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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.

Thai police and protestors call truce

December 5th, 2013
11:56 AM ET

Some cry tears of joy as a temporary truce is called between Thai protesters and police.

There have been positive reactions across Thailand as police are applauding protesters and are overcome with their emotions.

At the government building whistles and flags were placed as protesters were allowed in the compound.

Paula Hancocks reports on this remarkable, if temporary, peace pact.

Celebs help raise money for Haiyan aid

November 19th, 2013
12:17 PM ET

Immediately following typhoon Haiyan leaders and celebrities sent messages of condolences to the ravaged nation from across the globe, now some of the UK's most famous people are contributing another way.

Read: Leaders, celebrities send messages to the Philippines after typhoon onslaught

The need for aid in the Philippines now has celebrities working phones and taking donations in London.

Max Foster paid a visit to the helpline to see what was happening and asked some of the people volunteering why it was important for them to take part.

Cameron's car mobbed by protesters

November 18th, 2013
02:17 PM ET

ITN's Bill Neely tweeted that there was "full-scale chaos" as Cameron left a library in Jaffna, with "hundreds of screaming" protesters and police pushing people to the ground.

During Sri Lanka's 28-year civil war, Jaffna, the capital of Northern Province, was a stronghold of the separatist Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam and a frequent battleground for clashes with government troops.

Cameron is in Sri Lanka for the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting. The summit opened Friday amid concerns about the rights situation after its war with the Tamil rebels, which ended in 2009. The prime ministers of Canada, Mauritius and India opted not to attend.

Cameron issued a statement Thursday saying he saw his attendance as "an opportunity to raise our concerns clearly and directly, and to focus the eyes of the world on Sri Lanka." He also reiterated calls for an investigation into alleged human rights abuses during and after the war.

Watch: 'Assault on democracy' in Sri Lanka

Max Foster spoke to Bill Neely about what he describes as the "frosty" meeting between Sri Lanka's president and the UK's prime minister.

'Assault on democracy' in Sri Lanka

November 18th, 2013
02:03 PM ET

As many as 70,000 people were killed in Sri Lanka's war and in its final stage, which lasted from September 2008 to May 2009, the Sri Lankan army advanced into an area of the north where about 330,000 people were trapped by fighting. A U.N. report in 2011 said the government used "large-scale and widespread shelling" that left a large number of civilians dead.

The number of civilian deaths and injuries are unknown to this day, and U.N. figures greatly differ from those in reports from Sri Lanka's government and various nongovernmental organizations.

Sri Lankan President Mahinda Mahinda Rajapaksa told media Thursday he would "not hesitate to take action against any human rights violations, adding that he has nothing to hide and is very open," according to a Sri Lankan government website.

Chatham House's Charu Lata Hogg talks to Max Foster about her thoughts on the summit being held in Sri Lanka and the message it sends.

China eases one-child policy, why now?

November 18th, 2013
01:44 PM ET

After months of hints, China announced Friday it will relax its decades-long one-child policy and abolish labor camps in an effort to improve human rights, the state-run Xinhua news agency reported.

Officials had said earlier both controversial policies were under review, but that did not diminish the force of Friday's announcement.

The biggest change could be the abolishment of the so-called "re-education through labor" system under which tens of thousands are imprisoned in China without trial.

Read: China to ease one-child policy, abolish labor camps, report says

Kenneth Leiberthal of the Brookings Institute takes a close look the announced changes and breaks down the facts for us.

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