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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.

Improbable Reprieve at Iran Gallows

April 17th, 2014
05:39 PM ET

An Iranian man convicted of murder was facing almost certain death. But seconds before his hanging was due to take place, he was offered a reprieve from the unlikeliest source. A photographer was on hand to capture the whole remarkable scene. He tells CNN's Connect the World with Becky Anderson exactly what he witnessed.


Becky Anderson hosts the first edition of Connect the World from Abu Dhabi
April 7th, 2014
12:23 PM ET

For those of you who caught the inaugural show, I hope you'll agree we had a successful launch Sunday for Connect the World with Becky Anderson from Abu Dhabi.  For those of you who didn't, can I suggest setting a digital diary "alert" weekdays at 7p local!

Onwards. . . With the first show in the bag, I'm mindful that the editorial narrative for our MidEast prime-time show must continue to provide this region with the best of the international news agenda – using CNN's incredible asset base of reporters around the world – with a focus, as news befits, on the stories that resonate here – in all their glory.

To that end, your input as viewers of the show and as consumers of the incredibly successful cnn.com/Arabic is absolutely crucial.  You are part of "our" Global Conversation and I appeal to you ALL to get involved via the cnn.com site, on Twitter, on Instagram and on Facebook as we build our rundowns to reflect the news, views and opinion across the region.

And just so that you know: having been born and brought up with the vagaries of the British weather, I'm still getting used to waking up to blue skies and genuine smiles in the UAE!  Believe me, this is ONE challenge that aim getting used to incredibly quickly!!


Suu Kyi on ending Myanmar violence

October 28th, 2013
01:22 PM ET

Aung San Suu Kyi, the Nobel Peace prize winner and Burmese opposition politician, has faced criticism in the past for not speaking up about violence against Muslims.

Read: Aung San Suu Kyi receives Sakharov Prize, finally

CNN's Atika Shubert speaks with the revered opposition leader in London. They talk about violence in Myanmar, and her political goals.

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Vatican cardinal links homosexuality to child abuse

April 14th, 2010
01:36 PM ET

Gay rights groups have expressed outrage over comments made by a senior Vatican official linking homosexuality to child abuse.

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caption="Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone is seen here on the right."]

Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone, who also serves as the Vatican's Secretary of State, made the comment during a news conference while on an official visit to Chile.

"Many psychologists, many psychiatrists have demonstrated that there is no relationship between celibacy and pedophilia but many others have demonstrated, I was told recently, that there is a relationship between homosexuality and pedophilia," he said.

Tony Green of the London-based Lesbian and Gay Christian Movement said Bertone's comments came as no surprise given recent controversial statements by Church leaders.

"Of course we're appalled by it but not shocked - people like this are bound to say this. It's a bit like comparing attacks on the Catholic Church to the Holocaust and all that. It is desperate people trying to come out with desperate answers," he said.

We want to know what you think.

What is your reaction to the cardinal's comments?

Please leave your comments below and be sure to tell us where you're writing from.

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India and Pakistan's high stakes marriage

April 7th, 2010
04:12 PM ET

Indian tennis player Sania Mirza and Pakistani cricketer Shoaib Malik exchanged wedding vows Monday in a controversy hit celebrity union across the deep political and religious rivalries that divide their two countries.

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caption="The happy couple determined to marry on April 15."]

The nuptials follow a stormy courtship for the pair, with anger among hardline Hindus over Mirza's relationship with a Pakistani man matched by a scandal over bigamy allegations against Malik.

Last week, Malik divorced his first wife, Ayesha Siddiqui, an Indian woman whom he had earlier accused of tricking him into what he described as an invalid wedding.

Siddiqui claims Malik married her by telephone eight years ago, but Malik maintains he was deceived and the marriage was invalid, saying the agreement was based on photos sent to him which he insists were not of Siddiqui.

Asked earlier this month if she was unnerved by the controversy surrounding her wedding, Mirza said, "Of course I am upset. But we are happy that we are together."

Mirza divides opinion in India, drawing criticism from strict Muslim groups for her short tennis skirts and jewelry, while gaining praise and fans for her achievements on the court.

We'd like to know what you think.

Do you think the marriage can help bring Pakistan and India closer together?

Please leave your comments below and remember to tell us where you're writing from.

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