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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.

Sochi terror threats overshadow events

January 28th, 2014
03:11 PM ET

With the Winter Olympics in Sochi set to begin in just 10 days, headlines are filled with talk of security concerns, terror threats and contingency plans.

But what about the 6,000 athletes who are arriving for the games?  The world's best lugers, figure skaters and ice hockey players are descending on Sochi for their Olympic moment.

Becky takes a closer look at whether the sports can steal the spotlight from security in Sochi.

Filed under:  Analysis • Europe • London • Olympics • Russia • Sochi • Sport • Video

Expert: First spouses walk a narrow line

January 28th, 2014
03:04 PM ET

After the French first couple called it quits, former first lady Valerie Trierweiler headed off to India on a long-planned charity trip.  While the role of first lady is well established in the United States, recent revelations of Francois Hollande's love affair and subsequent break up have led the French to re-examine the position of president's partner.

Becky spoke with Betty Boyd Caroli, author of "First Ladies: From Martha Washington to Michelle Obama," about how the role differs around the world.  Caroli said it's not an easy job.

"It's a very narrow line that the spouses walk," Caroli said.  "On the one hand, we expect them to be very involved and we expect to know everything about them.  And yet, we really don't think they are the official voice of the president."

Becky asked how challenging the role is for a woman like U.S. first lady Michelle Obama, who sacrificed her own career to support her husband's political ambitions.

"I think it must be very difficult for a high profile professional like Michelle Obama to quit a job that she evidently loved and be basically out of sight for most of the time," Caroli said.


Filed under:  American politics • Becky's Interviews • Europe • History • United States • Video

Ruslana to Yanukovych: You're a dictator

January 28th, 2014
02:48 PM ET

Tensions have risen sharply in Ukraine in recent weeks, where anti-government protesters have been on the frigid streets for months.  Today, President Viktor Yanukovych accepted the resignation of Prime Minister Mykola Azarov – just one recent concession to opposition forces.

One woman has been lending her voice to the anti-government forces in Kiev.  Ruslana is a Ukrainian pop star, and she won the 2004 Eurovision Song Contest on behalf of her country.  She has been a vocal critic of Yanukovych, and told Becky how she feels about the unrest.

"It's unbelievable what's going on my country," Ruslana said.  "This is Ukraine.  I represent my country for many, many years.  I am a singer.  I am a musician.  I want peace and of course I want a lot of changes in my country."

Ruslana also said that the demonstrators are determined to stay strong until they see change.

"We are still together," she said.  "We know that we have power and we want to ask Yanukovych, please stop.  You're a dictator.  We have a lot of aggression from this government.  Please stop, please stop."


Filed under:  Becky's Interviews • Europe • Ukraine • Video

NATO: No military solution in Syria

January 28th, 2014
02:30 PM ET

As peace talks in Geneva seemed to reach a stalemate on Syria, Becky spoke with NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen.  She asked him whether he thought military action was still a possibility.

"I think you have to distinguish clearly between the use of chemical weapons and the long term solution to the conflict in Syria," Rasmussen said.  "As regards the use of chemical weapons last year, I was of the very clear opinion and I am still that that needed a clear response from the international community.  Eventually the threat of military action led to a political and diplomatic solution and now the chemical weapons in Syria will be eliminated."

Rasmussen also said he was hopeful that the Geneva II talks would yield constructive results.  He emphasized that while the threat of military action worked to deter the further use of chemical weapons, a political solution is the only way to resolve the conflict in the long term.

Filed under:  Becky's Interviews • Europe • London • Syria • Video