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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.

HRW: Arrests taken to new level in Egypt

November 29th, 2013
01:59 PM ET

Lengthy sentences handed down to 21 women and girls who were arrested at a pro-Morsy demonstration have highlighted growing unease over the Egyptian authorities' treatment of dissent.

The protesters, including seven minors, were sentenced Wednesday in Alexandria after being arrested at a demonstration in support of ousted president Mohamed Morsy earlier this month.

The seven minors were sent to juvenile detention, and each of the adult women got 11 years in prison.

Their sentencing came amid demonstrations over a new protest law announced by the military-backed Egyptian government Sunday.

The new law requires organizers to seek permission from authorities before gathering and gives police the right to cancel demonstrations and to disperse them with force.

Becky Anderson speaks to the Human Rights Watch's Heba Morayef about what Egypt is like post-Morsy and what arrests like these mean.

'Assault on democracy' in Sri Lanka

November 18th, 2013
02:03 PM ET

As many as 70,000 people were killed in Sri Lanka's war and in its final stage, which lasted from September 2008 to May 2009, the Sri Lankan army advanced into an area of the north where about 330,000 people were trapped by fighting. A U.N. report in 2011 said the government used "large-scale and widespread shelling" that left a large number of civilians dead.

The number of civilian deaths and injuries are unknown to this day, and U.N. figures greatly differ from those in reports from Sri Lanka's government and various nongovernmental organizations.

Sri Lankan President Mahinda Mahinda Rajapaksa told media Thursday he would "not hesitate to take action against any human rights violations, adding that he has nothing to hide and is very open," according to a Sri Lankan government website.

Chatham House's Charu Lata Hogg talks to Max Foster about her thoughts on the summit being held in Sri Lanka and the message it sends.

China eases one-child policy, why now?

November 18th, 2013
01:44 PM ET

After months of hints, China announced Friday it will relax its decades-long one-child policy and abolish labor camps in an effort to improve human rights, the state-run Xinhua news agency reported.

Officials had said earlier both controversial policies were under review, but that did not diminish the force of Friday's announcement.

The biggest change could be the abolishment of the so-called "re-education through labor" system under which tens of thousands are imprisoned in China without trial.

Read: China to ease one-child policy, abolish labor camps, report says

Kenneth Leiberthal of the Brookings Institute takes a close look the announced changes and breaks down the facts for us.