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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.

Drive Another Day: Bond’s classic cars

March 19th, 2014
03:40 PM ET

He's famed for his 'licence to kill', rather than his 'licence to drive', but Britain's most famous spy has driven an incredible assortment of cars.

Becky visited the London Film Museum's 'Bond in Motion', the largest exhibition of James Bond vehicles, gadgets and gizmos to date.

From Alfa Romeos to Aston Martins, these vehicles have survived through some trying times. Even though special effects have improved over Bond's lifespan, the scenes in the modern films are no less dangerous. Vic Armstrong – former Bond stuntman and stunt coordinator – told Becky that there's no "under-cranking" in the films: everything happens at the speed you see it at.

Becky also spoke to Michael G. Wilson, producer and screenwriter, who says he knows what fans of the franchise really care about. "I think people, when they ask what the next film is they say 'who's the girl and what car does Bond drive?"

Filed under:  Becky's Interviews • Celebrity • Entertainment • Hollywood • London • Technology • Video

Inside the Russian mind

March 14th, 2014
09:04 PM ET

The histories of Russia and Ukraine have been intimately linked for centuries – nowhere more so than on Ukraine's Crimean peninsula, where many ethnic Russians live today.

But how do average Russians view the region?  And how does Crimea fit into President Vladimir Putin's broader ambitions?

Atika Shubert sat down with two Russian experts to learn more.

Uilleam Blacker, a Professor in Russian Literature, acknowledged that a large majority of Crimean residents identify as Russian, and even speak the language.  But he cautioned that ethnic background doesn't necessarily equate to support for joining Russia.

"Even with the Russian population," Blacker says, "There's no evidence to suggest that there's actually overwhelming support for joining Russia."

Freelance Russian journalist Masha Karp says the Crimean peninsula plays directly into Putin's plans for a resurgent Russia.

"I think this is part of his very powerful rhetoric," Karp says.  "Russia is getting off its knees.  Part of his propaganda is we are trying to become again a world power."

Filed under:  Analysis • Europe • Russia • Ukraine • Video

Crimea's place in Russian history

March 14th, 2014
08:48 PM ET

The possibility of Ukraine's Crimean peninsula re-joining Russia is – in many ways – a return to the past.

Russia's Soviet Empire once spanned all the way from the Kuril Islands – North of Japan – to Ukraine and Crimea in the West.  That empire was quickly dismantled at the end of the Cold War, splitting into fifteen independent states.

Despite the geo-political changes brought about by time and history, Crimea remains a region that looms large in both Eastern and Western Europe.  It's a place that has featured in literature, artwork, and national myth-making.

We look back at the Crimean peninsula's role in historic conflicts, and popular lore.

Filed under:  Analysis • Europe • Global Connections • History • Protests • Russia • Ukraine • Video

Unrest in Turkey simmers

March 13th, 2014
05:43 PM ET

Becky looks back at the ongoing anti-government unrest in Turkey and how it got to this point.

Video: CNN crew caught in police tear gas

Filed under:  Video

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
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