Editor's note: Tune in to AC360° at 10 p.m. ET tonight to watch the special report, "Kidnapped to Egypt: A Father's Nightmare."
Nearly 12 years ago, Michael Shannon sent his two young sons to New York for what he thought what be a weekend visit with their mother.
It would be the last time he saw either one of them.
Nermeen Khalifa, the boys' mother and Shannon's ex-wife, took the children to her home country of Egypt, where U.S. citizens have almost no rights in custody battles.
"They were out of the country before we even knew they were gone," Shannon said. "I went to the apartment to pick them up. It was like it was ransacked."
Former U.S. Ambassador to China Jon Huntsman says the Defense Intelligence Agency report about North Korea's ability to deliver a nuclear weapon with a ballistic missile gives China economic incentive to pressure North Korea not to attack.
CNN's Barbara Starr reports on the mistake in classification that led to North Korea intelligence being revealed. General James "Spider" Marks explains what the report means about North Korea's military and nuclear weapons capabilities.
At a hearing today, Colorado Congressman Doug Lamborn revealed mistakenly declassified information from a U.S. intelligence report about North Korea’s nuclear capabilities. Anderson Cooper speaks with Rep. Lamborn about that information, and what it means for North Korea’s nuclear threats.
What everyone’s talking about:
Senators Joe Manchin and Pat Toomey, a Democrat and a Republican, announced they drafted a compromise on expanding background checks for buyers at gun shows and for people making purchases on the Internet. Anderson spoke with one lawmaker who wanted to block the bill via filibuster. Republican Sen. James Risch says while background checks might catch criminals, they won’t prevent them from getting guns. The news comes after Sandy Hook families made the trip to Washington to lobby members of Congress for stricter gun control. Nicole Hockley, who lost her son in the Newtown shooting, said background checks shouldn’t be “for some and not all.” A CNN undercover investigation demonstrated how easy it is to get weapons at gun shows without showing any identification. Anderson asked NRA President David Keene for his reaction to the hidden camera report. "Private sales and gun shows are not the source … of guns for criminals. The current system doesn't work very well, and we think it needs to be fixed," he said.
In an AC360 exclusive, CNN’s Dana Bash talks to former Congresswoman Gabby Giffords and her husband Mark Kelly about why they still own guns, their campaign for universal background checks and her remarkable recovery after being shot in the head two years ago.
Editor’s Note: Anderson Cooper will report the latest developments on North Korea's threats and the United States' response tonight on AC360° at 8 and 10 p.m. ET. He'll be joined by former U.S. Ambassador to China Jon Huntsman and CNN's Christiane Amanpour.
With North Korea expected to soon test more missiles, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel warned Wednesday the hermit nation is "skating very close to a dangerous line." Intelligence suggests North Korea could be planning “multiple missile launches” in the coming days, according to Pentagon officials. Here’s the AC360° 411 on North Korea:
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