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Anchored by Jake Tapper, The Lead airs at 4 p.m. ET on CNN.

Anchored by Jake Tapper, The Lead airs at 4 p.m. ET on CNN.

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Ebola in New York – we'll have the latest news on the patient, and talk to infectious disease experts.

Ebola in New York - we'll have the latest news on the patient, and talk to infectious disease experts.

world lead

August 4th, 2014
06:33 PM ET

Experimental drug likely saved Ebola patients

(CNN) - Three vials containing an experimental drug stored at subzero temperatures were flown into Liberia last week in a last-ditch effort to save two American missionary workers who had contracted Ebola, according to a source familiar with details of the treatment.

The drug appears to have worked, sources say. Dr. Kent Brantly's and Nancy Writebol's conditions significantly improved after receiving the medication, sources say. Brantly was able to walk into Emory University Hospital in Atlanta after being evacuated to the United States last week, and Writebol is expected to arrive in Atlanta on Tuesday.

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national lead

August 4th, 2014
05:51 PM ET

Patient in NYC being tested for Ebola

(CNN) – A patient at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City was being tested after being admitted to the facility with a high fever and gastrointestinal symptoms, according to a statement from the hospital on Monday.

He had recently traveled to a country in West Africa where Ebola has been reported. The patient was placed in strict isolation, and doctors are working to determine the cause of his symptoms. They expect to get test results back in a day or so.

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August 4th, 2014
05:49 PM ET

Hamas pledges to honor cease-fire, if Israel does

(CNN) – Hamas is “committed” to adhering to the 72-hour humanitarian cease-fire, claiming the cease-fire was created "mainly by the efforts of Palestinian delegation, including Hamas," Hamas spokesman Osama Hamdan said in an interview with CNN’s “The Lead with Jake Tapper.”

The group, considered a terrorist organization by the U.S. government, had previously refused to adhere to any cease-fire that wouldn’t, in their view, improve the lives of the people of Gaza. Hamdan expressed his hope that Israel would also honor the truce, pointing to Israel’s latest strike on a U.N.-run shelter and emphasizing the condemnation of the attack by both the United States and the United Nations.

“We hope the Israeli side will be committed to the cease-fire and they won’t violate that like what had happened in the last 72 hours, where they committed a massacre in Rafah,” he said.
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August 4th, 2014
05:42 PM ET

Tensions rise after the last cease-fire

By CNN chief Washington correspondent Jake Tapper

Jerusalem (CNN) – The latest flash points in the Mideast conflict exploded not on the tense border between Israel and Gaza, but here in the streets of Jerusalem. An earth mover, driven by an Arab Israeli, picked up an empty passenger bus, overturning it into the street where it killed one man and injured several others. Israeli police immediately called it "an act of terror," and Hamas praised the attack, saying "this was a natural reaction to the Israeli crimes against our civilians"

Just moments later, another explosion of violence in the urban streets: a man on a motorcycle opened fire on an Israeli soldier near the entrance to Hebrew University's Mount Scopus campus, then took off towards a Palestinian neighborhood in east Jerusalem.

It's what looks like a new front in this current battle – and it comes after a morning that promised some measure of peace. The Israeli government had promised a 24-hour ceasefire to allow for humanitarian aid into Gaza. But within 20 minutes of the appointed hour, the quiet was gone, replaced by accusations on both sides.
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August 4th, 2014
04:55 PM ET

Israel agrees to 3-day cease-fire, says onus is on Hamas

(CNN) – Israel accepted an Egyptian proposed 72-hour cease-fire Monday, Mark Regev, a spokesman for Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, said in an interview with CNN’s "The Lead with Jake Tapper.”

A Palestinian delegation in Cairo, and Hamas has also agreed to the latest truce.

The proposal was the same one put forward by Egypt, and accepted by Israel, three weeks ago, Regev said.

“If the Palestinian parties, the different groups in Gaza have accepted it, so what has to be said is all the loss of life that we've seen in the last three weeks has been totally without any reason,” Regev said.
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