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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.

Bringing the beats to Iran's World Cup Bid

June 17th, 2014
04:14 PM ET

Iranian music band "Ajam" talk to CNN's Becky Anderson about their top tune "Gol Iran."

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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.

Life in Iran 'Before the Revolution'

January 27th, 2014
03:10 PM ET

Israeli filmmaker Dan Shadur has brought out a new documentary thriller that describes the last days of the Israeli community in Tehran, on the eve of the Islamic Revolution of 1979. CNN spoke to him about his motivations for making the film, his desire to investigate the relationship between the countries, and his realisation that the motivations for the revolution weren't as black and white as he had been led to believe.

"It used to be very intriguing to me, over the years, having these family photos from Iran, while growing up as an Israeli in the '80s and '90s, Iran, it's like this big demonic thing that is the most scary and the most horrible thing in the world, and there is this gap that was always intriguing for me. And then I started looking into it and I realised that this thing of Israelis living in Iran was a very big thing, much bigger than I thought, it was very intimate relationships covering commerce and intelligence and militaries, and it wasn't only us, it was a very large Israeli community living in Tehran."

"The first thing that was of interest to me was to put a spotlight on this story, to say that this big rift that exists today didn't exist for so long. The other thing that was very intriguing for me when I started researching this story was realising that these happy days of ours weren't so happy for many others, and this revolution that was always portrayed to me as this dark force coming and driving us away from our paradise was actually something deeply rooted with some very good causes for the Iranian people, no matter that what happened later wasn't what many of them hoped for."

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Who are Iran's nuclear negotiators?

November 26th, 2013
11:19 AM ET

A day after Iran agreed to limit its nuclear program in exchange for lighter economic sanctions, the difference in the moods on the streets of Tehran and Jerusalem couldn't be starker.

"I'm very happy about this agreement," one man told CNN in Tehran. "We hope all the world knows we use this nuclear (power) just for peace, not for war."

With the exception of extreme hard-liners, many Iranians are extremely happy with the deal, especially after many rounds of negotiations that yielded no results.

Iranian newspapers lauded the agreement, with one proclaiming on the front page: "This is Iran, and everyone is happy."

But just across the region in Jerusalem, many residents echoed the sentiments of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who slammed the deal as "a historic mistake."

But how was such a pivotal deal made?

Iran political analyst Ali Alizadeh breaks down the team that Iran sent to Geneva to hammer out the landmark nuclear deal with the P5+1.

The long road to nuclear talks with Iran

November 11th, 2013
01:06 PM ET

After three days of talks focused on halting Iran's uranium enrichment efforts broke down Sunday morning, Sen. Lindsey Graham said Congress would not wait for the next round of negotiations.

Read: No deal on Iran's nuclear program, despite 'concrete progress'

Graham said he intends to put forward a measure that would mandate more sanctions on Iran, aimed at forcing the Middle Eastern nation to dismantle its nuclear weapons program - a move that runs counter to the interim steps sought by the negotiating parties gathered in Geneva, Switzerland.

How did we get to this stage in Iranian nuclear talks? CNN's Becky Anderson explains.