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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.

Have you ever lost your cool?

August 10th, 2010
04:12 PM ET

Flight attendant Steven Slater has been bailed after grabbing a beer and leaving his job via the plane's emergency slide (NY1)

(CNN) - At one time or another most people have found themselves in job they loathe, but few would have quit in such spectacular style as flight attendant Steven Slater.

After being inflamed by a passenger's failure to apologise for banging him on the head with a suitcase, authorities say the Jet Blue steward grabbed a beer and triggered an inflatable emergency chute for his dramatic exit from the plane, and employment, at a JFK Airport terminal in New York.

And that was only after he shared a few expletive-filled words with the entire cabin over the intercom. New York Police Commissioner Ray Kelly but it delicately when it said it appeared Slater was quitting during his intercom flameout.

Bail set for cursing, beer-grabbing flight attendant

Have you ever lost your cool on the job?

Better still, have you ensured your place in workplace folklore by leaving in such spectacular style it's been gossiped about for years? Share your stories with us and be sure to tell us where you're writing from.

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Are you in favor of or against gay marriage?

August 9th, 2010
01:36 PM ET

Are you in favor of gay marriage or are you against it? (Getty Images)

(CNN) Supporters of gay rights are still celebrating a federal judge's ruling last week in California that struck down the state's voter-approved ban on same-sex marriage as a violation of the U.S. Constitution. 

The decision was a major victory in a case that both sides say is sure to wind up before the U.S. Supreme Court and could result in a landmark decision on whether people everywhere in the United States should be allowed to marry people of the same-sex. 

Same-sex marriage is currently legal in Massachusetts, Connecticut, Vermont, Iowa, New Hampshire and the District of Columbia, while civil unions are permitted in New Jersey.

Last week, Mexico's Supreme Court, on an 8-2 vote, upheld the constitutionality of a Mexico City law that took effect in March. 

Worldwide, 10 countries have legalized same-sex marriage - most recently Argentina at the end of July. 

Many other countries have approved civil unions and registered partnerships and still others are debating a legal status for gay people. 

Supporters of gay marriage believe it is a universal human rights issue and gay and lesbian couples should be entitled to the same rights as heterosexual couples. 

Some opponents argue that the institution of marriage is a religious one and, as such, should exclude same-sex partnerships. 

Other opponents argue against gay marriage on the basis of tradition or concerns about parenting. 

Despite the growing number of countries, predominantly in the west, that allow same-sex marriage or recognize civil unions, homosexual behavior is still illegal in countries like Pakistan, Nigeria, Kenya and the United Arab Emirates. 

As the debate heats up around the world, we want to hear from you. 

CNN International will be bringing you a special program dedicated to the issue on Thursday, August 12 at 2000 GMT on Connect the World. 

We want to hear your thoughts on the issue from around the world and would love to share them on our show. 
 
If you are interested in appearing in our special program to voice your opinion, please let us know, otherwise please leave your thoughts below on the issue. 
 
Remember to tell us where you're writing from too. 
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Global weather chaos - is it connected?

August 9th, 2010
11:28 AM ET

Fires continue to burn across large parts of Russia. (Getty Images)

(CNN) Millions of people in Pakistan have been devastated by torrential flooding, wildfires in Russia already claimed more than fifty lives, a massive ice island four times the size of Manhattan has just split from Greenland and now Germany, India and the Czech Republic are falling victim to the wrath of mother nature.

The extreme weather around the globe in the past week has already killed more than 1,500 people and the situation is only worsening for a number of countries in Europe and Asia.

Flash flooding in Germany, Poland and the Czech Republic over the weekend left nine people dead and thousands have been evacuated from towns and villages along the border.

On Monday, water levels started to ease off, but there were fears that fresh rain on Wednesday could inundate the regions already swollen rivers.

In China, heavy rains turned hillsides into rivers of mud as landslides killed more than 120 people in the northwest of the country.

More than 1,300 people are still missing from the disaster.

In neighbouring India, rescue workers searched a town in the north of the country after flash flooding and landslides killed 145 people and left hundreds more missing.

While this was all happening over the weekend, Pakistan tried to recover from the worst natural disaster in the country's history.

Ahmed Kamal, spokesman for the Pakistan Disaster Authority, said 1,203 people are confirmed dead across the country, and 1,317 have been wounded. About 288,000 houses have been damaged, and more than 278,000 people have been rescued.

At least 12.2 million people have been affected by the torrential rains and floods, Pakistani authorities said.

Scientists are also scrambling to find out why a massive ice island the size of 48,000 football fields broke off a glacial ice shelf in Greenland.

The iceberg has enough fresh water to supply the U.S. population for 120 days.

Climate change researchers are arguing that these events are all connected because of global warming, but could they just be a random series of events that just happened to occur in the same week?

Do you think these weather events are connected? Is global warming to blame?

We want to hear what you think - please leave your questions and comments below and if you want to voice your opinion on CNN television, please let us know and we'll get in touch.

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Thursday's Connector: Carlos Acosta

August 3rd, 2010
06:05 PM ET

Cuban Carlos Acosta is one of the world's leading ballet dancers and has both the credentials and performances under his belt to prove it.

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Born in Havana in 1973, Acosta first studied ballet at the Cuban national ballet school and was instantly hailed both within Cuba and overseas as one of the brightest new stars in the dance world.

Acosta first came to prominence in the early 1990s and performed with some of the world's leading dance companies in cities in Europe and North America.

After finishing a five-year stint with the ballet company in Houston, Acosta moved to take up a position with the Royal Ballet in the UK.

Today, Acosta is generally regarded as one of the most influential male dancers of our time.

Aged 37, Acosta is still bringing audiences to their feet and is currently in the middle of his very own production called "Carlos Acosta Premieres."

"Premieres" is a collection of five daring and dramatic works that are brought together for the first time in dance history.

The production is currently playing at London's Coliseum until August 7, 2010.

Here's your chance to quiz one of the world's leading dance stars.

Do you want to know about his journey from Havana, Cuba to London? Maybe you want to know how he feels about modern dance today?

Please leave your questions for Carlos Acosta below.

Choose your Connector of the Day

June 30th, 2010
03:21 PM ET

Over the past few months, we've been giving you a chance to ask some of the biggest newsmakers on the planet, your questions in our segment called "Connector of the Day."

It is the part of the show where you get to send in questions to people like Naomi Campbell, Oliver Stone, Abhishek Bachchan and everyone in between.

Whether you've wanted to know if former Pakistani president Pervez Musharraf was ever planning on returning to politics, how Ozzy Osbourne dealt with drugs and alcohol or if Boy George got along with Lady Gaga - no question was off-limits.

Now, we want you to help choose who should come on the show as your "Connector of the Day."

Who do you want to see next?

Whether you've always wanted to ask George Clooney a question or spark a debate with Anna Wintour, we want to know who you want to see on the show and why.

Just leave your suggestions below and we'll try our very best to get them on. Obviously, sometimes it might be a bit tricky getting your favorite celeb on-air, but we will listen to your suggestions and try our very best.

We want this to be your interview - where we ask your questions to the guests that you've asked for.

Tell us who you want to see and if they come on-air, we'll make sure to ask them your very own question first!

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