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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.

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!

What are your World Cup superstitions?

June 9th, 2010
01:33 PM ET

As the start of the 2010 World Cup comes closer with each passing day, football players and even their fans are starting an unusual range of superstitions to ensure their team wins.

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A string of rituals – ranging from the weird to the extreme – are all commonplace for players on nearly every continent.

English team member, John Terry, is rumoured to have nearly 50 different superstitions during his pre-match ritual.

Terry has admitted that he listens to the same CD before every game, sits in the same seat on the team bus and wraps tape around his socks three times.

The former English captain is also known to have a lucky pair of shin pads that he uses during matches.

Italian footballer, Gennaro Gattuso, admitted that during the 2006 World Cup, he wore the same sweater throughout the competition.

“Everyday I wore the same sweater than I’d worn the first day of the competition,” Gattuso told FIFA.com.

“I was sweating buckets and in a terrible mood because I couldn’t bring myself to take it off.”

Gattuso, who said he was obsessed by superstitions, also told FIFA.com that he would make it a pre-game ritual to pack all his bags before each game.

Many other players also have a rather unhygienic superstition of wearing the same underwear during every game.

Other rituals include wearing bandages in certain spots, not shooting practice goals and even urinating on the football pitch.

While players have their own superstitions, many fans who watch the games also have their own.

Whether it’s a lucky rabbit foot, a pint of beer for each goal or special shirt, we want to know what your World Cup superstition is.

Do you have anything you need to do before each game? What is your ritual?

Please leave your comments below and be sure to include where you’re writing from.

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Friday's Connector: David Ginola

June 9th, 2010
01:19 PM ET

Known as a maverick of the football world, David Ginola has had a long and colorful career on the international stage and is in a unique position to tell us what to expect from the 2010 World Cup.

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Ginola was born in 1967 and first started playing football at the club level in 1985 with Toulon.

After a few short stints at clubs in Paris and Brest, Ginola was selected to play for the French national team during the qualifying matches for the 1994 World Cup.

During their final qualifying game against Bulgaria, France only needed a draw to qualify for the tournament.

With the match tied at one, Ginola was forcing the ball towards the Bulgarian goal, when his sudden kick hit the ball towards the opposing team.

The kick allowed the Bulgarian defence to break free and eventually resulted in a surprise goal which knocked France out of competition.

The French manager blamed Ginola for the failure and he was quickly ostracized as the ‘assassin of French football.’

In 1995, Ginola moved to England and signed with Newcastle United. After two years, Ginola went on to play for teams including Everton and Aston Villa.

As the French national team prepare to play in the second opening game of the 2010 World Cup, Ginola is ready to offer a unique insight into what to expect from the French side.

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