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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.

Queen Rania: Education is First Line of Defense Against ISIS

October 20th, 2014
03:35 PM ET

The United Nations says Syrian refugees now number over three million. The official figures are high enough but when you add estimates of unregistered refugees from regional governments the problem is even worse than what we're hearing from the UN agencies.

They've taken shelter in neighboring countries looking for food, shelter and work, and by doing so putting huge pressure on their host economies struggling to provide for them. Jordan, for example, is giving refuge to 1.4 million Syrians – 80 thousand of them living in the Zaatari Refugee Camp, which is one of the largest in the world.

Last week, Becky got a chance to sit down with Her Majesty Queen Rania of Jordan to talk about the impact of the refugee crisis on Jordan and to get her views about the rise of extremist groups such as ISIS.

She says one of the most important issues for countries like Jordan is seeing that "the international community is going to step in and help" with both urgent humanitarian needs and longer-term infrastructure demands.

Her Majesty also spoke about the need to deal with the "emotional scars" left by the conflicts in Syria, Gaza and Iraq, warning that a generation constantly exposed to violence becomes vulnerable and becomes "more ready to accept and be influenced by extreme ideology."

Queen Rania also addressed the rise of groups such as ISIS and said one of the worst crimes they've committed is "against Islam and associating it with extremism."

You can follow Her Majesty Queen Rania on Twitter @QueenRania and on Instagram: http://instagram.com/queenrania.




Queen Rania: Everyone must be concerned about extremism

October 19th, 2014
05:15 PM ET

Jordan shares borders with Iraq and Syria. Conflict has already created a refugee crisis. But equally concerning is the threat from ISIS, a group that knows no borders.

Queen Rania tells Becky Anderson that extremism should be everybody's concern.

Salma Hayek-Pinault: Young, Audacious Women are Making a Difference

October 16th, 2014
02:14 PM ET

Hollywood superstar Salma Hayek-Pinault is on a mission to raise awareness about campaigns aimed at empowering girls across the world. She's recently collaborated on Humaira: The Game Changer.  That's a documentary about rural Pakistan where education wasn't high on anyone's priority list until a determined young woman called Humaira decided to change that. The film details her fight to educate children in her community – particularly the girls. The message is clear – women with vision can make a difference and that's a message Salma conveyed when she spoke with Becky.

Vandewalle: Libya is in a state of civil war

October 15th, 2014
05:09 PM ET

Months of chaos in Libya have come to a head. More fighting broke out in the key eastern city of Benghazi today and the sounds of gunfire came as no surprise, after a retired Libyan general vowed to reclaim the city from extremists. A lot of the fighting is that Libya is suffering from a power vacuum ever since the fall of former dictator Muammar Gaddafi. Becky spoke to Libyan expert Dirk Vandewalle who says the country is in the middle of a full out civil war.

Falcon beauty pageant in Abu Dhabi

October 15th, 2014
04:29 PM ET

For many bird enthusiasts, the falcon is ne of the most majestic birds of prey. But over here in the UAE the bird is a national symbol and a lot of people take "falconry" very seriously. So every year some of the finest specimens gather in Abu Dhabi for the annual falcon beauty contest. CTW intern Khadeeja Alhossani went to check it out and this is her report!

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