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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.

Live from Abu Dhabi Connect the World takes you on a journey across continents, investigating the stories that are changing our world.

AK-47 inventor Mikhail Kalashnikov dies

December 27th, 2013
03:16 PM ET

The inventor of the AK-47, the world's most common assault rifle, has died at age 94 after spending a month in hospital.

More than 100 million of the popular assault rifle have been sold worldwide since it's invention.

Max Foster has more.

How does it feel to be elderly? Becky finds out.

November 19th, 2013
02:22 PM ET

Stiff joints, heavy limbs, restricted eyesight and poor hearing: just some of the physical impairments experienced by the over-65s in societies all around the world. Ailments that mean everyday life can get increasingly challenging.

To see what it’s like to move around and carry out day to day activities as an elderly person, Becky Anderson wore an “ageing suit” and went for a trip around central London. The suit was developed by Barclays Bank as a way to help their staff experience life as an over-65 year old.

New research from Barclays has found that over 40% of the older generation in the United Kingdom feels that they live in an “alien nation”. They see their society increasingly becoming geared towards young people.

Becky found that the very smallest things that younger people take for granted – shopping, eating and travelling around the city – can become huge tasks when you’re old.


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.

Pandora's Promise: The nuclear question

November 8th, 2013
02:14 PM ET

You wouldn't expect to see environmentalists fighting the corner for nuclear energy. But in a provocative new documentary “Pandora’s Promise”, that’s exactly what you get. After decades of “anti-nuke” campaigning by all the world’s major green groups, the film suggests that embracing nuclear is the only realistic way to end reliance on fossil fuels.

Its director, academy award-nominated Robert Stone, says that he himself has come full circle in his attitude to nuclear power. Like the five environmentalists he features in Pandora’s Promise, Stone was once a fervent anti-nuke campaigner.  Now he says it’s the only way we’re going to beat climate change and slams green groups for being behind the times.

“Environmental groups are stuck in the past,” he told Becky Anderson. “I think they’re completely out of touch with young people and the new realities that we live with today.”

He says the nuclear industry has moved on and is a lot safer than we all imagine. “We've had 50 years of nuclear power, we've got 440 reactors operating all over the world and in that time we've had three significant accidents”.

Stone hopes the film, which is released in the UK on November 5th and on iTunes on December 3rd, will at least reignite the debate about nuclear power.

Becky Anderson speaks with Robert Stone about nuclear energy and it's future.

Twitter firsts: Celebs, Obama & the Pope

November 8th, 2013
01:25 PM ET

With Twitter's debut on the Stock Market, we ask where it all began and how did it get to be such a powerful presence in the world.

Watch: How does Twitter make money?

From Twitter town halls to the Pope's first tweet, CNN's Atika Shubert looks back at the major milestones of Twitter.

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