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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.

'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.

Disease in Philippines could run rampant

November 14th, 2013
12:17 PM ET

Those who survived the devastating impact of Typhoon Haiyan may not be out of harm's way yet as it has been predicted a second round of deaths might be imminent.

The storm isn't returning, this new threat is an impending health crisis due to a lack of clean food and water as well as a breakdown in ordinary sanitation.

Read: Typhoon creates health crisis in the Philippines

Max Foster speaks to Dr. Natasha Reyes, who is concerned that disease in the Philippines may become out of control.

Afghan opium production hits new highs

November 14th, 2013
11:58 AM ET

Opium poppy cultivation in Afghanistan rose 36% this year, according to a survey released Wednesday.

Almost 90% of opium was cultivated in nine provinces in the south and the west, which include the most insurgency-ridden provinces in the country, the report said.

The report, the 2013 Afghanistan Opium Survey, was released in Kabul by the Ministry of Counter Narcotics and UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC).

"As we approach 2014 and the withdrawal of international forces from the country, the results of the Afghanistan Opium Survey 2013 should be taken for what they are – a warning, and an urgent call to action," the UNODC chief said.

Max Foster looks at Afghanistan's surging opium poppy production with Angela Me from the UN's Office on Drugs and Crime and CNN's Senior International Correspondent Nic Robertson.

Commissioner: Climate change a factor

November 13th, 2013
02:20 PM ET

During an impassioned speech at the UN climate change talks in Warsaw the Philippine commissioner broke down in to tears as he discussed how global warming is destroying his country and was met with a standing ovation by other delegates.

Max Foster speaks with the Philippines Climate Change Commissioner who made that speech, Naderev Sano, about how global warming and Typhoon Haiyan may be connected.