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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.

WWF: China's ivory destruction "fantastic sign"

January 13th, 2014
05:02 PM ET

Every day, 100 African elephants are killed for their ivory. In an unprecedented move, China destroyed more than 6 tonnes of it last week in an attempt to clamp down on this predominantly illegal trade.

On the Chinese black market ivory can fetch up to $3,000 per kilogram. It’s not just elephants that are affected. Believed to have healing properties, rhino ivory is used in traditional Chinese medicine.

On Friday, Becky spoke to Heather Sohl, the World Wildlife Fund’s chief species adviser in the UK, about the actions of the Chinese government.

“It was absolutely a fantastic sign to see. It shows that they are wanting to address this as a serious issue, recognizing that most of the illegal ivory that is coming from Africa is heading to China where it’s used in carvings and sold as ornaments, jewelry, and very often requested as gifts.”

“It’s making huge amounts of profits for these criminal syndicates, and yet the risk of being caught is very low.”

This February the UK government will hold a global summit on illegal trade in wildlife, which David Cameron will be attending, along with high-level representatives from as many as 50 states.

Text: China crushes tons of illegal ivory

Video: WWF – China serious about illegal ivory

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Need for aid urgent in Philippines

November 19th, 2013
01:30 PM ET

Aid has been flooding in from across the world for the relief effort in the Philippines after Typhoon Haiyan, whether it be from governments, celebrities, or ordinary people trying to make a difference.

Watch: Celebs help raise money for Haiyan aid

Now that aid money is making it's way in to the country the new issue is deciding where it is needed most.

Max Foster speaks to the International Rescue Committee's David Miliband about prioritizing aid needs in the Philippines as well as the problems refugees face in Lebanon. 

Aid coordination during crisis a concern

November 13th, 2013
01:21 PM ET

Tons of food from around the world have arrived in the Philippines, but the hundreds of thousands homeless and hungry after Typhoon Haiyan decimated part of the country have yet to get a bite of it.

Endless landscapes of devastation were still blocking roads leading to the hardest hit areas Wednesday.

The World Food Programme has delivered at least 2,700 tons of rice to the country, but the logistical nightmare of traveling to the many islands ripped to pieces by one of the strongest storms in recorded history has it arriving in drips and drabs.

Max Foster speaks with a spokeswoman from the Center for Global Development about coordinating humanitarian aid.

The challenges of connecting continents

October 30th, 2013
01:44 PM ET

Amazing engineering feats have made it possible to travel from London to Beijing by train alone thanks to the first intercontinental train tunnel, the Marmaray, in Turkey.

Becky speaks with the Director of Arup Bill Gross about the challenges of building underground tunnels such as the Marmaray.

Watch: Tunnel in Turkey links Europe and Asia

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Tunnel in Turkey links Europe and Asia

October 30th, 2013
01:17 PM ET

Turkey has long been referred to as the bridge between Europe and Asia.

As the country opens a new underwater railway tunnel that connects the two continents it looks as though it may actually become one.

Read: Turkey's Marmaray project: An ambitious plan to link Europe and Asia

CNN's John Defterios has the story of Turkey's ambitious Marmaray project.

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Filed under:  Asia • Europe • Video