November 17th, 2014
11:32 PM ET

Orca hunter turned whale rescuer shares his video

Attendance and profits have plunged again at SeaWorld. The company, which operates 11 theme parks, says its third quarter earnings fell 28 percent from a year ago and they had half-million fewer park visitors. That's all during what is supposed to be the busy summer months. SeaWorld's CEO says he is confident they're addressing the company's challenges. They are building larger tanks for its killer whales, the first expected to open in San Diego in four years. This comes after CNN aired the documentary "Blackfish" last year. The film raised questions of alleged animal abuse at its parks. SeaWorld Entertainment Group denies the allegations.

CNN's Ivan Watson got a unique view into how SeaWorld and other parks get their killer whales. For the first time on TV, a former whale hunter is sharing his video.

Watch part 2 of Ivan's report here:

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August 13th, 2014
11:12 PM ET

U.S. Special Forces make firsthand assessment of the humanitarian crisis in Iraq

A risky U.S. military mission in Iraq just wrapped up. A group of Special Forces spent 24 hours on Mount Sinjar and found that there are far fewer Yazidis trapped on the mountain than originally believed. They also report that the humanitarian air drops are helping those who are stuck there. Ivan Watson also got a firsthand look at the humanitarian crisis and reports that the situation in the region is still very desperate.

How does this new information from Mount Sinjar change U.S. plans for dealing with the humanitarian crisis and the threat from ISIS? Wolf Blitzer discussed possible strategies with retired Air Force Lieutenant Colonel Rick Francona, Quartz Managing Editor Bobby Ghosh and former Delta Force officer Jeff Beatty.

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June 4th, 2014
11:26 PM ET

How dangerous are the Taliban detainees swapped for Bowe Bergdahl?

It took the release of five Taliban detainees from Girmo to secure Bowe Bergdahl's freedom. For the next year, Qatari officials will have custody of the men and say they will not leave the country. So what will life be like for them? Ivan Watson has new information.

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February 7th, 2014
09:50 PM ET

Attempted hijacking and looming terror threats as Olympics start

The world held its collective breath as news broke today of a hijacking attempt targeting Sochi. Luckily no one was hurt. But fears remain that terrorists could try to bring down a plane using explosives disguised as toothpaste or cosmetics. Ivan Watson is in Sochi with the latest on the security situation there.

Anderson discussed the procedures in place to deal with a hijacking on a U.S. carrier with former air marshal Darelle Joiner.

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February 6th, 2014
10:09 PM ET

Terror threat linked to Olympics leads to changes on U.S. flights to Russia

The TSA has temporarily banned all carry-on liquids on flights headed to Russia. The move follows warnings terrorists may try to carry out attacks with explosives concealed in toothpaste tubes. All this comes as the clock ticks down to the Olympic opening ceremony. Anderson gets the latest from Ivan Watson in Sochi and Barbara Starr at the Pentagon.
Anderson discussed all of this with New York Congressman Peter King.


Filed under: Barbara Starr • Ivan Watson • Peter King • Sochi Olympics
February 5th, 2014
10:22 PM ET

Sochi scrambles as crowds arrive

As the U.S. warns terrorists may try to use explosive-packed toothpaste tubes to target planes heading to the Olympics, people who already arrived in Sochi are finding problems that raise concerns about Russia's readiness for the games. Some of the issues include toilets unable to handle toilet paper, water too caustic for washing, and hotels that are just not finished. Ivan Watson has the latest from Sochi.

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November 15th, 2013
10:03 PM ET

Typhoon Haiyan: Eight days later

The crisis in the Philippines is far from over. Since arriving in the Philippines, Anderson has witnessed the desperation of typhoon survivors who lost everything and the frustration of relief workers struggling to deliver aid. Anderson discusses the latest on the relief effort and the long road ahead for typhoon survivors with CNN's Ivan Watson, Anna Coren, and Nick Paton Walsh.

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November 15th, 2013
09:46 PM ET

Many typhoon survivors still seeking help

Eight days after the storm and many survivors are still hungry, thirsty, and sick. It is still impossible to know how many people died in Typhoon Haiyan. The grim work of collecting all the dead bodies is far from over. Anderson and Nick Paton Walsh both recently left hard hit Tacloban and Ivan Watson is there now. They discussed one of the most moving and troubling photos taken in the aftermath of the storm.

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August 14th, 2013
10:04 PM ET

Egypt: America's next move

The deadly violence in Egypt poses a significant challenge for U.S. foreign policy. Secretary of State John Kerry called today's fighting deplorable. Now the U.S. military is considering calling off plans for joint military exercises with Egypt. Did the Obama administration miss an opportunity to stop this violence? What needs to be done now that hundreds of people are dead?  Anderson discussed all of this with CNN's Ivan Watson, National Security Analyst Fran Townsend, and Daily Beast Correspondent Peter Beinart.

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August 14th, 2013
10:00 PM ET

Egypt: State of emergency

Hundreds of people die as a wave of street violence sweeps across Egypt. The majority of those killed were members of the Muslim Brotherhood and supporters of ousted President Mohammed Morsy. In addition, dozens of police officers were also killed in the fighting. This latest violence began when security forces raided a camp full of Morsy's supporters in Cairo. CNN's Arwa Damon got close to the fighting earlier today during her reporting. Anderson spoke to her from Cairo.

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