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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.

Obama Castro handshake

December 11th, 2013
05:36 PM ET

Arriving on stage at FNB stadium in Johannesburg to pay tribute to Nelson Mandela, President Barack Obama shook hands with dozens of other world leaders, pausing briefly to grasp the hand of Cuban President Raul Castro.

The greeting quickly sparked a strong debate on Twitter between those who praised and disagreed with the handshake, given that the United States does not share diplomatic relations with Cuba.

Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter tells Becky that the gesture is "significant."

Afghanistan reach security deal

November 21st, 2013
02:47 PM ET

The United States and Afghanistan have reached a deal on the final language of a bilateral security agreement, guiding the role of American troops in that south Asian nation for years to come, America's top diplomat said Wednesday.

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said he reached the accord with Afghan President Hamid Karzai Wednesday.

Afghan leaders will hold a meeting - known as a loya jirga, or grand assembly - starting on Thursday to decide whether to accept or reject the deal, which lays out a limited support role for American forces beyond next year.

"They have to pass it," Kerry said. " It's up to the people of Afghanistan."

If approved, the agreement would go into effect January 1, 2015, and last "until the end of 2024 and beyond, unless terminated" by mutual agreement and with two years notice by either party, according to a copy of the deal posted online Wednesday by the Afghan government.

The subject of military raids and strikes has long been a sore point between the two countries, especially given a number of incidents in which noncombatant men, women and children have been killed.

CNN's Elise Labott explains the deal that will allow U.S. troops to stay in Afghanistan for security purposes.


Film shows JFK's death from unseen angles

November 20th, 2013
01:47 PM ET

Friday marks the 50th anniversary of the death of President John F. Kennedy, who was assassinated in Dallas, Texas on November 22nd 1963.

Read: JFK assassination a collective memory for American children

In his new film Parkland, screenwriter and director Peter Landesman aims "to tell the story that has never been told" of the moments leading up to and immediately following the assassination of JFK. "It's a tale we thought we knew everything about and really knew nothing", he told Becky.

The characters in the movie are the individuals who were intimately involved in that dramatic episode of United States history, but who are mostly unheard of: the doctor who tried to save the President's life, the photographer who caught the moment on his camera and the brother of the man accused of killing him.

Landesman says he wanted to re-tell the story that he believes belongs to everyone. "The assassination happened to us, he's our President...it's our story."

Parkland releases in cinemas in the UK on Friday 22nd November.

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.

Reporter: Germans disappointed by spying

October 29th, 2013
11:36 AM ET

The spying scandal has left German confidence in the U.S. "shaken" after a recent report by German newspaper 'Der Spiegel'.

Read: German interior minister: Confidence in U.S. is 'shaken'

Becky speaks with Holger Stark, Senior Correspondent of Der Spiegel, about how it broke the news of U.S. spying allegations.

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