jonathan Mann spoke to chief economist at Mesirow Financial Diane Swonk about how the economic shock of a U.S. default could ripple around the world.

Filed under:  American politics • Video

Roman skulls unearthed in London

October 3rd, 2013
03:29 PM ET

We've all heard of skulls and crossbones but what about skulls and Crossrails?

While digging for the new Crossrail rail link, near London's Liverpool street, workers were surprised to find they had unearthed 20 human skulls.

CNN's Erin McLaughlin sheds light on the remarkable story of Roman artifacts found under London.

Filed under:  History • Video

Meet the newest resident at London Zoo

October 3rd, 2013
03:28 PM ET

As part of Connect the World's 'Parting Shots' we show footage of the first tiger cub to be born in the ZSL London Zoo in 17 years.

It is not yet known if the Sumatran tiger is male or female as the zoo wanted to give the mother tiger, Melati, time to bond with its child. Hidden cameras show its mother giving it a tongue bath.

Filed under:  Video