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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.

Has your flight been affected by the ash cloud?

May 24th, 2011
11:20 AM ET

Volcanic ash from an Icelandic eruption is expected to reach London's Heathrow airport - the world's busiest international air travel hub - around lunchtime on Tuesday.

A further 252 flights to and from Scotland and Northern Ireland were canceled on Tuesday, according to Eurocontrol, the continent's air traffic control organization. 

The ash cloud is forecast to cover all of British airspace by 1 a.m. Wednesday morning, Britain's weather agency, the Met Office, said Tuesday.

There are also concerns that the ash cloud could affect parts of Scandinavia later in the day.

We want to know if your flight has been affected by the ash cloud - has your trip been cancelled, postponed, delayed? Are you stranded?

Please let us know below and one of our CNN producers will get in touch with you.

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Connecting Voices: Your reactions to global stories

November 24th, 2010
04:50 PM ET

At CNN, we want to bring you the stories from around the world that really matter, but we also want to hear from you to gain a global perspective on the big headlines.

As part of a new initiative we're calling "Connecting Voices" we want to get reactions from you, the viewer, on the big news stories of the day.

From global politics, sports, travel, entertainment and all things in between - we want to hear from you.

If you want to be part of our "Connecting Voices" panel of viewers, please let us know below and we'll get in touch.

To kick things off, here are some segments which recently aired on CNN.

In a story that captured the globe, we wanted to find out what you thought about the FIFA World Cup being awarded to Russia in 2018 and Qatar in 2022.

Here's what you had to say.

Next up, we spoke to viewers on four different continents about how they felt with the announcement that Prince William and Kate Middleton had chosen a wedding day.

Here's what people in Australia, Canada, South Africa and Malaysia had to say.

Finally, we spoke to two people who live in South Korea and asked them to share with us their opinions of how they are dealing with the political and military crisis with North Korea.

Here are two very different perspectives on the same story.

So if you're interested in sharing your views with CNN, be sure to let us know below and we'll be in touch.

Do we need tougher cyber bullying laws?

September 30th, 2010
12:02 PM ET

A Rutgers University student who apparently committed suicide was the unknowing target of an internet broadcast showing him in a sexual encounter with another man, according to New Jersey authorities in the United States.

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caption="Tyler Clementi committed suicide by jumping off a bridge."]

Two other Rutgers students have been charged with invasion of privacy after they allegedly placed a camera in 18-year-old Tyler Clementi's dorm room without his knowledge and then broadcast Clementi's sexual encounter, according to the Middlesex County prosecutor's office.

Dharun Ravi, 18, of Plainsboro, New Jersey, and Molly Wei, 18, of Princeton, New Jersey, are each charged with two counts of invasion of privacy for the September 19 broadcast, according to the prosecutor's office.

Two more counts of invasion of privacy were leveled against Ravi for an attempt to videotape another encounter involving Clementi on September 21, the prosecutor's office said.

Ravi also allegedly posted on his Twitter profile that he was preparing to broadcast the secret encounter on the internet on a second occasion.

"Anyone with iChat, I dare you to video chat me between the hours of 9:30 and 12. Yes it's happening again," he allegedly wrote on his Twitter page.

The tragic death raises new questions over whether this incident should be prosecuted as an invasion of privacy or whether it is a case of cyber bullying.

We want to know what you think?

Was this simply a dramatic invasion of privacy? Was this a case of cyber bullying because it involved social media tools like iChat, Twitter and Facebook?

What do you think? Please leave your comments below.

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Special report: Is the war in Afghanistan worth it?

September 9th, 2010
02:04 PM ET

It has been nearly a decade since American and coalition troops entered Afghanistan as part of a global war on terror and as September 11 approaches once again, both critics and supporters of the invasion are evaluating what the future holds.

The war started back on October 7, 2001 in the aftermath of the terrorist attacks by Al Qaeda in an attempt to oust the Taliban and destroy Al Qaeda's base in Afghanistan.

More than 35 countries joined U.S. forces as part of "Operation Enduring Freedom" and in total more than 100,00 soldiers were part of the NATO – International Security Assistance Force invasion.

Inititally, military operations went smoothly and the Taliban regime quickly fell, but as the years went on, the situation only worsened.

The political situation on the ground is still very perilous, and security forces are still struggling to contain insurgents and militants operating in the country.

More than 2,000 American and coalition troops have been killed and thousands more have been injured since the start of the war.

Unpopularity with the war in Afghanistan among Americans reached an all-time high according to recent CNN poll with 62 percent saying they oppose it.

Moreover, confidence in the Afghan government is even lower than it is for the Iraqi government. Seven in 10 Americans are not confident that Hamid Karzai's government can handle the situation there.

We held a special online debate alongside our hour long report. Here's a look at some of the highlights of our show and some of the great comments that you shared with us.

Global Connections: Can you connect Sweden and Malaysia?

September 3rd, 2010
04:09 PM ET

When you mention two countries as different as Sweden and Malaysia, you wouldn't think that they have anything in common, but if you look a little harder, you'd be surprised to learn that they have a lot more connections than you may think.

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caption="Know anything about Sweden?"]

We've chosen the Scandinavian heavyweight and south-east Asian nation as our second set of countries in a segment on CNN International's "Connect the World," that we're calling "Global Connections."

On the surface these two countries seem as different as apples and oranges. Sweden is famous for its freezing temperatures, furniture company Ikea, ABBA and of course Swedish meatballs.

Malaysia on the other hand is well-known for Kuala Lumpur's Petronas towers and the natural beauty of tropical rainforests and majestic mountain ranges.

So what on earth could the connections between these two countries possibly be?

Well, that's why we are going to be relying on you.

We need you to send in your ideas and comments on what connections exist - whether it be text, video or photos. We'll be choosing the best ones and then airing them on CNN International. This is your chance to appear on the show to share your connections with the world.

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caption="What does Malaysia have to offer Sweden?"]

The connections can be anything from culture and geography to music and the economy.

We also want to hear your personal stories too. Perhaps you have a family member that moved from one country to the other years ago and you want to get in touch? Maybe you visited one country years ago on holiday and something special happened? Whatever connection you think there is, we want to know.

All you have to do is leave your comments below on what connections you think exist and then one of our team members will be in touch.

You can also post your video responses directly to our very own CNN iReport page which you can visit by clicking here.

Now it's time for you to get involved - get connecting!

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