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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.

3 convicted of Bolshoi acid attack

December 4th, 2013
03:44 PM ET

Three men were convicted and sentenced for an acid attack on the Bolshoi Ballet's artistic director, Sergei Filin.

Filin underwent 23 different surgeries for his eyes after the attack and says he is unable to see his children.

Yuri Zarutsky has been given 10 years imprisonment for his actions and his driver was given 4 years.

Atika Shubert reports from Moscow.


Syrian children learn to live with war

December 2nd, 2013
03:21 PM ET

More than 1 million Syrian children are refugees according to authorities and that's half the Syrian refugee population.  As many as 100,000 people have been killed in the Syrian conflict.

Read: Syria's refugee children: Alone, 'in crisis,' UN report says

In areas close to the front lines, Syrian children must live with battle on a daily basis. Fred Pleitgen reports from Damascus.

Doctors speak against atrocities in Syria

December 2nd, 2013
02:05 PM ET

The chemical weapons attack in Syria got the world's attention but they only make up a fraction of the deaths in the war.

Doctors speak out about the horrors inflicted by incendiary weapons, such as white phosphorus and napalm, in Syria.

WARNING: Disturbing Video


Water levels reached the second story

November 11th, 2013
01:30 PM ET

No food. No water. Houses and buildings torn to pieces. Bodies scattered on the streets. Hospitals overrun with patients. Medical supplies running out.

As Typhoon Haiyan barreled across the South China Sea on Sunday, getting set to bring more destruction to Vietnam, many Filipinos grappled with devastation on a level they'd never seen before.

The Philippine Red Cross estimated at least 1,200 people were killed by Haiyan, but the full death toll could be significantly higher as officials make their way to remote, nearly inaccessible places pummeled by the storm.
Tacloban Mayor Alfred Romualdez told CNN it is "entirely possible" that 10,000 people may have died in the storm in Leyte province.

"People here were convinced that it looked like a tsunami," Romualdez told CNN.

"I have not spoken to anyone who has not lost someone, a relative close to them. We are looking for as many as we can," he said.

In case you missed it, Paula Hancocks describes what she saw while flying over the region devastated by Super Typhoon Haiyan on Friday.

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.

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