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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.

Paul Bremer: Troop withdrawal a mistake

November 4th, 2013
03:12 PM ET

It been almost two years since the last U.S. troops left Iraq in December, 2011 drawing the U.S. military mission in Iraq to a close.

Read: Iraq History Fast Facts

Jonathan Mann speaks with Paul Bremer, former U.S. administrator in Iraq, about how U.S. troop withdrawal has affected the country.


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'Third sex' law aims to reduce surgery

November 4th, 2013
12:19 PM ET

Traditionally a birth certificate offers two gender choices, male or female; but now in Germany, there is a third option.

As of Friday, Germany is the first country in Europe to allow parents to not specify their child's gender on birth certificates.

Supporters of the new law say this takes the pressure off parents to immediately assign a child's gender.

CNN's Jonathan Mann speaks to Dr. Annand Saggar about the reasoning behind Germany's new "third sex" law.

Reports: Pakistani Taliban leader killed

November 4th, 2013
12:03 PM ET

Pakistani Taliban leader Hakimullah Mehsud - once charged by the United States for his alleged involvement in a deadly 2009 attack on a U.S. military base in Afghanistan - was killed in a drone strike in northwestern Pakistan on Friday, senior U.S. and Pakistani officials told CNN.

Three other people were killed in the strike, Pakistani intelligence sources and tribal officials said, describing the incident as a suspected U.S. drone strike in a remote area of Pakistan's Waziristan region, a Taliban stronghold bordering Afghanistan.

One missile hit a compound, and another struck a car nearby, the Pakistani sources said.

The government of Pakistan issued a statement through its foreign ministry saying it "strongly condems the U.S. drone strike" in Waziristan. The statement made no mention of Mehsud, and it was not clear whether the ministry knew of reports that he had been killed when the statement was released.

Jonathan Mann talks to CNN Senior International Correspondent Nic Robertson about the reports of Hakimullah Mehsud's death.

Quest: Why should sports clubs be exempt?

November 4th, 2013
11:34 AM ET

It's said nothing is certain in life except for death and taxes.

For French football clubs it's a new punitive tax law that's worrying them to death. They fear one of Europe top leagues, newly resurgent following significant investment from mega wealthy Qataris and Russians, could be irreparably damaged by the tax.

On Thursday, French president Francois Hollande told a delegation of professional French football club leaders he wouldn't abandon the government's plan for a 75% tax on salaries reaching more than a $1.35 million.

French football clubs have been lobbying hard against the tax, arguing it endangers their future. It's estimated the tax could increase their costs by up to 30%.

And they feel so strongly over the matter that they plan to go on strike.

Read: Soccer clubs to strike over tax hike

So if you're a French football fan don't expect to be watching the likes Paris Saint-Germain striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic or Monaco forward Falcao in action between 29 November and 2 December.

If it goes ahead it would France's first football "strike" since 1972.

Richard Quest explains why he thinks fixing France's economy is more important than keeping soccer clubs happy.

Soccer clubs to strike over tax hike

November 4th, 2013
11:32 AM ET

A tax hike proposed by President François Hollande has French soccer clubs set to strike for the first time since 1972.

Jonathan Mann spoke to World Sport's Don Riddell about how this tax is going to hit France's favorite sport.