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[11:00:13] BECKY ANDERSON, CNN HOST: Oval Office address: President Barack Obama will speak to his nation tonight in the wake of the deadly mass

shooting in California. We are going to get you the very latest on the investigation and the threats facing the U.S. That's up next.

Also ahead...


THE EDGE, U2: We think of music as the sound of freedom. We think that rock and roll has a part to play.


ANDERSON: A defiant U2 takes the stage this evening in Paris after last month's terror attacks there canceled their show. CNN's exclusive

interview with the band is coming up

And Venezuela votes as ballots are cast in Caracas. Could the ruling party lose its 16-year hold on power? We are live in the capital city later this


ANNOUNCER: Live from CNN Abu Dhabi, this is Connect the World with Becky Anderson.

ANDERSON: A very good evening just after 8:00 here in the UAE. We start with a spate of attacks and threats across several continents that

illustrate all too well the new nature of terror in the 21st Century. Some attacks like

this car bombing in war torn Yemen are clear cut, claimed by ISIS, aimed at a

government official. Other acts of violence are not as easy to label, the precise motives harder to pin down in a world where pledges of allegiance

to terror groups can be made on social media but hidden in real life, defining terror is sometimes as much of a challenge as combating it is.

California, London, Istanbul and Aden, these are just some of the places feeling the effects of terror threats and acts this Sunday.

To what extent and to what purpose we will explore this hour for you.

The U.S. president will address a threat to his nation on Sunday night.

Barack Obama will speak from the oval office, something he has only done twice before. Much of the focus will be on ISIS and how the government

plans to keep the public safe.

The speech comes less than a week since an apparent ISIS-inspired attack left 14 people dead in California.

Well, our Polo Sandoval is following that investigation from San Bernardino and joins us now.

Still, Polo, a lot of unanswered questions, not least what drove this couple to storm a holiday party at the building behind you. Was this a

terrorist attack?

POLO SANDOVAL, CNN CORRESPONDENT: And that is a lingering question here, Becky, on the ground and that's one of several reasons why tonight's rare

presidential address will be key for two main reasons, one, officials here in San Bernardino have said that the next official release of information

won't happen until tomorrow, Monday, so as a result any new information that may have come out of this investigation may likely be released

publicly by President Obama when he delivers that key speech tonight in the Oval Office.

Another reason why this will be very important also is because the president also expected to touch on the more broader threat of terrorism

not just here this possible link here in San Bernardino but really across the country and with

that the rest of the world and what's key here is at this point the president will be, as we've mentioned -- as you mentioned a few moments

ago, delivering that speech only a couple days after federal authorities said this would be now considered a terrorism investigation as this case

continues to move forward.

So a lot of questions here and at this point the information that we've gotten is that at least they are investigating several possible ISIS links,

but that is still enough to leave many people on edge.

The police tape you still up, of course, the building that you see behind me still considered an active crime scene, Becky.

ANDERSON: ISIS haven't claimed responsibility. They have, though, hailed the couple, describing them as supporters. Did they have ties to ISIS? Is

that at least clear at this point?

SANDOVAL: We do know that officials have looked in the possibility that Syed Farook had at least made contact with an individual that had possible

terrorism links, that came out earlier in this investigation. And then just yesterday ISIS's

official radio called called these two individuals that carried out such terrible attacks both supporters of ISIS and then also martyrs as well.

However, investigators did say that the organization did stop short of saying that they actively planned and potentially even executed this

attack, but from the beginning officials have always said that simply motivating, inspiring these kinds of attacks mainly lone wolf and self-

radicalized attacks is something that's been a concern and that's one of several items we expect the president to touch on.

Typically this time of year he attends what is highly anticipated event: the Kennedy Center Honors, which is really an opportunity to celebrate the

arts. Instead, though, the president will be speaking to the nation and really the rest of the world from the Oval Office tonight at 8:00 p.m.


ANDERSON: Yeah, and as Polo says, that address 8:00 p.m. Eastern time tonight. That's 1:00 a.m. in London, 5:00 in the morning here in Abu

Dhabi. CNN will bring you that live. Polo, thank you.

Well, across the Atlantic, British authorities are also investigating what they say is a terror attack in London. One man arrested after two people

were stabbed at a tube station in Leytonstone.

Now, people are looking into reports that the suspect yelled, this is for Syria, during the attack.

Police say one victim is seriously wounded, the other has minor injuries.

Phil Black has the latest for us now from the bureau in London. Phil, what more do we know at this point?

PHIL BLACK, CNN INTERNATIONAL CORRESPONDENT: Well, Becky, the crucial point here, the really notable one, is the the British police have declared

publicly that they are treating this as a terror investigation. That is not the usual response to knife crime in London.

What we've seen from the videos that have been shot by witnesses, uploaded to social media, the chaotic scenes following this 29-year-old man's

alleged attack on at least two people, slashing at at least two people in the Leytonstone Underground

station there threatening at least one more and then he is confronted by police.

He is still wielding the knife. They used tasers to bring him down.

So, he is now in police custody, the police say they have declared this to be a terror investigation based upon what they have been told by people who

watched this unfold at the scene. And it is witnesses who say this man was heard to say this man was heard to say this is for Syria.

And of course, this comes just days after Britain's parliament voted to expand its military operation against ISIS by conducting air strikes

against the organization in Syria itself, Becky.

ANDERSON: Phil, this knife attack happened just days after Britain started bombing ISIS targets in Syria. In an interview published in the latest

Sunday Times the Syrian president Bashar al Assad hailed back to previous western air strikes in Iraq and Afghanistan and had this to say, this

published today, you cannot defeat ISIS through air strikes alone without cooperation with forces on the ground. You cannot defeat them if you do

not have buy in from the general public and the government. They cannot defeat ISIS by air strikes. They are going to fail again.

Sentiments not so different from those expressed by many British MPs and commentators it has to be said and members of the general public. Days

since those strikes stared and we see at least what appears to be possibly the first apparent

Syria-linked attack, what's public feeling like now, Phil?

BLACK: Well, at the moment in central London there's no real change, the city is packed. It's teaming. So is the underground.

In terms of the political reaction, you're absolutely right, a lot of people who opposed the move to conduct air strikes in Syria did so on the

grounds that they thought it would trigger more terrorist attacks here against UK citizens, either here or abroad.

No one yet is politically linking this incident with the decision, the vote in parliament, the move to conduct air strikes against ISIS in Syria.

It's probably likely that people, even the critics, are taking a wait and see approach because the police are yet to determine, finally, just what

this man's motivations were, what his state of mind was, whether he acted alone. That sort of thing.

And in terms of the broader point there, that Assad is making in that interview, that air strikes alone won't do the job, that you need the

Syrian army to move in and finish off ISIS ultimately, that's actually a point

that western leaders, notably the British and others have made themselves. They believe that after air strike have degraded ISIS, it will require a

Syrian army operation to finish the job and do it properly.

But there is a key difference, and that is that western leaders say that can only happen after a political transition in Syria and one that no

longer includes Assad or other key members of his regime, but a new government that is

representative of the whole country.

Assad is obviously still of the view that that's not likely to happen.

ANDERSON: Phil Black out of London for you this evening.

Phil, thank you.

Still to come, security is increasing at the U.S. consulate in Istanbul and mounting tensions over Turkish troops in northern Iraq.

Plus cycling towards a cleaner future. How one small European country is looking to ditch fossil fuels for good. I will take you there this hour.


[11:13:11] ANDERSON: Welcome back. At 13 minutes past 8:00 in the UAE, this is CNN and Connect the World with me, Becky Anderson.

U.S. authorities are warning of a security threat to the American consulate in Istanbul and are urging citizens to avoid the area. They are not saying

what the threat is or who may be behind, but the consulate compound has increased its security measures.

We are also following mounting tensions between Ankara and Baghdad over Turkish troops fighting ISIS in northern Iraq.

Let's get you to Istanbul then and CNN's Sara Sidner joining us from there live tonight. What more do we know about this consulate warning first,


SARA SIDNER, CNN INTERNATIONAL CORRESPONDENT: Yeah, as the call to prayer comes through the loud speakers here in Istanbul. The consulate has extra

added security that we noticed, a gate that has closed off the road to the large consulate compound as well as several police vehicles which are

outside. Those aren't normally there and that gate is not normally there.

The consulate telling people that there was a security threat, a credible threat, and to telling American citizens to stay away from the consulate

this weekend, but that it would likely open Monday as usual, which is a little bit strange since most of the time the consulates are always closed

on the weekends and people do not, you know, queue or gather up in front of the consulate unless there's something to gain from that.

However, making clear to Americans one more thing, telling them that they need to be vigilant about their own personal security, saying that they

need to go ahead and take appropriate steps to bolster their personal security. That warning posted on the U.S. consulate website. That is the

message to Americans right now.

And as you know, Turkey is already in a heightened state of alert after a double suicide bombing that happened in the capital in October.

This country has been certainly on more alert and there is plenty of security

officers who are out and about in the streets as well, Becky.

[11:15:18] ANDERSON; Baghdad in Iraq has told Ankara to immediately withdraw

troops it says are illegally in Iraq alleging that Turkey is expanding its military activities there. As you compete with the call to prayer, and

well done for that, do remind us what we know to date about Turkey's involvement in Iraq.

SIDNER: Well, Iraq has really called this, you know, an act that must be stopped and a hostile act, telling Turkey to remove its troops, but what

Turkey officials have been saying is that this has been going on for about a year, a

little more than a year now, that they've been training fighters there and sending in troops and that this was a simple rotation.

We've also heard from the prime minister on this very subject, the two countries going back and forth with words, but here is what the prime

minister had to say about troops from Turkey inside of Iraq, saying they are fighting ISIS.


AHMET DAVUTOGLU, TURKICH PRIME MINISTER (through translator): This is not a new camp. Around 2,000 volunteer fighters from Mosul have been trained

there for the past year supporting them in their fight against Daesh.

This training has been launched upon the request of the governor of Mosul and it has been coordinated by the Iraqi defense ministry.


SIDNER: Now, he said that this was coordinated a year ago with Iraq, that this this particular deployment.

So it is very confusing at this time as to who is right and if there is a miscommunication there. But Iraq has been pretty clear that they want

those troops out. We will have to see what Turkey does and what its reaction is in the next coming days, Becky.

ANDERSON: Sara, when I was in Turkey a or so ago interviewing the president not least about the spat with Russia after the downing of the

Russian aircraft, a number of experts suggested to me that we are looking at a potentially more isolated Turkey going forward on the geopolitical


We're certainly not seeing any deescalation of the spat with Russia at present. Is this when you look and see and consider what is happening now

with Iraq, is this a more isolated Turkey do you think going forward? And what would the consequences of that be?

SIDNER: Yeah, you know, that is a concern. And I think it's definitely something that you're starting to see.

I mean, even the Turkish prime minister and Turkey has always kind of tried to tamp down a little bit of the rhetoric with Russia, you know, saying

that they want to talk, they'd like to talk this through, depending on which day they are quoted, but Russia has been pretty adamant about what

its plans are, at least saying that Turkey is going to pay for this for a very long time and now you have this relationship with Iraq going a bit

sour, although what you will notice in the conversations and some of it has been done on social media, is that they use the term brother, and our

brothers, as our brothers you should not be doing this, et cetera, et cetera, using very soft language as well. Because the relationship with

Iraq has been a fairly good one for some time. Turkey has been inside the country, for example, helping rebuild Iraq as well.

So it is concerning, I think, though, to the country and we will have to wait and see because now you have, like you said, Russia and Iraq both with

tensions up with this country -- Becky.

ANDERSON: Sara Sidner out of Istanbul for you this evening.

Live from Abu Dhabi this is Connect the World with me, Becky Anderson.

Coming up...


BONO, U2: It is a very romantic city and, you know, the essence of romance is defiance.


ANDERSON: Just weeks after the terror attacks in Paris, U2 returns to the stage there. They're going to tell us why that is so important to them

in an exclusive interview with CNN just ahead.

And it's hailed as a major breakthrough at COP21, now world leaders have until Friday to turn talk into policy. The details up next.

Taking a very short break, back after this.



[11:22:56] FRANCOIS HOLLANDE, PRESIDENT OF FRANCE (through translator): We're nearly there. We've come a long way but we have a few steps to go

before we reach our goal. But this day, the action day has given us the necessary impulse, the indispensable push, the strength of your initiatives. We are

very close to an agreement and we will have an agreement thanks to you.


ANDERSON: French President Francois Hollande there speaking as negotiators from all over the world reached a major milestone in Paris on Saturday.

Signing a draft deal to cut harmful carbon emissions that is key to keeping climate change in check, they say.

195 nations are participating in what is this COP21 conference trying to finally work a binding agreement on global warming.

Now, they will be working until Friday to put a final deal in place.

Remember scientists say that a global temperature rise of just 2 degrees Celsius risks catastrophic damage to our planet. Well, we are already

halfway to that point and while the world is slow to change its ways at least one country is already forging its own path as CNN's John Sutter



JOHN SUTTER, CNN CORRESPONDENT: Right now everyone is trying to figure out how to fix climate change, but what if I told you there is a place that's

already figured this out?

When did you start cycling?


SUTTER: Denmark aims to ditch fossil fuels completely by 2050 and it's already well on the way.

How? Well, four things essentially. First up, bikes.

BONDAM: In Denmark, you will see basically everybody cycle. I mean, members of the royal family cycle, ministers in government cycle, business

leaders cycle, nurses cycle, teachers cycle, journalists cycle.

SUTTER: And that's no accident.

BONDAM: It's basically all kinds of infrastructure that makes the accessibility for the cyclist comfortable, effective and easy.

SUTTER: It's not just bike paths that connect the city, it's also a super unique heating system. And that's reason number two this is one of the

greenest places on Earth: district heating. They're burning trash to do it. Does

it smell?

[11:25:06] UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Yes. Very much. But we say the smell of money.

SUTTER: The idea is that you're taking basically all of the trash and waste from Copenhagen, and you're turning it into heat essentially, right?

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Heat and electricity.

SUTTER: And no waste.

Next up, wind, which you can see pretty easily from 140 meters out.

Made it.

This is the top of one of the most powerful wind turbines on Earth.

So what's the point of making them so enormous besides that it's just massively impressive.


This is one of the main things that will help bringing down the cost of installing turbines.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Last year we had 39 percent of all of our electricity stemming from wind-generated electricity.

SUTTER: All of this wind power was created a new sort of problem, if you want to call it that, one that Denmark is trying to solve by connecting its

power system to other countries.

Denmark sometimes makes more wind power than it can use and that means all coal plants temporarily can be shut down.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: We are exporting 700 megawatts to Sweden.

SUTTER: They sell the excess power to nearby countries and when the wind isn't blowing they buy hydro and nuclear.

There's nothing magical about Denmark, it subsidizes clean energy, taxes cars and puts a price on carbon pollution. This green revolution starts

simply with a change in attitude.

CONNIE HEDEGAARD, EU COMMISSIONER FOR CLIMATE CHANGE: We have a responsibility to take care that we leave the planet Earth in a better

shape for the next generation or at least as good as we found it ourselves.

SUTTER: As the world talks and talks about how to fix climate change, the politicians should take a look at tiny Denmark. This is one of the

happiest places on Earth and it has a thriving economy, the only difference between the Danes and us, they've decided to do what it really takes to

avoid disastrous warming.

John Sutter, CNN, Copenhagen.


ANDERSON: Well, you can find a lot more of our extensive coverage on what this critical issue online. A special section of the website looks at a

huge impact scientists say just a 2 degree temperature rise can bring. You can take a quiz, see how much you really know about the issue and tell us

what you want to see us investigate.

It is all at degrees.

The latest world news headlines are just ahead as you would expect at the bottom of the hour here on CNN.

Plus, people head to the polls in Venezuela where the ruling Socialist Party could face a big setback in parliament.


[11:31:18] ANDERSON: At just after half past 8:00 in the UAE, this is Connect the World wtih me Becky Anderson, the top stories for you here on


And U.S. President Barack Obama will address the American public on terrorism on Sunday night. His speech will focus on last week's deadly

attack in California and how the government is working to combat ISIS.

British police have arrested a man to stabbed two people at a tube station in East London in what they say was a terrorist incident. And looking into

reports the suspect yelled, this is for Syria during the attack. Police say one victim is

seriously wounded, the other has minor injuries.

Polls are open in France for the initial round of regional elections. It is the first voting since last month's attacks in Paris. The far right

National Front Party could take control in some of the country's 13 regions.

And Venezuelans are voting in parliamentary elections. They could see the ruling Socialist Party lose a 16-year-old hold on power in the national

assembly. Opposition candidates are looking to take advantage of growing inflation and a deepening recession.

Well, President Nicolas Maduro is not on the ballot, but the outcome could affect his future. Our Alexandre Oraa now joins us from Caracas. And after 16 years under the late President Hugo Chavez and his successor

incumbent Nicolas Maduro ahead of this vote there were certainly signs pointing to

dissatisfaction with the status quo. And with soaring inflation and rampant poverty, perhaps no real surprise.

Is this the beginning of the end of the Chavez legacy, do you think?


Well, it's definitely a landmark moment for Venezuela. These congressional elections are seen as one of the most serious challenges for the current

government in the last 17 years. If the opposition is able to win majority in the congress it

would mean that the government could lose its power for a lot of decisions that would be made until the presidential elections in 2019.

Also the opposition is trying to change facts that you just mentioned. We talked about inflation. According to the International Monetary Fund,

inflation at the end of 2015 could surpass 190 percent. Also the homicide rate is pretty low -- it's pretty high in Venezuela.

Venezuela is known according to the United Nations as the second most violent country in the world, the first would be Honduras in a non-war


There are a lot of reports -- there are a lot of shortages of all types. We're talking about food, oil, flour, toilet paper, even medicine.

So, what's at stake during these elections would be the amount of power that the government could have starting January 5, 2016.

ANDERSON: What's the international monitoring like of these elections?

ORAA: Well, there are foundations that traveled to Venezuela to verify the transparency of the elections, however, what's been criticized -- what the

opposition is criticizing is the amount of power that they could have to verify the voting process since a lot of them, the ones that were invited

by the opposition and the mute which is the name of the party of the opposition in Venezuela they are

not allowed to see the voting process at full, they are not allowed to see the polls. They are not allowed to go in the voting houses and they are

also not allowed to report anything until the final results are published by the government, which would happen probably at the end of Sunday.

Also they are not allowed to travel to Venezuela one week before the election. They were allowed to be here only a couple of days before. And

a lot of them were not able to meet with the government, because the government didn't give them permission to seal this voting process.

Some of them can be called international observers, but the government does not allow this term. They are allowed to call them panions (ph), because

their access is very limited to see what is happening currently in the voting process, which has the opposition very angry.

ANDERSON: Alejandra, if we were to see the beginning of the end of the anti-U.S. Chavez atmosphere, 21st Century socialism as I think you coined

the phrase, how would that impact Venezuelan foreign policy going forward, do you think?

ORAA: Well, it all depends about what happens today with these elections. If the majority of the congress would be the opposition, a lot of laws

would change. I mean, at the end of the day this type of sentiment or feeling that

you're talking about, anti-United States, is more from the president and from

the current government.

So, I don't think it would be a 180 degree change like you say, it would be more of a presidential change like that, but these elections could limit a

lot the power of what's happening here in the country and a lot of things are at

stake here.

I mean, even if the opposition could win a big majority of the seats, what could be at stake, it's the fact that Jopolda (ph) Lopez which is an

opposition leader that's currently jailed in Venezuela and who was also a presidential candidate in the last presidential elections, he could be

taken out of jail if the opposition wins the majority.

That could be one of the options. So, I mean, it all matters after tonight to see what's going to happen in the country.

ANDERSON: fascinating.

All right. Well, we will talk again about the consequences of any -- of any

reduction in power for the incumbents at the moment as it were as when we get this vote. Thank you for the time being.

Tensions between Russia and Turkey remain high after the downing of a Russian war plane last month. We've been talking about this tonight.

Russia President Vladimir Putin has warned Turkey that it will regret the action and has imposed a series of economic sanctions as I'm sure you are


Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has refused to apologize and accuses Russia of slandering his country over allegations that Turkey is in an oil trade with ISIS.

Well, CNN's Matthew Chance has more now on what some are calling a clash of egos.


MATTHEW CHANCE, CNN INTERNATIONAL CORRESPONDENT: It was a bromance destined never to last. The czar and the sultan, two leaders accused of

being autocrats, strong nationalist tendencies, both willing to back down or lose face.

Russia and Turkey had long been at loggerheads over Syria, but this was the moment now defining that relationship, the shoot down of Russian plane by

Turkish interceptors setting Putin and Erdogan on a collision course.

A furious Russian president called it a stab in the back, delivered by the accomplices of terrorists. He demanded an immediate apologize which never


Instead, bristling at the Kremlin, insults the Turkish leader called for Russia to say sorry. It was, after all, Turkish air space, he cold CNN,

that was violated. That apology was never going to happen, either.

Analysts say the similarities between these two leaders, their refusal to be pushed around no matter how high the stakes is fueling the crisis

between the two countries. The Kremlin has imposed economic sanctions on Turkey, banning food imports and charter flights as well as freezing a

multibillion dollar gas pipeline deal.

But the Russian revenge has become personal, too, with President Erdogan firmly in President Putin's sites.

It's the Turkish leader, says Moscow, that's benefiting from this: the illegal trade in oil from areas controlled by ISIS in Syria and Iraq.

In a rare briefing to the international media, Russia's defense ministry showed what it said was evidence of Turkey's complicity, images of hundreds

of oil tankers crossing into Turkish territory in what defense officials called Erdogan's amazing family business.

It's an allegation President Erdogan has strenuously denied, vowing to resign if proved true, but Kremlin analysts say it's really the crime of

disloyalty that Putin will never forgive.

[11:40:03] DMITRI TRENIN, DIRECTOR, CARNEGIE MOSCOW CENTER: So, once you have shown disloyalty you are written off as a partner.

CHANCE: Erdogan was disloyal.

TRENIN: And Erdogan was disloyal to Putin and Russia. And the two are inseparable in this situation. And he had to be punished.

CHANCE: And that punishment may have only just begun as these two leaders, the czar and the sultan, once seen as close, even similar, lock egos and

test each other's resolve.

Matthew Chance, CNN, Moscow.


ANDRESON: Live from Abu Dhabi this evening this is Connect the World. I'm Becky Anderson.

Coming up this holiday ad was less about Christmas morning and more about Christmas mourning. It's been getting a very emotional reaction online.

Take a look for yourself after this short break.

Plus, U2 will perform in Paris this evening after the terror attacks there three weeks ago forced them to cancel. They tell CNN why they are back so

soon in what is an exclusive interview. That is up next.


ANDERSON: Right. You're watching CNN and connect the World with me, Becky Anderson. Welcome back.

If you're watching that break you will have seen that U2 fans in France will finally get to see the rock band perform on Sunday and Monday night.

The concert scheduled to play last month were canceled after the terror attacks in Paris.

Well, in an exclusive interview CNN's Fareed Zakaria sat down with the U2 front man Bono and the guitarist The Edge and they began by telling him

what happened in the immediate aftermath.


FAREED ZAKARIA, HOST, GPS: Did you think about even playing the next day? Was it even possible?

BONO: We, of course, hoped we can play the next day. But then it dawned on us just how serious it was. To just give up on that.

[11:45:04] THE EDGE: We actually -- we didn't have a choice because within a few hours of the problem starting, we were given word by the city that

they were shutting down all events. So, it wasn't that we had to ...

BONO: It wasn't even our decision.


BONO: But we were very determined to get back there as quick as we can. Paris is a very romantic city. And, you know, the essence of romance is

defiance. And defiant joy, we think is the mark of our band and of rock and roll. They're a death cult. We're a life cult, life force. You know, as The

Edge was saying, they are celebrating all things we love, food, soccer. They're trying to destroy those things. They don't like women. What else is

there? You know, I mean music, women. So, we really -- and we've sensed that defiance in Paris. And the word from our fans is, I think it was 300

tickets not taken up. Something really small for here.

ZAKARIA: For the rescheduled show.

BONO: For the rescheduled show.

ZAKARIA: Only 300 people.

BONO: And they're probably people coming from, you know, other continents, I don't know.

ZAKARIA: So, everyone who could have been there that day ....

BONO: Everyone.

THE EDGE: Is showing up.

ZAKARIA: I saw somebody, you remember right after the attacks, a guy brings out his piano outside the Bataclan and starts playing "Imagine." And we

showed that clip on TV. And you sent me a nice e- mail about it. I saw a couple of people write articles saying how hopeless this is. This is the

sign of the West decadence. Is that the response to terrorism, music? I take it you think that is a response.

BONO: That's poetry in music. And humor. Three things. Old fascist organizations are afraid of humor. That's why Hitler outlawed the Ddadaists

and the surrealists. So, you know, violence is their language. When you unseat their sort of male energy and just - and that feminine energy of

playing music is beautiful. I mean think about the idea of outlawing music. A child sings before it can speak. It's the very essence of our humanity.

This music.

THE EDGE: There's only been a couple of political movements in the history of the world that have targeted music specifically. The Taliban banned

music and during Mao's Cultural Revolution, also music was banned. And we think of music as the sound of freedom. We think that rock n' roll has a

part to play and - so, going back to Paris is not just symbolic, I think we're actually starting the process of resistance as it were and defiance

against this movement.


ANDERSON: U2 speaking to CNN exclusively. Live from Abu Dhabi in the UAE this is Connect the World.

Coming up.


UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Congratulations.


ANDERSON: Under the hammer virtually and in real life: an online auction site showcases new Middle Eastern art. We talk to one of the founders in

just a moment.

And this ad may look like a happy Christmas but it has a very dark twist. How and why coming up.


[11:51:37] ANDERSON: Right. You're back with us a couple minutes to go before the end of this show. I'm Becky Anderson of course. 51 minutes

past 8:00 here.

Many of us lead very busy lives, don't we. And that often takes us away from

the places and people that we care about the most. Well, one Christmas advert from

Germany has been playing on that feeling, it's been viewed more than 30 million times on YouTube. And it's drawing some very emotional responses.

Jeanne Moos has more.


JEANNE MOOS, CNN CORRESPONDENT: It's not exactly bringing joy to the world. It left at least one host...

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: The worst commercial ever.

MOOS: ...prostrate on her anchor desk.

A German supermarket commercial shows an older man left alone at Christmas by his busy family. Then family members get the news that he has died.

In their grief the family gathers at his home.


To some it was a cruelly manipulative twist ending because there's nothing that says great holiday dinner like faking your own death, but thousands of

comment terse were tremendously moved.

Georgina Riley even changed her flight to spend for time with her family over Christmas.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: I watched it and I was just in the corner just a big mess and my husband was like what is going on? What are you watching?

It makes me cry every time. I've probably watched it four times now and every single time it gets me.

MOOS: The creative director of the ad agency that made the spot says they set out to make an emotional message about holiday priorities.

JENS PLAU, CREATIVE DIRECTOR: I had to watch it maybe 800 to 900 times and I cried so many times I can't tell you.

MOOS: But it's your idea.

PLAU: so what?

MOOS: The commercial reminded some viewers of, get this, an episode of Little House on the Prairie. The neglected mother fakes her demise and

shows up in at veil at her own wake eavesdropping on her adult children.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: what a pity it is it took something like this to bring us together again.


MOOS: Her offspring end up doing a circle jig around their revived mom.

When Georgina that told her parents she would be saying an extra great.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: And they were like, oh, that's great. More time to see everybody.

MOOS: Did you tell them it was being a German supermarket commercial?

Alternate plot twist, papa gives his daughter an actual heart attack with his resurrection.

Jeannie Moos, CNN, New York.


ANDERSON: Well, in your Parting Shots tonight, I want to take you to an auction with a difference. Emergeast is an online gallery with a very

concrete aim, bringing new collectors and emerging artists from the Middle East together.

We went along to see them in Dubai. Have a look at this.


DIMA ABDUL KADER, CO-FOUNDER, EMERGEAST: Welcome to auction 2.0. Come on in, let me show you around.

This is different than your usual art auction, because everyone can bid on art works that are quite affordable and moderate priced, which you don't

usually find in other auction houses or galleries that do these auctions.

So we are opening up the doors to young collectors to lift their paddles.

UNIDENTIIFED FEMALE: sold. Congratulations.

KADER: What we're trying to do with this business is advocate the art of collecting and tell everybody that art is really for all. Break down the barriers. It's not sectioned off to the art enthusiast or the artsy

person, actually everyone can connect with a story, understand the piece and really connect with that artist and what they're trying to do and just

put it up on your wall.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: 28, 29, 30 -- 3,000. 3,000? 3,100. 3,200, 33, 34, 35.

Going once. Going twice. Hold your paddle up, sir. Congratulations number 30. Sold.

KADER: The Arab/Iranian art scene is currently booming and there is a lot of emerging artists right now that have no vehicle or route and do not know

where to exhibit or disperse their art right now, especially out of Tehran in Iran so Emergeast is that answer through an online route in order to be

accessible to the rest of the region easily.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Going twice. Sold.


ANDERSON: All right, going once, going twice.

What did you think about those pieces up for auction? Do let us know, you can always get in touch is the best way to get in

the touch with the team and you can get in touch with me on twitter @beckyCNN, @BeckyCNN.

That is it for this show tonight. We will have the headlines after this short break. That was Connect the World. From the team here, it's a very

good good evening. Back, though, with your headlines after this short break.