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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.

Reding: Britain can't pick, choose benefits

January 15th, 2014
04:59 PM ET

With the stagnant state of the French economy, and continued discussion of a British referendum on the EU, Becky spoke to European Commission Vice President Viviane Reding.

In France unemployment is currently above 10%, and there is a distinct lack of recent growth. Reding stated that that is an issue they are aware of. "The European Commission as you know analyses all the national budgets before they go to the national parliaments and we make our recommendations in that sense. We have made these recommendations also for France, and we have called for very strategic fundamental reforms in France, we just hope that the French President and his government will hear these calls because yes, we do need a strong French economy in a strong European economy."

After Becky questioned her about David Cameron's statement that "migrant numbers are out of control", Reding replied "you cannot pick and choose on this. Britain has given its signature for the whole single market."

When pushed on the possible outcome of a British referendum on membership, she told Becky "A British referendum is an absolutely British affair and this has nothing to do with European politics, that has to be clarified by the British people."

In the meantime what she aims for is a strong Europe. "Not a fragmented Europe with nothing to say, where others impose their say on the Europeans."

Photographing them 'Before They Pass Away'

January 15th, 2014
03:26 PM ET

Photographer Jimmy Nelson has traveled all over the globe documenting remote places and people. In just three years he has visited thirty-five tribes, spending between one and three months with each.

Becky spoke to him about why he is so intent on documenting these tribes before they pass away.

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Moussa: Constitution doesn't exclude

January 15th, 2014
03:00 PM ET

Egypt's military-backed government is being put to the test, as voting on their new constitution continues. So far proceedings have been marred with unrest. At least nine people have died in clashes between supporters of ousted president Morsy and government security forces.

Veteran diplomat and former Secretary General of the Arab League Amr Moussa headed the commission that drafted the constitution. Yesterday Becky asked him how he answers critics who say that the only thing this constitution does is legitimizes the very powerful and unquestioned position of the army in Egypt today.

"The clause about the defense minister will be deleted, because it is only for eight years and two presidential periods. If the progress that you are talking about and we are hoping for and working to achieve produces results it is certain that this clause will cease to exist. It is because of the circumstances prevailing in Egypt."

In an opinion piece in the New York Times Moussa claimed that his committee of 50 gave everyone a seat at the table, and that an invitation was extended to all Islamic groups, including the Muslim Brotherhood.

In response to her question about the impossibility of the Muslim Brotherhood being involved in the process when their organisation has been banned, Moussa replied; "Let me tell you that the constitution does not exclude any group, any individual, any citizen. The constitution caters to all Egyptians from all walks of life. Muslim Brotherhood members can run for a seat in the parliament, or field candidates in parliamentary elections or presidential elections. The constitution differs sharply from the previous one, which was called the 'Muslim Brotherhood constitution' that it excluded, it banned members of the previous regime from participating, from running for parliament, from running for elections."

Moussa also confirmed that if General Abdel Fattah el-Sisi ran for Egyptian president he would support him. "I really believe that he is going to run but I cannot tell you that he has told me so. But all indications lead to that and let us see within the next few days or a week or so what kind of decision he is going to take. First of all he has to resign his post as Commander-in-Chief."

Observers are watching to see if participation is above 33%, that's the percentage of voters who turned out for the former Islamist backed constitution.

Voting is scheduled to finish at 21:00 local time (19:00 GMT), although it remains unclear when results will be announced.

Text: Egypt votes on new constitution, tests legitimacy of military-backed government