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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.

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

Amnesty: Victims need to come forward

February 18th, 2014
02:08 PM ET

Torture, enslavement, political prison camps and executions.  A new U.N. report says these are just some of the atrocities that North Korea is committing against its own people.  The report outlined a litany of widespread, systemic abuses, and recommended that North Korea's leaders face international prosecution.

Atika Shubert spoke to T. Kumar, the Advocacy Director of Amnesty International USA.  She asked whether conditions within North Korea had deteriorated under the relatively new regime of Kim Jong Un.

"There is no way the situation can get worse in North Korea.  It has reached the rock bottom," Kumar said.  "We have seen public executions, and using food in a selective manner against political opponents, where people have died because of starvation."

Atika asked whether this kind of pressure from the international community could have any effect within the country.

"These are leaders who will be nervous that they are going to be cornered," Kumar said.  "One day – it could be tomorrow, it could be four years from tomorrow – they may be held accountable, so they may change and they may treat their people well."





Filed under:  Analysis • Asia • North Korea • Video

Cracking down on village rule in India

January 24th, 2014
01:51 PM ET

A shocking case of sexual violence is casting light on the power of village councils in India.  A 20-year-old woman was allegedly gang raped on the instruction of a village elder, who objected to her relationship with a man from a different community.  More than a dozen people have been arrested so far.

Becky spoke to Amnesty International's Kadambari Gladding on India's efforts to crack down on village rule.  Gladding says the government needs to act swiftly in order for things to change.

"It's important for the government to start recognizing that the decrees that are issued by village councils like this are actually illegal," Gladding said.  "I mean, to incite violence against a woman simply for falling in love with someone outside their community is illegal."

Gladding also urged the Indian government to do more to promote human rights across the country – not just in urban centers.  "Mindsets need changing and honing to be more conscious of human rights and to be able to respect the rights of women to choose their own partners."

Filed under:  Activism • Asia • Becky's Interviews • Video

Internet facilitating global child abuse

January 17th, 2014
03:02 PM ET

29 people have been arrested for paying to watch children as young as six years old being abused on live webcam. These arrests are part of a global effort named 'Operation Endeavour', designed to break a paedophile ring operating out of the Philippines.

Many experts say that easy access to videos and images of sexually abused children are one of the main factors driving the rise of child exploitation. In 1990 in the UK the estimated number of indecent images of children in the country stood at 7,000. By 1999 that had reached 41,000. Today, that number is in the millions. In one case the police confiscated 4 million images from a single offender.

Jim Gamble, chief executive of the Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre, spoke to Jonathan Mann on Connect the World about how the movement online has increased the levels of child abuse.

"A number of years ago they'd have travelled to Cambodia or Laos or the Philippines. Now they can travel to those countries where children are vulnerable because of the deprivations that they face, and their parents are desperate, to access them via webcam from what they perceive as the safety of their own home.

Gamble also praised the work of the UK police force, who kicked off this investigation. "Professional detectors will say 'always clear the ground beneath your feet'. This case came to pass because Northamptonshire Police, a small police force in the UK, did their job properly around defender management. They visited the home of a guy they knew was on the sex offenders register, they checked his laptop. So they were able to come in from that end and work through and see who he'd been talking to and what videos he had accessed, because he was copying them and sharing them. So they then took that to the Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre in the UK, who coordinated the global response."

He also emphasized that more priority needs to be placed on protecting children. "We've got to turn the tables on these predators so that they fear going online. We need more undercover activity taking place from our international law enforcement partners."

"In a world where law enforcement activity is prioritized on the basis of terrorism, of drugs, and organized criminal activity, we've got to bring the child to the top of that pile. We've got to see the right type of concerted effort, so that similar to the war we fight on terrorism we need to fight this war against child abuse, and we can only do that if we are ruthless and sustained in our approach to ridding the world of these individuals who sit in the comfort of their dirty back rooms, reaching out and harming children and then sharing the abuse with other likeminded individuals."

Text: Investigation busts online sex abuse ring targeting children in Philippines

Video: 29 arrested in child porn investigation

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