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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.

Russia-Ukraine: Whose side is law on?

March 12th, 2014
02:49 PM ET

Ahead of the scheduled Sunday referendum in Crimea, Becky discovered more about the legal issues surrounding the Ukrainian crisis by speaking to Marc Weller, Professor of International Law at the University of Cambridge. 

Weller told her that one significant fact was that Russia has formally confirmed in the past that it has no territorial claims towards Ukraine.

According to Weller, the upcoming Crimean referendum would not be recognised under international law.  "You cannot hold a referendum ever under circumstances of use of force of a neighbouring state."  Weller also said that a referendum should be the “final step” in a long process towards independence – a process which would normally include investigating whether they have a claim to self-determination, and the subsequent necessary negotiations with the Ukrainian government.

On the ousting of ex-president Yanukovych and the increased Russian presence in Crimea, Weller says that "if he cannot be president then certainly he cannot invite a foreign armed force into the country, and that's the key issue. Even if you say that formally he should still be regarded as president, if you lose control over the country to an extent that the majority of the population of parliament disowns you, you no longer have the right to ask foreign armed forces to come in."

Text: Ignoring West, Crimea readies vote on joining Russia

Text: Pro-Russians tighten security as Crimea heads for vote on joining Russia

Filed under:  Becky's Interviews • Russia • Ukraine

Malaysian Airlines plane mystery continues

March 12th, 2014
02:13 PM ET

There are more questions than answers surrounding the disappearance of the Malaysian Airlines Flight 370.

Yesterday Becky spoke to a number of experts to get the latest on the search, and to discuss the possible scenarios.

Aviation Expert David Gleave told Becky how the plane seemed to have disappeared at the "point of maximum confusion" – specifically, the point of handover between Malaysian and Vietnamese air traffic control. This period only lasts a few minutes, sometimes only a few seconds, but gives the plane the "maximum opportunity to fly in any particular direction, unmonitored.”  Gleave says it would appear that the plane had descended at that point, but this descent was not commensurate with depressurization or engine failure, because the plane remained "too high, and under control, adding to the theory that someone had taken control of the aircraft".

CNN Senior International Correspondent Nic Robertson told Becky that Interpol have identified the two men flying on stolen passports as Iranian, but Interpol don't believe there is any link between these young men and terrorism. One of the men's mothers was expecting him to eventually arrive in Frankfurt, Germany, and she was one of the people who alerted authorities.

Text: Confusion clouds search for missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370

Text: Timeline of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370

Filed under:  Asia • Becky's Interviews

CNN crew caught in police tear gas

March 12th, 2014
01:29 PM ET

Thousands of angry mourners gathered in a working-class Istanbul neighborhood today, for the funeral of a 15-year-old boy whose death Tuesday triggered the worst street violence Turkey has seen in months.

Berkin Elvan's death unleashed a wave of rage against the Turkish government.  His family has placed blame for the critical injury the boy suffered last June squarely on the government and police.

Last night saw serious unrest on the streets of Istanbul.  CNN Senior International Correspondent Ivan Watson and his cameraman were in the middle of it – caught between police and demonstrators, and struggling to report despite the debilitating effects of tear gas.

"This is an explosion of anger over the death of a fifteen year old boy," Ivan told Becky.  He had to briefly stop the segment in order to put on a gas mask, before resuming his reporting.

"We don't know where this is going to take Turkey right now," Ivan said.  "I, for instance, have never seen this major boulevard blockaded before by demonstrators who have set fire to roadblocks."

Ivan Watson will be reporting from Istanbul again tonight for the latest on the unrest.

Filed under:  Analysis • Asia • Becky's Interviews • Breaking News • Europe • Protests • Video